Dud Suttor – Soldier and Wallaby #129

Dudley Colin Suttor Dudley Colin Suttor, was born at Koorawatha in 1892, whilst his parents, Walter and Louisa (Nee Monro), were living at the property “Warrangong”. Walter and Louisa had 9 children, 5 boys (2 of those died young) and 4 girls. Dud Suttor was their seventh child and their other children were:-Stella Louise 1881- … Continue reading Dud Suttor – Soldier and Wallaby #129

A Pilot’s Log Book

By Greg Blackmore In 1965 I started flying lessons with Schutt Aircraft Flying Academy at Grovedale airfield, just out of Geelong in Victoria. This was during my first year at Marcus Oldham Agricultural College and I progressed through to my first Solo flight in October that year at about 8 hours flying time. In April … Continue reading A Pilot’s Log Book

Major Olaf Murray Walsoe

The first of Sydney Grandison “Grandie” and Isabella Watson’s children to marry was Isobella “Emily” who married George Black from Tarwin Meadows (near Inverloch) in Victoria, in 1871. Emily was only 20 years of age at the time and George was 38 years her senior at 58. Life at Tarwin Meadows was fairly hard for … Continue reading Major Olaf Murray Walsoe

Letters from the Klondike

Written by Sidney Watson from Vancouver, Canada during the 1898/99 winter and later in 1899, just before he and his wife, Annie, returned to Australia after two summers on the Goldfields of Alaska and British Columbia. Philip Sidney Watson, of Gregory Downs, married Annie Lister in January 1898. Annie was a suffragist with a BA … Continue reading Letters from the Klondike

Greg Watson and Ruby Taylor

With information also provided by Andrew Taylor - Ruby was Andrew's Great, Great, Grandfather's sister. Three Watson brothers, Philip Sidney and Harry Frederick who were twins, and a younger brother, Robert McGregor "Greg", established `Gregory Downs Station' in 1877. The three brothers had left their home, `Walwa', on the upper Murray River in Victoria and … Continue reading Greg Watson and Ruby Taylor

The Fire Beacons of England & the Kinleside Family Crest

Edith Alexa Kinleside married John Coleridge "Jack" Blackmore in 1915. Edith came from "Uppingham" at Koorawatha near Cowra, NSW and Jack came from nearby "Landsdowne" at Wattamondara. In 1929, with their only son Lewis Kinleside Blackmore, born in 1917, moved to “Mt View”, Clandulla, near Rylstone, also in NSW. The Kinleside Family Crest represented the … Continue reading The Fire Beacons of England & the Kinleside Family Crest

“Walter” the Rural Property Buyer

WALK IN'S AND FAIR DINKUM BUYERS Some time ago, in the early 1980's, before the internet and mobile phones, prospective property buyers would sometimes come into the office of Lloyd Taylor & Co at Moura without making any prior arrangements. In real estate terms these people are called "walk ins", common with house sales but … Continue reading “Walter” the Rural Property Buyer

Phil Schaffert, Gregory Downs Manager 1931 to 1944

Guest Post by Beverley O'Hara Background In October 1876 three Watson brothers left from “Walwa” on the Upper Murray in Victoria, following a survey trip by Greg, one of the brothers, in 1875, to settle on the Gregory River at “Gregory Downs” some 120 kilometres south of Burketown, arriving in August 1877. Two of the … Continue reading Phil Schaffert, Gregory Downs Manager 1931 to 1944

Emily Watson and George Black

The first of Sydney Grandison “Grandie” and Isabella Watson’s children to marry was Isabella “Emily” who married George Black from Tarwin Meadows (near Inverloch) in Victoria. Isabella Emily Watson The marriage took place at All Saints Church, St Kilda on the 27 th July 1871. Emily was only 20 years of age at the time … Continue reading Emily Watson and George Black

Julia Farr and Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island is a small island in the Pacific Ocean (located between Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia) and is part of the Commonwealth of Australia. The evergreen Norfolk Island pine is a symbol of the island and thus pictured on its flag. Famous residents include the novelist Colleen McCullough, (The Thorn Birds, Masters of … Continue reading Julia Farr and Norfolk Island