SATURDAY 28th November
Today we spend the day in the Macquarie River area, near Campbell Town, based at Egleston, the original land grant to John Headlam in 1821 and to which he moved, from Hobart, in 1824. Egleston became the home of Charles and his children, following his death in 1898 the property was bought from his trust by Alfred Hugginson Headlam, his son, who lived there before moving to Kombacy, in Launceston, in 1913. Egleston was then sold to John Nicholson and ultimately bought by Frank and Odile Foster who are our hosts today.
For those participants who have registered, and paid, for today’s bus trip to Egleston, buses will be leaving their accommodation at around 9.30am and travelling south to Ross, where they can explore the Headlam connections with this lovely colonial, Macquarie River town and to see properties that were formally part of the Headlam legacy.
It is a short trip from here to where we can enjoy the beautiful surrounds and garden of Egleston.
A number of mobile food stalls will provide our lunches, a great selection of Tasmanian fare (not included in the package cost) will be available.
After time for more congeniality and searching for family connections and time for absorbing the sheer delight of the garden and surrounds we will bus back to Launceston. On the way we pass a number of previous Headlam properties and see the magnificence of the truly amazing agricultural landscape into which our forefathers arrived.
A brief stop at a modern advance, at Perth, will introduce (some of us) to the joys of a gin distillery. The night is then yours.
SUNDAY 29th November
Sunday seems to be the day to put aside time for churches and the like. But we also get to visit the truly magnificent (previously Headlam) properties of Vaucluse and Glen Esk.
The management of Vaucluse have offered us the chance to enjoy their recently developed homestead gardens and accommodation and catering venue. Yet to be confirmed, but our lunch may follow yesterday’s arrangement with food stalls but maybe Vaucluse will also be involved.
The accommodation will cater for 10 double, ensuite rooms and is reserved for our use over the period of the Bicentennial Celebration. The rates and booking process is yet to be determined.
Our first stop is to be for a service at Kirklands Church, close to Campbell Town. For those of us who wish to attend the ceremony gives us the opportunity to share the memories of the lives and deaths of our predecessors in the place used over the centuries for worship and burial by many Headlam families. Kirklands is a small Presbyterian Church situated in a pleasant rural environment overlooking the beautiful Maquarie River. There are many tombstones to seek out and time for reflection on Headlams past.
At Conara , a small church ,built by Robert Headlam of Vaucluse, has a stained glass window worthy of seeing to make the day unforgettable. The church and cemetery are being made available for us to visit by the owner Steve Irons.
When our day of chat, food and conviviality is spent we will take the bus and adjourn once more to our luxurious accommodation and the restaurant of your choice to complete yet another fabulous Headlam experience. Maybe make your own arrangements to catch up with those participants who unfortunately need to leave us for work or get the kids back to school. We will miss them tomorrow!!
Monday 30th November
Today we are to travel further south and include the largest farm presently owned and managed by a Headlam family, Lowes Park at Woodbury, near Oatlands. We also will see additional properties owned, or leased, in the past by Headlams now gone.
Oatlands has been the centre for many Headlam enterprises, some of which we can view at the Oatlands History Centre, this is based in this magnificent historic Georgian town. For those of us who get pleasure from searching around graveyards the Anglican Church will thrill you. It is full of dead Headlams!
Today will be a really easy day, for conversations, to get what information you want and have missed, to walk (or not), to capture the essence of rural Tasmania and our, the Headlam’s role, in this marvellous State of ours.
The food vans that have fed us previously may be replaced by an even more enthusiastic group based from Hobart, but we will need to have numbers of participants to justify their presence. So when you book your tours, include the Oatlands area to complete your Headlam Bicentennary Celebration. Tomorrow is purely an optional tour for participants, based on a poll of suggestions taken over the previous days.
The buses will return to Launceston, and we will be open to suggestions of additional stops.
For those of you visiting Tasmania and staying on, we thank you for your presence and hope you have a safe, satisfying and memorable stay here in Tassie.
Tuesday 1st December
Today’s activities will be based on the desires of participants of our celebration. We will have a poll of possible activities for the day, held during the celebration.
There are people coming, with their families, from overseas……New Zealand, Sweden and Who Knows, and the Mainland. It is possible that we will organise a bus tour, somewhere in the North, taking in the touristy sites such as winery, craft beers, spirit distillery, gourmet foods, scenic sites or whatever appeals.
This might be an attractive alternative to hire cars or shared transportation.