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

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

The Real Alice in Wonderland

Alice Pleasance Liddell Alice Pleasance Liddell (1852–1934) was the middle daughter of Henry George Liddell, Dean of Christ Church at Oxford and Lorina Hanna Liddell (nee Reeve). Alice, along with her sisters Edith and Lorina, first met Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote under the pen name Lewis Carroll, on April 25, 1856, as he and … Continue reading The Real Alice in Wonderland

Regattas, Shields & Silverware

The Blackmore Club, Adelaide The Blackmore Club The Blackmore Club was founded in 1989 and the members comprise of former Saints (Collegiate School of St Peters) rowers, and current and former coaches and parents. “Connecting current and former Saints rowers and supporters” The Blackmore Club is named after Mr Edwin Gordon Blackmore who was, for … Continue reading Regattas, Shields & Silverware

Edwin Blackmore – to South Africa

Edwin Ord Blackmore (1879 - 1956) Edwin Ord Blackmore, the 4th son of Edwin Gordon and Eleanora Elizabeth Blackmore (nee Farr), was born on the 19th August 1879 in Adelaide. From June to November 1895, Edwin, as a 6 year old, joined his grandfather Archdeacon George Farr and grandmother Julia Warren Farr and Aunty Gertrude … Continue reading Edwin Blackmore – to South Africa

“Watsons Crags”, Snowy Mountains & Prof. Archie Watson.

Professor Archibald Watson Professor Archibald Watson “Grandie” Watson’s fourth child by his first marriage and brother to Sidney, Harry and Greg Watson of Gregory Downs was Professor Archibald Watson an eminent Australian and world famous surgeon and Elder Chair of Anatomy at Adelaide University for 28 years, who had been encouraged by botanist Baron Von … Continue reading “Watsons Crags”, Snowy Mountains & Prof. Archie Watson.

Jimmy Blackmore – to South Africa

James Gairdner Blackmore (1876 - 1963) James Gairdner Blackmore, the 3rd son of Edwin Gordon and Eleanora Elizabeth Blackmore (nee Farr) like his brother George before him, captained St Peter's College at football and went on to a brief career with Norwood.Born at Kent Town on 28 September 1876, Jimmy was a keen schoolboy footballer … Continue reading Jimmy Blackmore – to South Africa