The Australian Stud Book was first established prior to 1878 when the first volume was produced. The ASB was jointly administered by the Victorian Race Club (VRC) and the Australian Jockey Club (AJC). The main office was located at the Alison Road, Randwick headquarters of the latter. For almost 100 years since inception there were only four (4) Keepers of the Australian Stud Book.
Jim McFadden was a great friend of Murray Bain and also Norman Smith of St Aubins Without. He was a frequent visitor to Scone. I was unsuccessful in my application to take over the position from Rod Page who was Jim McFadden’s deputy. The proprietors made the right decision to employ John Digby. (See ‘Blog’).
See also: Thoroughbred Heritage Historic Dams