Rokewood Common Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2182

Our second park for 20th November 2022 was the Rokewood Common Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2182. Due to the flooding and heavy rain Marija and I had to detour significantly to get to there.

Above:- Map showing the location of the Rokewood Common NCR. Map c/o Google maps.

The Rokewood area commenced as a crossing place on the Kuruk A Ruc Creek, aboriginal for place of the frog. It was gazetted as a town in June 1853. It is believed that the name of the town was inspired by English miners after the Rokewood family in Suffolk, although this is not confirmed. In 1854 a hotel was opened. The Rokewood Post Office opened on 1 October 1857. Rokewood became the main town for the gold mining are which included Dereel and Rokewood Junction.. By the early 1870s there were 54 dwellings and three hotels in Rokewood. The 1871 census has 276 people living in Rokewood.

Above:- Shearers at Rokewood, c. 1905. Image c/o collections.museumsvictoria.com

Do not confuse the Rokewood Common NCR with the Rokewood Reserve. This is not part of VKFF-2182.

The park can be located to the south of Wilson Street and adjacent to the Rokewood Golf Club, and on the eastern and western side of Meadows Road.

Above:- Aerial view of the Rokewood Common NCR. Image c/o Google Earth.

The Rokewood Common MCR protects a remnant Plains Grassland which was once widespread across the Victorian Volcanic Plains. Less than 1% of its original extent remains today. The Reserve also contains historical sites from Rokewood’s gold mining days which are listed in the State Heritage Register.

We set up on the western side of Meadows Road and ran the Yaesu FT857, 40 watts, and the 20/40/80m linked dipole for this activation.

Above:- An aerial view of the park showing our operating spot. Image c/o Google maps.

We made a total of 76 QSOs, including 18 Park to Park contacts.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3SQ
  2. VK2VH
  3. VK4AAC
  4. VK3NBL
  5. VK5MRD
  6. VK7XX
  7. VK3PF/m
  8. VK3GRX
  9. VK2MET/p (Tomaree National Park VKFF-0490)
  10. VK1AO/p (Tomaree National Park VKFF-0490)
  11. VK3TKK/p (Macedon Regional Park VKFF-0972)
  12. VK1ACE/p (Old Naas Travelling Stock Route (TSR) Nature Reserve  VKFF-0992)
  13. VK3ZPF/p (Arthurs Seat State Park VKFF-0750)
  14. VK2APC/p (Burragorang State Conservation Area VKFF-1292)
  15. VK2LP/p (Burragorang State Conservation Area VKFF-1292)
  16. VK2EG/p (Medowie State Conservation Area VKFF-1349)
  17. VK3TUN/p (Tooloy Flora Reserve VKFF-2459)

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3SQ
  2. VK2VH
  3. VK4AAC
  4. VK3NBL
  5. VK5MRD
  6. VK7XX
  7. VK3PF/m
  8. VK3GRX
  9. VK2MET/p (Tomaree National Park VKFF-0490)
  10. VK1AO/p (Tomaree National Park VKFF-0490)
  11. VK5WU
  12. VK3BBB/5
  13. VK2CCP/5
  14. VK3SH
  15. VK3VIN
  16. VK3VRA
  17. VK1DI
  18. VK5FANA
  19. VK7JFD
  20. VK2HHA
  21. VK2YK
  22. VK5GA
  23. VK3CWF
  24. VK3TKK/p (Macedon Regional ParkVKFF-0972)
  25. VK3VB
  26. VK4FW
  27. VK8MM
  28. VK1ACE/p (Old Naas Travelling Stock Route (TSR) Nature Reserve  VKFF-0992)
  29. VK3GJG
  30. VK3ZPF/p (Arthurs Seat State Park VKFF-0750)
  31. VK2APC/p (Burragorang State Conservation Area VKFF-1292)
  32. VK3HBD
  33. VK2LP/p (Burragorang State Conservation Area VKFF-1292)
  34. VK3MRG
  35. VK3UH
  36. VK2EG/p (Medowie State Conservation Area VKFF-1349)
  37. VK3LSR
  38. VK5DW
  39. VK2JES
  40. VK3MDC/m
  41. VK3FMRC
  42. VK5IS
  43. VK3PMV
  44. VK3UAO
  45. VK3ABI
  46. VK5FB
  47. VK5CZ
  48. VK3UN
  49. VK3TUN/p (Tooloy Flora Reserve VKFF-2459)

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. ZL3MR
  2. VK4NH
  3. VK4DXA
  4. VK4SMA
  5. VK2MET
  6. VK1AO
  7. VK4TJ
  8. VK4KC
  9. VK4MAD
  10. VK4DOG

Once we packed up we had a quick look around the town of Rokewood. The Rokewood Uniting church is one of the impressive structures in the town and was built in 1866.

References.

  1. Discover the Kuruc a ruc trail brochure
  2. Victorian Places, 2023, <https://www.victorianplaces.com.au/rokewood>, viewed 8th January 2023.
  3. Wikipedia, 2023, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rokewood,_Victoria>, viewed 8th January 2023.

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