There is a sort of rightness in having a Margaret River vineyard named ROSILY
"Who was Rosily?"
The Comte Francois de Rosily was born in Brest, France in 1742.
He was the one who intended south-western Australia to be settled by the French
More informationRosily entered naval service at the age of 14 and joined the 1772 French expedition that discovered Kerguelen Island.He then accompanied Saint Allouran to examine the west coast of Western Australia
On 30 March 1772 at Shark Bay, Saint Allouran claimed possession of south-western Australia on behalf of France. Rosily was the man who prepared a chart showing where a parchment in a bottle that recorded this claim was buried along with two coins
Rosily also made the first chart of Flinders Bay in south-western Australia
In 1975 Rosily was placed in charge of the Hydrographic Office where he served as the Chief Hydrographer until 1826
It was in that position that he planned the expeditions to Western Australia by Freycinet and others to investigate the possibilty of establishing a French Colony
The colony never happened-events at home and a man called Napoleon Bonaparte directed French attention to Europe rather than the New World
The wine industry just had to wait!
The ROSILY vineyard story is only eleven years old but much has been accomplished. The property on Yelverton Road was bought by Mike Scott and Ken Allen in 1994
Twelve acres have been planted in the classic varieties that shine in the maritime climate of south-west Western Australia