Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Bonnie the Cow

 The Graham family lived at Lake Illawarra. Mr. Charles Graham worked building the roads in the area in the 1920s and 1930s. Bonnie was the Graham family’s pet cow.

When Mr. Graham was working on the roads he would have to feed the team of men working with him, and for this reason he bought Bonnie to supply the milk.

Ron Graham (Charles son) had to milk Bonnie every morning before he went to school and then when he came home again.

Bonnie never had a paddock, she would just roam all over Lake Illawarra, sometimes walking up to three miles almost all the way to Shellharbour.

One day Ron found her on Windang Island. She had walked all the way across the sand  through the entrance of the lake to get to the grass on the island.

About three o’clock every afternoon, Bonnie would begin to make her way home again to be milked. Ron would meet her half way and walk back with her.

After giving her a feed of some chaff and bread, Ron would sit on his little stool with his milking bucket.

Ron’s parents later bought a block of land and built a shop, Graham’s Store. Charles built a jetty  into the lake and hired out boats to holiday makers.

Ron’s mother Gladys ran the hire boats and would let out holiday homes in the area. Owners would give Gladys the keys to their weekenders to let them out to  holidaymakers at the lake.
 
Bonnie the Cow and the Graham kids
Photograph courtesy Ron Graham.
  
Graham Store, Lake South
Photograph courtesy Ron Graham.



Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Congratulations Kevin and Dorothy Gillis!

Congratulations to Oak Flats couple Kevin and Dorothy Gillis for being awarded a medal of the Order of Australia for their contribution to historical research and the preservation of heritage sites in the Illawarra. They provide a valuable service at our Tongarra Museum and have worked with Council to erect plaques at historic sites around the city.

Photo: Congratulations to Oak Flats couple Kevin and Dorothy Gillis (pictured with museum curator, Tamara Hynd), for being awarded a medal of the Order of Australia for their contribution to historical research and the preservation of heritage sites in the Illawarra. They provide a valuable service at our Tongarra Museum and have worked with Council to erect plaques at historic sites around the city.