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Next reunion of the Roses

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.

Meanwhile, the society  has also confirmed dates for next year's meetings 

Provisionally, these dates are:

Sunday, March 19;  Sunday, July 16 and  Sunday, November 19

Search soldiers on

A search is continuing to identify more members of the Rose family who failed to return from World War I.

Society secretary, Karen Rose, is attempting to track down these lost family members, in the wake of the reburial of William Henry Christian Rose, of Chatswood, who died at the infamous battle of Fromelles in France.

William Henry Christian Rose, from Chatswood in Sydney, lay in an unmarked burial pit until his remains were identified and placed in a war cemetery as part of an Australian-British joint recovery exercise known as The Fromelles Project.         

Karen is keen to receive any information that might help. If you can assist, please make use of the interactive Contact Us form on this site.

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.