With Thanks to Joyce Trebilcock

Recently we had the pleasure of hosting Joyce Trebilcock back to Orangevale. I could have sat and listened to her for days about the life and times of the Trebilcock Family over many decades. She graciously gave us the permission to copy many of her precious photographic memories so we could store for generations to come.

Enjoy looking through the decades, watching the garden grow, the different crops on the property and the way it has grown and changed over the years.



  1. Hi,
    Thanks for the memory. I am the Grand son of J. F Trebilcock. My mother is Mary Cooney, who is the daughter of J. F Trebilcock. I have very early memories of Orange Vale, especially the 1956 Black Sunday bush fire, when I was 9.All the belonings were put on the tennis court as the fire topped the hills all around us and threatened the house. The Homestead is a beautiful home with very special memories…… Please take care of it. Regards Cameron Cooney.

  2. Hi, I am Gillian Cox (nee Frinsdorf)
    I used to live over the road (Corkscrew Rd) from the Trebilcock family who lived in Orange Vale. Joyce and her home have many happy memories for me as I was growing up. Joyce was, and still is a very welcoming lady who was a diligent gardener and wonderful cook. She was a domestic goddesslong before the term became popular with so many domestic skills perfected including dressmaking and caring for her family and friends.
    Alec, her husband was such a hardworking but fun person to be around and was full of jokes and yarns to share. They were such a great team. The orchard was not an easy place although looking Idylic it was a lot of constant hard work to keep it all going.
    I loved living there.

    • Thanks Gillian, It is an amazing area and an amazing property with so much history. We can certainly agree that there is lots of work but hopefully we can do the Trebilcock family justice and keep their legacy going.

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