Joan Parker, who worked for the Newbery family over many years, must be congratulated on her perseverance in encouraging the daughter of Mr and Mrs Newbery junior ‘Alphington’ to allow the National Rough Collie Archive access to Alphington Scrapbooks and photographic albums. We understand that this collection is ongoing, and that further material should be forthcoming in the future.

The sheer thickness together with the tightness of the binding of this volume of Our Dogs makes scanning pages difficult, particularly as the page size is no longer standard, and rather larger than most scanning equipment, including mine. It is therefore perhaps fortunate that early canine newspapers were largely text based, in fact the Our Dogs newspapers of this period only included images on the front cover and page two, throughout the remainder the publication relies on descriptive text, with occasional cartoons.

Right - Accepting these limitations who could not be intrigued by this image of exhibitors at a Midland Collie Club members’ show which appeared in the Our Dogs issue dated October 29, 1926.


In addition to this bound copy of Our Dogs, Joan has also acquired permission to supply images from the Alphington Scrapbooks, and many of these, like the two examples reproduced here, are of a less formal nature.

Left - Mr Alf Newbery senior, relaxing with three of his collies in the gardens of his Newlands home. Well perhaps relaxing is not the most appropriate description.

Right - Mr Alf Newbery junior in a more informal pose with three of his collies, including the tricolour dog Ch Alphington Nigger King, the kennel’s first post war champion, in the centre.


During her life, Mrs Newbery senior gave Joan a bound three month copy of the Our Dogs canine newspaper, which had originally been donated by the Our Dogs Publishing Co, as a Special Prize for one of the Western Counties Canine Society shows, dated October to December 1926 and including the Christmas Supplement. Joan has now allowed us to borrow this tome and I am currently extracting relevant items for preservation, including the precursor to the modern breed notes then known as ‘Collie Chatter’, show reports and judges critiques.

Alphington Rough Collies