Thursday, July 5, 2012

Shaw McKeown Reserve

Just a street away from my home is this sign in a tiny reserve.
The Shaw McKeown Reserve is really no larger than two suburban blocks, but the sign signifies a great deal.
This reserve was not named until 2011, when Dromana celebrated her 150th anniversary as a gazetted township.

Pioneering souls
Vital threads in our fabric
Our prized heritage

The reserve acknowledges the lives of two of Dromana's pioneering families.

Linking to:
Signs, Signs


VioletSky said...

I wish there were more signs like this that give a good family and historical history of the area.

RedPat said...

It's nice to remember them with some green space!

Clytie said...

I love seeing signs that bring local heritage to life ... history is so important!

Lindy MacDuff said...

As it should be, so history will not be forgotten.

NixBlog said...

Good to see the pioneers acknowledged in this way, Gemma.

Pat said...

What a nice tribute - not only a sign but also a nice GREEN area!

Dianne said...

no matter how small, a reserve and acknowledgement are treasures

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It took some time Gemma, but as Pat says, what a lovely way to be remembered!

Francisca said...

It seems we need reminders that our communities are not made up of isolated individuals and our present is linked to those in the past. My screen is not large enough to read the sign, but I'm glad it's there.

Lesley said...

what a neat sign that explains so much! and it is a bonus that the descendants are still in the area.

itellya, Rosebud said...

Well done to Cr Graham Pittock for seeing this request granted. I'd seen the letter in the folder in the museum and wondered if the desired outcome had been achieved. Mrs McKeown was a sister of Hill Hillis, another early pioneer. Unfortunately the sign is wrong in stating that James McKeown moved from Red Hill in 1875; it should be 1885.
Well done to the Rosebud Chamber of Commerce for the statues and the Waiting Tree history board.

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