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This image was sent in by Mrs Marilyn Fraser (nee Moore) from Australia, with the following information: 'My father, Lawrence Moore, came to Australia in 1926 at the age of 16. This was to be an adventure for a couple of years. The family came from Sutton in Ashfield and Skegby. In today's terms he would be regarded as a backpacker. He carried his swag all over the eastern seaboard of Australia and even stowed away on a ship to New Zealand and back. He was here during the Great Depression, camped out in the bush and he used to tell us some very funny stories about that time. I was always at him to write a book about those times. After the Depression he saved enough to return home but fate stepped in. Dad wasn't a drinker or gambler but a so called mate urged him to put his fare on a sure thing in the Melbourne Cup. 'Take home a nice bundle of money for your Mother'. Thirty six years later, he went home for a visit'. This is a postcard in the Hop Pole series. Welbeck Abbey is a landscaped park with much woodland, c.1200ha, having had extensive C19 and early C20 formal gardens in vicinity of house. It was home to the Dukes of Portland. The first Duke of Portland attained Peerage of Great Britain in 1716. This was William Henry Bentinck, who was already Earl of Portland. The dukedom came into the possession of the Cavendish-Bentinck family by marriage. The Cavendish-Bentinck family of Welbeck Abbey, has quite an extensive history. The 3rd Duke of Portland, William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, Marquess of Titchfield, Earl of Portland, Viscount Woodstock, Baron of Cirencester. (April 14, 1738 - October 30, 1809) was the most famous, as statesman and Prime Minister. The 5th Duke was an eccentric recluse, who shunned visitors. He had fifteen miles of tunnels dug under the house which housed libraries; a billiard room large enough for twelve full size tables and an enormous subterranean ballroom large enough to take two thousand dancers - all of which remained unused. When in London, the Duke always travelled in a closed carriage; maintained a shuttered box at the Opera and kept the curtains permanently drawn at the windows of his substantial town house in Cavendish Square. The Dukedom of Portland became extinct on the 9th Duke's death, though the 9th Duke's distant cousin succeeded him as Earl of Portland. Since the 1950s Welbeck Abbey has been used by the British Army as a sixth-form college.