News From History Cottage

Interest in our local history was certainly evident at our July gathering.

Over sixty members and friends heard guest speaker, Rhonda Ramsey, tell the story of her home” Mount Orient” in Berrilee. For over 130 years the occupants of this stone house, have played significant roles in different aspects of the life of our community and State.

The first owner was George Edward Ardill. He was a driving force in policies that justified how the homeless, the orphaned, the “fallen” and the Aboriginals, were cared for. His education institutions, training farms, and religious views give modern minds much food for thought. Later owners were artists, actors and now a teacher.

Hornsby Council is reviewing the heritage lists of the Shire with several studies. The historical society helped with that of the rural and remote areas. Over two days our bus traveled some 320km. The consultants were amazed at the rare existence of continuous agricultural activity and modification over nearly 230 years. This is something worth saving for posterity and the people of Sydney.

The preservation of what is here presents opportunities for a diverse and dynamic economic community so close to the city. Council is to be encouraged to make this possible by enacting suitable legislation, funding, and establishing a supporting department within Council.

On the 13th of August at 2.00 pm in the Arcadia Community Hall, Dr Ian Hoskins will present the annual June Roughley Memorial Lecture, Writing Australia and the Pacific.

On the 10th September at 2.00 pm in the Uniting Church Galston Mark Tedeschi AM. QC. Will talk on The Myall Creek Massacre 1838. Enquiries 9653 1365