With Movember drawing to a close and all our nominees of the great moustaches of Camden up, we thought we’d do a shout out to all those men in Camden’s history who, although desiring to sport some face lace, took a different direction than the magnificent mo’. Whether it’s growing a long full beard, or giving us the Amish number of beard and no mustache, these men changed their face with the call of the fuzz, but as the rules of Movember stipulate, they were ineligible. Still, here we provide their soup strainers and flavour savers for your enjoyment with an honourable mention.
With all nominees now in and the calendar ticking over to the end of Movember, our celebration of the great moustaches of Camden is quickly drawing to a close. Before month’s end we thought we’d give you a last glance at all the candidates before casting your final vote. Click on the candidates name to view their full profile.
The nominees for Crumb Catcher King of Camden are:
A bit difficult to see, but you can make out a full moustache under the shadow of his hat. A simple, woolly walrus, but matched with the pipe dangling from his lips while working the land. The look is all rugged, all rural. What a man!
Charles Dawson, son of Thomas Dawson, Camden Park Estate Manager and Land Agent.
Simple but effective, a straight lampshade style. However, exquisitely dapper, particularly with the cropped hair, likewise neatly maintained and trimmed, with clear volume standing out. Add a simple black suit and pristine white shirt, and we have a fine contender.
George Herbert Allnutt. Rector of St Pauls Church, Cobbity, from 1883 until his death at 76 in 1919. What I love about his contender, apart from the name, is that he styled his magnificent mo two ways. Above it is wild, full and fluffy like any self respecting walrus. But below it is more groomed, with a distinct upward curve. Matched with the pith helmet and white suit it looks particularly colonial.
Another of Camden’s Anzacs. A full lipped pyramid, reminiscent of Magnun PI. Frank H. Pauls may have a great width, but this one, with its compact and well maintained shape, gives Hawkey a distinct advantage of elegance.
A group entry, partly because we can’t actual put names to the men, but partly because of the collective appeal of their mustaches. Fine whites before a match.
Portrait of prominent Camden businessman and alderman. Born 1849,died 1903.
A full, flat mo that curves around the lips. Not the fullest, or the most elegant, but what C.T. Whiteman’s moustache lacks in flair certainly does not compare with his dedication to Camden as an alderman and business owner.
Dominic Bourke was born at Glenmore, in 1862. He married Ida Crowe, and the two had a daughter, Marie Bourke, who donated the above photograph to the Camden Museum.
With a sloped pyramid moustache, neat suit with detachable stand up collar, and pockerchief, Bourke looks very dashing.
Frank H. Paul was a sergeant during World War One. He, like so many of Camden’s Anzacs, did not return home. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 23/5/1915. As with all fallen Camden Anzacs, he is commemorated on Camden Remembers.
Here he is sporting a particularly strong ‘au natural’ moustache, groomed with a upper curve. Full, defined, and symmetrical. A solid first contender.