Sherriff Descendents Visit Craigieburn

Two generations of the descendents of Elizabeth Sherriff visited Craigieburn recently to view the restoration works being undertaken by the Society. Mrs Sherriff’s grand-daughters Nora Burgess and Ethel Templeton along with Ethel’s daughter and Elizabeth’s great grand-daughter Robin Bennie spent time at the site looking at various restorative works being undertaken. Their impression was enthusiastic and they spent time discussing their own memories of the former dairy farm. It was the first time Ethel had been to the site since restoration began and she took the opportunity to visit the commemorative rimu planted  by her sister Nora at 2010’s October opening day. Project Manager Paul Pope showed the family the restored ruin and the nearly completed byre as well as explaining more about the research that had been done on the family during their development of the farm. It’s a real privilege to share the area and accumulated knowledge of the Sherriff, Tanner and Rankin families with their descendents and bring to life the details of their working lives and characters. We look forward to being able to bring more members of the family to the area and share Craigieburn’s remarkable colonial and environmental history with them.