Sir Zelman Cowen

Sir Zelman Cowen

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Their Excellencies the Governor-General of Australia, Sir Zelman Cowen and Lady Cowen stroll through the Toologan Vale gardens with Farm Manager, Mr Andrew Crawford at the Dr Barnardo’s Wool Show and Garden Party last Saturday (Saturday 12th May 1979)

Acknowledgment: The Scone Advocate; Wednesday 16th May 1979

I’ve discovered in my historical peregrinations that several very high ranking officials have found their way to Scone. Many of these I have written about beginning with Governor Sir George Gipps and Governor the Earl of Belmore in the 18th century.

Purely by accident while looking for something else I discovered the visit by Sir Zelman & Lady Cowan. The official announcement was made as follows:

His Excellency, The Governor-General of Australia, Sir Zelman Cowen and Lady Cowen made the first official vice-regal visit to our district last weekend.

Their Excellencies arrived at Scone Airport at 10:00am on Saturday and had morning tea with members of the management committee of Dr Barnardo’s and guests at Airlie House.

Sir Zelman opened the Dr Barnardo’s Wool Show and Garden Party and presented the wool prizes on Saturday afternoon, and was taken for a tour of the Toolooogan Vale Farm by Mr Andrew Crawford and Mr Tony Bishop.

Their Excellencies toured some of our famous horse studs on Sunday, and had lunch with our Shire President, Councillors, and wives (!), before going back to Sydney.

It all seemed like a much more genteel age?

Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE

Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE

Acknowledge: The Scone Advocate; Wednesday 23rd May 1979

‘Record Cup Carnival Best in Memory’ (Music to my ears!)

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Michael Shehadie, Michael Piper and Hugh Warden at the Scone Race Club Cup meeting at White Park Racecourse Scone on Wednesday 16th May 1979 and Thursday 17th May 1979 (Cup Day).

I had been desperately trying to find a photograph of Sir Nicholas Shehadie at the cup presentation. He came as my guest in my first year as President of Scone Race Club. The suggestion and introduction came via son Mick at Widden. Sir Nick duly obliged at short notice when a very busy man indeed. I’m forever grateful. I had a point to prove, to some, as the ‘new chum’ in charge of the Scone Race Club. This was a high profile position back then.

Michael ‘Mick’ Shehadie is the son of Sir Nicholas Shehadie who presented the Carnation Scone Cup to the connections of the winner ‘Merrie England’. The latter was trained by Max Lees at Broadmeadow, owned by Mr and Mrs Ken Johnstone of ‘Rosebrook’ and ridden by stable apprentice Stephen Burrows.

Michael ‘Mick’ Piper was the son of legendary Wallaby fullback Dr Brian Piper from Newcastle. Nick Shehadie and Brian Piper were ‘Wallaby’ team mates. Coincidentally their two sons became firm friends when working at Widden Stud for ‘Bim’ Thompson. Nick and Brian were able to catch up at the races and reminisce on past glories; possibly enhanced by selective memories? Tom Payne did not miss the opportunity of making himself very familiar with both!

Hugh Warden was the eldest son of Dr David and Mrs Isobel Warden of Scone. David had been an outstanding Rugby player at Sydney University and was inaugural President of the reformed Scone Rugby Union Club in 1967.

Michael Shehadie distinguished himself in delivering the eulogy for his late father Sir Nick at his Memorial Service yesterday ( Wednesday 22nd February 2018). This was held the day following that for Michael Crouch AC at the same venue: St James’ Church, King Street, Sydney. (See report below).

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Australia on Horseback at Sydney Olympic Games 2000

Australia on Horseback at Sydney Olympic Games 2000

Featured Image: The Scone Advocate front page Thursday, September 21, 2000

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/defining-moments/

Lynda Watson, Tim Cone and Jilly Henderson relaxing back in Scone after taking part in the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony last Friday night (15th September 2000). Other local riders included Susan St Clair, Ray Davis and 78-year-old Bob Gunning.

They were told to keep thee mouths shut but now they’re telling all.

Tim Cone, Jilly Henderson and Lynda Watson were three of 120 riders who performed with their Stock Horses in the spectacular welcome to the Olympic Opening Ceremony last Friday (15/09/2000).

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The Way We Were XXXXVI Prickly Pear

Acknowledgement: ‘Horses and Bullocks Important in Pioneering Upper Hunter’, Scone Advocate, 2 October 1962 and Letter to the Editor, Scone Advocate, 12 October 1962.

Reprinted in ‘Mac Bridge; The Man and his Recollections’ by Heather Ashford and Margaret Ashford-Macdougall 1983, Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society, 1983 Bi-Centennial Publication No. 2

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Prickly Pear growing in Scone District July 1933

Methods of control were many and varied, some intuitive and inventive. Mr Bakewell of St Aubins designed a special bullock-drawn ‘Pear Crusher’. It wasn’t until the introduction of Cactoblastis moths from Argentina in 1925 that real progress was achieved. Prior to that Australia was losing ground to the pear at the rate of one million acres annually.

The Way We Were XXXXV Royal Mail Coach

Horse and Bullock Teams and Teamsters

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J T Vigers’ Royal Mail Coach, Scone to Belltrees; before 1914

Acknowledgement: ‘Horses and Bullocks Important in Pioneering Upper Hunter’, Scone Advocate, 2 October 1962 and Letter to the Editor, Scone Advocate, 12 October 1962.

Reprinted in ‘Mac Bridge; The Man and his Recollections’ by Heather Ashford and Margaret Ashford-Macdougall 1983, Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society, 1983 Bi-Centennial Publication No. 2

The Way We Were XXXXIV The Sulky and Passengers

Acknowledgement: ‘Horses and Bullocks Important in Pioneering Upper Hunter’, Scone Advocate, 2 October 1962 and Letter to the Editor, Scone Advocate, 12 October 1962.

Reprinted in ‘Mac Bridge; The Man and his Recollections’ by Heather Ashford and Margaret Ashford-Macdougall 1983, Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society, 1983 Bi-Centennial Publication No. 2

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Mrs Wilfred (‘Barlow’) Farram and daughter Barbara (child in white cap), later Mrs Colin McRae

Others not known

At the time of writing Mrs Colin McRae is still going strong; well into the 10th decade of her life.

The Way We Were XXXXIII Horse and Bullock Teams and Teamsters

Horse and Bullock Teams and Teamsters

Acknowledgement: ‘Horses and Bullocks Important in Pioneering Upper Hunter’, Scone Advocate, 2 October 1962 and Letter to the Editor, Scone Advocate, 12 October 1962.

Reprinted in ‘Mac Bridge; The Man and his Recollections’ by Heather Ashford and Margaret Ashford-Macdougall 1983, Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society, 1983 Bi-Centennial Publication No. 2

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Pierce (or George) Budden with Bullock Team at Rossington’s Blacksmith Shop near Gundy School c.1913

The Way We Were XXXXII Horse and Bullock Teams and Teamsters

Horse and Bullock Teams and Teamsters

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Bullock Team in Liverpool Street, Scone, between Guernsey Street and the Railway Line, early 1900s. Arthur (‘Advocate’) Smith is standing near the dray.

Acknowledgement: ‘Horses and Bullocks Important in Pioneering Upper Hunter’, Scone Advocate, 2 October 1962 and Letter to the Editor, Scone Advocate, 12 October 1962.

Reprinted in ‘Mac Bridge; The Man and his Recollections’ by Heather Ashford and Margaret Ashford-Macdougall 1983, Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society, 1983 Bi-Centennial Publication No. 2

The Way We Were XXXXI Horse and Bullock Teams and Teamsters

Horse and Bullock Teams and Teamsters

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Charles Challis’ Horse Team near Scone Railway Station early 1900s

Acknowledgement: ‘Horses and Bullocks Important in Pioneering Upper Hunter’, Scone Advocate, 2 October 1962 and Letter to the Editor, Scone Advocate, 12 October 1962.

Reprinted in ‘Mac Bridge; The Man and his Recollections’ by Heather Ashford and Margaret Ashford-Macdougall 1983, Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society, 1983 Bi-Centennial Publication No. 2

The Way We Were XXXX Horse and Bullock Teams and Teamsters

Horse and Bullock Teams and Teamsters

Acknowledgement: ‘Horses and Bullocks Important in Pioneering Upper Hunter’, Scone Advocate, 2 October 1962 and Letter to the Editor, Scone Advocate, 12 October 1962.

Reprinted in ‘Mac Bridge; The Man and his Recollections’ by Heather Ashford and Margaret Ashford-Macdougall 1983, Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society, 1983 Bi-Centennial Publication No. 2

The Way We Were XXXX

Featured Image: Horse Team drawing J B Leard’s Wool near ‘Kars Springs’ c. 1910

A descendent John Leard later became head of Australian National Industries (ANI).

My good mate in the ‘Belmore’ Geoff Palmer remembers attending primary school in Bunnan with John Leard. ‘Very smart bloke’ was Geoff’s summation.