Over the last two weeks our usual meeting place, The Bowral Bowling Club, has been unavailable due to Tulip Time bookings.  We had originally planned to have a picnic and revist our lookout on Oxley Hill Road but were hampered by wet weather.   

On Wednesday the 14th September we held our meeting at The Mill, 210-224 Bong Bong Street, Bowral.  We were treated to a delicious lunch and a tour of the premises.  "The Mill Bowral" has been so named, as the site is a restored timber mill, originally built at the turn of the century, with character features such as, exposed beams, original brickwork and industrial finishes.  Apart from the restaurant area there are a number of mixed use spaces intended to attract a range of different traders, from local food and produce, to artisans, homewares, furniture, designers and more.  Provision has been made for a conference and workshop area, hot desks and a meeting room, catering to those that have made the tree change to Bowral, whilst still maintaining a foothold in Sydney. Collaboration and local creative business development will also be a focus of this area.

The Mill - Bowral

Wednesday the 21st September was once again too wet for a picnic at lookout so this time we ventured to the historic Fitzroy Inn at Mittagong.  After a stunning lunch from Teena and Stephen from Phatt Duck Teena took us on a tour of the "cellars".  The Fitzroy Inn was opened in 1836 as a ‘Traveller’s Inn’ and remains operational after almost 170 years providing  a unique window into Australia’s colonial past.  The original kitchen in the cellars has been described by some historians as ‘the finest example’ of a convict-era built kitchen remaining in Australia. The ‘water-well’ in the middle of the floor, hand-cut into the shale below the building, is a truly remarkable work of convict masonry and craftsmanship. The convict cell, used to hold prisoners on their way to Berrima Gaol, retains the original iron shackles and hand-turned bars which securely restrained its hapless guests.  The venue provided a lively atmosphere and great plans for an exciting event in the near future were hatched ... stay tuned!
The Fitzroy Inn