The Fox Terrier Club of N.S.W Inc.
The only club in Australia with one hundred years of
Unbroken exhibiting continuity.
A short history of the evolution of Fox Terriers and the changes in our society during those hundred years.
A hundred years of Fox Terriers. What a difference the last hundred years has made to life of man and the Fox terrier.
When out walking your Fox Terrier, how many times have strangers said to you, “I had a Fox Terrier when I was a child”. Such is the ongoing popularity of the much-loved member of so many Australian homes: The classic Fox Terrier.
It all began in 1886 when The Kennel, England, recognised the Fox Terrier as a pure breed dog and so the Fox Terrier Club of England was formed. Mr Leonard Fosbery brought the first smooth-haired Fox Terrier to Sydney from England in 1868. “Careless”. She was all white.
The first wire-haired Fox Terrier arrived in Sydney in 1876. Wires, at first, were slow to gain popularity because of their rough coat. But in 1898 it was discovered how to trim this rough-coated Fox Terrier; and with this knowledge, the wire –haired Fox Terrier took its place in the show ring
In January1888 Centennial Park was handed over to the people of Sydney by the then Premier of NSW, Sir Henry Parkes and it was one of the highlights of the Centennial Anniversary Day Celebrations. Centennial Park became the site of many Agricultural shows.
Early records of the breed in N.S.W. show Montrose Vixen Bred by Mr .W. Beilby, Melbourne, owned by Mr Tom Cadell, Sydney, N.S.W. first in the Bitch Puppy Class, at the Sydney Centennial Agricultural Show January 1888. She is described by the Sydney Press as “ a bitch of great character and quality and is one of, if not the best colonial bred Fox Terrier bitch ever benched in the colony of N.S.W.”
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During the 1914-18 1st world war period, Mr Comely Imported from England a dog, “Levenside Luke” who made a tremendous impact on the breed leaving progeny that in turn produced and reproduced other smooth-haired fox terriers of the same quality. When the returning Digger from Gallipoli, Flanders and France was welcomed home by his family, he was also welcomed home by the other member of the family; their loyal Fox Terrier.
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1910 an act introduced the Penny Postage throughout the commonwealth for half-ounce letters.
The Australian Notes Act was passed and the first Commonwealth bank notes were issued.
A loaf of bread cost about three cents, potatoes about three cents a kilo and steak about eighteen cents a kilo.
In September 1910, we saw the arrival of two destroyers, the Yarra and the Parramatta.
These vessels, ordered in 1908, were the first built for the Australian Navy.
In 1910 The Fox Terrier Club of N.S.W. was formed to encourage and promote the breeding and exhibition of both Smooth and Wire Haired Fox Terriers. This club has continued to successfully function ever since and is the oldest club with unbroken exhibiting continuity in Australia. Going to a show then was usually much more of an adventure. It was the days of horse drawn trams, trains, and the family sulky. Very different from today’s air conditioned vehicles and dog trailers!
Who helped establish the club?
Mr William Hamilton was the foundation president of the club and retained this office for 25 years. He was also chairman of the Dog Section Committee of the R.A.S. after whom the Dog Pavilion at the R.A.S. Showground was named. Mr G.Beilby was in 1910 the foundation Secretary, with Mr F, Lobbas foundation Treasurer.
Mr Samuel Hordon (senior), a keen Fox Terrier enthusiastic was patron of the club until 1937. Club Meetings were held at the Sports Club in Hunter Street, Sydney for many years.
Some of the noted prominent early club members were Messrs Anthony Hordern, W. Glen, J. Dickinson, F. Mullar, W. Mayor, F. Young, Dr. Kerr, T. Prescott, H. Hunter, E.Irwin, F. Roberts (Ivanhoe), E. Ebsworth (Bronte), R. Comley (Avarua), F Rowles (Meriden), H. Moses (Glendon), C. Burton (Glenhaven), C. Dickinson (Holroyd), J.Ellison (Cluny), G. Ross (Carlton), W.Brotherson (Delhaven), E.H.Finney (Yootha), W. Peters (Belvoir), Joe Maude and J. Hackett.
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1930 The first Australian-born Governor- General was appointed and his name was sir Isaac Alfred Isaac.
A wireless phone service was inaugurated between Australia and other countries.
As Australia was sliding deeper into The Great Depression, showing dogs was an important activity for so many ordinary people. It gave them friendships, social contacts and enjoyment so important during those tough times: and it was accessible to all.
Mr William Hamilton imported many top-class English champions.
Ch End-On- Dainty (imp) (S) Best In Show Sydney Royal 1931.
Linden Olive (imp) (S) (best bitch) Sydney Royal 1933.
Mr W, Polley’s Champion Jerry Ideal dominated the Fox Terrier scene.
Ch Jerry Ideal Runner-up Best Exhibit in Show All Breeds-Sydney Royal 1932
Best Exhibit in Show All Breeds-Sydney Royal 1933
Best Exhibit in Show All Breeds-Sydney Royal 1934
Best Reserve Challenge Winner All Breeds-Sydney Royal 1935
Challenge Winning Fox Terrier Jerry Ideal,
Mr H. Moses imported numerous dogs and bitches. Being an Australian International test cricketer. He became a well know fancier of the breed and was able to keep the fanciers in Australia right up with dogs and dog activities in England
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Fox Terrier Shows were held in Wollongong and the grounds of the Brighton Hotel at Ramsgate. Later they were held at the R.A.S. Showground. Entry fee was five shillings per class. Prize money used to be one pound for First, 10 shillings for Second and 5 shillings for Third.
An entry of 200 was common up to the time of the depression in the 1930s. At the Sydney Royal Show an entry of 169 Wires combined with 369 Smooths made a grand total of 538 entries, which is still a world record for the breed.
On 14 February 1966 the dollar was introduced at a rate of two dollars per pound, or ten shillings per dollar. At its introduction, it was pegged to sterling at a rate of 1 dollar = 8 shillings (2.50 dollars = 1 pound). In 1967, Australia effectively left the sterling area. When sterling devalued in 1967 against the U.S. dollar, the Australian dollar did not follow. It maintained its peg to the U.S. dollar at the same rate of 1 Australian dollar = 1.12 U.S. dollars.
The Wire Fox terrier Club of Australia was inaugurated on 12th January 1938.
In 1961 The Wire Fox Terrier Club of Australia was asked by the R.A.S.K.C. to change its name as other Wire Clubs were being formed in Australia and it was felt there might be some confusion.
Therefore, the name was changed to The Wire Fox Terrier Association of N.S.W.
The Association tried to help newcomers to the breed by holding stripping classes, lectures, and film presentations and by encouraging free questioning on any point. Although only a small association, it was always held together by stalwarts of the breed. Sadly as these members passed away there were insufficient members to carry on the tradition of this fine Association and so the Wire Fox Terrier Association of N.S.W. closed.
The Inaugural meeting of the Smooth Fox Terrier Association was held 27th April 1948.
A meeting was held at the home of Mr and Mrs Cunningham at Leichhardt.
With the constitution drawn up and the affiliation secured from the R.A.S., President elect, Mr. Oliver Allan Mooney. Mr. Moonie held this office from 1948 until 2003.
Mr. Moonie was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his years of service to the dog world and his beloved Smooth Fox Terriers. In Allan’s words,” There are many who over the years have given yeoman service to the Smooth Fox Terrier Association.” Such was Allan’s modesty and generosity. He was always the gentleman.
In 1993 The Fox Terrier Club of NSW with Mrs Olive Black as “President” led the fight to save the Fox Terrier from another variety of dog using the Fox Terrier name. Mrs Black wrote, “ This dog is not a miniaturisation of the Fox Terrier, no more is the whippet a miniature Greyhound.”
Armed with supporting letters from Mr Philip Jull MBE, the President of the English Fox Terrier Club and the President of the Fox Terrier Club of America, Mr Jim Smith strongly supported our view. A protest was then lodged with the ANKC. The matter was resolved with the alternative name, Tenterfield Terrier being accepted.
In 1995 The Fox Terrier Club of NSW, supported by South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria, made application to the ANKC to conduct a Breed Council. The Fox Terrier National Breed Council was approved.
In 1998 The Fox Terrier Club of N.S.W. Inc. was the first Fox Terrier Club in Australia to hold a National Breed Council Show. The trophies were exceptional having been donated by the club members. The trophy table was valued at over one thousand dollars and all trophies were highly contested. National Fox Terrier breed council shows were held in each State at intervals of three years and the last show was held in NSW. All participating clubs then agreed to dissolve the National Fox Terrier Breed Council.
Assume your party positions and prepare for the electrifying spectacle of New Year’s Eve fireworks over Sydney Harbour. Sydney is world-famous for these themed, multi-coloured pyrotechnics, which explode off the iconic Harbour Bridge and six barges around the harbour. Catch the exhilarating display from many vantage points – from Balmain in the inner west to Taronga Zoo in the north and Vaucluse in the east. Get closer at a ticketed event on a harbour island, harbour cruise or waterside restaurant. Warm up for the midnight spectacular with pre-show entertainment and family fireworks at 9pm. Sydney also hosts two sets of fireworks in Darling Harbour and smaller displays in Manly and Bondi Beach.
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The Fox Terrier Club holds two shows annually. These shows are held in April and October at the “Bill Spilstead Complex of Canine Affairs, NSW, Canine Council Grounds, Luddenham Rd. Erskine Park.
A major win at this club show is of the highest merit in the Fox Terrier world.
The Fox Terrier Club wishes to thank all members who over the years have held office in the Fox Terrier Club and with a special mention to the late Mrs Sharon Proud who sadly passed away. Sharon was Secretary, a position she had held for over eighteen years and during that time she contributed so much to the club.
2007: I must at this time acknowledge the works of Mrs Tina Stathos. Positions held by Tina has been Chairman three years then a further 5 years as Secretary.
2009: Mrs Olive Black, President and Ms Rebecca Preece -Harvey pledged their support to the Fox Terrier Club of NSW, pledging to carry on the tradition of education for club members and Judges taking part in The Royal NSW Canine Council Judges Training scheme.
We also pledged to encourage and promote quality in the breeding of purebred Smooth and Wire Haired Fox Terriers. Also, encouraging members, breeders and judges to accept the standard of the breed as approved by the A.N.K.C. as the only standard of excellence by which Smooth and Wire Fox Terriers shall be judged.
It is an honour to have been asked by The Fox Terrier Club of N.S.W. Inc. to collect some of the history of the Fox Terrier in NSW for inclusion in this first One Hundred Years book.
I would like to acknowledge the writings of Mr. Bill Polly, Mr. Alan Mooney and from the Fox Terrier Chronicle, 1888 in the preparation of this report.
The Fox Terrier Club of NSW Inc.
The Fox Terrier Club wishes to thank all members who over the years have held office in the Fox Terrier Club with a special mention to the late Mrs Sharon Proud who sadly passed away while still holding the position of Secretary, a position she had held for over eighteen years. A sterling effort.