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

Professor Archibald Watson, Surgeon.

Archibald Watson was born on the 27th July, 1849 at Tarcutta, New South Wales, the eldest son of Sydney Grandison Watson, a Victorian pastoralist of Scots-Indian descent, and his wife Isabella (nee Robinson). Prof. Archibald Watson Educated in Sydney and at Scotch College, Melbourne, Archibald excelled in scripture and was a champion light-weight boxer. Young … Continue reading Professor Archibald Watson, Surgeon.

Brian Watson, Aid and Agricultural Project Manager

A great grandson of Sydney Grandison Watson of Walwa and Tintaldra on the Upper Murray River, Brian Harvey Watson (1942 to 2014) was a major contributor to the research that went into Norman C Hutchinson's book titled "Grandie" that was about the life and descendants of Sydney Grandison Watson. Brian's proof reading and track changes … Continue reading Brian Watson, Aid and Agricultural Project Manager

Lizzie Watson & Captain Jim Ferrier

On August 16, 1853, Elizabeth Hester “Lizzie”, was born to Sydney Grandison“Grandie” Watson and Isabella, nee Robinson, almost certainly named after Isabella’s late sister, Hester Elizabeth Robinson. Elizabeth Hester “Lizzie” Watson Isabella’s youngest sister, Hester Elizabeth “Hessie” Robinson had drowned on May 15, 1847, whilst out riding with Grandie, when attempting to cross the Hume … Continue reading Lizzie Watson & Captain Jim Ferrier

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 included the novelist Colleen McCullough, (The Thorn Birds, Masters of … Continue reading Julia Farr and Norfolk Island

De Havilland Caribou RAAF Aircraft exercise at Lake Keepit

When Greg Blackmore was park manager at Lake Keepit State Park, near Gunnedah, from 1993 to 1995, the RAAF use to fly several De Havilland Caribou aircraft down from Amberley to the Lake front each year for several days training exercises on the lake foreshore. They would arrive on a long descent, throttled back in … Continue reading De Havilland Caribou RAAF Aircraft exercise at Lake Keepit

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