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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:24 am 
Proud Rooster
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poppycock wrote:
As far as the greatest breeders go in my opinion to few can measure up to the late Theo Gray from Byron Bay for his excellence in his exhibition bred Old English Game Bantams and not to mention the late Athol Pengilly for his Large Old English Game.

Theo's brother, the late Ted Gray, fills in the spot for modern game as well.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:07 am 
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This thread is very interesting. I notice it goes back around 4 years and their are a couple , including John Hobbs, that have since passed away.

Just a couple of names from Vic and Tas:

Henry Oldaker was an outstanding breeding of Old English Game and had a huge amount of respect thoughout Oz.
John Pearce bred large and bantam Rhode Is Reds that were just tremendous. His RIR rosecomb bantams were unbeatable. He was so generous with his birds and always willing to help juniors.

A couple of Victorians that are still going strong should be included. They are George Norman and James Bishop. I never tired of visiting the yards of these fine breeders. George always loves a challenge and skillfully bred (and still does) outstanding, Langshans, Australorps, OEG, Leghorns, Wyandottes, Favs, etc, etc. I'll will always remember a visit to James Bishop's yard back in the 1980's . Such a stunning line up of laced & columbian wys, large moderns and indians.


PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:31 pm 
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Rooster wrote:
The article describes Australian breeders using the practice in Hamburgs, Wyandottes, Campines and Seabrights.

"How Oldtimers Achieved Good Birds by Ron Thomas". Australasian Poultry Volume 17, number 3, page 30.

It's only a one pager but theres a lot in it.


Hi Folks,
Does anyone know if the above Ron Thomas is the Son of John Hartley Thomas from Moonta, SA.... Now J.H.T (Janner as he was refered to most times) was a great breeder of Both Poultry and Pigeons.....
Best Wishes

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