Ross Arts Festival – 25-27 October 2019

Ross Arts Festival – 25-27 October 2019

The Ross Arts Festival is on from 25 – 27 October 2019. A wonderful weekend of music, writers, sculpture, exhibitions, music, artisans. The Tasmanian Wool Centre is proud to be a sponsor of the “Set In Stone” Daniel Herbert Prize sculpture competition. Visit Ross Arts Festival for full details, and plan your weekend in the country to […]

Stonemasons at work

Stonemasons at work

Working at Richard’s Stonemasons workshop, Ross c 1900 Stonemasons finishing stone blocks from the Ross sandstone quarries so they are ready to be used for building. If you’re passing by Bakery 31 in Ross, take a peek at the wooden shed behind it. The locals think this was where Richard’s workshop was.

John (Jack) Thomas Hall

John (Jack) Thomas Hall

Jack Hall was in Ross and joined up with the 12th Battalion in October 1915 at the age of 20. His family were farming in the north west of the state. He arrive in France in August 1916, and was wounded in February 1917 with a minor shrapnel would to the lip. In October that […]

‘A Postcard from Ashby’ c1900

‘A Postcard from Ashby’ c1900

‘Ashby’ is a wool-growing property near Ross. If you look closely, you can see members of the Bennett household on the veranda, and a lady ready to drive a four wheeled buggy – a little glimpse of life in another era. We’ve included some close-ups of the Bennett family. Claude Standaloft, the photographer, ran a […]

Kilt, c1990

Kilt, c1990

Pure wool tartan fabric, leather, metal This kilt features the Modern Red version of the Clan Ross Tartan. The Clan originated in the highlands of Scotland, with their territory covering much of the area to the north of Inverness. The Ross tartan has no connection with the Buchanans or with the Ross Priory. The kilt […]

Let’s build a snowman!

Let’s build a snowman!

‘Want a build a snowman?’ These three littlies were photographed during a rare snowy day in Ross in the 1960s.

Percival (Percy) George Featherstone

Percival (Percy) George Featherstone

Percy, aged 34 and a veteran of the Boer War, enlisted in January 1916, just three months after his wife Mabel died. Both Percy and his father George were stonemasons in Ross. Percy arrived in France in June 1916, assigned to the 52nd Battalion. He received a gunshot wound to the hand in September 1916 […]

E T Richard’s Family

E T Richard’s Family

E T Richard was a builder and mason. This postcard of his family was probably taken by Claude Standaloft, and later used to promote Mr Richard’s business. There is much happening in this delightful photo. We can see one of his older daughters bringing out some lunch, some of the other kids larking about on […]

Thomas Leslie Bayles

Thomas Leslie Bayles

From the property Auburn, to the west of Ross, Thomas enlisted in September 1916, at the age of 29. He shipped to England at the end of 1916 but was hospitalised with pneumonia on arrival and never saw active service. Doctors declared him medically unfit in March 1917, and he was returned to Australia. In […]

Ross: What’s in a name?

Ross: What’s in a name?

Ross was named by Governor Lachlan Macquarie on his 1821 visit to Van Dieman’s Land. Drawing on his Scottish heritage, Macquarie chose the name Ross in remembrance of his friend Hector McDonald Buchanan whose seat on the banks of Loch Lomond was called Ross Priory. In his journal, Macquarie noted that the site here, on […]

Alan Cecil Burbury

Alan Cecil Burbury

Alan Burbury enlisted in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment in August 1914, at the age of 20. He listed his occupation as farmer. His father, Arthur, who had grown up and farmed at Fonthill near Oatlands, was manager of Charlton at Ross at the time. Alan served in the Gallipoli and Palestine campaigns. He was […]

Daniel Herbert – Convict Stonemason

Daniel Herbert – Convict Stonemason

Danial Herbert was born in Somerset in 1797. He lived in Leeds and worked as a signboard writer. Following his involvement in a hold-up, he was sentenced to death in 1827. Only hopeless unemployment and poverty could have driven such a talented man to desperate measures. ‘All I longed for was peace of death. But […]