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Become a Rose Cottage guide

Rose Cottage is open each Sunday. Can you help supervise tours?

Can you spare a few hours?

Volunteers working to maintain historic Rose Cottage have again called for help. 

Rose Cottage, at Wilberforce, Sydney, is the oldest slab timber dwelling on its original site in Australia. 


It is kept open to the public by the Thomas and Jane Rose Society, which is struggling to find volunteers willing to occasionally help in the gardens or act as cottage guides.

That load, currently, is being borne by a handful of ageing volunteers.

Earlier this year, the society made an initial public call for help which was heeded by a number of generous donors concerned about the future of the cottage, one of the Hawkesbury Region's prominent historical attractions

However, it's now hoped that people who are interested in preserving Australian history may come forward and offer to give even a few hours once or twice a year to help.

Rose Cottage was the home of Thomas Rose, one of the first free settlers to be granted land in New South Wales. He had arrived in the colony with his family in 1793.

If you are able to help out the volunteers working to keep open this priceless piece of Australian heritage, please contact John Nichols on 0428765378 or Alan Dudley on 0401000724

Perhaps you could occasionally help open the cottage - in Rose Street, Wilberforce - on a Sunday between 10am and 4pm.  Or join the few volunteers who carry out working bees in the grounds on the third Sunday of each month. 

How a vision turned a crumbling cottage into an icon

The Thomas and Jane Rose Family Society was conceived by two brothers, Roy and George Rose, who were descendants of Thomas and Jane's third child, Joshua.


George initially travelled to England to  accumulate official documents to help him verify a proposed history of the family.  

Lindsay Rose, a cousin, actively encouraged the research.

In 1975, Roy and George officially set up the society and  planned a reunion for 1982.

A committee was formed and the society set two targets:

  1. Conservation of Rose Cottage
  2. Publication of the family's history 

Rose cottage is the oldest slab timber dwelling on its original site in Australia. 

Society members and helpers maintain the building and its grounds with regular working bees.

The society also acts as an information source for members scattered far and wide and promotes its activities and aims via media, printed materials and social media.

Today, you can keep up to date with happenings in the society, including meetings that are held at Rose Cottage;maintenance and development proposals; working bees; merchandising; and other activities via social media. sites.

Reunion date set

The society has confirmed that the next Rose Family reunion will be held in early 2018.

Tentatively, the get-together has been set down for March 18 in 2018.

The reunion is expected to be held at Rose Cottage in Wilberforce, Sydney. Watch the society's social media channels for additional information as planning continues.

A c ommittee meeting will also be held at Rose Cottage on  Sunday, November 19. Meetings start at about 10am and everyone is welcome.