A group of IMSMC members visited the pines in fresh Dural for an afternoon of jazz brought to us by Eric Holroyd’s Hotshotz. The weather was chilly and Mr. Holroyds band played memorable tunes from the jazz era of the 1920’s to the mid 1940’s, including tunes by Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke Django Reinhardt, and Glenn Miller. It was a truly eclectic experience!
On site a number of us wandered over to the tour the colonial house belonging to the Roughley family. The Roughley family story in Australia began in 1817 when Joseph Roughley and his son James were convicted of theft and given a 7-year sentence of transportation to Australia. Five generations lived in this same house! The final family resident, Gordon “Clive” Roughley, sold the property to Baulkham Hills Shire Council for $1 so that it would be maintained as a living history of colonial life in The Hills and remain accessible to the public. Clive used to look forward to Jazz days where he would sit on the front verandah, listen to the music and chat to visitors about his house, the tour guide explained.
Yet again an excellent day passed us by in great company while listening to some extraordinary music!