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Reunion draws near

Preparations are well underway for a bumper Rose Family reunion on Sunday 18 March 2018.


This will be a great opportunity to visit Rose Cottage, Wilberforce for the first time; take another look at a priceless piece of Australian heritage; or meet family members and the local community.



Take a step back in time and learn how your ancestors lived. Your eyes and ears will fill you in on the past.


Everyone is welcome to attend the reunion. These events are held every five years.


Family members will have a chance to update information by recording births, deaths and marriages with descendant lines


There will also be photographs of the various lines.


You can bring a picnic lunch or morning and afternoon tea and a BBQ lunch will be on sale. There'll be entertainment,  raffles  and Rose Family  merchandise will be available for sale.


A $5 family pass to enter the Australian Pioneer Village will be available on request from the registration desk.


The reunion will be held at Rose Cottage, Rose Street, Wilberforce.  To attend, enter via Australian Pioneer Village main gate, then walk through a small gate from the village to Rose Cottage. Check-in at the registration table.


Please bring chairs, shade umbrellas and wet weather gear as needed.  


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.


Watch our social media channels (see below) for updates and changes.


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.