“Death was close for Starving Airman”

Guest Post by Beverley O'Hara, daughter of Phil Schaffert, Manager of Gregory Downs from 1931 to 1944. My father, Phil Schaffert, Manager of Gregory Downs Station, related this story of a U.S. Liberator that crashed near Moonlight Creek at approx 3.00 a.m. on 2 Dec 1942. “Fred Walden of Escott Station near Burketown, was mustering … Continue reading “Death was close for Starving Airman”

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

Aerial Ambulance in Queensland and the RFDS

Guest Post - Queensland Ambulance Service looks back at the various airplanes that have been used for fixed-wing aerial ambulance service in Queensland. Airplanes have been a part of Queensland ambulance operations almost as long as airplanes have been in Australia. The first provider of aerial patient transport services to Queensland ambulance was Qantas, founded … Continue reading Aerial Ambulance in Queensland and the RFDS

The Bathurst Rebellion

William Suttor, Ralph Entwistle and the Ribbon Boys Author Michael Adams Australia’s strangest convict uprising began with a skinny dip — and ended with a mass hanging that would go down in the history books. Our white colonial history is richly embroidered with romantic stories of good-hearted bushrangers who aspired to be Robin Hood-style figures … Continue reading The Bathurst Rebellion

Bathurst and the Queen’s Visit in 1954

Bathurst was the first settlement beyond the Blue Mountains and as well as being a gold town was an area for pastoral expansion that included the Suttors that settled at “Brucedale”. Betty Suttor’s father was Jack Palmer, a well known Bathurst Stock & Station Agent. Betty married Dud Suttor, a WW1 veteran and Australian Rugby … Continue reading Bathurst and the Queen’s Visit in 1954

Does God also Fly?

In July 1975 Greg Blackmore had taken his own aircraft, a 1957 Cessna 172 VH-RDP to aircraft engineer, Kerry Charlton, at Longreach, for a major service. As the aircraft would be out of action for a couple of weeks, Greg needed a lift back to Gregory Downs. By good fortune, or God's grace, Lionel Parker, … Continue reading Does God also Fly?

Harry Watson and Family

In October 1876 three Watson brothers left from their father Grandie's property “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 brothers, Harry … Continue reading Harry Watson and Family

Dr Clinton Coleridge Farr

Clinton Coleridge Farr (know to his family as Cole) was a New Zealand geophysicist, electrical engineer and university professor. He was born in Adelaide, South Australia, on 22 May 1866, the son of George Henry Farr and his wife, Julia Warren Ord. His father, an ordained Anglican priest, was headmaster of St Peter's College and … Continue reading Dr Clinton Coleridge Farr