4th November 2011
History came to life on 4th November in our Museum and Watts’ Cottage for Sorrento Primary School Grade 1 and 2 students thanks to a group of enthusiastic NHS volunteers in period costume.
From Natasha Wicks the children heard about the way of life of the Boonwurung people and lime-burning, the first local industry of white settlers. Rhonda Fitzjohn, assisted by the silent figure of Lieutenant David Collins, described the short-lived settlement at Sullivan Bay in 1803. Barry Nicholls told stirring tales of shipwrecks and rescue. Des Young’s focus on transport included the paddle-steamers that brought visitors from Melbourne and the Sorrento Tram that linked them with the Ocean Beach. Joy Kitch, attired in early motoring gear, presided over a table of mysterious household objects from days gone by which the students were able to discuss and handle. In the clothing section Jo Davie and Elaine Nicholls, splendidly dressed, demonstrated the intricacies of corsets and other relics of the past!
Watts’ Cottage was a hive of activity as each child contributed to whipping cream and making butter while watching Cara Robinson making scones which were baked on the fire in the camp oven. They probably think I am of the same vintage as the cottage as I was able to tell them about life in the olden days! At the end of the session, the Devonshire scones were handed round for all to enjoy.
Our schedule was kept on track by David Dallas, the bellringer.
Faye Poll and Sue Halley provided back-up support and Paul Fitzjohn took the excellent photos. My thanks to all who helped to make the day such a success.