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 […]

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.

‘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 […]

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 […]

Robert Fleetwood Keefe

Robert Fleetwood Keefe

Robert enlisted in the 15th Battalion in September 1914, aged 28. He worked as a labourer on Ellenthorpe before joining up. His father lived in Campbell Town. Robert took part in the first landings at Gallipoli and in August 1915, was wounded in 16 places by shrapnel, affecting both arms, his left leg and lumbar […]

Charles Sumner

Charles Sumner

Charles Sumner was a 33 year old horse driver when he enlisted in October 1915. The family came from Campbell Town and his father John worked on Mona Vale. Charles arrived in France in June 1916, assigned to the 52nd Battalion. In March 1917 he was killed when the Battalion came under artillery fire south […]

Johannes Benjamin Merkulski

Johannes Benjamin Merkulski

Johannes was 33 years old when he enlisted in June 1915. He has been working in the Ross district as a farm labourer, blacksmith and farrier. He was born in Russia but had been naturalised as an Australian citizen in 1909, after living in the Ross district for about 6 years. Johannes arrived in France […]

Launching our newest exhibition

Launching our newest exhibition

A wonderful morning tea was enjoyed at the Museum at the Tasmanian Wool Centre on Thursday 4 April. We launched our new exhibition ‘Our Grateful Thanks, and Loving Remembrance’ in the company of the people who helped us to bring this exhibition to life. From the starting point of conversations with local folks in our community […]

Meet our Team: DEBRA CADOGAN-COWPER – Manager

We asked our team some nosy questions, and here’s what they had to say! Debra Cadogan-Cowper. Manager at the Tasmanian Wool Centre. 10 years (15 in total at the TWC). What is your work background? Clerical / Museum Gide / Mother / Retail. What do you love about working at the TWC? The opportunities to […]