What Did Hazor Bodger Say? – Trove Tuesday

What did Hazor Humphrey Bodger, my 3x great uncle, say to the judges at the Strathalbyn Show on March 4 1869?  Hazor was a farmer in McHarg’s Creek, South Australia, and from newspaper advertisements and articles I can see that he was breeding and showing draught horses in South Australia for a number of years.

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A description of the show and underneath Hazor’s prize win.

1869 ‘THE STRATHALBYN SHOW.’, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 – 1904), 6 March, p. 6, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article158936062

On March 4 one of Hazor’s horses came second to that of Mr. W. Rankine.  Now the Rankine name is very well known in Strathalbyn as the town was founded by two Rankine brothers William and John.  I have been unable to ascertain if this is William Rankine the said co-founder or another Rankine however, I feel sure the Mr. W. Rankine listed here if not the man himself is a member of said family.  Did Hazor suspect favoritism or was it simply that he could have charged a higher price for his stallion’s services had he won the competition.

Apology Requested

Apology Requested

1869 ‘THE WEEK’S NEWS.’, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 – 1904), 20 March, p. 5,  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article158936290

I don’t know what Hazor said but the Secretary of the Strathalbyn Agricultural Society was requested to write to him.  He was informed that unless he apologised to the Committee for his conduct towards the Judges at the last show, he would not be allowed to exhibit there again.  I’m guessing he used some fairly strong language.

There are no further newspaper articles showing Hazor entering horses in the Strathalbyn Show again, that I have found, so I don’t know if he gave the apology or not. He later moved to Victoria and entered horses in shows in Victoria and south eastern South Australia and unfortunately died when he was thrown from a horse at only 52 years of age in 1879.

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1879 ‘ITEMS BY CABLE.’, The Narracoorte Herald (SA : 1875 – 1954), 11 November, p. 2, viewed 25 May, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article146442946

5 thoughts on “What Did Hazor Bodger Say? – Trove Tuesday

  • May 25, 2015 at 4:33 pm
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    Oh dear 🙁 He must have felt hardly done by – difficult when it is not just a prize but future earnings

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    • May 30, 2015 at 7:25 am
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      Tee hee – wouldn’t we love to know now what the exchange was…judging at country shows can be quite heated. I’ve only ever entered a tea cosy in the knitting category once at the local show and suffered the ignominy of being advised on the return of my entry at the end of the show – “No comment”. Sigh.

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      • May 30, 2015 at 11:47 am
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        I would love to know Alex. I had pets in the Strathalbyn Show for many years as a kid and as an adult I’ve put in crocheted hats (no result either). It’s funny that we ended up living in the same area as the Bodgers and I still attend the show each year.

        Kylie

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  • August 9, 2015 at 9:27 pm
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    Hi my name is Jaynie Bodger.
    My dad and I were researching our family name for ww1, we found the great information on the web that you have done however we find it hard to follow as we may not be following the right web pages, we would love to know if you have a copy of all of the research you have done on the Bodger family our great aunty Molly Hutchinson (Dec) had a lot of info. We will pay for what every it costs to obtain the info.
    My dads name is Michael his dad was Walter John Bodger he lived in Horsham next to the Wimmera River, my dad has a few pics of the family and a pic of a great uncle George Godfrey who was related to the family of Bodger, My aunty (dads Sister Carol) also has a lot of information on the Bodger family.

    You can contact me via my dad at the info listed below

    I look forward to your reply

    Thanking you

    Jaynie Bodger (aged 12)

    Mick Bodger
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    Pakenham Victoria 3810
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    Email nightlighter@bigpond.com
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  • August 12, 2015 at 10:15 pm
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    Hi Jaynie
    Thanks for getting in touch! I’ve sent you an email and I look forward to hearing back from you.

    Kylie 🙂

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