Water-colours by grandfather William Henry Pearson Baker
Three views of the S.S.Waratah - under steam, at Port Adelaide and a depiction of its demise
S.S.Waratah of Lund’s Blue Anchor Line was built in Scotland by Barclay Curle & Company in1908 is shown here at Port Adelaide.
After the second outward voyage from England my grandfather William Henry Pearson Baker left the Waratah in Sydney, 17th June1909 with concerns for the ship’s seaworthiness.
On the return voyage to Britain the Waratah disappeared off the South African coast during a severe storm on 27 July1909 with the loss of all 211 passengers and crew of 119 .
The circumstances of the ship’s demise and the location of the wreck remain a mystery.
click on this link (WILLIAM HENRY PEARSON BAKER & S.S.Waratah) if interested in reading further.
Without his excellent judgement neither this website nor me(!) would exist!Father Bill 1940
Mother May & sister Ilona 1948
with Sister Ilona
Before there was photography, there was music and the music is always there!
Music and Photography - two loves for different reasons.
Music is immediate, exciting and ephemeral whereas photography is a process and considered. I love them both...
Here's some photos of music with friends, taking it seriously, playing around...
SPIRITS OF INFINITY
around 1966... first band - We must have been terrible! The group scored some bookings as we tried to figure out what we were doing...
THE MELBOURNE 1960s CITY CLUB SCENE - the Tum, Biting Eye, Catcher, Sebastions, Berties
Queuing at Sebastions (photographer unknown)
PRIMITIVE CONFINED 1966 -1971- A semi-professional band that had been playing for a few years prior to my recruitment.
The group did quite well playing a couple of jobs per week for several years supporting the big names or playing the night...
PRIMITIVE CONFINED: ROD DOUGLAS: GUITAR & VOCALS, JOHN DALE: VOCALS & GUITAR, LJ: BASS , DENNIS KENEALLY (RIP): DRUMS
FUSION 1971: After "Primitive Confined" with two lead singers Sue and John. The group worked weekends for about a year.
.with Claude (Lou)
The Counter-cultural daze...
T.F Much Ballroom and then Much More Ballroom (photographer unknown)
"THE EXILES" IN THE STUDIO - THE POWER PLANT, CARLTON 1991
John Fraser: Vocals and rhythm guitar(right) , Peter Starkey RIP: Lead Guitar (with Strat), LJ: Bass (top left), Louie Black: drums (top right)
.... a few gigs and a recording of 12 songs by John Fraser.
"WBP" AT THEATRE ROYAL CASTLEMAINE 2009
Photos: Andy Rigby
"WBP" AT THEATRE ROYAL CASTLEMAINE 2009 Geoff, Mathew, Len (moi), Team - Saul wasn't there just then...
Love a Fender bass...
Malmsbury Streetscape(pic by by LJ)
MERCHANTS OF MALMSBURY CAFE
Mk1 September 2002 - July 2011
Once upon a time there was a little cafe in Malmsbury.... It made lots of coffees and most people had a good time. It was lots of work and paid its way - but really - it tried to be a bit beyond all that... Whether it succeeded or not depends on your point of view. It was what it was never tried to pretend it was other than what you found when you walked through the door from day one to day 2000 approx nine years later. Thanks to all for making Merchants of Malmsbury the place that it was and being a part of that.It was nine years of everything! Time to do other things. July 2011, customers to the end, the way to go - an unscripted ending! Best wishes to all who came...P.S. It reopened two years later in 2013 but that's another story...
May in 2011
Malmsbury - Taradale stroll 2011 Pic Toddie
MERCHANTS OF MALMSBURYMk2
Reopened 2013 - closed temporarily 2020 due to covid19. Scheduled to reopen Nov 27th 2020
After closing due to COVID19 Merchants will reopen November 27th 2020
Photographers, Angels and Visionaries
Jacques Heni Lartigue
Mauel Alvarez Bravo
Pablo Picasso and a thousand painters...
a hundred thousand musicians...
Every person who chooses to be creative rather than destructive...
WILLIAM HENRY PEARSON BAKER & S.S.Waratah
The Rolling Stones in Melbourne 1973
Sri LankanSri Lankan Elephant
The Small Faces
Procol Harum - Beyond the Pale
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Kid of Speed
COPYRIGHT LEN JOHNSTON