The Dispersal of the Halls Heeler

In 1836, George Hall, then aged seventy-two, made a new Will. In the climate of the times, it was just. George sought to reward his sons, William, John, Thomas Simpson, Matthew, Henry and Ebenezer, for the dedication and support they had given him in the name of expansion. Continue reading

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The Australian Cattle Dog – not just a head!

Kath Williamson

A great deal of emphasis is placed on the head of the Australian Cattle Dog. However it must be stressed that a dog with an average head and body is a better dog than the dog whose head is structurally correct but whose body is poorly inadequate. Naturally, this is also true of a dog with a poor head and sound body. Continue reading

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ANKC: Australian National Kennel Council
ASTCD: Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
ACD: Australian Cattle Dog
CCCQ: Canine Control Council (Queensland)
KAQ: Kennel Association (Queensland)
STCD: Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

The present day “pure bred Stumpy” is a modern construct, produced under the guidelines set down in the ANKC Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog Redevelopment Scheme, inaugurated in 1988. I emphasise; the ASTCD is a modern construct. Put it another way. The ASTCD was, from 1988, a breed in the process of development from selected exemplars in the Cattle Dog population, many of them unregistered stock dogs on rural properties. Continue reading

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The Development of the Halls Heeler

Rock painting of a dingo and an ancestral figure from the Laura region in Queensland, Science Magazine 4 April 2016.

The Dingo arrived in Australia several thousand years ago with early human immigrants and were an accepted part of the aboriginal communities in which they lived. With the passing of time dingoes became less trustful of humans – attributable to the breakdown of aboriginal society and exacerbated by the attempts of sheep graziers to exterminate them. In the 1820s and 1830s, however, the Dingoes in the Hunter Valley had yet to learn fear of the white settlers and probably visited Dartbrook to scavenge for anything edible. Thomas may even have made pets of them, particularly of their pups. His familiarity with Dingoes invited the idea of crossing them on to the working dogs from Northumberland. Continue reading

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Settling in at Dartbrook 1826.

The opening of the Pitt Town – Bulga road, the Putty Road, in 1823 was timely for George Hall. He applied for lands in the Hunter Valley for himself and four of his sons, the first application having been made in April 1825. Continue reading

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