The votes are all in and we can finally announce who, of all the citizens of Camden’s past, has the most masculine mo, the most song-worthy ‘stach, the most luscious lipholstry. The two runners up are:
In third place we have Captain John Martin Hawkey
A man in uniform with a neat full ‘stache.
In second place is Charles Dawson
Particularly appealing to residents are the dapper qualities of this candidate, from the neat mo to classic black suit and white shirt combo.
And finally the winner, the man who now will forever be remembered, at least in the blogosphere, as the Crumb Catcher King of Camden is Sergeant Frank H. Paul.
Another man in uniform and one of the many Camden citizens who would not return from the Great War, Paul features a fine, full, fabulous mo’. That paired with his sacrifice makes him the perfect and obvious choice.
Congratulations to all our candidates. They have all contributed to the vibrancy that is Camden’s story, and we will continue to bring the stories of them and other Camden citizens in the future.
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.
Elgar Stuckey. Born 1823 at South Petherton Somerset England. Died 1899 at Camden.
James and Catherine Rideout (nee Murray) Back Creek Oakdale (The focus is more on James, obviously.) Were married in St Johns Church, Camden in 1861. Photographed many years later.
Thomas Reedy. Worked at Camden Park for over 70 years as gardener and later Orchard Manager. Born 1838. Died 1929.
David Doust. 1853-1926. Pillar of Methodism in Camden. Advocate of temperance. Prominent store keeper at 184 Argyle Street Camden. And a unique addition to the collection.
James Joseph English. Portrait. Father of Herbert English. 1910s.
William Sidman. Founder of The Camden News in 1896.
James Boardman with his family including Alice Maria Apps and Nellie, Elsie, Alma Jane, Olive, and Clara.
Make sure to check out our nominees and vote either on our Facebook, Twitter or directly to this blog by November 30 to help decide who will be the Crumb Catcher King of Camden.
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:
Voting closes midnight 30 November. Either ‘like’ the candidate on Facebook, ‘favourite’ it on Twitter or comment directly to the blog to vote for your favourite Camden nose neighbour.
After birth of daughter Ann Marie. Christened St Paul’s Camden. Christening robe donated to Museum and is item 8 in objects database.
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.
Rev. Canon George Herbert Allnut, 1910s.
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.
Canon George Herbert Allnut, 1910s.
Pre-embarkation leave in Sydney, May 1916, World War I.
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.
Camden Cricket team. Players posing for a photo. Sometime in the 1800s.
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.
Family photograph on verandah above Argyle Street, looking west.
Manseated on right in second row is Charles Thomas Whiteman.
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, 1898.
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.