Located at 10 Old Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong, New South Wales, Druwalla was the home of Flora Ann and Joseph Charles Timms from 1934 until the property was sold following the death of Joseph in 1954. Flora passed away in 1945. The house is also known as Minimbah.
Flora Timms was one of the few women who made regular contributions to the local press. She was born Flora McLean on 25 August 1867 in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, the daughter of Neil McLean and Flora Campbell. She married Joseph Charles Timms in Berry in 1898. Known for her writing abilities, her first Hawkesbury work appeared in the Windsor and Richmond Gazette in December 1925 on the topic of the Rev Robert Cartwright.
Joseph was also born in Berry on 27 January 1873, the son of Joseph Warburton Timms and Charlotte Vandenbergh. Joseph and Flora’s four children Flora, Charlotte, Jessie and Joseph were all born in Berry. The family moved to Gunning in 1907 when Joseph was appointed the first Shire Engineer of the Gunning Shire where they lived for eighteen years from 1907.
After moving to Wilberforce in about 1924, Joseph served as the Shire Clerk of Colo Shire from 1925 until his retirement in 1940. Flora was elected the first president of the Wilberforce branch of the Country Women’s Association. The couple moved to Kurrajong in 1935 and Flora again immersed herself in community life being active in the Kurrajong Debating Society and the local branch of the Red Cross during World War Two.
Joseph Timms purchased Portion 271, Parish of Kurrajong, County of Cook comprising 33 acres of land in 1934 [see CT Vol 4611 Fol 216]. The block once stretched from Bells Line of Road near the current intersection with Old Bells Line of Road down to Little Wheeny Creek. The block on which the house is located was severed from the larger portion by the deviation of Bells Line which cut off the village area from the main road in 1947 when a new concrete beam bridge was constructed across Little Wheeny Creek.
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