Marion White with her daughters Donnita McDonnell and Rachel Smith.
Marion White with her daughters Donnita McDonnell and Rachel Smith.

Homestead directors remembered

IT was with great fondness that the lives of two former Glengallan Homestead Trust directors were remembered on Saturday.

And now Bill White and Sue Cowley will be a permanent part of the historic house they loved so much with a hand-crafted plaque to hang above the staircase in memory of their contribution.

The plaque itself is made of cedar salvaged from the derelict verandas of Glengallan.

Past and present trust directors, volunteers, friends and families all gathered on the front porch of Glengallan to watch the unveiling.

Bill White was the chairman/director of the trust from 1994-2003.

Speaking at Saturday's plaque unveiling director Gary Hayes spoke of Mr White's determination and dedication to get funding for the homestead's restoration and the incredible work he did in restoring the staircase, cedar doors and woodwork.

Sue Cowley was a director on Glengallan Homestead Trust from 1997 to 2002.

She was described as a “gentle, caring person with a lovely sense of humour.”

Mrs Cowley had been a driving force during the Centenary of Federation restoration project and had assisted with the selection of furniture and fittings for the drawing room re-creation.

Mr Hayes also delivered a tribute from former chairman Bruce Green who praised both for their hard work.

Mrs Cowley's husband Ted thanked the trust on behalf of his family for remembering his late wife in this way.

“She loved Glengallan,” he said.

The plaque, which incorporates photographs of the two involved in restoration works at Glengallan, was crafted by Warwick Shire Woodcrafter Len Macnamara and inscribed by Scott Fisher.

The Glengallan Homestead Trust also held its AGM on Saturday.



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