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Burgh boy founded photographic dynasty

A HELENSBURGH boy who emigrated to Australia at the age of just eleven went on to become one of the pioneers of early professional photography.

Despite being orphaned soon after arriving Down Under, burgh-born Thomas Mathewson (right) started a family dynasty in the photographic business.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 March 2011 18:33 )


Business leader and charity founder

A HELENSBURGH man who was a captain of Scottish industry will also forever be associated with a charity which helps terminally ill cancer patients.

Douglas Hume, C.B.E., LL.D, was the last of four generations of his family to run the internationally-renowned Glasgow-based engineering firm James Howden & Co. Ltd., where he was managing director from 1964 to 1987 and chairman in 1988.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:35 )

Second owners of the Queen's Hotel

MOST Helensburgh people know that the Baths Inn — later Queen’s Hotel — business on East Clyde Street was started and run by steamship pioneer Henry Bell and his wife.

But not many could name the next owners of the hotel, which was converted 20 years ago in the luxury Queen’s Court flats.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:41 )

Burgh's whisky tradition

HELENSBURGH and whisky go back a long way.

The news in March 2009 that a blended Scotch whisky was being specially bottled for the Helensburgh Homecoming celebrations by new town firm Clyde Whiskies reminded local historian Pat Drayton that the burgh used to have its own distillery.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:42 )

Modern Shandon shipbuilding boss

A LEADING Clyde shipbuilder who lived for many years in Shandon — as did shipbuilding pioneer Robert Napier over a century earlier — died peacefully of cancer at home on October 10 2008 at the age of 85.

Sir Robert Easton, CEng, FIMechE, FIMarE, FRINA, chairman of Yarrow Shipbuilders and pioneer of naval design, lived with his wife Jean at Stuckenduff, and was best known for steering the Clyde operation through the 1970s and 1980s — its most turbulent period.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:44 )

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First 2016 Open Meeting

r.b.cunninghame-graham-wThe first Open Meeting of 2016 is on January 27 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm, when Lachie Munro will describe 'The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland'.

Winter Talks 2015-16

  • Wednesday September 30 2015 — Melissa Simpson: Hermitage Park: past, present and future
  • Wednesday October 28 — AGM at 7pm; Fraser Noble of McGruers: My family has been building boats since the 11th Century
  • Wednesday November 25 — Sir Malcolm Colquhoun and James Pearson: The Clan Colquhoun and the History of Helensburgh

  • Wednesday January 27 2016 — Lachie Munro: The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland
  • Wednesday February 24 — Sue Furness, Fiona Jackson: Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers
  • Wednesday March 30 — Fiona Baker: Boutcher's Banks — the Genesis of Helensburgh?

Meetings are normally in the upstairs room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm.

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