Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Ramornie a Tribute to Breeding Pioneers

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Ramornie a Tribute to Breeding Pioneers

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Whatas in a name?

Ramornie Station was first named Ramornie Run by Scottish selector squatter Dr John Dobie.

It is thought Dobie named his property Ramornie because of the village of the same name in his native born district of Fife.

The origins of the name Ramornie are from Pictland, then used by the Gaels as Rath + Morgan. Rathmorgan was a place name used more to identify a[approximately]the fort of the men of Morgana rather than a singular name. (sourced from a letter from University of St Andrews CRHS)

WHAT connection does Australiaas First World War Light Horse charge at the Battle of Beersheba, Sydneyas six-week general strike of 100,000 workers, and a a[approximately]NOa vote to the referendum on conscription have in common with todayas running of the Ramornie Handicap?

They all happened in 1917, the same year the Clarence River Jockey Club decided to rename one of their races, the Newmarket, to the Ramornie Handicap.

The race was renamed to honour the pastoralists of Ramornie Station, 15km west of Grafton on the Gwydir Hwy.

Ramornie Station was first selected by Dr John Dobie in 1839 and in 1841 he was the first to bring 15 thoroughbred brood mares to the Clarence River. Between them they would have 167 foals. The stud book between Ramornie and Gordon Brook stations predates the first NSW and Australian studbook.

While Dobie may have established Ramornie Station, a decade later itas new owner, Charles Grant Tindal, would establish Australiaas first and foremost reputable and colonial sire of note, Yattendon.

Tindal was an entrepreneur and, after share farming with his friend Ogilvie on the Upper Clarence, established Australiaas first meat cannery at Ramornie.

About five years later Tindal imported a couple of noted thoroughbred stallions, two of which would provide the right combinations to create artillery horses for trade with the British Army in India. …

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