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.

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 […]

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 […]

Charles Louis Pulford

Charles Louis Pulford

Charles Pulford joined the 12th Battalion in August 1914, at the age of 24. He was working as a labourer. His father, William, and mother, Diana, lived in Ross. Charles took part in the Gallipoli landings and served on Gallipoli for the whole of the campaign without any recorded illness or wounds. Charles arrive in […]

Harold (Dick) Grahame Richards

Harold (Dick) Grahame Richards

Harold Richards enlisted in December 1914, with the 15th Battalion. He was 21 years old and working in the family tradition as a monumental mason. He took part in the first landings at Gallipoli and in May received a bullet wound to the hand. In August, the Battalion suffered heavy casualties and Harold was seriously […]

Thomas (Tom) William Garwood

Thomas (Tom) William Garwood

Tom Garwood, a 24 year old labourer enlisted in the 12th Battalion in December 1914. His parents, Charles and Margaret, lived in Ross. In April 1915 Tom took part in the Gallipoli landings. In July, he was evacuated off the peninsula suffering from a respiratory infection and jaundice. After duties in HQ, he arrived in […]

Peter Smith

Peter Smith

Peter Smith was 32 years old and working as a fencer in the Ross area when he enlisted in December 1914. His late father, William, owned the property on the corner of Portugal and Bond Streets in Ross, where his mother Eleanor and the family were living in 1914. Peter took part in the Gallipoli […]