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

“Clovernook”, Bauhinia District

In 1966, Lew Blackmore from "Chester", Clandulla in NSW, and who also owned Gregory Downs south of Burketown, purchased “Clovernook”, a 12,706 acre property, near Bauhinia Downs, west of Moura. Scott Hallam from Australian Estates in Rockhampton was the agent and they purchased the property from Graham and Shirley McCamley for around $9 per acre … Continue reading “Clovernook”, Bauhinia District

Watson Bros & The Gregory Hotel

In 1876 the Watson brothers; Harry Frederick Watson, Phillip Sidney Watson and Robert Mc Gregor 'Greg' Watson left from the Upper Murray where their father, Sydney Grandison Watson, owned Walwa and Tintaldra Stations. They brought 900-odd mixed cattle from Dotswood Station and started out for the Upper Diamantina and later the Flinders River. They had … Continue reading Watson Bros & The Gregory Hotel

Lew Blackmore, Model Engineer

A pastoralist and pilot, Lew Blackmore was interested in all things mechanical and as a child had an extensive Meccano set. He then joined the RAAF during WW2 and trained as an Aircraft Fitter and was posted to RAAF Base Darwin during the Japanese bombing raids of 1942 and later to Adelaide Waters. He inherited … Continue reading Lew Blackmore, Model Engineer

A Few Suttor Homesteads

William Henry Suttor (1805-1877), pastoralist and politician, was born on 12 December 1805 at Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, third son of George Suttor and his wife Sarah Maria, née Dobinson. He was educated by his parents and an assigned convict. George Suttor had applied for a grazing licence at Bathurst. He selected land on the Bathurst … Continue reading A Few Suttor Homesteads

The Clandulla Train Wreck

The Wreck of the Lithgow-Mudgee mail train at Clandulla. Lew and Louie Blackmore purchased “Chester” at Clandulla in 1952 and moved there from "Rosedale" Kandos (near Charbon Cement Works) where they had been living since 1945. Lew’s parents, Jack and Edith Blackmore had previously, in 1929, purchased the adjoining property “Mt View” and had moved … Continue reading The Clandulla Train Wreck

What’s in a Name – Clandulla

The article, linked in the Kandos History blog below, was written by Colleen O’Sullivan for the Mudgee Guardian on 8 June 2015. Jack and Edith Blackmore, and their son Lewis, moved from "Landsdowne", Wattamondara, in the Cowra district to Clandulla in 1929, having purchased the property “Mt View”. "Mt View" was named after it's view … Continue reading What’s in a Name – Clandulla

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