Visit Rose Cottage Wilberforce built in 1811 by Thomas Rose – one of the first free settlers to Australia
What happened to the first free settlers that arrived in Australia in 1793? Where did they live and what heritage have they left behind? Visit The Rose Cottage at Wilberforce to find out!
Rose Cottage at Wilberforce, the home of Thomas and Jane Rose who were amongst the first free settlers to arrive in Australia on The Bellona (1793), is the oldest timber cottage on a slab still on its original site in Australia and very important to our Australian heritage. It was built in 1811 and a Rose descendant lived in the cottage up until 1961. Join us on a fascinating guided tour of the cottage to find out about the original owners Thomas & Jane Rose who travelled from Dorset, England, and their descendants who lived here over the two centuries. Find out what hardships the Rose family endured in their lifetime and how up to 15 people could live in such a modest cottage.
The cottage is open on Sundays from 10am – 4pm for the public to view. There is also a video to view detailing how the Society restored the cottage, keeping to the original skills used in the 1800’s.