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

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 at Semaphore, Adelaide on the 19th August 1879. From June to November 1895, Edwin, as a 6 year old, joined his grandfather Archdeacon George Farr and grandmother Julia Warren Farr and Aunty … Continue reading Edwin Blackmore – to South Africa