Built in 1856 this home was the residence of the Roughley family and is an icon of the Dural district. The Roughley family story in Australia began in 1817 when Joseph Roughley and his son James were convicted of theft and given a seven year sentence of transportation to Australia. James Roughley acquired the original 50 acres of land ‘The Pines’ sits on by way of Deed transfer in 1830.
The final family resident, Gordon 'Clive' Roughley, was born in the front room of the house in 1914. He passed away in February 2002 aged 87 years. Prior to his death Clive sold the property to The 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's oral history is available from The Hills Shire Libraries and is a fascinating recollection of family life through the 20th century.
Tours of the home are run by volunteers during 'Jazz at the Pines' events. Hear the real colonial history of The Pines on one of these free tours throughout the afternoon. Group bookings at other times are welcomed by prior arrangement.
Please note: This is a museum and is not a venue available for hire.