Peter Clark Memorial

Peter Clark Memorial

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The Monument to Peter Clark who was held up and shot by a bushranger; a photograph of Peter Clark’s memorial on Warland’s Range

Note: Near the junction with White Street and Old North Road Blandford there is a signpost for Clarks Monument. The monument is approximately 2.5 kilometres down this road.

Old North Road, Warland Range, Blandford, 2338

GPS Coordinates: Lat: -31.793219 Long: 150.902508

Sadly the monument has been desecrated to some extent by vandals. I even recognise some of the names carved into the sandstone! However it is built to last and will surely endure for at least another 160 years!

Front Inscription

To the memory of the late Mr Peter Clark who was shot by Wilson the Bushranger near this spot on 9th April 1863.

This monument erected by public subscription in honor of the brave deceased who lost his life while endeavouring to affect the capture of that notorious offender.

Prologue

On Friday afternoon 29th June 2018 my good mate Bill Greer III took Bill Moses and me on an ‘educational excursion’ to his home village of ‘Blandford’. First stop was Kevin Taylor’s fabulous workshop on the ‘back road’. I first met Kevin in 1968 when he worked for Greg Lougher at ‘Cloverleaf Quarter Horse Stud’. Kevin is a multi-skilled bushman of the first order. He has a passion for restoring old horse drawn carriages. It’s a ferocious appetite he shares with Bill Greer. Kevin has exquisite skills and his renovated carriages are legendary. I have never ever seen a more orderly or scrupulously clean shed. It’s superbly appointed with all Kevin’s blacksmithing and leatherwork tools of trade.

Bill then took us along the ‘back road’ where we found the Monument to Peter Clark. This is actually the original ‘Great North Road’. Bill remembers his parents driving along this route heading for Scone and regularly passing the totem tribute to Peter Clarke. Bill’s story was that Peter Clark had ‘cleaned out’ bushranger Harry Wilson at a poker game in his grandfather’s pub in Blandford. Wilson decided to take retribution and recover his losses. Meanwhile troopers from Murrurundi had been alerted about Bushranger Wilson’s whereabouts. They arrive at the Greer pub too late to apprehend and arrest him but followed his trail. There are scenes redolent of Steve McQueen and the ‘Cincinnati Kid’; but this conflict took place 100 years before! Read on!

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Pat Farrell

This is a tribute to one of the best mates a bloke ever had. As usual ‘I’ve plundered plagiarized and purloined whenever possible’; in this case from Nic Ashman’s insightful article in the Daily Telegraph on May 12, 2016. It captures the ‘essential Pat’ much better than I could ever have done.

I’d also like to include Pat’s late brother Frank (aka ‘Fag’) who was an enormous support to his younger brother and an equally top bloke. The humour is all there. In addition to the eight (8) premierships Pat won he started over 1000 horses covering years of racing at White Park, Scone; many during my years as Club President 1978 – 1984. There  were some ‘hairy’ tales; but Mum’s the word!

I’ve just realised I’ve ‘sandwiched’ Pat between two bushrangers on my website blog! I promise this was an unintended Freudian error. You can believe it; or not?

Veteran Muswellbrook trainer Pat Farrell eyes big-race success at Scone with tough filly Alart

Acknowledge: Nic Ashman, The Daily Telegraph

May 12, 2016 8:17pm

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/superracing/veteran-muswellbrook-trainer-pat-farrell-eyes-bigrace-success-at-scone-with-tough-filly-alart/news-story/a3a9d4758fdc883131a6199a0e0d86aa

HE’S been training for more than 50 years and popular horseman Pat Farrell says he knows when he’ll stop.

As the Muswellbrook trainer prepares to win his fifth stakes race with tough filly Alart in Saturday’s Listed Denise’s Joy Stakes (1100m) at Scone, he reflects on a career that will only end when it has to.

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Trainer Greg Bennett had a hand in three Melbourne Cups, Cox Plate, Golden Slipper and Magic Millions

Trainer Greg Bennett had a hand in three Melbourne Cups, Cox Plate, Golden Slipper and Magic Millions

Acknowledgement: RAY THOMAS, The Daily Telegraph

February 18, 2016 11:59am

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/superracing/trainer-greg-bennett-had-a-hand-in-three-melbourne-cups-cox-plate-golden-slipper-and-magic-millions/news-story/5dbe1ff0eeb543c2fb3b82562d0390fa

Featured Image: Scone trainer Greg Bennett in his stables with his Country Championships contenders Invienna, Clearly Innocent. Photo courtesy of Peter Lorimer

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Lynda MacCallum and Metallic Storm combine for memorable success

Lynda MacCallum and Metallic Storm combine for memorable success

Acknowledgement: Louise Nichols & Scone Advocate

https://www.sconeadvocate.com.au/story/5472543/champion-performance-by-lynda-and-metallic-storm/

Featured Image: Lynda MacCallum riding Metallic Storm at the NCHA Futurity: Photograph supplied by Liz Speed Photography.

Authors Note: Lynda Watson (MacCallum) was part of the Sydney Olympic Games 2000 opening ceremony as one of 120 horsemen and women riding Australian Stock Horses. I wrote about this earlier in ‘Australian Horsemen and Women at the Sydney Olympics’.

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Professor Coroneo Awarded an AO

Professor Coroneo Awarded an AO

Acknowledgement: Ben Murphy 30 2016 – 5:44PM & The Scone Advocate

https://www.sconeadvocate.com.au/story/3696597/professor-coroneo-awarded-an-ao/

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DEDICATED: Professor Minas Coroneo received an AO for his distinguished service to ophthalmology.

Authors Note:

I have tried to record for posterity outstanding achievements by past and present Scone residents in all fields of endeavour. Elsewhere I have written about the Coroneo family of Scone. By any standard Professor Manas Coroneo rates amongst the highest. I am indebted to my good friend journalist Ben Murphy for this tribute in the ‘Scone Advocate’.  My only regret is I am very late with this citation!

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John Kenneth Mackay

John Kenneth Mackay

Featured Image: John Kenneth Mackay Snr (father of J K Mackay Jnr see below) who died in 1909

In the footsteps of the Dangar, Bowman, White, Dumaresq and other pastoralist pioneers followed the Mackay brothers in the latter half of the 19th century. John Kenneth, George, Duncan Forbes and Charles all made a highly significant impact on the social fabric of the Hunter Valley and left an enduring family legacy over the ensuing one hundred years. Their tentacles spread much further afield throughout Eastern Australia specifically Queensland.

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John Kenneth ‘Ken’ Mackay MBE

John Kenneth ‘Ken’ Mackay MBE

Featured Image: Scone ‘A’: Winners of the Countess of Dudley Cup, 1969. A. W. Bragg, J. K. Mackay, J. C. Gilder (Captain), A. R. Munro

This was arguably the prelude to a grand finale of a long and distinguished career in polo by Ken Mackay. He had won a record number of six (6) Dudley Cup Championships with this win. He won again in 1974 playing in the same Scone team with his son Jaime. The first five (5) wins were with “Wirragulla” in 1948, 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1954.

During his time at the RAS of NSW Ken Mackay was a great mentor to team mate Arthur Bragg AO who led the RAS of NSW as President for the relocation from Moore Park to Sydney Olympic Park in 1997 – 1998. At the invitation of Alex Braid Ken Mackay chaired the very first formal meeting of the Australian Stock Horse Society at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 1971. The name ‘Mackay’ is indelibly imprinted for posterity at Sydney Olympic Park. The principal set of horse stables is the ‘Mackay Pavilion’. The main arena is acknowledged as the ‘J. K. Mackay Showground Arena’.

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New England Highway bypass of Scone

New England Highway bypass of Scone

http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/hunter/new-england-highway/scone-rail-level-crossing/index.html

Updates and announcements

The contract to build the New England Highway bypass of Scone has been awarded to Daracon Group.

The Australian and NSW governments have committed $120 million for construction of this major upgrade to the New England Highway.

Work is expected to start mid-2018 and be completed by late 2020, weather permitting.

We will keep the community and road users informed of progress including any changes to traffic throughout the construction period.

Project background

The New England Highway south of Scone carries 8,400 vehicles a day, peaking in town at 14,000. Around 8,000 vehicles use the Kelly Street crossing every day, including 1,200 heavy vehicles.

There is a poor crash history on this four kilometre section of highway, with 26 crashes in the five years to December 2015.

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Rannock: and the story of Chilani

Rannock: and the story of Chilani

Peter & Jeanette Gower from Chilani Stud at Echunga in the Adelaide hills briefly visited ‘Tinagroo’ Scone in 1972 following a trip to the All Breeds Horseman’s Congress at Gatton College. Mine host at ‘Tinagroo’ was Bob Mackay who bred the might Panzer. Bob’s philosophies were simple: “Stick to the Thoroughbred. Nothing in the world can match it for versatility. Breeding for sheer speed produces the conformation required for athletic ability. Athletic ability is the underlying requirement of the Australian Stockhorse.”

Mackay horses were proven ay polo as this tested everything; speed, stamina, soundness, athletic ability and that vital ingredient temperament. Good polo bloodlines could be converted to almost any other sport, but few non polo bloodlines would successfully be able to change their rules to polo. Bob Mackay was the owner/breeder of the mighty PANZER, the sire of Rannock.

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Australian Stock Horse Journal Bicentennial Edition 1988

Australian Stock Horse Journal Bicentennial Edition 1988

Featured Image: Australian Stock Horse Journal Bicentennial Edition Front Cover April/May 1899

David Dial riding his Australian Stockhorse PARKWAY RENEE

It doesn’t really seem all that long ago? John Green was ASHS Chairman and Mike Rushbrook was Executive Manager and Managing Editor. The contents included some fascinating vignettes on ‘The Waler’, ‘Quarter Horse Influence’, ‘Nat Buchanan’, ‘Rivoli Ray’, ‘Abbey’, ‘History of the Australian Stockhorse’, ‘Nabinabah Breezette’, ‘Rannock’ and many others.

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