We’ve all heard of 6 degrees of separation! Carolyn Gould is a woman who attracts coincidences! Both her parents were popular writers and passionate about history; this influenced Carolyn from a young age, so when friends introduced her to the historic Bella Vista Farm, she was enthusiastic to volunteer.
Currently she is one of a small team putting the final touches to a chronological history – “Bella Vista Farm Its Past and Its People”.
Carolyn’s father’s early ancestors came to Sydney Cove on the convict transport ship “Surprise” in 1794. Also on board were free settlers, Matthew and Martha Pearce, ancestors of Mark Pearce, a current Bella Vista Committee member, whose family built the farmhouse in the 1840s. Another of Carolyn’s ancestors, James Shepherd, owned land in West Pennant Hills Valley. When John MacArthur relinquished his adjoining 100 acres, it was granted to James Shepherd in 1824. Bella Vista is well known to have grazed MacArthur’s Merino flock from 1801-1824.
Carolyn had a long career in television production at the ABC, which often involved historical dramas.
These included “Rush and “1915”. As part of the filming of “1915”, two cashmere goats used on set needed a home Carolyn volunteered.
That was the start of her interest in cashmere and she joined the Australian Cashmere Growers Association, culminating in the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2013 for service to the cashmere industry and the community.
Carolyn has been married 43 years to Graeme, a highly respected former TV Designer and local artist. Their son Joe is a well-known percussionist with The Crooked Fiddle Band.
Carolyn was appointed Vice President of the Band Association of NSW: another voluntary role. Her life revolves around community help. Bella Vista Farm is fortunate having Carolyn share her extensive knowledge – always with a helpful and positive attitude.
Anyone who has an interest in history and would like to become a member come and visit us at Bella Vista Farm. The Farm is open 1 st Sunday of every month at 2 Elizabeth MacArthur Drive, Bella Vista or check out www. thehills.nsw.gov.au