Original Siamese 1880-1930
The First Siamese Champion, 1898
Born in 1895, Wankee did not achieve his Champion title
until three years of age, in 1898. He was owned by Mrs. Robinson, and it is said
he was born in Hong Kong, and his mother reputed to have been “stolen from the
Palace as a kitten”, presumably meaning the King of Siam’s royal palace, though
this is unclear.
Born 15th. August
1899, bred and owned by Lady Vyvyan. Won at Crystal Palace shows in 1900
Mrs. Blofeld/Owner: Mrs. Gordon
Born 3rd. April 1933
The Age of The Classic - 1945-1970
Siamese, still holding her own at 4 and a half years: body colour pale
as a kitten, the supreme example of what a Siamese should be." Brian
Stirling-Webb, writing in 'Fur & Feather', 1951.
Mrs. Elizabeth Towe/Owner: Mrs. Druce
OF CHAMPIONS KUALA CARU
Mrs. M. MacAlister/Owner: Mrs. Ruby Alexander
The “Champion of
Champions” title was used for a short time before Grand Championships were
introduced in Britain, and was attained by only a few cats. Caru died in
1987 aged 18 years, having sired his last litter in 1985.
The Blue Peter
Appearing twice weekly
on the famous children’s TV programme “Blue Peter” in the late 60’s
and 1970’s, Jason inspired a whole generation of Siamese cat owners: children
(and their parents!) who grew up wanting a cat like him. He was cared for
by Mrs. Edith Menezes of the “Taishun” prefix, probably best-known for
her Abyssinians, and made annual appearances on exhibition at the National
Cat Club Show at Olympia for many years.