David and Tanya Stewart are familiar faces to regulars at Gosling Creek Winery as they have been working with Jan and Peter Grieg for several years. They have also been managing the cellar door at Gosling Creek Winery for the past two years but it is only recently that they have moved out to the property at Murroon.
Arriving to possibly one of the wettest Winter’s in recent times it has certainly been quite an introduction to the area. However, for Tanya everything is so familiar. It is almost like returning “home”.
Tanya Stewart (nee McLachlan) is the daughter of Alan and Judy McLachlan. (Born at the Birregurra Hospital on 31st October, 1970.) Judy and Alan McLachlan raised their three children Lynne, Tanya and Tony at “Yurnga” on Boonah Rd. Bambra in the old weatherboard family home. The house was the original family home of Jean and Athol McLachlan. The house has been demolished and replaced by a more modern home and Rohan Reid bought the land on the left hand side of the road for agroforestry in 1983.
Our family left the district in 1983 to take up land in the Heytesbury settlement. The hills were difficult to run dairy cattle on and the Heytesbury farm was flat and accessible. Our family later moved into Colac.
I decided on teaching as a profession. I have taught in Melbourne, Lorne (1995-1997), Moonee Ponds, and Colac where I am currently employed teaching performing arts.
A significant re-introduction to the area took place when I was invited to perform at a tribute concert for Marjorie Lawrence in 2006. I remember seeing the black and white photograph of Miss Lawrence on the wall of the Deans Marsh Hall as a child and I have always been interested in her story.
It was during this time that I met local a cappella group “The Deans Marsh Singers’. I had previously sung in Melbourne with a capella groups so it was like a musical “home-coming” to find a local a cappella group. I have now been singing with The Deans Marsh Singers for ten years. I have performed at Gosling Creek Winery with The Deans Marsh Singers and also with my husband David. Little did I know that the musical connection of the Deans Marsh Singers would lead me back “home”.
David Stewart is the son of Adriana Stewart (nee De Jong) and Don Stewart (dec.) The De Jong family, originally from the Netherlands, was one of the first families naturalised at the Forrest Hall.
So whilst we may be reasonably new faces at Murroon my heart has always belonged to this region.
In 2005 I wrote a song called the “Rolling Hills of Bambra” after driving past our old family home. Little did I know that almost ten years later I would be living so close to those “Rollin’ Bambra Hills”
So when you pop into Gosling Creek Winery to say hi or have a glass of wine you can be sure that your new hosts love the region and will continue to support local talent.If you are a budding local musician feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org