Clarence (Clarrie) Gordon Davidson

Clarence (Clarrie) Gordon Davidson

Clarence Davidson was 19 years old when he signed up with the 12th Battalion in December 1914. He had been working as a labourer and rabbit trapper after the sudden death of his father in 1912, helping to support his mother and six younger siblings. Clarence was a slight young man, weighing only 56 kilos […]

Charles (Charlie) Templeton

Charles (Charlie) Templeton

Charlie Templeton was working as a labourer when he enlisted in the 12th Battalion in December 1914. He gave his age as 21 but he was only 19. Charlie had a difficult upbringing. He was the illegitimate child of Eliza Templeton. She was frequently before the courts under charges of being drunk and disorderly. When […]

Charles Templeton

Charles Templeton

Charles enlisted in October 1916 when he was 44 years old. He was a labourer and unmarried, and listed his mother Catherine, living in Ross, as her next of kin. Charles arrived in France with the 40th Battalion in April 1917. He was gassed in June during operations near Messines and treated in France. In […]

Thomas William Rawnsley

Thomas William Rawnsley

Thomas enlisted in November 1915, at the age of 28. He was married to Ella May and they lived in Sydney with their two children. Thomas was working as a labourer. The Rawnsleys were a family of quarrymen with Thomas’ father and grandfather both working in Ross quarries. Thomas’ father lived in a stone house […]

Leonard John Templeton

Leonard John Templeton

Leonard Templeton was 21 years old when he enlisted in August 1916. He was farming with his father, John, in Tunbridge. On arriving in England, he was assigned to the 4th Machine Gun Company, arriving in France in March 1917. In August 1918 he was wounded in fighting near Harbonnieres. He suffered severe concussion after […]

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 […]