Leslie Charles Bean

Leslie Charles Bean

Leslie worked with his father and brother as a shepherd on Williamwood before enlisting in April 1916. He served in the 15th Field Company of Engineers in France, and was gassed in fighting in April 1918, in the second battle of Villers-Bretonneux. His mother died in 1917 with tow of her sons, Leslie and Arnold, […]

Children’s Summer Holiday Activities 2020

Children’s Summer Holiday Activities 2020

The Tasmanian Wool Centre & Museum have a fun summer program for children every weekday throughout January 2020, including outdoor games and hands-on activities. Outdoor Games Traditional children’s outdoor games will be available on the Tasmanian Wool Centre lawn weekdays in January between the hours of 11.00am and 2.00pm (weather permitting). Challenge your family to […]

Christmas Sale Evening

Christmas Sale Evening

Tasmanian Wool Centre Christmas Sale A Christmas Twilight Market will be held in the gardens of the Man O’ Ross Hotel on Saturday 14th December. Find info here. It’s a great evening to visit Ross, because many of our local businesses will be open during for the evening as well. And so will we at […]

Hearth – a living sculpture

Hearth – a living sculpture

A living sculpture watched over by two ancestral trees on the hill above. “ Hearth is a living sculpture that sits at a human and ecological crossroad – a point of connection. A place for resting, refuge, passage and return. Animals, plants and people have passed through here for millennia.  Pathways that link landscapes through past […]

William George Garwood

William George Garwood

William George Garwood William was a 34 year old miner when he enlisted in August 1915. He served in the 51st and 52nd Battalions, arriving in France in April 1916. In September 1917, he was promoted to Corporal but four days later suffered a shrapnel wound to his head and knee during fighting at Polygon […]

Arthur Albert Garwood

Arthur Albert Garwood

Arthur Albert Garwood The Royal Australian Navy was officially established in 1911, and its new ships arrived in 1913, generating much excitement nationally. In 1912 advertisements appeared in Tasmanian newspapers calling for ‘smart active boys’ and young men to serve. One who answered the call was Arthur Garwood who joined in January 1913 at the […]

Ticky Tacky Bridge

Ticky Tacky Bridge

While he may not be as impressive as his southern brother, the historic and beautiful Ross Bridge, Ticky Tacky Bridge is still fascinating non the less, with his two arches spanning Tacky Creek, at the northern entrance to Ross. Before Ross was bypassed the State Route 1 came directly through Ross, and those coming from […]

Percival Cyril Bonner

Percival Cyril Bonner

Percival Cyril Bonner Percival Bonner was a 21 year old married man, working as a labourer, when he enlisted in July 1915. He and his wife, Mary, had been living in Melbourne, but during the war, Mary spent some time in Ross, staying with Percival’s parents in their cottage in Badajos Street. Percival arrived in […]

Albert John Harding

Albert John Harding

Albert joined the 40th Battalion in April 1916, at the age of 23. He and his father Charles were both working as shepherds on Charlton. He arrived in France in November 1916. In May 1917, he suffered a gunshot would to the arm in fighting towards the Messine Ridge. He rejoined his unit in November. […]

William Arthur (Dubit) Smith

William Arthur (Dubit) Smith

William Arthur (Dubit) Smith William Smith followed the example of his younger brother, Peter, and enlisted in January 1916. He was a 35 year old labourer and a veteran of the Boer War. William served with the 10th Light Trench Mortar Battery, arriving in France in November 1916. In June 1917, he was involved in […]

Hedley John Bonner

Hedley John Bonner

Hedley John Bonner Hedley Bonner enlisted in the Otago Infantry Brigade of the New Zealand forces in October 1914, at the age of 26. Hedley’s father and mother lived on Wetmore at Ross, he a gardener, and she a domestic servant. His grandfather lived and worked on Somercotes for 70 years. Hedley had been working […]

Raymond Percy Bonner

Raymond Percy Bonner

Raymond Percy Bonner When Raymond Bonner joined up in May 1915, he had just turned 20. He had been working in New Zealand with his brother Hedley, as a timber worker. He added two years to his age to avoid the need for parental consent. He joined the New Zealand Rifle Brigade and arrived in […]