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In memoriam Neen Reid

 

Miss Wilhelmina “Neen” Reid, passed away on 6th March, this year, aged 104 years.

Neen was born in Abernyte and lived in the same house for over a century. Only in the last two years did she move into Viewlands Home in Perth.

Neen attended Abernyte School, then Harris Academy, in Dundee, before going to Bruce’s College, also Dundee.

She worked at home, in the family business. She was in both the church and the WRI, and is much missed in Abernyte.

Get involved in shaping the future of your area

For more information visit - www.pkc.gov.uk/mainissuesldp2 or telephone the Local Development Plan Team on 01738 475300
Perth & Kinross Council is revising the adopted Local Development Plan and is publishing a Main Issues Report which sets out the Council’s general ideas for the future development of the area and a preferred set of options and alternatives.
We need your views on how the future of your area will be shaped in terms of housing supply, provision of business land, the natural and built environment, transportation and sustainability issues.
 
The public consultation will run from the 23rd December 2015 until the 16th March 2016. A number of drop-in sessions and workshops at various locations throughout Perth and Kinross are coming to you soon. These public events will allow people to speak to Planning Officers, raise issues and submit comments on the Main Issues.
We would encourage you to view the document online, drop in to one of our consultation events and submit your comments by 16th March 2016 using the feedback form online. Further information and updates will also be available online and you can keep up to date with the LDP process by following us on Twitter @PKCPlanning #PlanPKC
 
Come along to one or more of the organised drop-in sessions.
 
See below for details of venues in your area
Date Location Venue Timings of Public Events
Thursday 14 January 2016 Aberfeldy Aberfeldy Town Hall 3pm - 8pm
Saturday 16 January 2016 Kinross Loch Leven Community Campus 11am - 3pm
Saturday 23 January 2016 Blairgowrie Blairgowrie Town Hall 11am - 3pm
Thursday 28 January 2016 Perth Perth Concert Hall 3pm - 8pm
Saturday 30 January 2016 Crieff Strathearn Community Campus 11am - 3pm
Wednesday 3 February 2016 Twitter (Online Surgery) @PKCPlanning #PlanPKC 4pm - 6pm
Saturday 20 February 2016 Aberfeldy The Birks Cinema 11am - 3pm
Tuesday 23 February 2016 Kinross Loch Leven Community Campus 3pm - 8pm
Thursday 25 February 2016 Blairgowrie Blairgowrie Community Campus 4pm - 8pm
Saturday 27 February 2016 Perth Perth Concert Hall 11am - 3pm
Wednesday 2 March 2016 Auchterarder Aytoun Hall 3pm - 8pm
Tuesday 15 March 2016 Twitter (Online Surgery) @PKCPlanning #PlanPKC 4pm - 6pm

 

Another fascinating peek into this area's maritime past has been uncovered as we prepare material for the Abernyte Digital Archive. After uncovering the unfortunate fate of the sailing barque Abernyte we have discovered that there were two ships, built locally, which carried the names Lady Kinnaird and Lord Kinnaird.

The first ship to carry the name Lady Kinnaird was a 350 ton Brigantine built in 1839 in Dundee. It was replaced by a 680 ton Barque built in 1877 by Messrs Brown & Simpson for Mr W.B. Ritchie of Dundee.  Brown and Simpson's boat yard was in the area of the Craig Pier, broadly where the RSS Discovery lies now and where the Fifie sailed from, if you can recall the pre-road bridge era of ferries across to Newport. 

The Lord Kinnaird was built the year before in 1876, also by Messrs Brown & Simpson for Mr W.B. Ritchie of Dundee and was the larger at 843 tons.  Both ships plied their trade on the UK to Australia route carrying mostly cargo but some passengers too.

The Lord Kinnaird was a fine looking ship which continued in service until it was lost near Samoa on 27th November 1903 in poor weather. By this time it had been renamed Kalisto and was owned by a Norwegian company.

Barque Lord Kinnaird Copyright State library of South AustraliaWhen it sailed to Australia in 1878 having taken on cargo in London, we even have the crew list:

 

LORD KINNAIRD

of Dundee, JAMES BLACK, MASTER, Burthen 844 Tons
from the Port of LONDON to SYDNEY, New South Wales, 16th Nov. 1878

SURNAME

GIVEN NAME

STATION

AGE

OF WHAT NATION

STATUS

COMMENTS

BLACK

JAMES

CAPTAIN

 

DUNDEE

CREW

PASSENGERS NIL

KINNETON

WILLIAM

1st MATE

28

DUNDEE

CREW

 

STEPHEN

JAMES

2nd MATE

24

FORFAR

CREW

 

ANDREW

CHARLES

CARPENTER

30

FALMOUTH

CREW

 

WILKIE

PETER

STEWARD

26

DUNDEE

CREW

 

MENZIES

DAVID

STD. & COOK

26

ABROATH

CREW

 

RAMSAY

DAVID

A. B.

20

DUNDEE

CREW

 

ROFFELE

ANTONIO

A. B.

33

ITALY

CREW

 

PARKER

WILLIAM

A. B.

51

LONDON

CREW

 

RENDALL

W.

A. B.

21

LONDON

CREW

 

DAVIS

H.

A. B.

26

HELIGOLAND

CREW

 

LANDMAN

P.

A. B.

25

SWEDEN

CREW

 

LATTEE

D.

A. B.

25

ITALY

CREW

 

BROWN

E.

A. B.

25

JAMAICA

CREW

 

MARTELL

FRANK

A. B.

29

MALTA

CREW

 

ESSOMPICK

GEORGE

O. S.

29

ITALY

CREW

 

JOHNSTON

F. H.

A. B.

19

BELFAST

CREW

 

POLITO

PETER

A. B.

25

ITALY

CREW

 

THROMBERG

GUSTAV j.

A. B.

28

SWEDEN

CREW

 

HENRY

WILLIAM

APPRENTICE

19

CARDIFF

CREW

 

MARTIN

ALEXANDER

APPRENTICE

18

DUNDEE

CREW

 

ROBBINS

JAMES

APPRENTICE

17

DUNDEE

CREW

 

STURROCK

ALEXANDER

APPRENTICE

17

DUNDEE

CREW

 

It is interesting to note that the main skilled crew were all local to this area and the remainder a cross section of nationalities.

The Lady Kinnaird had a much shorter career, being lost off south Australia in 1880, The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser reported: 

"Lady Kinnaird, under the command of Laws, left Port Pirie at 4.00 am on 19 January 1880 bound for the United Kingdom with a cargo about 8400 bags of wheat. During the afternoon of 20 January, the wind direction changed to the south along with an increase in speed. At 8.00 pm, the wind conditions were described as ‘furious squalls’. The barque continued its course into the southerly wind. At about midnight, when about to do a planned change of course to the east or the southeast, it was discovered that the barque was close to the west coast of Spencer Gulf. As the barque did not respond to a change of course, the main anchor was released but its cable failed and before a second anchor could be released, the barque ran aground. At sunrise, the crew realised that the barque had run aground south of Cape Burr about 0.75 miles (1.21 km) from the shore. The crew exited the wrecked vessel without loss of life and made way in lifeboats to the nearby shore where a camp was set up."

The Marine Board of South Australia held an inquiry in the loss of the barque and on 9 February 1880, found the master, Alexander Laws, to be negligent. A further inquiry presided over by four magistrates was convened where evidence from expert witnesses was heard. On 25 February 1880, the inquiry found Captain Laws not guilty of the charge of negligence. having found that the submerged rock (now known as Lady Kinnaird Rock) on which the Lady Kinnaird ran aground,  was at low water found to have a minimum depth of water above the rock at 1 fathom (6.0 ft; 1.8 m) while the published chart advised a depth of 6 fathoms (36 ft; 11 m). 

Timber recovered from the wreck site is reported as being used to built a water store known as Lady Kinnaird Tanks about 6.6 kilometres (4.1 miles) north of Port Neill.  The Lady Kinnaird's anchor was recovered by local divers and now sits on display at Port Neill.

"Port Neill Lady Kinnaird anchor" by Original uploader was Tirin at en.wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Port_Neill_Lady_Kinnaird_anchor.jpg#/media/File:Port_Neill_Lady_Kinnaird_anchor.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sign Wreck of the Lady Kinnaird

 

The wreck of the Lady Kinnaird is now a popular although controlled dive site, which you can see here:

 

 

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Windows 10

You might have heard that Microsoft have released their latest version of its Windows operating system, Windows 10 and its FREE!

Well it is free to users running Windows 7 and windows 8 and 8.1 ( more on this later)  Your webmaster has been running Windows 10 development versions in a safe environment for some months and now has it installed fully.  These are my observations to help any who might be tempted to upgrade.

The Pros

It is free (for the next year).

It is fast and slick and runs well on hardware that runs Windows 7, so any PC from the past 3 or 4 years will be fine.

The installation and upgrade is a dawdle and mostly doesn’t break anything.  Some settings and programmes might need changing and you may need a new driver for some bits that are plugged into your PC but mostly it just works.

A version of the Start menu is back

The Cons

It is free (did I mention that?)  When software is free then you can be assured that you are the product.  Microsoft has moved to providing software as a service so expect a subscription to be levied for your use of Windows 10 at some point in the future.

You cannot opt out of receiving Microsoft updates, which is not necessarily a bad thing. They will be installed automatically on most versions of Windows 10, which might just be a bad thing!  MS has been known to break thinks in the past.

Privacy.  This one is the real problem. By using Windows 10 in its default (as installed) mode you are agreeing to Microsoft syphoning off every scrap of personal data on how you use your PC and for what, in order to target you with adverts – sorry improve your user experience.  If you are already a user of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. then that ship has already sailed and you are not concerned about this.  Windows 10 goes much further.  Its Term and Conditions which you will click to agree during installation, without reading the 14 pages of legal speak, have this in them:  "We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to protect our customers or enforce the terms governing the use of the services."

Some of the privacy issues can be avoided by ensuring you choose a “Custom Installation” and switching most of the tracking off.  It can also be accessed later and turned off but it is spread throughout the system and not clearly labeled. Some tracking features you cannot turn off without delving into areas that only advanced users go.

Summary

A good operating system that is quick and easy to use but there are few compelling reasons to upgrade from your current operating system.  There are no knockout features that make the change urgent for now.  If you make the change just be sure that you know and accept the level of tracking and privacy loss that you are taking on or be sure to turn if all off as best you can. Caveat Emptor.

 

 

 

 

 

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