Rostrata Country House: On the afternoon of Sunday 15th November family members of Kingdom Ministries Bendigo were treated to a delightful High Tea and sheep shearing demonstration at Colin and Dorothy Silke’s lovely historic family property at Murphy’s Creek near Bendigo. Dorothy and Colin informed us of the history of their family and the home and property, as well as some local history. In 1850 John Silke migrated from Somerset England with his wife and 10 children. They settled in Little Bourke Street Melbourne and opened a grocers shop in Collingwood. A copy of his Cash Book at Rostrata, records both his farming days in England & the Collingwood shop. In 1865 they selected land at Murphy’s Creek (Then called Murphy’s Flat) when the government first opened up land in this area. His Grandson Edward built “Rostrata” in 1904 and it has remained in the family ever since.
A fabulous spread of sweet and savoury treats served on fine china followed. Colin and his assistants set everything up for Mal Christensen to show us his shearing skills, relieving a couple of ewes of their wooly coats.
Toby Westlake accepted the challenge to ‘have a go’ and did an admirable job.
It was an absolutely delightful afternoon and we are very grateful to Colin and Dorothy for hosting us, and to all involved in making the event memorable, especially for our visiting Canadian family members Patrick and Nadene Sookwah. More photos of the event can be seen on our Facebook page below… More information about Rostrata Country House can be at their website.