Some Fascinating History
Recently we found a copy of the original minutes of the current club which was formed on 8th August 1998 at Brisbane Royal.
There were only eight people at that initial meeting with two recorded apologies. Present were Geoff Edards, Sandra Edards, Ossie Hart, Les Holton, Bob Jarvis, Adam Jannusch, Henry Surtees and Ken Yates. The apologies were from Denis Lindley and Ross Summerell
Where are they now?
Geoff Edards: Geoff still lives in Maryborough Qld and doesn't keep Australorps these days. Sadly his wife of over 40 years, Sandra Edards, passed away on 4th December 2014. Between them the Edards' had won many Brisbane Royals. They were renowned for their Pekins.
Ossie Hart: Ossie was a grand old poultryman who passed away quietly at Riverview Retirement Village in 2009. He bred some of the best Australorps in Qld in the 1970's and 80's.
Les Holton: Les is the grandfather of Adam Jannusch and has had a long tradition with Australorps. A three-time past Australian Titles Champion he still helps his son, Phillip with his Australorp bantams. Grandson Adam is still heavily involved in exhibition poultry and these days is a fine all-round judge.
Bob Jarvis: One of nature's true gentlemen, Bob passed away around 2008 at his home at Mundubbera. He was a master showman with exceptional fowls, particularly his Leghorns.
Henry Surtees: Henry is one of the most respected Australorp breeders in Australia today. He never misses a Brisbane Royal show and often wins many classes. Henry benched the club's inaugural Supreme Champion in 1998 and judges all over Australia.
Ken Yates: These days Ken is believed retired and out of poultry. He was last known to live at Bargara via Bundaberg Qld.
Denis Lindley: Via Rockhampton Qld, Denis was one of the pioneers of the White Australorp. His perseverance in re-producing the Large White varieties from stock he obtained in Western Qld is legendary. He is still active, still judges and exhibits quite often.
Ross Summerell: Ross is one of the club's three Life Members and has some amazing knowledge on Australorps. He breeds both Large and Bantams. He was the first exhibitor to ever win our Supreme Champion with a Bantam in 2006. Ross is well sought after to judge all over Australia.
Ray Connor's Book
Ray Connor's fabulous book, "The Australorp" is now in limited supply, so before you miss out completely don't forget to place your order.
They are only $45.00 posted anywhere in Australia, or if you are overseas it will cost you an extra $12.00.
This is by far the best book that has ever been published on our breed.
Contact Mick Brown email@example.com
or Joye Howe firstname.lastname@example.org
Great gift for a birthday present in 2015.
Ray Connor appointed as Club Patron
Doyen Australorp breeder, Mr Ray Connor has been re-appointed the club's new Patron for 2013 and beyond.
Newly elected President, Peter D'Arcy of Carwoola NSW was pleased to announce the initial honour at the 2013 AGM at Dubbo.
Ray was flattered to be asked and seemed humbled by the gesture.
Meanwhile Margaret Blake of Lima Vic. has taken over as the Treasurer of the club. She comes with the experience of being the National Treasurer of the Plymouth Rock Club of Australia Inc.
Peter and Margaret have succeeded, Kevin Collins and Darren Macfarlane, respectively, who gave the club the past three years of service.
Mick Brown is now our new Secretary and is a great edition to the team. He succeeds Pamela Ferris who did a great job. Mick's a real character and in the Officer-in-charge of a south western NSW police station. He breeds Standard Black & Blue Australorps.