Barry D’Arcy Rose OAM

Barry D’Arcy Rose OAM

Featured Image: This is the cover of a CD Barry recorded in order to raise funds for local charities. I think it captures the ‘life essentials’ of the man?

As I compose this eulogy (Sunday 11th November 2018) I am assisting with the exposition of the 5th Scone Literary Festival. I am motivated to do this (at long last!) by a charming former ‘special’ lady friend of Barry’s who is attending the festival. It’s a specific request. Now resident in Sydney the lady cited is an erstwhile resident of the Upper Hunter who ‘keeps up to speed’ by reading my ‘blogs’. I’m greatly honoured!

Barry and I go back to the late 1960’s when Barry was leader of the Aberdeen based music ensemble ‘The Graham Street Four’; or Five! Music was one of Barry’s many passions. He emerged as a leader in almost anything he did. I came into contact with him often in his many and diverse roles. These included ‘socialisation’, radio sports journalism (2NM), Harness Racing administration, Camyr Allen Stud (‘Don’t Retreat’) and latterly local Government (UHSC). Barry was an ardent and passionate man; a genuine polymath. I’ll leave it to ‘professionals’ to capture the essential essence of the ‘man’. As I often declare I ‘plunder, plagiarize and purloin’ where possible! It’s my mantra! I also live by the adages: “Seek and ye shall find” and a professional one; “You miss more by not looking than not knowing”.

Upper Hunter Mayor Barry Rose dies


Posted 20 Jan 2009, 10:01amTue 20 Jan 2009, 10:01am

Residents in the close-knit Upper Hunter Valley are mourning the overnight death of Mayor Barry Rose.

The 73-year-old had been suffering from cancer.

Councillor Rose entered local politics in 1987, becoming mayor of the former Scone council in 1990.

He had the top job continuously until his death, although he got a new title in 2005 when Scone was amalgamated with others to become the Upper Hunter Shire Council.

Cr Rose was a talented concert pianist and he drew large crowds when he performed in a popular dance band in the 1960s and 1970s.

Horses were another passion – in his role as chairman of the NSW Harness Racing authority, Cr Rose helped revolutionise trotting by leasing a push to introduce mobile starts in the 1970s.

He was also an amateur actor and sports commentator.

He is survived by his wife Jan and three stepchildren.

January 23 2009 – 11:16AM

Tributes flow for mayor Barry D’Arcy Rose OAM


BARRY D’Arcy Rose, OAM, will be remembered as the long-serving mayor of Scone and the Upper Hunter, but the diverse congregation at his funeral yesterday helped to illustrate his many passions and talents outside public life. Every seat inside St Luke’s Anglican Church and its grounds was taken. There were men in blazers from Harness Racing NSW, uniformed emergency service personnel and staff from Upper Hunter Shire Council. Politicians sat with community volunteers and citizens who shared Cr Rose’s love for the horse capital of Australia. They recalled an accomplished pianist, amateur actor and horseman. Cr Rose, 73, died from cancer in Scone Hospital on Monday night.He arrived in Scone in 1950 when his family bought property Camyr Allyn. He was elected to Scone Shire Council in 1987 and became president in 1990 before the title was changed to mayor in 1993.”He was a brilliant chairman,” Upper Hunter Shire Council general manager Daryl Dutton told the congregation. “Local government has lost a unique and great man. “Cr Rose remained mayor when Scone merged with sections of Murrurundi and Merriwa councils in 2004.He took leave from council duties last year, his first extended break in 20 years. “He was a true servant of our community,” Father Glen Hughes said. A burial service followed at Scone Lawn Cemetery. Cr Rose is survived by wife Jan and their family.