Other Victorian Breeders

Wally Brown (Glenfailte)Wally Brown (Glenfailte)

This section combines information I have so far on a few kennels whose beginnings were closely connected to 'Rangeaire'. Published here is my memories from some people plus the material I have so far to hand.

Glenfailte (Walter and Myra Brown)

Wally Brown with Ch Tjuringa Cactus FlowerWally Brown with Ch Tjuringa Cactus Flower

Walter (usually called Wally) and Myra Brown were Scottish with a very broad accent which they never lost. They first met me with Ch Brentleigh Ben Nevis CD at a demonstration of dog obedience held within the gardens of Melbourne during a 'Moomba' Festival. They fell in love with Ben and decided to purchase an Airedale. As we did not have puppies at that time, they went to Keith and Trish Lovell and purchased their beloved 'Mandy' Ch Tjuringa Cactus Flower. As Ben Nevis died before Mandy was ready to mate, they used his son Ch Rangeaire Ringo Starr to produce their first Champion Glenfailte Filigree and went on to produce at least another eight Champions.

After Ch Glenfailte Filigree they produced:

  • Ch Glenfailte Florin (from Ch Drakehall Dragoon imp UK)
  • Ch Glenfailte Fintry Lad (from Ch Drakehall Dragoon imp UK)
  • Ch Glenfailte Gowan (from Ch Bowhousen Nijinski imp UK)
  • Ch Glenfailte Etive Mhor (from Ch Rangeaire Rolls Royce)
  • Ch Glenfailte Corriegour (from Ch Rangeaire Rolls Royce)
  • Ch Glenfailte Aisla Craig (from Aust & NZ Ch Rangeaire Rambo)
  • Ch Glenfailte Morangie (from Kellington August Storm)
  • Ch Glenfailte Jackaroo (from Gr Ch Old Iron Just Awesome)

Myra Brown with Ch Glenfailte FiligreeMyra Brown with Ch Glenfailte Filigree

Wally and Myra were dedicated Airedale people and great contributors to the breed. Unfortunately Myra died as a result of knocking her head during an unfortunate fall within their home which caused a fatal head injury. Afterwards, Wally never really picked up his life despite continuing his involvement breeding and showing airedales. But being a Scotsman he turned to whiskey, and the effects of his drinking sadly killed him. But Wally and Myra Brown were certainly characters who adored all their airedales. They are sadly missed by many of us who have outlived them.

Clesha (Lily and Fred Howlett)

Lily Howlett with Ch Rangeaire ShebaLily Howlett with Ch Rangeaire Sheba

Lily Howlett bought her first Airedale, Ch Rangeaire Sheba from us. She was from our first litter. Like Alan Bardoe, Lily and Fred were also 'ten pound' immigrants from UK and Fred was in the army. Sheba was shown through to her title in Victoria and then they moved to Brisbane first, finally settling down in Adelaide. There Fred died preceding Lily by some years. But Lily continued breeding under the prefix of 'Clesha' until her demise, her breeding spanning a couple of decades.

Bushvelt (Jan and Peter Hatton)

Jan Hatton with Ch Rangeaire RaniJan Hatton with Ch Rangeaire Rani

Jan and Peter Hatton arrived on my doorstep answering an advertisement for the last puppy I had left in a Ben Boli litter. They were also going to look at another breed, but we got talking and they left with their first Airedale who became Ch Rangeaire Rani. They spent many hours with us, learning the in's and out's of not only showing but also grooming. They enjoyed some success with Rani and were hooked. They bred their first litter with Rani and so Bushvelt was established! As it grew, they sold their suburban home and moved onto a much larger property in a country area and established quite a large concern where they also had boarding kennels. Bushvelt are still actively breeding and showing despite Jan passing away in 2018.

Strongfort (Gish Lesh)

Gisela LeshGisela Lesh

In 1962, Gisela Lesh arrived on my doorstep some 5 kilometers from her home having walked with her Airedale pup 'Moylarg Sheba'. 'Gish' as she became known had entered 'Sheba' in the forthcoming Royal Melbourne Show and asked for my assistance grooming her. Unfortunately Sheba had been clipped and looked very rough. Although I did what I could in the 3 weeks before the Show and giving some basic routine handling instructions, 'Sheba' finished third.

Ch Strongfort SexpotCh Strongfort Sexpot

Gish as she called herself, was a German immigrant who came to Australia by boat on which she met and then married her husband Nick Lesh. Nick who was also of German descent had survived the War with relatives in England so he spoke good English which was handy for Gish. Gish was a troubled young lady having survived the horrors of World War 2 in Germany so their marriage did not last long. However, Gish created a world of her own propped up by hard work and the development of her skill with her airedales. As this passion grew and the number of dogs with it, she built an amazing kennel block in her back yard single handed.

After she moved to NSW, she sent an imported bitch down for a mating to Ch Rangeaire Ringo Starr and produced Strongfort Stringo who in turn sired Ch Strongfort Smartass. Among the other Champions she bred and owned, Ch Strongfort Sexpot sired by Ch Bengal Valley Forge (Imp UK) was probably her biggest winner and would have almost certainly made the title 'Supreme Champion' under today's system.

Over the next half a decade her impact on the breed both in Victoria and NSW was outstanding. She became an all-breeds judge but sadly passed away in 2016. Despite numerous approaches, she declined my invitations to contribute to the site. So I have confined this to her connection with 'Rangeaire' and my memories of her.