The earliest mention of the Pomeranian Dog in Australian publications can be found 1875, in an article from The Western Australian Times .
I quote from this article “A few seasons ago no lady’s equipage was complete without the accompaniment of a fleecy white terrier, a Pomeranian, or a pug. ”
In 1879 an advertisement is found in the Melbourne Argus offering a reward for the return of a white Pomeranian dog to an address in Toorak, Melbourne.
Pictured Left: Trophies won by the “Leicester” Kennel of Pomeranians The “Leicester” Pomeranians where owned by Mrs Sandford of Caulfield, Victoria. Mrs Sandford, prior to her marriage was the well known Dancer, Miss May Till of London.
The Pomeranian In Victoria
Pomeranians Shown during the 1800’s
The Victorian Poultry and Dog Society Intercolonial Show in 1883 held classes for Pomeranian Dogs.
The results from this Show are as follows:
Pomeranians-Dogs and Bitches
(£1 Is presented by Mr H W Danbj, for the best Pomeranian Dog or Bitch)
1, M Mullaly, Richmond,
2, M McClure,Carlton.
The Show was opened by Sir William Clarke.
During 1884 at the National Agricultural Society’s Show Mr P Menny won with his Pomeranian. Report from The Melbourne Argus on The Dog and Poultry Show August, 1885.
The annual intercolonial exhibition of dogs, poultry, pigeons, and canaries,was held under the auspices of the Victorian Dog and Poultry Society.
Mention was made that all dogs exhibited that year had to be entered in a kennel book. Six Pomeranian where exhibited at this Show. The winning Pomeranian was owned by Mr W.McClure of East St Kilda.
The Argus 1888 gave a report on the Centennial Dog Show of the Victorian Poultry and Dog Society held in August in the Juvenile Industrial Exhibition Building.
This Show was held at Juvenile Industrial Exhibition Building owing to the inability of the Committee to obtain the International Exhibition building .
Other changes included holding two shows instead of just one show.
The report of the Pomeranian exhibited , quoted here “Pomeranians are poorly represented, the winning dog being neither more nor less than a black “Esquimaux.” The winning bitch, however, is a niceish bitch of the small scale.”
Early History of the Pomeranian in NSW
By Margaret Ansell
One of the earliest known Pomeranians to be brought to our country was a chocolate introduced by the late Jack Maude’s father in 1910. Unfortunately no records exist relating to him. The next Sydneysider on record to import from the UK was a Mr Cook of Summer Hill, the first owner of Orange Poms in NSW
From 1929 until 1947 the club incorporating Pomeranians, was known as the Pekingese and Pomeranian Club. First winner of it’s vice-president cup was a Mr Hawkless of Hawklock Kennels. The last winner in 1947, and also outright winner, was Mr C.Lambert. It was in this year that the club disbanded and Pekingese exhibitors formed their own breed club.
From 1947 until 12 years later, Pomeranians had no club of their own and were only a part of the local toy dog club. Within these 12 years many changes took place in relation to exhibiting the breed, in particular the size and weighing of exhibits. In these earlier years, there were varying colours, including white, black, chocolate and wolf sable and any dog appearing to be in excess of 7 lbs underwent a weight check during the course of exhibiting.
It’s interesting to note that in 1948 Mr Claude Lambert won both miniature and overweight Pomeranian Championships with Egyptian Hurricane [Min.] and Egyptian What’s wanted. The Egyptian prefix was carried on by Claude’s daughter Mrs Phil Lawton.
A change to weighing of Pomeranians eventuated when Mrs Bourke moved from Queensland to take up residence in N.S.W. , and subsequently became a member of the RAS. She instigated the ruling out of different classes for the breed and initiated the requirement that dogs exhibited should average 4 1/2 lbs and the bitches 5 1/2/ lbs. This then ended the weighing of the breed and any exhibit in excess of this average was no longer shown.
Some of the known and shown prefixes in these earlier times were Eqyptian [C. Lambert], Wenya [Mrs Agnew], Lilyfield [Mrs Kincaid], Pekin, Remohu, Pomanu, Woodhill, Hawklock, Rado [Mr & Mrs Askew], Muronva [Muriel Boggs], Angora [Mrs Morcana} and Waverley [ Mrs Cavangh]. Some of the very early breeders in Victoria were Maybole [ Mrs Leveridge], Mountroyal [ Mrs Montcrieff ,Mrs O’Toole Cliffdale, Oakland [Mrs Esler], and more.
Claude Lambert got into the breed in the early twenties. A butcher by trade, he bought a white Pom, with pedigree, for two pounds and months meat from an old lady who said she could nto afford to keep the dog.
Pomeranians in Queensland
In Queensland, A Pomeranian was exhibited at the Gympie Show in September 1891.
P. Pollock’s Pomeranian “Tom” being the sole Pomeranian at this exhibition.
At the Sandgate Dog Show , held in November 1933 , Pomeranians won Champion of Show and Best Novice All Breeds.
The Sandgate Electorate Kennel Club held a one-point championship show at Flinders Parade.
Mr. R. Trotter judged all classes, and the folllowing championship awards were made: Champion of show: Mrs. B. M. Barstew’s Sundawn Satellite (Pomeranian). Reserve champion: E. De Voss’s Westboro Duke (fox terrier). Best novice, all breeds: Mrs. Corbett’s Belmont Evergold (Pomeranian).
September,1933 POMS AND TOY DOGS.
The one-point championship show provided by the Pomeranian and Toy Dog Club of Queensland, at the Exhibition Kennels, Pettys Paddock, attracted a fair number of entries in most breeds. Competition was particularly keen in the Pomeranian and Pekinese classes, where the quality of the exhibits was of a high standard. Mr. W. Byrne (Booval) Judged all breeds In a very capable manner.
Cups donated by the club were awarded as follows:
Champion dog of show: Mrs. J. C. Rutter’s Surrey Flreglow.
Champion bitch of show: N. J. Langdon’s gr.ch.Sundawn Red Gown.
Champion puppy dog: Mrs. A. Reed’s Benwell Black Prince.
Champion puppy bitch: Mrs. A. Bourke’s Tho Red Flower- of Le Yean.
Mrs. S. Stuart’s “Sweet Lavender” shield for Best Bitch In show:: N. J Langdon’s Gr.Ch. Sundawn Red Gown.
Mrs. Gower’s trophy for best Orange or Orange Sable Pomeranian bitch (any weight), to be won twice in succession or three times in all: Mrs. J. C. Rutter’s Surrey Flreglow.
Mrs. J. Marsdon’s trophy for best baby puppy Pomeranian dog or bitch: Mrs. Kearney’s Chocolate Cherry Ripe.
W. H. Gee’s trophy for best novice dog or bitch, Mrs. J. C. Rutter’s Surrey Play Girl.
Mrs. Gower’s trophy for best graduate dog or bitch, Mrs. A. Bourke’s The Sensation ol Le Vean.
Mrs. E. c. Bourke’s trophy for best baby puppy dog or bitch. Mrs. E. C. Wakefleld’s Madee of St.Rolln.
Mrs. Kearnov’s trophy for best Pomeranian I- (any other colour) dog or bitch, Mrs. R.Payne’s Myrtleville Chocolate Belle.
Trophy for best dog or bitch bred by exhibitor. Mrs. J. C. Rutter’s Surrey Flreglow Trophy for best chocolate babv
Pomeranian puppy bitch: Mrs. Kearney’s Chocolate Cherry Ripe.
Mrs. J. C. Rutter’s trophy for best black Pomeranian dog or bitch (no champions to compete): Mrs. A. Reed’s Benwell Black Prince.
Pomeranians (any other colour):Junior Dog and Graduate Gog: Mrs. R. Pavne’s Myrtleville Chocolate Speck.
Baby Puppy Bitch: Mrs. Kearney’s Chocolate Cherry Ripe.
Novice Bitch: Mrs. O. E Senne’s Lady Tottle.
Queensland-Bred Bitch: Mrs. R. Payne’s Myrtleville Chocolate Belle.
Results of the 1934 at the Pomeranian and Tog Dog Club.
The first outing of the season under the auspices of the Pomeranian and Toy Dog Club held in the Exhibition dog pavilion on Saturday afternoon received an aggregate entry of 52 from 33 dogs. Mr. C. Ball made the awards.
SPECIALS AND TROPHIES.
Champion dog: Mrs. E. M. Barstow’s Pomeranian. Sundawn Satellite.
Champion bitch and Sweet Lavender Shield: N. J. Langdon’s Pomeranian, Annerley Ambition.
Champion puppy dog: Mrs. A. McGrory’s Sydney Silkie, Silver Balbern.
Champion puppy bitch and best limit: Mrs. E. M. Bourke’s Pomeranian, Merry Lass of Le Vean.
Best orange or orange sable Pomeranian, and best Junior dog or bitch: N. J. Langdon’s Gr.Gh. Sundawn So Sweet.
Trophy, best black Pom., Miss Smith’s Chatterbox.
Trophy: Best,, any other colour Pom., Mrs. G. Payne’s Myrtleville chocolate Belle.
Trophy: Best baby puppy: Mr. H. A. Knape’s Pekingese, Yah Yah Dusky Bol.
Litter: Mrs. E. M. Barstows.
Black: Queensland-bred and graduate dog: Mrs. Gower’s Weeroona prince.
Open Dog, over 71b. : Miss Smith’s Chatterbox.
Australian-Bred bitch: N. Langdon’s Annerley Ambition 1 and Ch.
Open Bitch, under 71b.: N. J. Langdon’s Victoree Noeleen.
Orange and OrangeSable: Queensland-bred Dog: Mrs. G. Payne’s Harlestone Johnnie.
Open dog, under 71b.: Mrs. E. M. Barstow’s Sundawn Satellite 1 and Ch.
Puppy Pitch: Mrs. M. Bourke’s Merry Lass of Le Bean.
Limit Bitch: Merry Lass of Le Vean 1st, Mrs. N. Lloyd’s Sunbeam Girlie 2nd.
Junior Bitch: N. J. Langdon’s Gr. Ch. Sundawn So Sweet 1st, Merry Lass of Le Vean 2nd.
Graduate Bitch: Miss N. Lloyd’s Sunbeam Airlie.
A.O.C.: Junior, and Open Dog: Mrs. G. Payne’s Myrtleville Chocolate.
Queensland Bred and Open Bitch over 71b.: Mrs. G.Payne’s Myrtleville Chocolate Belle, 1st and Ch.
Bundaberg Dog Parade
Over 200 dogs of all breeds where on show at the Bundaberg Dog Parade in 1934 .
Best Toy Dog , Champion of Champions and Best Coated was A. Rowland’s Pomeranian Golden Oak Sir Rodger.
Pomeranians in Western Australia
The earliest records I have found to date of Pomeranians exhibited in Western Australia date around 1896.
A Pomeranian bitch owned by Miss E Edwardes was exhibited at the first York Dog, Poultry and Horticultural Society’s annual Show in 1896
The Coolgardie Dog and Poultry Society held their 3rd Annual Show in May,1899.
Pomeranians where represented at this Show with Mrs Burnett exhibiting the Pomeranian ” Punch.”
Pomeranians in Tasmania
The Hobart Kennel Club prize schedule advertised classes for Pomeranian dogs as early as 1886.
Record can be found of a Pomeranian being exhibited at the 1887 Hobart Kennel Club Annual Show and winning a second place prize.
Pomeranians In South Australia
1902 Adelaide Show reports that Pomeranians owned by A. Quick won first and second prizes.
At the Poultry and Kennel Club Show , 1906 in Adelaide Entries for Pomeranians had increased.
Pomeranian Exhibits included A. S. Miller’s Ch. Lopino, a Black Male Pomeranian. Mrs. F. Robertson exhibited a puppy bitch and Miss R. M. Banks’ exhibited a White Pomeranian male called Heath King Cole.
1908 Pomeranian Exhibitors at the Adelaide Poultry and Kennel Club Show included R. A Buckley, T F Haines, Mrs T Eagle. Colours of the Pomeranians exhibited included Blacks and White Pomeranians.
This Article is a work in progress. Any information re the early history of the Pomeranian in Australia to be added here would be very appreciated.
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