Yulgilbar homestead holds a museum of local history
THE historic Yulgilbar homestead - often referred to as the castle - and the people who lived there is the focus of a new exhibition opening at the Grafton Regional Gallery on October 25.
In 2017 the Grafton Regional Gallery and the Yulgilbar Archives celebrated some of the many women who have been connected with Yulgilbar since it was first taken up by the Ogilvie family in the 1840s.
And according to Yulgilbar Archive curators Jennifer Baldwin and Lianne Hart the exhibition proved so popular that this year they are following up with an exhibition featuring some of the many men who have made their mark on this historic property.
"The displays will feature the local Bundjalung leader, Toolbillibam, whose 1842 meeting with the Ogilvie brothers was to have far-reaching consequences for his people," Jennifer said.
"Edward Ogilvie's long association with Yulgilbar is also covered, as are the periods of ownership of Sam Hordern and Baillieu Myer.
"Between them these three men have owned Yulgilbar for a collective period of one hundred and twenty-six years and they have steered Yulgilbar through difficult years of drought and economic downturns as well as goldrushes and glorious years of prosperity."
Lianne Hart said Ogilvie made his fortune off the sheep's back before before building the iconic Yulgilbar Castle for his young bride.
"A century later Baillieu Myer and his wife Sarah rescued the derelict castle and turned it into a comfortable modern home," she said
"In 2005 they opened the Yulgilbar Archives, a museum of local history in the old wine cellars below the castle."
Since then the Archives have hosted hundreds of tours, allowing many people to share the history of this lovely old building. The collection is also available by appointment for private research.
But the exhibition doesn't just feature the biggest names associated with the Castle according to Jennifer.
"Others to be featured in the exhibition include long-time manager Allan Rogan and current manager Rob Sinnamon, along with master craftsman Boxer Kroehnert who built a lot of the post and rail fences and other structures that Yulgilbar is renowned for today," she said.
"Last but not least, the exhibition celebrates the many shepherds who risked their lives in remote outstations to watch over the Ogilvie sheep."
The exhibition is open October 25 to December 8.