Monday, January 08, 2007

Scottish Descendants' and Pioneers' Day at Gulf Station

Saturday, 24 March 2007, 10am to 4pm

Do you have Scottish ancestry?
Does your family have links with the Yarra Valley?
Was an ancestor a passenger on the David Clark in 1839*?

Gulf Station's Bell family were Scottish (William Bell arrived on the David Clark) and their daughter Mary was a PLC class-mate of Nellie Mitchell (later Melba). As part of the Yarra Valley's Melba Festival, Gulf Station highlights its Scottish and pioneer heritage with Scottish Descendants' and Pioneers' Day, a special day featuring:
* Genealogical experts from the Scottish Ancestry Group (a service group of the Genealogical Society of Victoria)
* The Yarra Glen Historical Society will exhibit resource materials.
* Demonstrations of pioneer farming and domestic skills
* Musical entertainment: bush and folk, and Scottish (including the Police Pipe Band)
Bring your family tree, family history or local history material: compare notes, try to fill any gaps, make new contacts. Perhaps organise a family reunion with a picnic?
Gulf Station, the historic farm managed by the National Trust, includes the farm house and slab construction farm buildings, together with the breeds farmed by the Bells: Clydesdale horses, Ayrshire cattle, Border Leicester sheep, Berkshire pigs and poultry. All in a picturesque setting.
Normal entry fees apply: Adult $8; Concession $6; Child $5; group discount 10%.
Gulf Station
1029 Melba Highway
Yarra Glen, 3775 (Melways 267 C11)
Tel: 9730 1286

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