Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Wetland Bird Walk - Lake Illawarra

Take a walk around Lake Illawarra on Sunday 7 October and try to spy some of Shellharbour's local wetland birds. Bookings are essential.


Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Toongla Homestead

Toongla is a beautiful Victorian homestead built on a portion of land originally granted to John Paul called ‘Tullimbar’. Maurice Scanlon purchased the property in 1873 from solicitor William Billyard, who reputedly built the house. Maurice Scanlon’s daughter married prominent Albion Park figure Gabriel Timbs Junior, and their wedding reception was held at Toongla.

In 1898, William Moles, a man of much standing in the locality, purchased the property. Moles arrived at Shellharbour in 1841 as a young boy with his father Alexander and they farmed on a clearing lease near Killalea before moving to Tullimbar. 

William married the daughter of Illawarra Shorthorn pioneer Andrew McGill and was a founding member of Shellharbour Municipal Council, serving as Mayor from 1860-1861, and Alderman, 1859-1863, 1866- 1867. Among the many local improvements Moles directed were those for education, development and dairying.

After his death in 1911 Toongla passed to his daughters, Marion and Barbara Moles.

Toongla at Tullimbar.
Tongarra Museum.

Toongla front verandah looking north west.
Tongarra Museum.

Toongla silo
Tongarra Museum.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

The Ghost of Courtney Puckey Guided Walking Tour

Take a guided walk with a twist and uncover the history and magic of Puckeys Estate in Fairy Meadow. Learn about the intriguing history, the environmental significance and the aboriginal culture of this beautiful piece of natural coastal vegetation. You may even get to meet the infamous Courtney Puckey himself!

Thursday 13th September

Cost: $8.50pp

What to bring: Hat and water, comfortable walking shoes
 Meet at Stuart Park car park behind the Lagoon restaurant at 10am
Bookings are essential by calling 4225 2636 or 4229 2600