Dr W J H Paradice

Devoted country doctor

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/erudite-medical-trifecta/

By Caitlin Andrews

Jan. 22, 2015, 10:49 a.m.

Communities can’t function without dedicated people and it takes all kinds to build an efficient society, but one of the most important people in a rural town is the local doctor.

Dr William Paradice at home at ‘Yarramoor’, just out of Scone – the town he has served with his professional medical skills for many decades.

Attending call outs at 2am in the morning, working every second night and weekend for two years, delivering babies and treating emergencies are just some of the key roles the local doc experiences, but to one of Scone’s greats, Dr William John Paradice, this was all just part of him doing the job he loves.

Dr Paradice is a well-known general practitioner who served the Scone and Upper Hunter community for many decades and although he has now officially retired as a doctor, he is still a part of the local community.

The grandfather of 17 believes that the fact that three of his six grown children have moved back with their children and made their home in the district, is true testament of such a wonderful community.

An interesting man with a passion and pride that stems right from his childhood, Dr Paradice has worked hard his entire life to provide the rural community of Scone with a full provision of medical services.

He has seen a lot of changes – from technological and organisational structures to changes in Medicare and training, however Dr Paradice still believes the older style of medicine has much value that cannot be underestimated.

From starting off life experiencing what was shaping up to be a little unfortunate beginnings, Dr Paradice was fortunate to have many opportunities.

It all started like this:

The 88-year-old gentleman’s mother was a Scot who migrated to Australia in 1920 with her family.

Five years later she married  William (Jack) Paradice who was a surgeon in the Royal Australian Navy and a year later, in 1926, they had their first of two children – a son – William John.

In 1927 when Dr Paradice was just 17-months-old and his mother was pregnant with his sister, his father was killed in a collision at sea.

Thank goodness Mrs Paradice’s Scottish family adopted them and they lived together for the next 26 years during which time both children were raised and educated well while living at Bellevue Hill in Sydney.

Dr Paradice said what looked like an unfortunate start turned out to be excellent and he feels he owes everything to his Scottish grandparents.

As a young boy, Dr Paradice was educated at Cranbrook School and then The Kings School, starting a family tradition as three generations of the Paradice family have now been educated at Kings.

In 1944, Dr Paradice and some of his peers quickly finished their Leaving Certificate, just in time to enlist in the Navy, as the young 18-year-old had a dream to follow in his father and uncle’s footsteps and serve in the Navy before beginning his own medical studies.

Dressed in his Navy uniform and fresh as a button, the sub lieutenant’s first role was on the HMAS Warnbool, a mine sweeper sweeping the east coast of Australia, New Guinea, New Britain and the Solomon Islands.

Later the ship was the only vessel to hit a mine and sink, however luckily this was after Dr Paradice disembarked.

After some time on the mine sweeper he was transferred as an executive officer to a smaller ship which carried out mine destruction on the coast of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands, which he said was a more dangerous role.

In 1947, the young man was discharged from the Navy and was able to start his medical studies straight away at Sydney University, continuing on the Naval Reserve for several years.

Reflecting on his Navy days, Dr Paradice said he believes it is the best thing a boy can do.

“Put them in the Navy for three or four years – it’s a good way to turn a boy into a man,” he said.

“I enjoyed my time in the Navy and I was offered a permanent appointment, but I wanted to pursue other endeavours.

“It was a wonderful experience, the most interesting part was in my last year when we were destroying the mines and we had to almost live off the land and sea by eating fish, chickens from the villages and trading chewing tobacco for fresh fruit and vegetables.

“This was caused by the industrial issues and troubles loading the supply ships back in Sydney.”

Dr Paradice was 21-years-old when he started his six year medical studies and in his final year he married his beautiful wife Bobbie – a woman from Young.

The year after, 1953, the couple started their young family when their first son was born.

This was the same year the doctor graduated, but he decided to spend the next three years continuing his education in order to provide all the services necessary as a rural general practitioner, such as obstetrics, paediatrics, pathology and anaesthesia.

Dr Paradice said he thought this was the best way to prepare to practice in a rural community.

“One of the reasons I wanted to practice in a rural community was because I had completed a series of medical locums in Sydney during my studies and didn’t find life satisfactory.

“When you got a patient into the hospital in Sydney you lost contact with that patient and I wanted continuous contact with my patients and their families, which is more available in the country,” he said.

The pathway to Scone was actually established when Dr Paradice was sitting paediatric and obstetric examinations in England in 1956, and he met Dr David Warden who had been the assistant at a practice in Scone.

“Dr Warden advised me to contact the practice, so when I flew back into Sydney at the start of 1957, I made contact and was very happy to join Dr Pye, Dr Barton and Dr Warden in Scone in a most successful partnership that lasted for about 30 years,” Dr Paradice said.

“I am very proud of the fact that our partnership was one of the longest lasting partnerships in the country,” he said.

In those days the doctors had many more duties, which Dr Paradice cherished, as they operated a blood donor service where they carried out the whole process from bleeding the donors to cross matching with the donor and transfusing the blood.

Another favourite was the incredible visits to Belltrees, Ellerston and Timor Station to provide their medical services.

Dr Paradice was appointed as the Government Medical Officer which unfortunately required him to carry out the unpleasant jobs such as post mortems.

He said he still remembers his worst experience in medicine when he had to carry out a post mortem on an old ‘rabbitah’ who had died in a hut in the bush after poisoning himself, and wasn’t found for several days.

Dr Paradice had a close working relationship with the nurses at the time and was involved in nurses training when it was available at the hospital.

Before the maternity unit was established he and the other doctors would work with Sister Tuite and Sister McClintoch at Brancaster Hospital, which was the maternity and nursing home.

“One of the most notable memories is when Glenbawn Dam was being constructed, the three of us doctors delivered 24 babies in one 24 hour period.

“They were mainly Italians who were associated with the workers at the dam,” Dr Paradice said.

“We had a wonderful service, the nurses were wonderful and the women on the phone exchange knew the doctor on duty and where they were at all times.

“I’d also like to acknowledge the wonderful ambulance service at the time, which was staffed by all local drivers.

“When I first moved to Scone I shared a room with Dr Warden at the Belmore Hotel and we had a special phone line set up directly to us,” he said.

Not long after, Dr Paradice started renting his home – ‘Yarramoor’ – off Sir Alistair McMullin and moved the family here, buying it two years later and they have lived there ever since.

Dr Paradice was on the Local Hospital Board and then the Local Area Board in Muswellbrook, as well as being an honorary life time member of the Australian Medical Association.

In 2004, Dr Paradice retired from seeing patients at the surgery, but he only gave up his registration for prescribing medications and ordering x-rays, pathology and specialist referral in September last year at the age of 87.

Dr Paradice said he couldn’t have found a better community, better practice or better nursing staff to work with.

“I’ve really enjoyed my career as a doctor.

“I went and did the job I liked to do, I didn’t do it for any reward,” Dr Paradice said.

“I have so many terrific memories, too many to fit in one article.”

Throughout the years, Dr Paradice was involved as an actor in the Scone Community Amateur Dramatics Society for many years and he is now a keen member of the Scone Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society, and the Scone Bridge Club.

Always an active and healthy man, he enjoyed tennis and golf, but his big passion was sailing and during his busy practice life he owned a couple of sailing boats and sailed when possible.



Featured Image: Acknowledge ‘The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred’ by Ross du Bourg ISBN 0 17 005860 3 Page 26

Owned and raced by Mr Peter (‘Grif’) and Mrs Daisy Tait ‘Dark Jewel’ established arguably the greatest thoroughbred racing and breeding dynasty in the long history of the sport in Australia. Outstanding thoroughbreds, both equine and human, were dynastic. Dark Jewel’s legacy included Baguette, Cabochon, Heirloom (see next page), Birthright and Betelgeuse. The Tait family is still indelibly entrenched with Sandy & Kathy Tait (‘Tie the Knot’), son Ollie Tait (‘Twin Hills Stud, Cootamundra), Jill Tait/Nivison (‘Inspired’) and grandson Jim Nivison now President of Walcha Jockey Club, all continuing to ‘fly the flag’ with the famous red and white colours.

See: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/inspired/

See: Red And White – The Tait Success | Aushorse – The Power of Passion

Dark Jewel and her legend

Dark Jewel and her legendary dynasty

Featured Image: Acknowledge ‘The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred’ by Ross du Bourg ISBN 0 17 005860 3 Page 25

Owned and raced by Mr Peter (‘Grif’) and Mrs Daisy Tait ‘Dark Jewel’ established arguably the greatest thoroughbred racing and breeding dynasty in the long history of the sport in Australia. Outstanding thoroughbreds, both equine and human, were dynastic. Dark Jewel’s legacy included Baguette, Cabochon, Heirloom (see next page), Birthright and Betelgeuse. The Tait family is still indelibly entrenched with Sandy & Kathy Tait (‘Tie the Knot’), son Ollie Tait (‘Twin Hills Stud, Cootamundra), Jill Tait/Nivison (‘Inspired’) and grandson Jim Nivison now President of Walcha Jockey Club, all continuing to ‘fly the flag’ with the famous red and white colours.

See: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/inspired/

See: Red And White – The Tait Success | Aushorse – The Power of Passion

Maybe Mahal

‘Maybe Mahal’ was one of the first representatives of a daughter of ‘Todman’ (‘Faithfully Yours’) to grace the racetrack. She was fundamental in establishing Todman’s credentials as a broodmare sire.

In recent days (01/03/2024) there has been unprecedented interest in the ‘Todman’ Conformation Blog on this website with c. 350 ‘clicks’. This might be some sort of record. With the Golden Slipper 2024 Race rapidly approaching (3 weeks) generally there is increased activity in relation to the very first winner of the race in 1957. Certainly ‘Todman’ has very firmly stamped his legacy on the great race. George Ryder will be looking on favourably from some vantage point which I cannot define!

See: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/todman-conformation/

John Reginald George Morgan

John Reginald George Morgan MRCVS

Think ‘Siegfried Farnon’ in ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. That’s JRGM!

See: All Creatures Great and Small (2020 TV series) – Wikipedia

Tristan Farnon? Who? Me?

Just remember Bill: “You win more with honey than with vinegar”. Maybe I should have ‘listened up’?

Featured Image: JRGM MFH of the Scone Hunt. This was John’s dreamworld scenario and one from which he never resiled. He liked the idea of MFH (Master of Foxhounds) rather than the more prosaic, and No. 2 in the pecking-order hierarchy, ‘Whipper-In’. His close friend David Smith (UK) astounded and astonished a group of Scone trainers at White Park one morning  when he turned up with John dispensing a loud rendition of ‘D’Ye Ken John Peel’ on the hunting horn!

Retrospective ‘Rumination’ Perspectives

“From where did you acquire this taste for luxury that life should be fair”?

“Life is a risk. If you do nothing, it’s a risk. If you do anything it’s a risk.

Life is a risk”. (Sir Humphrey Appleby ‘Yes Minister’)

There is little doubt that following Murray Bain the most influential veterinarian to practice in Scone has been John Reginald George Morgan (JRGM). Not a great deal has been written about him, but John offers the following pearls of wisdom laced with “just a little bit of (characteristic) latitude”. This is the quintessential Morgan rather than the ‘mad dog’ variety! Bill Stewart, Sue McCubbery and Jamie Barnes did concoct an aphorism relating to ‘Morganization’ and being ‘Morganized’. I have always speculated cognitively on the real meaning of this epithet. John explains it as the result of failing to follow detailed instructions and experiencing difficulties as a result!

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Jane Axon

Jane Axon

Featured Image: Jane Axon at work in Scone. Courtesy of Scone Equine Group.

Author’s Note: Dr Karon Hoffmann convinced us at Scone we must have a Foal Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. “You need me to run it” she instructed. Professor Anne Koterba of Florida USA had spread the gospel @ Bain-Fallon. We established the Unit and called it ‘Clovelly Stables’. Karon was outstanding and was replaced by Jane in 1999. Jane was exceptional and set the standard for what followed.

See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/clovelly-stables-scone-equine-hospital-dr-karon-hoffmann/

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Jeffrey Wilkinson (EVA Jeffrey Wilkinson, BSc (Oen) MBA SSc | National Manager – Special Interest Groups) writes Saturday 24th. February 2024:

Dear EVA Executive and EVA Past Presidents,

It is with enormous sadness that I inform you that our dearly loved friend and colleague, Dr Jane Axon passed away last night.

The Scone Equine Hospital has written the following tribute and I share it with you. I also add that in 2020, Jane was the recipient of AVA’s highest recognition, The Gilruth Prize. This is the highest honour awarded each year by the AVA and represents peer recognition for many years – often a lifetime – of dedication and service of the highest degree. We have lost one of the greats. Just so sad.

With love and best wishes,


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Racehorse Aftercare at 40th Asian Racing Conference

Racehorse Aftercare at 40th Asian Racing Conference

Featured Image: International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses

See: Eighth International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses will be held as part of 2024 Asian Racing Conference – IFAR (internationalracehorseaftercare.com)

See also: https://www.justhorseracing.com.au/news/international-racing/racehorse-aftercare-at-40th-asian-racing-conference/803907

The International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) is an independent forum established to advocate for the lifetime care of retired racehorses, to increase awareness within the international racing community of this important responsibility and to increase awareness in the sport horse world regarding the versatility of the thoroughbred horse.

IFAR provides leadership, support and expert advice on a range of aftercare issues, and facilitates a forum for jurisdictions to relate their experiences and to share best practice.

Promoting equine welfare before, during and after a horse’s racing career is vital in ensuring the public’s confidence in the sport is maintained and is integral to the future health of horseracing 

– Jim Gagliano, The Jockey Club

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Fast Track Applications Open

Fast Track Applications Open

See: https://www.justhorseracing.com.au/news/racing-industry/fast-track-applications-open/803820

Posted by: Bernard Kenny at 9:31am on 15/2/2024

Posted in: Industry News

Applications are open for the Thoroughbred Breeders Australia flagship ‘Fash Track’ program that sees some 90% of trainees now with thoroughbred careers.

“Walking around the Magic Millions sales a few weeks ago it was great to see so many of our past trainees working for farms,” said Tom Reilly, the TBA Chief Executive.

“A number of those had no horse experience before starting on the program, and those who may not have found their way into the industry otherwise.”

“Fast Track offers anyone with a passion for horses the opportunity to begin a career with thoroughbreds, regardless of their background or level of hands-on experience.”

Now in its seventh year, the program has proved a successful pathway with a great of those trainees continuing to work in the industry after completing the course.

The 12-month course targets people from outside breeding and racing and introducing them to Australia’s thoroughbred sector in providing them with foundational skills.

Developed in response to industry staffing shortages, it acknowledges those who need to build successful careers with a nationally recognised formal qualification.

Open to 18 years and over, the successful applicants have a full-time paid traineeship with a stud farm while studying Certificate III in Horse Breeding, and ideal for a career change.

To complement on-the-job learning, students attend two intensive learning blocks in Scone of six weeks in total where they receive a mix of practical training and classroom theory.

In addition, trainees will take part in a variety of field trips and personal development workshops in giving future employers insight to what the Fast Track program will bring them.

TBA’s education and projects manager Madison Tims is eager to see the program continue to grow and is calling for anyone interested in taking on a trainee this year to get in touch.

“It was really exciting to have our first ever trainees based in Western Australia and Tasmania last year and to keep the numbers on the course and have farms mentoring people.”

“Employers around the country have embraced the program with the 2023 intake of 18 trainees placed in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania.”

“The experience of taking on a trainee has been rewarding and beneficial to our team,” said Bhima Thoroughbreds’ Kate Fleming, “and encouraging young people into our industry.”

“Without Fast Track finding, training and bringing young staff into the industry would be much more difficult, and it’s a great way for the young people to get a taste of the industry.”

“I’d absolutely encourage farms to get involved in the program, as it’s a great way to gain fresh new staff with the added bonus of you helping to grow and strengthen our industry.”

World Air Speed Record Reconnects with Scone

World Air Speed Record Reconnects with Scone

Featured Image: Group Captain Hugh Joseph Wilson and Eric Stanley Greenwood

See: World Speed Record | This Day in Aviation

See: Air Speed Record set at Reculver, 7th November 1945 – History of Manston Airfield (manstonhistory.org.uk)

I always knew my great friend and professional colleague Richard Greenwood was closely allied with flying aircraft and very passionate about all things aerial. He holds a licence himself and has also built his own aeroplane from a ‘kit package’ purchased online. Richard and delightful spouse Sue now live in Newmarket UK where Richard has pursued a stellar career in equine veterinary medicine.

Richard and I met when we arrived as ‘Ten Pound Poms’ in 1967 joining the practice of Murray Bain as assistants. I stayed and Richard eventually relocated back to the UK.

See: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/

Richard and Sue’s eldest son now resides on the Gold Coast which brings them back regularly to Australia. They almost always fit in a visit to Scone and stay with Sarah and I @ ‘Geraldton’. On Sunday 4th. February 2024 Richard made a pilgrimage to the Hunter War Birds Memorial Museum at Satur. He was met by a local enthusiast who could barely believe the story of his father’s extraordinary life! If you follow the dialogue and links above, you will understand why. Richard was most impressed with the ‘War Birds’ display and was cognisant of the relocation of the WWII ‘Battle of Britain’ Hurricane to the UK.

Scone Equine Group

The highlight of the Greenwood’s visit was a conducted tour of the inchoate Scone Equine Hospital on Friday 2nd. February 2024 escorted by Dr Catherine Chicken.

See: Equine Veterinary Services NSW: Scone Equine Hospital

By remarkable coincidence Richard and Sue Greenwood lived ‘onsite’ at ‘Tarrangower’ in 1967/1968. They occupied the farm cottage on Ted Brooks’ dairy farm. The author (WPH) and spouse Sarah spent their honeymoon night in the Tarrangower Homestead when just married (26/04/1975). It was to be their home for twelve months. The latter event ‘sewed the seed’ when Tarrangower later became the site for the ‘new’ Scone Racetrack and HVERC/HVRF brought to fruition in 1994.