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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.
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 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”.
First Championship Show of the Pomeranian Club of Victoria 1923
The first championship show of the Pomeranian Club of Victoria, affiliated with the Victorian Poultry and Kennel Club, was held on Oct 18, 1923 at Wirth’s Park. There was a very good entry, including several interstate and country dogs. Mr. P. D’Helin was judge and Messrs. Scott, Roberts,and Bunnester were stewards. The champion Pomeranian of the show were Mrs. Spry’s Cheeky Boy. Henrietta Spry was a very keen Pomeranian exhibitor.
Early Pomeranian Breeders in Victoria
Some of the very early breeders in Victoria were Maybole (Mrs Leveridge), Mountroyal (Mrs Montcrieff, Mrs O’Toole, Cliffdale, Oakland (Mrs Esler), and more.
Early History of the Pomeranian in New South Wales
Among the first Pomeranians brought to Australia was a chocolate-coloured dog that was introduced in 1910 by the late Jack Maude’s father. Sadly, there were no existing records about him.
The next Sydneysider that was recorded as an importer of Poms from the U.K., was Mr. Cook, a resident of Summer Hill. He was the original owner of orange Pomeranians in NSW.
In the period 1929 – 1947, Pomeranians were incorporated into the club, which was then called the Pekingese and Pomeranian Club. Mr Hawkless of Hawklock Kennels was the first winner of the Vice-President’s Cup.
In 1947, the last, and outright, winner was Mr C. Lambert. This was also the year the club officially disbanded and some of the Pekingese exhibitors chose to set up a breed club they could call their own.
During the period from 1947-1959, the Pomeranians didn’t have their own club. They were simply members of a local club for toy breeds.
From 1947 until 12 years later, Pomeranians had no club of their own and were just part of the local toy dog club. During this period there were numerous changes with regards to exhibiting Pomeranians, especially size and weighing exhibits.
Claude Lambert first became involved with the breed in the early twenties. ‘His trade was a butcher, he purchased a white Pom with a pedigree, for two pounds and a month’s meat from an old lady because she told him she couldn’t afford to keep him.
In 1948 Mr Claude Lambert won two Pomeranian Championship categories; the overweight (Egyptian What’s Wanted) and miniature (Egyptian Hurricane).
Mrs Phil Lawton (Claude’s daughter) carried on the Egyptian prefix. I remember meeting Phil Lawton at a Pomeranian club of N.S.W championship show.
Weighing Pomeranians was changed after Mrs Bourke moved to NSW from Queensland and then joined the RAS. She initiated ruling out different classes of Pomeranians and introduced the rule that all exhibited Poms must average 2 kgs ( 4 1/2 lbs) and bitches would weigh 2.5 kgs (5 1/2/ lbs ). This put an end to weighing dogs and any that weighed above this average wouldn’t be shown any longer.
Early Pomeranian Breeders in New South Wales
In that earlier period of time, there were a lot of dogs with known & shown prefixes
including: 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 Cavanagh).
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.
Sandgate Dog Show November 1933
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 following 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).
Pomeranian and Toy Dog Club of Queensland, September 1933
The one-point championship show provided by the Pomeranian and Toy Dog Club of Queensland held 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 Fireglow.
Champion bitch of show: N. J. Langdon’s Grand Champion Sundawn Red Gown.
Champion puppy dog: Mrs. A. Reed’s Benwell Black Prince.
Champion puppy bitch: Mrs. A. Bourke’s The Red Flower of Le Yean.
Mrs. S. Stuart’s “Sweet Lavender” shield for Best Bitch In show: N. J Langdon’s Grand Champion 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 Fireglow.
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 of 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 (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 Fireglow.
Trophy for best chocolate baby 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 Grand Champion Sundawn So Sweet.
Trophy, Best black Pomeranian: Miss Smith’s Chatterbox.
Trophy: Best any other colour Pomeranian: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 1st and Ch.
Open Bitch, under 71b.: N. J. Langdon’s Victoree Noeleen.
Orange and Orange Sable: 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 Vean.
Limit Bitch: Merry Lass of Le Vean 1st, Mrs. N. Lloyd’s Sunbeam Girlie 2nd.
Junior Bitch: N. J. Langdon’s Grand Champion 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 1934
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.
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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