The Fosters at Riversleigh and Gregory Downs

Harry Foster at “Riversleigh” in the 1950’s (Photo courtesy Ken Foster) Mrs “Aunty” Barrett, at the Gregory Hotel, had taken in and reared the child Harry Foster and his sister, Jessie. Harry and Jessie Foster's young mother died in childbirth at Westmoreland Station and their father left the two children with Emily Barrett at the … Continue reading The Fosters at Riversleigh and Gregory Downs

Going Bush – a Jackeroo

By Greg Blackmore I can remember always wanting to be a Jackeroo and had my leather saddle bag and quart pot for a few years before I had even left school. Raised on a small mixed grazing property near Rylstone and Mudgee in NSW, I rode a bike the 3 miles to Clandulla Public School, … Continue reading Going Bush – a Jackeroo

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

“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

The Devil’s Porridge

Edwin Ord Blackmore, the fourth son of Edwin Gordon and Eleanora Elizabeth Blackmore (nee Farr), was born at Semaphore, Adelaide, on the 19th August 1879. After schooling at St Peters, Adelaide, Edwin attended the School of Mines and Industries in NSW, in 1902, and studied Assaying. Edwin then in 1903, emigrated to South Africa, aboard … Continue reading The Devil’s Porridge

Where are Adam Lindsay Gordon’s racing colours?

A plea to locate their whereabouts Guest Post by journalist and writer, Lorraine Day In 2019, in preparation for the 150th anniversary of the death of Australia’s national poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon, the search began for his racing colours, donated to the SAJC by the Blackmore family 47 years previous, in 1972. Renowned as a … Continue reading Where are Adam Lindsay Gordon’s racing colours?

Horseman Poet’s Racing Colours in Dispute

From a Newspaper Article in 1971 (displayed in the Mudgee Museum) What were the original colours worn by Adam Lindsay Gordon when he rode in the first steeple chase held by the Adelaide Hunt Club more than 100 years ago? The Equestrian Federation Olympic Fund believe that they have the original red and white checked … Continue reading Horseman Poet’s Racing Colours in Dispute

Blackmore’s in New Zealand

Out of England Edwin Gordon Blackmore (1837-1909), public servant and author, was born on 21 September 1837 at Bath, Somerset, England, fifth child of Dr. Edward Blackmore, M.D., of Bath, and his wife Jane Elizabeth, née Gairdner. His grandfather was Hugh Blackmore of Cornwall, a Surveyor. Landsdown Crescent, Bath, where Dr Edward Blackmore lived before … Continue reading Blackmore’s in New Zealand

Super Spreaders

“I remember as a kid we used to sit and watch the guys unloading the trucks of Super (at Clandulla Railway Station) and then the excitement of going down Brogans Creek road to Blackmore's and watching the plane spreading it” - Ray Parlett Clandulla Railway Station with Post Office in background. Ray’s father Arthur was … Continue reading Super Spreaders

Lew Blackmore’s Aircraft

Lew Blackmore was born in 1917 and until he was 12 years old lived at "Landsdowne", Wattamondara, near Cowra in NSW. In 1929 he moved with his parents Jack and Edith to "Mt View", Clandulla, near Rylstone, also in NSW, His father, Jack, was more interested in growing Merino sheep for fine wool than farming … Continue reading Lew Blackmore’s Aircraft