David Ronald Hamilton Macintyre

David Ronald Hamilton Macintyre

See also: https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/3445313/obituary-david-ronald-hamilton-macintyre/

Featured Image: Courtesy of the Newcastle Herald & the Scone Advocate

MANY in agriculture mourned the passing of David Macintyre, of ‘‘Halloween’’,   Scone, on August 30, after a long illness.

He was the son of Captain David Hamilton Macintyre, ‘‘Kayuga’’, Muswellbrook, and Di (nee Moore), of England.

Born in the house at Kayuga, he was the youngest of three, with elder siblings Susan and Bridget (Bud). Mr Macintyre attended Kayuga Public School, Tudor House and The King’s School, graduating in 1942.

Mr Macintyre married Susie Scales, ‘‘Inveraray’’, Cassilis, in 1961.

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Nicki Bishop: Olympic Athlete

Nicki Bishop: Olympic Athlete

Featured Image: Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society; Federation Publication No. 4; “The Way We Were; A Pictorial History of the Scone District 1901 – 2001; By Anne McMullin, Kath Farrell and Audrey Entwisle

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikki_Bishop

Nicki Bishop (Atlanta 1996) is yet another Upper Hunter ‘local’ who excelled in her chosen equestrian sport at Olympic Level. Others were Laurie Morgan (Rome 1960), Bridget ‘Bud’ Macintyre/Hyem (Tokyo 1964) and Brien Cobcroft (Mexico 1968); who we ‘adopted’.

Nicki was Scone’s Australia Day Ambassador in 1997.

Scone Municipal Council: The First 50+ Years 1888 – 1933

Scone Municipal Council: The First 50+ Years 1888 – 1933

Featured Image: Scone Municipal Council 1933 & Occupants of the Mayoral Chair plus Kia Ora Stud

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/scones-first-municipal-council-1888/

Of the first elected Councillors in 1888 three were destined to occupy the Electoral Chair: Alderman Dr F C Stevenson (1888 – 1890), Alderman J J Dodd (1890 – 1893) and Alderman E Solomons (1898 – 1899). A second generation of the Dodd family also served as Mayor; Alderman A J Dodd 1920 – 1923. Four Mayors feature in the six Municipal Councillors photographed in 1933: Alderman C J Surman (1926 – 1927); Alderman B J Millard (Absent in photograph 1928 – 1930); J W Joughlin (1930 – 1934) and also Dr Oswald Barton who subsequently served two terms leading up to, and during the WWII years.

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Asser Store Scone

Nathaniel Asser and Assers Store

Featured Image: N F Asser & Sons Store in the late nineteenth century; Source the State Library of NSW

Acknowledge: Scone & Upper Hunter Historical Society Newsletter; Volume 8. No 2 June 2020

Nathaniel Asser came from England in 1847, and went into partnership as Moody and Asser in the general store business, in partnership with the owner, Horatio Brett. Horatio Brett was a business man and associate of John Fairfax of „The Sydney Morning Herald.‟

The block where the store was situated had been bought by Henry Phillips in 1846 and he erected a combined store and residence, including the cellar and storage. Late in 1848 or early 1849, he sold the land to Thomas Dangar, who transferred it to Jeremiah Bryce Rundle when he couldn’t complete the purchase.

Rundle was the storekeeper at Murrurundi (then Page’s River), and a squatter on Liverpool Plains and the Namoi River. He in turn transferred the purchase to Horatio Brett, who also bought the house block opposite, where the home known as „Penshurst‟ stood.

The Scone Post Office, which was housed in a portable weatherboard building, was transferred next to the store in 1851.

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SPANISH FLU’ PANDEMIC SCONE 1919 v. COVID-19 2020

SPANISH FLU’ PANDEMIC SCONE 1919 v. COVID-19 2020

Acknowledge: Scone & Upper Hunter Historical Society Newsletter; Volume 8. No 2 June 2020

Prologue:

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flu

The Spanish flu, also known as the 1918 flu pandemic, was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic caused by the H1N1 influenza A virus. Lasting from February 1918 to April 1920, it infected 500 million people–about a third of the world’s population at the time–in four successive waves. The death toll is typically estimated to have been somewhere between 17 million and 50 million, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in human history.

Featured Image: Scott Memorial Hospital Opened 1913 (‘The Way We Were’; Federation Publication No 4; By Anne McMullin, Kath Farrell & Audrey Entwisle; Scone & Upper Hunter Historical Society 2002).

Well the worldwide COVID19 pandemic has sent journalists, statisticians and so on to consult the history books and records to do some comparisons on how the COVID19 pandemic measures up to the Flu‟ Pandemic of 1919. So we thought that we should do some local research and do our own comparison with Scone & District 1919 v. Scone & District 2020.

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Tony Arrold “Staying the Course in Race Writing”: Final Scratching

Tony Arrold “Staying the Course in Race Writing”: Final Scratching

Featured Image: Tony Arrold conducting Bart Cummings’ Memorial Service @ Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral on Monday 7th September 2015

On Monday 13th July 2020 Tony Arrold penned his finale valediction in ‘The Australian” newspaper. He’d been writing this for nigh on 50 years having begun as a cadet reporter in 1971. He called it ‘Staying the course in race writing’. In his own words Tony had been ‘tapped on the shoulder’ by the Sporting Editor during the week. If you are a subscriber you can access this article at:

See: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/author/Tony%20Arrold

“It’s been too much, too young for our million-dollar babies”

Tony Arrold

5:53PM July 12, 2020

The negatives for the nation from COVID-19 are incalculable, but I believe there is a positive in these turbulent times of change to benefit the Australian racing industry.

The alarming decline in the standard of the home-bred stayer over the past 15 years has been a frustrating issue for me in an otherwise strong industry, with prizemoney levels the envy of most major countries.

Tony was one of the elite Group I Race Writers’ cadre which also included Bert Lillye, Ron Casey, Jack Ward, Keith Robins, Max Presnell, Ray Alexander, Bill Whittaker and Les Carlyon. They’re an increasingly rarefied breed; to the brink of extinction.

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/racings-literary-legends/

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/max-presnell-the-ink-is-still-in-my-veins-after-more-than-60-years/

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/racing-journalisms-halcyon-days/

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Thoroughbreds: Galileo proves he’s the brightest star in the stallion galaxy

Thoroughbreds: Galileo proves he’s the brightest star in the stallion galaxy

See also:

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/thoroughbreds-galileo-proves-hes-the-brightest-star-in-the-stallion-galaxy/news-story/a562f67b9036304a5f47053fdebbbb6d

Foreword

Tony Arrold has captured the very essence of the overarching polemical dilemma in Australian Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing: Why are we not breeding top class middle (classic) distance and staying racehorses? I’ll leave the explanation(s) to him in his seminal treatise as follows. It’s a very perspicacious retrospective analysis. I wonder what an equally insightful prospective study might reveal? Based on the statistical evidence posited by Tony (Arrold) it appears ‘Galileo’ is that very rare exception; a stallion who appears to improve with advancing age?

‘The Wizard of Dormello’ Federico Tesio famously said that; “the thoroughbred exists because its selection has depended, not on experts, technicians, or zoologists, but on a piece of wood: the winning post of the Epsom Derby.”

See also: https://theownerbreeder.com/columns/derby-remains-race-that-matters-despite-distance/

See also: http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/sire-premiership-tables-2014-2015-to-2019-2020-as-at-13-04-2020/

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