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Visit to Rose Cottage in Wilberforce

19 Apr 2016

Member for Hawkesbury Dominic Perrottet MP recently visited Australia’s oldest known timber slab house, Rose Cottage, in Wilberforce.

Occupied by the Rose family from 1811 until 1961, Rose Cottage was home to Thomas Rose, an experienced British farmer who was requested by Governor Phillip to assist in land cultivation and early food production for the newly settled colony.

“It was a pleasure to visit such a historical landmark in the Hawkesbury.” Mr Perrottet said.

The Thomas and Jane Rose Family Society Inc in affiliation with The Australiana Pioneer Village, open the Cottage to Community and School groups each Tuesday and Wednesday. Volunteer members of the Rose Family also open the Cottage to the Public on Sundays.

Since 1994 extensive conservation work has been undertaken by the Society under the guidance of conservation architects in order to maintain the cottage in a viable condition.

“I would like to thank the various community members along with Ms Karen Young, President, The Thomas and Jane Rose Family Society Inc, for the ongoing maintenance and care for the Cottage.” Mr Perrottet said.

“A concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, education and economic legacies.”

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