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Experience a truly unique holiday with family and friends at the historic cattle property Roseneath Station.

Located on the edge of the border ranges granite belt, you can bask in the wide open spaces and relax at night on the large open decks viewing billions of stars in the clear night skies, with good food, good company and a good bottle of local wine. A fully self catered luxury country getaway with the choice of doing as little or as much as you like.

Roseneath has something special for everyone, its appeal is wide ranging, from nature lovers to the adventuresome, from animal lovers to fisherman, from photographers to painters, there is something appealing to all… Cast a line down in the Dumaresq River, a popular fishing spot for Murray Cod & Yellowbelly, or bring your swimmers / canoe and organize an afternoon picnic along the banks of the river. Roseneath has also wonderful walking tracks, where Australian flora and fauna abound, with over 140 bird species identified on the station, it is a bird lovers paradise.

It is a wonderful family holiday, where kids can experience a taste of the way it used to be – a back to basics farmstay with a touch of luxury, It is bound to make you smile…

After a day of relaxation, farm involvement or exploring historic Tenterfield and its wineries… watch as the sun goes down and the starry night skies appear over the Battlements of the Great Divide.

A Brief History

Bruxner 1951

Sir Michael Frederick Bruxner (1882-1970), politician, was born on 25 March 1882 at Sandilands, Tabulam, New South Wales, second son of English-born Charles Augustus Bruxner, a pioneering grazier on the Clarence River, and his wife Sarah, daughter of Henry Barnes of Dyraaba. As a child Bruxner was delicate, and nearly died of pleurisy and pneumonia. His education was a mixture of private tuition and boarding-schools; he was captain of The Armidale School in 1900. A good scholar, he lived in St Paul’s College while studying arts and law at the University of Sydney in 1901-03, but was sent down for missing law lectures. After a few years on the family property he moved to Tenterfield to help a family friend in his stock and station agency. Liking the life, he bought out his friend, and opened his own business in 1907 as Bruxner & Cotton.

On his return to Tenterfield in July 1919 Bruxner sold his stock and station agency and also Emu Park in Queensland which he had bought before the war; and he consolidated Roseneath, near the border, where he bred Hereford cattle. Instead of settling down as a grazier he soon became involved in the emerging Country Party, partly through conviction and partly through friends and family, and agreed to stand as a Progressive in the State elections of 1920, held under proportional representation. Elected as one of three members for Northern Tableland, he was never afterwards troubled to hold his seat (Tenterfield from 1927). In parliament he was not conspicuous until the Progressive Party split in December 1921 over whether to join with Sir George Fuller in an anti-Labor coalition. The coalitionists, led by Walter Wearne and (Sir) Thomas Bavin succeeded, but the ministry lasted only seven hours, and the Progressives were permanently divided. The self-styled ‘True Blues’ who had opposed the coalition maintained their separate identity, elected Bruxner leader for the 1922 elections, and renamed themselves the Country Party in 1925.

Predeceased by his wife, Bruxner died on 28 March 1970 and was cremated with Anglican rites. He was survived by a daughter and two sons: the elder became a District Court judge and the younger represented Tenterfield in the Legislative Assembly from 1962. His estate was valued for probate at $62,758.

Bruxner was a natural politician and a natural leader, who combined a cheerful smile and an approachable manner with a personal dignity which he never lost: for most of his political life he was referred to as ‘the Colonel’, a style he greatly enjoyed. His political skill and his integrity gave the Country Party in New South Wales a status it did not enjoy in other States, while as a minister he was innovative and highly competent. His portrait by W. Chandler is in the Country Party offices, Sydney, and a sketch by George Lambert is in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.