Archive for April, 2011

The Chittick farm at Rose Valley (south of Kiama and north of Gerringong) held an open day, on 21st March, 2011, which was very well attended. This is very rare, as this Alne Bank is only a short distance from the other more well known Hindmarsh home, also known as Alne Bank (which has had 10 Generation of Hindmarshes living there,from the very beginning of Kiama, and where currently Micheal Hindmarh livea).
The Hindmarshes came from Alnwick in Northumberland. The Chitticks from County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland and bought the second Alne Bank froma Hindmarsh descendant.
One wonders if in the early days have two Alne Banks so closes was there some sort of dispute in the family reflected in both trying to keep the name. Maybe they got along fine, and just liked the name!

Here is some the history of the farm, the Chitticks and the Hindmarsh, which was displayed on the day

Here is the magnificent main hall, the houses is build with traditional Kiama blue metal (basalt) and local red cedar. A beautiful, solid house and home!

Joe Chittick holds up a horse hoof and shoe from a beloved family horse
( if I understood the story correctly)The Chitticks played, and play a prominent role in the Kiama Show, and the dairy industry, and have for several generations.

Part of the historical display, which include many moments when the Chitticks played prominent roles in local government and other important moments of local history

The original cottage, now known as the milk house


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