“Tartrus”, Marlborough CQ

Early in 1967 the writer, Greg Blackmore, drove up to Rockhampton and then out to “Tartrus” west of Marlborough and on the Mackenzie River to start work for Graham and Shirley McCamley. As I drove into the property from the Marlborough Nebo Road which was then the Bruce Highway, I was blocked by floodwaters and … Continue reading “Tartrus”, Marlborough CQ

Sidney Watson’s honeymoon, North to Alaska & Canada

Philip Sidney Watson married Annie Lister in January 1898. Annie was a suffragist with a BA from the University of Melbourne (there is also some suggestion that she may have been a nurse prior to attending university – Lew Blackmore re-called in July 1989 that he could remember his mother telling him about Sidney marrying … Continue reading Sidney Watson’s honeymoon, North to Alaska & Canada

The Indian Princess Mystery and Lt Gen Archibald Watson

Lt Gen Henry Archibald Watson and His First Wife? Great, great grandfather, Sydney Grandison Watson, also know as “Grandie”, accumulated around 100,000 acres along the Upper Murray River (Then know as the Hume River) near Walwa and Tintaldra and in sight of the majestic Snowy Mountains, before sending three of his sons to settle at … Continue reading The Indian Princess Mystery and Lt Gen Archibald Watson

The Watson Bros of “Merluna”, Cape York.

Not long after the three Watson Bros from Grandie Watson’s first marriage to Isobella Robinson, settled Gregory Downs three of their half brothers from their father’s second marriage to Constance Armstrong also travelled north to seek their fortune on Cape York. Fired by reports brought back by the Jardine Brothers (Frank & Alick) in their … Continue reading The Watson Bros of “Merluna”, Cape York.

10 Years with property agent Lloyd Taylor and Co, Moura

“Clovernook”, Moura-Bauhinia District In 1969 Lloyd Taylor came to Moura in the middle of Central Queensland’s fertile Brigalow area and opened a Stock and Station Agency. He had followed his parents Steve and Addie and brother’s Robert and Owen and sister Elizabeth to the district as they had drawn a Ballot Block just North of … Continue reading 10 Years with property agent Lloyd Taylor and Co, Moura

The Blue Lake, Mount Gambier, Adam Lindsay Gordon & Blackmores

Blue Lake, Mount Gambier (Photo credit, David Blackmore) In July 1864, the poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon performed the daring riding feat known as Gordon's Leap on the edge of the Blue Lake. A commemorative obelisk erected there has an inscription which reads: "This obelisk was erected as a memorial to the famous Australian poet. From … Continue reading The Blue Lake, Mount Gambier, Adam Lindsay Gordon & Blackmores

Lew Blackmore & Gregory Downs

From The Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach, “Unsung Heroes”, as submitted by L. K. Blackmore Lewis Kinleside BLACKMORE, b. 15th February 1917, Sydney NSW, d. 6th November 1995, Buderim QLD Lewis Kinleside Blackmore inherited `Gregory Downs Station' from his grand uncles, the Watson Brothers, in 1943 and held it for a period of 36 years … Continue reading Lew Blackmore & Gregory Downs

Lew Blackmore, RAAF Service

LEWIS KINLESIDE BLACKMORE – RAAF AND THE NORTHERN TERRITORY Lewis Kinleside Blackmore Lewis Kinleside Blackmore, Service Number 33660, enlisted in the RAAF on the 9th September 1940 at age 23 and trained as an Aircraft Fitter II (a) at Ultimo, Canberra, Ascot Vale and Wagga Wagga.On the 2nd July 1941 he was posted to RAAF … Continue reading Lew Blackmore, RAAF Service

Burketown WW2, 23rd Queensland Regiment, Volunteer Defense Corps.

VDC Shoulder Patch The 23rd Queensland Regiment was formed by Australia’s most decorated soldier - Henry William “Harry” Murray VC, CMG, DSO & Bar, DCM.They were a Volunteer Defence Corp that covered the Lower and North West Gulf, from Nappranum down to Burketown / Doomadgee. The unit became known as "Murray's Cowboys" These types of … Continue reading Burketown WW2, 23rd Queensland Regiment, Volunteer Defense Corps.

Tooma Station, Upper Murray

Harry Frederick Watson married Katherine “Katie” Robertson from Swan Reach, SA on the 12th July 1892. He managed the property “Tintaldra”, on the Murray River, following the death of his father Sidney Grandison Watson and when it was sold to the Donald Mackinnon of Melbourne in 1910 he then bought “Tooma Station” in NSW from … Continue reading Tooma Station, Upper Murray