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The Federation of Old Cornwall Societies

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Torpoint Old Cornwall Society



President: Sir Richard Carew Pole


Chairman: Leadville Parsons  10 Trelawney Way, Torpoint PL11 2QG  01752 813044


Chairman: Mr L Parsons


Secretary: Ms Jacki Downing  10 Trelawney Way, Torpoint PL11 2QG  01752 813044


Treasurer: Mrs Carina Davis  Borough Farm, Torpoint




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Meet third Wednesday of the month, 7.30pm, September - April at The Torpoint Council Chambers


Meetings include lectures, raffles, tea and biscuits
















Founded: 1978


Colours: Blue, White & Black



On Wed 20 Jan 16, the Liskeard Old Cornwall Society, presented the Torpoint OCS with a Photographic Collection of

100 full plate photographs and map, of the building of Devonport Dockyard, (1901-1910), this at St Budeaux, part

of the Duchy of Cornwall.   From this collection pictures  the first building on site is that of the Governor's Residence,

followed  by the Gate Lodge and Guard Room, complete with Cells.   Pictured in the river are a number of pre WW1

Iron Clad  Gunboats and Wooden Hulks,  including HMS Defiance, from which the first Ship to Ship and Ship to Shore

Radio Transmissions were made in 1896, in the waters between the River Lynher, and the Hamoaze,  here in Cornwall.

The Defiance was Commanded by Captain Henry Jackson, RN.   (Guglielmo Marconi, was later to receive his first long

range radio transmission across the Atlantic in 1901. Transmitted by a Thomas Hunken from Poldu, Cornwall, and

received by Marconi, in Newfoundland).  

The photocopying of the collection of photographs are courtesy of Mr Alan Bates, (Tremar), and the albums compiled

by Mrs  Paula Arthur,  Liskeard OCS, Recorder.    One copy is to be retained by the Liskeard OCS and a third album

presented  to the Saltash OCS  on Mon 25 Jan 2016.


Duncan Paul Matthews