Barbara Baynton

Barbara Janet Ainsleigh Baynton, Lady Headley (4 June 1857 – 28 May 1929)

Australian writer, made famous by Bush Studies.

Not many Gundy-born natives have made it into English Aristocracy. Barbara Baynton was an exception; and exceptional. Her imagination and inventiveness may have been fueled by the ambience of her early life in Gundy. I’m thinking of the Hunter River; and the ‘Linga Longa Inn’. It’s a potent mix. The result was an outstanding Australian author who excelled in her chosen field. Like many others before her pathway to ultimate success was littered with dangerous potholes; and worse. She overcame them all.

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Donald Horne

Donald Horne

I feel guilty; and more than tad ignorant. I’m blaming both ‘The Scone Literary Long Week End’; and Phillip Adams. The latter is difficult to better. He reminded me and others ‘in conversation with Peter Fitzsimons’ that Donald Horne was one of the greatest writers to emerge from the Upper Hunter. I ‘Googled’. He was right; as he invariably is. Donald Horne was born in Kogarah; like Clive James. It must be the water? Young Donald was raised in Muswellbrook where his parents were teachers. It’s a common scenario. We’ll claim him anyway! There MUST have been some osmotic influence; at least from the school. Muswellbrook High School also spawned Stephen Gageler AC High Court of Australia. It’s good water in the Hunter as well.

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Bunnan Cricket Club 1880s

Acknowledgement:

Scone Hospital Centenary 1834 – 1934 Arthur Smith Memorial “Back to Scone Week”

7 – 8 – 9 – 10th March 1934 Official Souvenir ….. 2/6

This photograph contrasts sharply with that of the Robertson Electorate XI of the same era. However there’s no doubt the intent and commitment were as profound.

School Cricket & Senior Football Teams 1890s

Acknowledgement:

Scone Hospital Centenary 1834 – 1934 Arthur Smith Memorial “Back to Scone Week”

7 – 8 – 9 – 10th March 1934 Official Souvenir ….. 2/6

The Scone Football Club in 1899 played Rugby Union. Professional Rugby League was introduced into Australia in 1908 as a ‘break away’ code following developments of the renegade Northern Rugby Union in England. On resumption after the devastation of WWI Scone adopted Rugby League as the preferred winter game. ‘The Thoroughbreds’ were born.

Cricket Champions

Acknowledgement:

Scone Hospital Centenary 1834 – 1934 Arthur Smith Memorial “Back to Scone Week”

7 – 8 – 9 – 10th March 1934 Official Souvenir ….. 2/6

Outstanding sportsman Tom Byrnes (Captain Scone CC XI 1933; Sitting Middle Centre) was a product of St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill (‘Joeys’). He had also played in the Barrett Shield (Rugby League) champion teams. Tom later became legendary Manager of Dalgety’s Stock & Station Agency in Scone when it was at its peak.

Tom’s son, also Tom Byrnes, was a champion golfer; for many years in the 1960s and 1970s the Senior Men’s Champion at Scone Golf Club.

“The Best Ever” claim by the Robertson Electorate (Upper Hunter) XI of 1890 was no idle boast. The team contained one Australian Test Captain, Dr H J H Scott and another. C W Rock, who had been selected in the Australian Test side but was unable to play for health reasons.

 

Teams Past & Present

Acknowledgement:

Scone Hospital Centenary 1834 – 1934 Arthur Smith Memorial “Back to Scone Week”

7 – 8 – 9 – 10th March 1934 Official Souvenir ….. 2/6

The 1893 Football Team was Rugby Union.

The outstanding Barrett Shield winning side in the early 1930s was Rugby League: ‘The Thoroughbreds’.

This team beat a visiting Balmain (Sydney side). Brian McGrath said Les ‘Streaker’ Boyd (middle centre) was outstanding; and very fast. The Scone Race Club hosted the ‘Streaker Boyd Gift’ footrace at a sponsored White Park Race Meeting in 1980. The race was ‘controversially’ won by the representative from the Quirindi Grasshoppers. All Group 21 clubs were represented and ran in team jerseys. Brian McGrath was one of the judges on the rail at the finishing post. Unbeknown to him Neil Dann took a photo finish shot as if it was a thoroughbred race. The print clearly showed the Quirindi runner was actually third in a very tight finish. I kept the print under wraps because the formalities and presentation of the winners’ cheque had already taken place. It transpired the winner was a young man with a family and ‘out of work’. The $200:00 would come in handy! We decided to keep ‘mum’ and do nothing about it. I still have the photo now.

Golden Fleece Hotel(s)

Acknowledgement:

Scone Hospital Centenary 1834 – 1934 Arthur Smith Memorial “Back to Scone Week”

7 – 8 – 9 – 10th March 1934 Official Souvenir ….. 2/6

It’s interesting to speculate what King George V thought of the ‘Old’ Golden Fleece Hotel when visiting as the Duke of York?