The Strangers in The Box

Families sometimes wonder how to pass the history of previous generations down to the next generations. If you are lucky and have already been on the receiving end of some work done by past generations you have something to work with especially if you have photos as well as stories, after all a Family Tree … Continue reading The Strangers in The Box

Going Bush – a Jackeroo

By Greg Blackmore I can remember always wanting to be a Jackeroo and had my leather saddle bag and quart pot for a few years before I had even left school. Raised on a small mixed grazing property near Rylstone and Mudgee in NSW, I rode a bike the 3 miles to Clandulla Public School, … Continue reading Going Bush – a Jackeroo

“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

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

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

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

Lloyd Taylor and Co, Rural Property Agents, Moura

In 1969 Lloyd Taylor came to Moura in the middle of Central Queensland’s fertile Brigalow area and opened a Stock and Station Agency in February 1970. He had followed his parents Steve and Addie and brother’s Robert with wife Rita, Owen and his wife Margaret and sister Elizabeth to the district as they had drawn … Continue reading Lloyd Taylor and Co, Rural Property Agents, Moura

Poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon’s Racing Colours

Blue Lake, Mount Gambier (Photo credit, David Blackmore) In July 1864, the poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon performed the daring riding feat known as Gordon's Leap on the edge of the Blue Lake. A commemorative obelisk erected there has an inscription which reads: "This obelisk was erected as a memorial to the famous Australian poet. From … Continue reading Poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon’s Racing Colours