Saturday, 27 June 2015

Largs Bay Hotel

Today, 27 June, is the birthday of my paternal grandmother, Kathleen. She would have been 107. In 2004 we visited her in Adelaide before she moved to Batemans Bay, New South Wales, to be closer to her son, my father.

During our visit,we drove past the Largs Pier Hotel. Kathleen remarked that as a child she used to come and stay there with her parents for a seaside holiday.

Largs Bay Hotel July 2004

This week's Sepia Saturday blogging theme is hotels.

I found a newspaper item from the Adelaide Mail of 2 January 1915:
Mrs Arthur Cudmore and her children are staying at Largs Pier Hotel for a few weeks.

Esplanade and Pier Hotel at Largs about 1915 from the State Library of South Australia image B27379

The children were Rosemary (1904-1987), then ten years old, and Kathleen (1908-2013), six and a half.

Kathleen Cudmore photographed in 1914 at Southsea, England
 The Cudmores lived at 64 Pennington Terrace in the city, 17 kilometers or 11 miles away.

We visited Largs Bay again, one evening in January 2014:

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Trove Tuesday: Ready for the ring

In a memoir about my grandmother Kathleen (1908 - 2013), her son, my father, wrote that she remarked in an interview that when she was young she would often play golf in the morning and go riding in the afternoon – or go riding in the morning and play golf in the afternoon.

She rode from the stables owned and run by Miss Roach at Prospect, in an interview . Miss Roach was a good friend and Kathleen gave lessons for her to less experienced riders. Kathleen's favourite horse was a hack named Black Opal. In 1929, when she was twenty-one, Kathleen won a blue ribbon at the Royal Adelaide Show riding Black Opal.

This picture, from the Adelaide Mail of 14 September 1929, is of Kathleen and Black Opal just before the show.

The Woman's Realm. (1929, September 14). The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954), p. 21. Retrieved  from

Hack pairs ridden by a lady and a gentleman was won by Misses K. C. Cudmore and E.C.D. Scott's Black Opal and Lorraine. (RECORD CROWDS SEE RING EVENTS. (1929, September 28). Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931), p. 8. Retrieved from