See also: https://sconevetdynasty.com.au/payne-family-of-waverley/
There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around
That the colt from Old Regret had got away,
And had joined the wild bush horses – he was worth a thousand pound,
So all the cracks had gathered to the fray.
All the tried and noted riders from the stations near and far
Had mustered at the homestead overnight,
For the bushmen love hard riding where the wild bush horses are,
And the stock-horse snuffs the battle with delight.
It was a classic of cosmic proportion. Well might Banjo Paterson have penned something akin to his epic 1st stanza of “The Man From Snowy River”. Banjo himself would have played polo 120+ years ago against a few of the forebears of those present including MC Anto White and Scone Polo President Duncan Macintyre?
The celebration kicked off at the Scone Polo Club where a memorial plaque was unveiled at the Flagpole. This was an invitation event for family and close friends. Anto White directed operations in his own inimical style. Arthur ‘Joe’ Bragg, John Gilder and Bear Payne delivered homilies laced with humour and fondest reminiscences. A clear pathway of the classic trifecta of ‘Waverley’, ‘Terrigal’ and Polo was soon established.
Adjournment to the ‘Linga Longa’ was a popular sequel to meet up with the main ‘congregation’. Orations were provided by Bill Howey, John Binnie, Katrina ‘Treen’ Payne, Millie Plumptre, Ken MacCallum, Susie Fearon/Payne, Angus Payne and Steve Payne. The latter stole the show with a compassionate masterpiece of construction worthy of publication ‘in his own (w)rite’; as John Lennon might have written? The hospitality at the legendary Gundy Hostelry was predictably munificent. Thank you Brenda ‘Brazie’ Ogilvie and the Payne Family!
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Parkville Piggery & SPEW 1995
Featured Image: Acknowledge Getty Images;
“A delegation Lynda Stoner, Judi Coward and Prof. Peter Singer talk with the Piggery manager, Mr. Cliff Thorogood”. It would have been a robust discussion. Cliff was a friend (and client) of mine. They don’t come any tougher or more forthright! Lynda Stoner might have provided stiff competition to the local icon ‘Wingen Maid’?
Animal Liberationists protested outside the Parkville Piggery, just north on Scone. The Piggery is part owned by the PM Paul Keating. Australian actress Lynda Stoner was one of the thirty-three participants at the Parkville intensive piggery action, 1995. On 21 November 1995, thirty-three activists waded through muddy terrain in the jet-black night. This was a very hot political topic of the day. Mr Keatings’ association with Piggery Principal Mr ‘Big Al’ Constantinidis attracted huge coverage in the press of the day. Investigative journalist from the ‘Political Right’ were in a feeding frenzy like never before!
See also: Mr. Hodges at Parkville with the piggery in the background. Piggery is… News Photo – Getty Images
See also: Animal Liberation (organisation) – Wikipedia
Animal Liberation is a non-profit animal rights organisation based in Sydney, Australia, founded by Christine Townend and led by current CEO Lynda Stoner. It was formed in 1976, one year after the release of Animal Liberation by Australian philosopher Peter Singer. Animal Liberation’s primary campaigns are to advocate against the use of animals for food (factory farmed or free range), clothing, research, sport and entertainment, by promoting a vegan lifestyle.
Local farmer Peter Hodges achieved national renown by setting up SPEW: “The Parkville and Scone Environmental Watch” Committee. The main aim of the organisation was to seek assurances that the Kingdon Ponds Catchment which supplies fresh drinking water to Parkville and Scone was not contaminated by piggery effluent. Peter achieved his objectives. The piggery has gone!
George Barratt @ Moonan Flat
Featured Image: Bert Lillye’s article in ‘The Sun Herald’, Dec 9, 1979
There’s little doubt that George Barratt was an ‘unlikely’ resident at Moonan Flat. Even less likely was it that Australia’s leading racing journalist of the day and a ‘Hall of Famer’ Bert Lillye would track him down? Both reckoned without the exquisite detection skills of long-term Scone resident Archie Shepherd. Archie had honed his survival instincts as a Forward Scout at Shaggy Ridge (NE Papua New Guinea) in the epic WWII contest versus Japan in the Pacific arena. ‘Keeping a (betting) book’ was part of the scenery. It was a wartime habit Archie fine-tuned to perfection when back in civvies at Scone. Uncovering the whereabouts of the likes of George Barratt would have been child’s play for Archie? There’s no racetrack at Moonan Flat but there used to be in the halcyon gold mining days of yesteryear. See ‘The Dennison Diggings’ elsewhere in this ‘Blog’. Does anyone remember George Barratt?
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Clovelly Stables @ Scone Equine Hospital & Dr Karon Hoffmann
Dr Karon Hoffmann BVSc MVSc PhD DipVetClinStud MRCVS Dipl. ECVDI
Featured Image: Dr Karon Hoffman at work at Clovelly Stables, Scone c. 1990
Dr Karon Hoffmann developed her enthusiasm for diagnostic imaging early during her veterinary career as a large animal internist. Her initial posting was almost 30 years ago at Scone Equine Hospital where Karon developed the Neonatal (Foal) Intensive Care Unit. It was one of the very best decisions I ever made in my professional life! “You need a foal care unit Bill and you need me to run it”! Since that time she has pursued both research and clinical expertise in the discipline and has earned both a Master’s degree and PhD in Diagnostic Imaging. Karon has published over 40 scientific articles. She has represented the profession in many roles, including as President of the Australasian Association of Veterinary Imaging and been an invited speaker at many conferences. Karon was a worthy recipient of the CVE Hungerford Award for her holistic contribution to research, teaching and clinical scholarship in large and small animal sonology. Karon is a Diplomate of the European College of Diagnostic Imaging. Karon uses the synergistic nature of routine and advanced diagnostic imaging and interventional procedures to help in the diagnosis and treatment of many complex clinical cases.
See also: Equine Vets – Hospital & ICU: Scone Equine Hospital
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See also: Havelock Ellis – Wikipedia
Henry Havelock Ellis, known as Havelock Ellis (2 February 1859 – 8 July 1939), was a British physician, writer, and social reformer who studied human sexuality. He was co-author of the first medical textbook in English on homosexuality in 1897, and also published works on a variety of sexual practices and inclinations, including transgender psychology. He is credited with introducing the notions of narcissism and autoeroticism, later adopted by psychoanalysis. He served as president of the Galton Institute and, like many intellectuals of his era, supported eugenics.
In April 1875, Ellis sailed on his father’s ship for Australia; soon after his arrival in Sydney, he obtained a position as a master at a private school. After the discovery of his lack of training, he was fired and became a tutor for a family living a few miles from Carcoar. He spent a year there and then obtained a position as a master at a grammar school in Grafton. The headmaster had died and Ellis carried on the school for that year, but was unsuccessful.
At the end of the year, he returned to Sydney and, after three months’ training, was given charge of two government part-time elementary schools, one at Sparkes Creek, near Scone, New South Wales and the other at Junction Creek. He lived at the school house on Sparkes Creek for a year. He wrote in his autobiography, “In Australia, I gained health of body, I attained peace of soul, my life task was revealed to me, I was able to decide on a professional vocation, I became an artist in literature . . . these five points covered the whole activity of my life in the world. Some of them I should doubtless have reached without the aid of the Australian environment, scarcely all, and most of them I could never have achieved so completely if chance had not cast me into the solitude of the Liverpool Range.”
He resolved to return to England and sailed in La Hogue in January 1879. On 27 February he confided in his diary: ‘These three years I have spent in Australia seem to me like those three during which Paul was in Arabia’.
Vale David Bath
President Scone Race Club 1984 – 1994
One could mount a strong argument that David Bath was one of; if not the most significant leader at the helm of racing in Scone throughout its various iterations over 180 years (1842 – 2022).
He served as President of Scone Race Club from 1984 – 1994 having succeeded Bill Howey (1978 – 1984). David had inherited ‘Bhima Stud’, Scone which was the home of Star Kingdom’s son ‘Biscay’ as well as other notable sires. During David’s decade at the top Scone Race Club was transformed from its popular although ‘physically restricted’ tenure at White Park (1947 – 1994) to the present exceptional eclectic location at Satur. It was thanks to David’s calm demeanour and firm resolve in managing a testosterone-driven cadre of strong individuals that he was able to hammer home the overall success of the ambitious agenda. He successfully moulded the team to produce the outstanding result members, patrons and the professional racing fraternity appreciate so much today.
David traits include but not limited to being loyal, generous, gentle, gregarious, kind, charitable and unselfish. The Scone Race Club is proud to be able to recognise and acknowledge a truly outstanding leader on Today’s program (Country Championships ‘Consolation’ Sunday 20 March 2022)
Vale Terry Burke
Tributes flow for former Tamworth stock and station agent
See: https://www.theland.com.au/story/7649103/a-true-gentleman-tributes-flow-for-terry-burke/ 8 Mar 2022, noon
Featured Image: VALE TERRY BURKE: Terry Burke has been described as “one of the industry’s finest” and a “true gentleman”. Photo: Supplied. Gratefully acknowledge ‘The Land’ newspaper.
TRIBUTES are flowing for long-time Tamworth local Terry Burke, who is being remembered for his remarkable life as a stock and station agent and his love for the racing industry.
Mr Burke died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Sunday February 27 at 82 years old.
Described as “one of the industry’s finest” and a “true gentleman”, he was a founding partner of respected livestock and rural property agency Burke & Smyth, a past president of Tamworth Jockey Club and life member, and a much-loved mentor to many.
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It’s very topical. I wrote my own tribute (sort-of) to Shane Warne; probably about 20 years ago when Director of the Post Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. I called it:
“It Ain’t Over ‘Til the Fat Man Spins”!
Featured Image: Shane Warne in action
No wonder I didn’t make it as a sports journalist!
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Borroloola Mob @ Sunrise
Featured Image: The ‘Borroloola Mob’ @ Sunrise Studio in Martin Place
Borroloola Mob @ Sunrise One of my most unusual assignments was delegated by my daughter Kirsty. Kirsty was Legal Advisor to the Northern Land Council in Darwin. Part of her ambit included the Borroloola Community from the South Western shore of the Gulf of Carpentaria. It’s about 1000km by road from Darwin; the last 700 of it is dirt. Kirsty was directing a Land Claims Appeal through the Supreme Court in Phillip Street. My role was to accompany the ‘mob’ from the Menzies Hotel in downtown Sydney to the Supreme Court. Kirsty had to be there earlier to prepare. It was a most interesting journey! We had socialised the night before so we knew one another. My mate Dave Hardy is in the two-tone horizontal striped jumper and blue baseball cap at the front of the picture. Dave was an Elder of the tribe but had been ‘in trouble’ before. He was a most intriguing character. Just after this photograph was taken we ran into my friend and acquaintance Hamish Gidley-Baird. Hamish had lived in Darwin for 6 years and had actually been to Borroloola. The indigenes feel very much at home although I don’t think any had ever been to Sydney before? We tried to arrange an NRL game the night before but unfortunately the home fixture was at Parramatta. It was a bridge too far. Progress was sluggish at times until Martin Place. I seem to have disappeared? Note the warm winter clothing! David Koch and the ‘Sunrise’ Team at the Channel Seven Studio in Martin Place were just finishing the morning news segment. It was 9:30am. There was instant recognition and the Borroloola Mob just piled into the studio. David Koch and the team were intrigued. To their great credit the Borroloola Mob were welcomed with open arms. The photo opportunity was too good to miss.
Featured Image: Alec Wiseman performing in the Campdraft at Scone Bushman’s Carnival
Belltrees was fortunate to have the legendary stockman, Alec Wiseman on the property for 55 years, working with four generations of the White family. He arranged for four or five Belltrees mares to go down each year to Ernie Cowley at Glendonbrook for breeding to Bobbie Bruce – WH. On a couple of occasions he also sent his own good mare, Mopsy, which is how he bred his good stallion, MUSTER – FS HSH