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SHORTS: This is one of the most famous names in British aviation

THE GOLDEN AGE OF FLYING.

FRANCIS ROLLEY

MEN OF HISTORY: THIS HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN NEAR LEYSDOWN, ON THE ISLE OF SHEPPEY, IN 1909. IT WAS THE YEAR IN WHICH THE WRIGHT BROTHERS PLACED A CONTRACT WITH SHORTS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF SIX BIPLANES. DESCRIPTION OF THE PHOTO AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STORY. Below: SHORTS’ OWN DESIGN WINNER OF ONE THOUSAND POUNDS. Below: A SIMILAR DESIGN TO THE WINNER BUT RELEASED 12 MONTHS LATER.

This article was written in 1988 just after Shorts was being considered by a major Australian airline. Back in 1938, the high-powered Qantas-Sutherland flying boats were to undertake the nine and a half days day trip from Southampton to Sydney, landing at Rose Bay, the site of the Sydney’s first international airport. As a promotional brochure advertising the Sydney service said, “it was an era when travel was new, exciting and glamorous.” – Frank Morris.

The headquarters of the  Shorts organisation is now located at Belfast, in Northern Ireland, where the company operates a design and production complex which is one of the best equipped of its kind in Europe.

A broad-based  work program is concentrated in three main areas: aircraft, aerostructures,  and missile systems.
Aircraft activity covers the whole area of design, development and manufacture of  the company’s own aircraft projects.

These include the highly successful 360 36-seat and 330-seat wide-bodied regional airliners and the Skyvan STOL (Short TakeOff and Landing) light transport, as well as the new C-23 Sherpa multi-role freighter and the Shorts Tucano  turbo-prop military trainer, all of which are in world-wide service.

In recent years Shorts has greatly extended its international commitments by undertaking the manufacture of major aircraft components for other producers in Europe and America.  They have specialised particularly in the business of jet engine nacelle production.

Major companies with which Shorts have collaborated include Boeing, Lockheed, McDonnell-Douglas, Pratt & Whitney and Rohr in the United States, while teaming up with British Aerospace, Fokker and Rolls-Royce in Europe.

GUIDED WEAPONS

In the missile field, Shorts has for many years been acknowledged for its expertise in close-up guided weaponry.  The company’s current range includes the Javelin and Blowpipe man-portable shoulder-launched systems and the Seacat ship-to-air/surface missiles.

The company also claims the distinction of having supplied guided weapon systems to more countries than any other British manufacturer.

The history of the Shorts oganisation dates from April 1901 when brothers Oswald and Eustace Short first set up business at Hove in Sussex as manufacturers of aerial balloons.

Within  two years they had moved to a larger workshop in London, and in 1906 they transferred to still larger premises at Battersea.

FIRST PILOTS LICENSES

In 1908 they were joined by the eldest Short brother, Horace, and the following year began construction of their first heavier-than-air machine.

In the same year the brothers were awarded the contract by Orville and Wilbur Wright for the manufacture of six biplanes under licence.  These were constructed in a new factory at Shellbeach on the isle of Sheppey, and in them members of the Aero Club gained the first pilot’s licences to be issued in the United Kingdom.

In October 1909 a biplane built to Shorts’ own design gained a prize of 1,000 pounds for the first British aircraft to fly a circular mile,

The brothers had now moved decisively into a new era of powered flight and within  five years their rapidly increasing workload had twice necessitated transfer to larger premises.

From these beginnings the company has risen to become one of the most famous in British aviation, pioneering designs and production techniques which have been adopted throughout the industry, producing a long line of famous aircraft and forging an unbroken link between the first ‘stick-and-string’ pioneers and the supersonic world of the 1980s.

PHOTOGRAPH: Group included Oswald, Horace and Eustace Short (second, third and fourth, back row); in the front row (from left) are J.T.C. Moore-Brabazon (later Lord Brabazon of Tara), Wilbur and Orville Wright and C.S. Rolls, co-founder of Rolls Royce.


FAITHFUL SERVICE: Shorts company served Australia for 70 years!

A SPARTAN LOOK: THIS BUILDING SERVES AS THE FIRST AIRPORT FOR FLYING BOATS IN 1938 FOR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS.

In Australia the company became well known in 1938 when Qantas, in conjunction with Imperial Airways, the predecessor of British Airways, opened up the Southampton-Sydney air route.

Flying the famous Shorts Empire flying boats, the journey took 9 ½  days.

The final stages from Singapore, for which Qantas had responsibility, were via Surabaya in Indonesia, Darwin, Karumba, Townsville, Brisbane and finally Sydney.

After the war, during which the Shorts Sunderland was operated by the RAAF, Shorts flying boats were again operated by Qantas and others, including Ansett.

<< Airlines Magazine, November 1988.


FOODFROLICO: From Boxing Day to New Years Day – let cool cocktails do the work!

FRANK MORRIS

CENTRE OF THE WORLD: SAN FRANCISO SERVES A MIGHTY COCKTAIL CALLED … SAN FRANCISO. Below: CHAMPAGNE PUNCH … IT HAS A HABIT OF LAYING A PUNCH. Below: SAY HELLO TO JACK … YOU’LL LIKE HIS COCKTAIL.

After the Christmas dinner meltdown, Wine Guide said, you’ll be needing some cool cocktails to tide you over the limbo. Said the Wine Guide, “the emphasis in on long drinks so any spirit base is eligible.

CHAMPAGNE PUNCH

250 ml brandy, 2 bottles of reasonable bubbly, 600 ml soda, 30 ml maraschino cherries, juice of 6 lemons, castor sugar.

Stir the lemon juice with ice, sweeten with sugar to taste, then add the rest of the ingredients. Garnish with cherries and serve in punch cups.

Mocktails – not all cocktails have to be lethal. Here are two suggestions for those who have to drive home afterward.

SAN FRANCISCO

50 ml orange juice, 50 ml pineapple juice, 1 egg white. Dash of grenadine, dash of orange bitters, soda water.                                                                                         
Shake all ingredients. To up with soda water and garnish with orange.

JACK THOMPSON

45 ml Clayton’s dry tonic, 40 ml ginger ale, 50 ml lemonade.

Combine in a long glass and garnish with a slice of lemon.

COCKTAILS: DID YOU KNOW?

Here are a few cocktail party conversation starters:

The archetypal  cocktail, the classic Martini, dates back to about the 1850s … Gin is used in at least 150 different cocktails … A US expert says a cocktail can be strong, seductive, shattering, sensual, swinging and even sentimental … When professional barmen pour ingredients, they “use the eye” so to speak … A State Tourism Minister’s favourite cocktail is a Pina Colada … “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker,” observed poet Ogden Nash, reflecting on how liquor, in some form or another, has been employed to breach maidenly defences … Madame de Pompadour said that, “Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it.” – Frank Morris.

<< Wine Guide; Frank Morris.


Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs have been together for 100 years!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

100 YEAR OF RAISING: NOT BAD FOR SNUGGLEPOT AND CUDDLEPIE. Below: MAY GIBBS … INNOCENCE WAS ALWAYS TRIUMPHANT.

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, laconic Mr Lizard, the Big Bad Banksia men, Little Ragged Blossom, Mr John Dory, Miss Anne Chovey are names that roll out of memory and off the tongue like an invocation of Australian childhood.

Where every blossom holds a bush baby, newspapers are written in scribblybark, evil banksia men connive, wicked Mrs Snake lurks and innocence is always triumphant.

The wonderful world of May Gibbs.

FLANNEL FLOWER

Gibbs, artist and author, peopled the Australian bush with beings of her imagination instantly recognizable to all adults who as children were captivated by her books. Plump bare-bottomed gumnut babies in gumnut caps and gumleaf briefs with long blossom eyelashes, gnarled thick-lipped stubbly banksia men and wide-eyed flannel flower babies peering out of blossom cups.

Gibbs’ real world was Nutcote, the home she commissioned in 1923 from architect Bertrand Waterhouse in Sydney’s Neutral Bay.

She lived there until her death at 93 in 1969. She bequeathed the property to UNICEF, which sold it in 1970 for $80,000. (Today it is valued at millions of dollars.)

The May Gibbs’ Foundation opened Nutcote in 1994. Check website.

<< Adapted from Kate Halley’s longer version in Time, May 7, 1990.


TARONGA ZOO: When the modern animals meet up with the dinosaurs return

FRANK MORRIS

The rise of the Tarongasaurs. The dinosaurs will visit Taronga Zoo this summer. Make boredom extinct. Come face to face with the fearsome T-Rex. Kids, climb atop the Pachyrhinosaurus Dino. Keep cool with the spitting Dilophosaurus. Remember, kids, you’ll encounter 20 life-size, roaring and moving dinosaurs of all types and sizes.

Rise of the Tarongasaurs is FREE with Zoo entry. Check: taronga.org.au/dinosaurs

IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME! DRINK MODERATELY, EAT SLOWLY – IT WILL MAKE YOUR CHRISTMAS A VERY MERRY ONE INDEED.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 07 December 18

LOOKING BACK: ENOLA GAY’s papers auctioned in New York: more than they estimated

“ENOLA GAY LOG IS A UNIQUELY IMPORTANT DOCUMENT,” SAID A SPOKESPERSON.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

CONQUEROR: THE ENOLA GAY DROPPED THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB IN THE WORLD CALLED “LITTLE BOY” ON HIROSHIMA. Below: COLONEL PAUL TIBBETS AND ENOLA GAY JUST BEFORE TAKE OFF.

New York (Reuters): “My God, what have we done?”

The Enola Gay co-pilot’s log book, which recorded the horror of having just dropped the first atomic bomb in war, was the most chilling item on auction in the sale of US historical documents that fetched record prices. The auction was held on March 28, 2002.

Winning bid for Capt. Robert Lewis’s log chronicling the “Little Boy” mission that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 was $350,000 – more than the estimated range of $200,000 and $300,000.

“It is a uniquely important document,” said dealer Seth Kaller about the Enola Gay log. “It’s one of the greatest moments, but one of the most terrible, of the century. It’s a terribly sad record. I think that affects the desire to own it.”

Lewis’s minute-by-minute account of the mission, written in pen and pencil during the flight, was full of details of the bombing run aimed at bringing a fast end to the Second World War. It also was filled with awe after the 9000 pound bomb, dubbed “Little Boy,” was dropped over Hiroshima.

HOW MANY KILLED

It is believed that more the 140,000 people died by the end of the year as a result of the bomb. The total number of people who died due to the bomb has been estimated at 200,000.

“Fifteen seconds after the flash there were two very distinct slaps (air turbulence) that was all the physical effects we felt,” wrote Lewis. “There in front of our eyes was without a doubt the greatest explosion man has ever witnessed.

“The city was nine-tenths covered with smoke. A column of white cloud, which in less than three minutes, reached 30,000 feet and then went up to 50,000.

“I am certain the entire crew felt this experience was more that anyone human had ever thought possible. Just how many did we kill? We’re groping for words to explain. My God, what have we done.

“If I live a hundred years I’ll never quite get those few minutes out my mind …”

<< From Reuters; Larry Fine; 2002.


IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME. MERRY CHIRSTMAS, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!


HOME-CARE: Large-print novels are for people with impaired vision

“I COULDN’T READ ANY OF THE BOOKS I’D BORROWED BECAUSE OF POOR EYESIGHT.”

FRANK MORRIS

ONE- UPMANSHIP: LARGE-PRINT EDITIONS WERE AN IMMEDIATE SUCCESS. Below: BRITISH CRIME WRITER AGATHA CHRISTIE’S RECENTLY FINISHED NOVEL CONTRIBUTED TO THE WORLD-WIDE FAME OF PROJECT.

Large-print novels have been available from your local library for years.

The pioneer of large-print books, Frederick Thorpe, formerly a publisher of childrens’ classics, was the founder of Ulverscroft Books in 1964. His idea “met with resistance from publishers reluctant to have their popular authors associated with what they considered to be a gimmick.”

The catalyst for what was eventually to became worldwide the bestselling “Ulverscroft large-print series” was initiated by a group of women volunteers who delivered books to the elderly. Though grateful for the service, Thorpe was informed, many of the service’s clients “couldn’t read the books they borrowed because of poor eyesight.”

CHRISTIE WAS THE LIGHT

To get the project off the ground, Thorpe realised that he had to have the support of at least a few high profile authors.

He approached Agatha Christie, who was published by Collins. When she heard what Thorpe had in mind, Christie embraced the scheme wholeheartedly. The author’s A Pocketful of Rye was one of first titles published in the new quarto sized, hard-cased format.

Thorpe’s large-print editions were an immediate success with libraries throughout the English-speaking world. He opened the floodgates for other publishers. By the mid-1970s, the edition had become an international market.
Thorpe dies in England at 85 in 1999.

COMING: HOME-CARE RESUMES IN FEBRUARY.


FOODFROLICO: Christmas time – try Bacardi rum daiquiri with your favourite fruit

FRANK MORRIS

“It’s the easiest drink to concoct. It sounds complicated. But anyone can do it. It’s not an idle boast. Not at all.

“What you’re trying is a Bacardi rum daiquiri – its simplicity itself. But there is a trick to it! You must become a theatrical entrepreneur of showmanship, you must now demonstrate the flamboyance of the mixing performance.

“So pay close attention. My guests, take a step forward.

“To 45ml of light, dry Bacardi rum. Add a dash of lemon juice, a teaspoon of sugar, ice … crushed usually … and strawberries. Into the blender. And then, I said, switching my voice into a loud vibratory sound.

“Mesdames and geeentlemen”, the guests broke out in cheesy smiles, “the 18 second Bacardi rum, and strawberry daiquiri!”

A sip of the foaming, pink, magical daiquiri makes you feel like you had dreamed and gone to La La Land.

The guests gathered around me. “I raised my glass. The guests cried ‘Encore!’” Try your favourite fruit – bananas, peaches, limes or strawberries.

<< Ogilvy MBA Advertising; 1988.


FAMOUS PIECART: Stopover for generations of Sydneysiders since it started

“FREE WHEELER”

TINO DEES, A MASTER BUTCHER, WHO HAS WON MORE 170 AWARDS FOR HIS SAUSAGES, HAMS AND BACON, IS THE NEW OWNER OF THE 73-YEAR-OLD INSTITUTION, HARRY’S CAFÉ DE WHEELS. ‘WE’RE CALLED HARRY’S CAFÉ DE WHEELS, BUT HAVE YOU TRIED OUR COFFEE? WE WANT TO OPEN MORE THAN 100 “HARRY’S” LOCATIONS AROUND AUSTRALIA. ACCORDING TO A NEWSPAPER REPORT, FANS OF HARRY’S FAMOUS TIGER – A MEAT PIE TOPPED WITH MUSHY PEAS, MASHED POTATO AND GRAVY – CAN TAKE COMFORT. IT WILL STAY ON THE MENU AND REMAIN UNCHANGED. I’VE NEVER ‘DINED’ AT HARRY’S. HERE IS A WRITER WHO HAS VISITED THERE MANY TIMES OVER THE YEARS. – Frank Morris.

Sydney is famous for its landmarks. But there’s none more colourful than Harry the Wheels piecart on Cowper Wharf Drive, Wooloomooloo, near Garden Island naval base.

To Sydneysiders and overseas vistors, Harry the Wheels has become an institution. Harry’s legendary piecart has been a stopover for generations of sailors and taxi drivers.

Although the original Harry has long since departed for that great Piecart in the Sky, his successor, Alex, has carried on the tradition for many years. Harry the Wheels and Alex have been popularised in several documentaries shown on American and European television networks.

DAMN SHAME!

As a result, Harry the Wheels has gained international fame. Over the years many well-known personalities have made a point of paying Harry’s a visit. The walls of the piecart are festooned with photographs of some of the notables.

Colonel Sanders, of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, is shown munching one of Harry’s pies – and enjoying every mouthful.

But sadly, Alex and Harry’s are an endangered species. Even though Harry’s has been shifted to various locations in recent years, there is a move to bring the curtain down on Alex for good.

And that would be a dammed shame. [This article was written in July, 1984. The author was a correspondent of Cab Talk, a weekly newspaper. A lot has happened since then. Started in 1945, Harry’s is now operated under a franchise system and has branches all over Sydney and Newcastle.]


S.O.B: Save our brumby … that’s the call to Australia!

FRANK MORRIS

HE COULD BE TRAPPED: PALEFACE IS CAPTURED IN HIS ELEMENT BY PHOTOGRAPHER MICHELLE BROWN. Below: A BRUMBY IS OFF AND RUNNING IN FULL FLIGHT.

It’s been a hard year for the brumbies. Like every other year. This year, the brumby situation is way out of control.

“Originally, the plan called for the culling of most of the estimated 6000 wild horses in the park,” reported The Land newspaper, “with the intention to leave a remaining population of 600. One of the potential captures is a famous grey or silver brumby known as Paleface.”

Photographer Michelle Brown has spotted Paleface many times.

“About four years ago I saw Paleface … for the first time … and it’s an experience I’ll never forget,” she told the newspaper. “Paleface is a ten-year-old white stallion who roams the Mount Selwyn, Kiandra and Three Mile Dam Area.

“Each year, I have noticed that he graces us with one or two new foals and the closeness he has with his mares is a bond I have never witnessed before in my life around horses.”

“CULL THE BRUMBIES”

The Land newspaper reports the “current wild horse trapping near Kiandra was foreshadowed in the 2016 Wild Horse Management plan to ‘minimise impacts in the northern and southern regions by reducing the horse population in these areas.”

In 1991, wild horses caused trouble for a NSW Environment Minister when word got out of the plans to cull the brumbies in Kosciusko National Park. They were horses immortalised in Banjo Paterson’s The Man from Snowy River.

Premier Bob Carr stepped in and said “Not on.”

If you want an easy way to do it, said a guest on the ABC’s Back Roads, then get a community to pay the horseman to secure the horses. Once you’ve got them, they will be broken-in and sold to the public. It may take time but it will be worth it.

That’s one way, at least.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 30 November 18

THE BOLD, THE BEARDED: Barber certainly notices a change in men’s facial hair

NOW, YOU STEPPED OFF A COBB AND CO COACH YOU COULD BE SURPRISED. JUST LOOK AT THE MEN SPORTING BUSHRANGER BEARDS.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

HMMMM: HOW DO I LOOK? Below: BUSHRANGER BEARD! EVEN NED KELLY WORE ONE.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ll have noticed that beards are back all across Australia. One of the good-points of men sporting bushranger beards is looking like they’ve stepped of a Cobb and Co coach.

A barber said he’d “certainly noticed a change in men’s attitude to facial hair.” He said, “Thirty years ago, men grew beards and they didn’t bother looking after them.”

These days, based on research he’s done on his own customers he estimates that about 40 per cent of men are using more care products than they were three years ago. For blokes keen to grow their own Ned Kelly beard the barber recommends that they treat it as they would hair on their head.

That means washing it regularly with a good sulphate-free shampoo and condition it afterwards with a spray-on conditioner which will make it easier to comb out.

CHRISTMAS TRIM

“When a bloke’s had a beard for a long time, he gets really dry skin underneath,” the barber said. To prevent skin from drying out, he suggests, using beard oil as well. For the gents out there who prefer a closer cut, an oil-free moisturiser should do the trick.

Close-cropped beards should really be attended to and trimmed weekly, depending on how short you want it. This can done at home or by a professional. But, as the barber says, “beard trims aren’t that dear to get done. So I reckon they should treat themselves, really.”

Longer beards also require regular attention. A manicured look that’s in fashion means it’s about shape and style, not just bushiness. The barber suggests having this done … in conjunction with haircuts. It’s also important that the hair on your head suits the hair on your face.


FOODFOLICO: Christmas Drinks! Get some sparkle in the Henkell Trocken

FRANK MORRIS

SOMETHING ABOUT IT: HENKLELL TROCKEN! IT’S NAME HAS A SPECIAL RING TO IT. Below: DOUGLAS LAMB, WINE WRITER EXTRODINAIRE.

I was having a few drinks with a couple my colleagues. As I poured the sparkling Henkell into their champagne glasses one fellow looked up and said: “How long have you known this bubbly?” I think it was over thirty years ago, I reply.

Before then, I asked a wine expert on the magazine. He said “it was 1980.” When I departed, the chap was still talking about sparkling Henkell.

The wine writer was Douglas Lamb, who penned the Lamb and Wine column. And here is a piece of what he wrote back in 1980 -- “It’s a world of sparkle at Henkell”:

Henkell Trocken has a pleasant sounding ring to it, don’t you think?

ITS OWN WISDOM

Actually, it is the name of the largest sparkling wine company in the world. It produces more than 69 million bottles o year for the international market. Henkell Trocken use the Charmat method, which was perfected in the last twenty years in Germany, in making its sparkling wine.

And by law, the wine must remain on the lees in large tanks for six months. In its own wisdom, the company has extended this period to 15 months. The Henkell Trocken Sekt … is a typical example of a very well made wine which, by anybody’s standard, could only be described as excellent.

Frank Morris comments: Henkell Trocken can be brought at most wine shops and comes in a variety of bottle sizes. Give it a go this Christmas. You be amazed at the price.


WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT! In the days before I became a wine writer, I used to read the wine columns at Christmas time and marvel about the quality and quantity the wine scribes would put away. Now, I have been at this caper a long time, I can tell you that it ain’t quite like that; Christmas becomes a day off. There is no real reason why Christmas Day should become a marathon of drinking; but there is every reason to pull out some special bottles and share with friends. Since Christmas in Australia is usually hot, I’ve gone for a cold wine selection and I’ve also tried to stick within a budget. Naturally, it would be great to splash the Krug around, but at $145 a bottle, or there about, that’s hardly likely. This year, I’ll be serving chilled sherry as a pre-dinner drink; it simply delicious with turkey and cranberry sauce; and the Christmas Pud, it’s nice and rich. -- Mark Shield, Wine Guide.


THE FESTIVAL IS COMING: There’re places blooming with Jacarandas just like Grafton

FRANK MORRIS

GLORIOUS COLOUR: JACARANDA AVENUE, GRAFTON, FORMS A CANOPY OF MAUVE
IN AUSTRALIA, INCLUDING THE GRAFTON DISTRICT, NSW, OF COURSE, EVERYBODY HAS ADMIRED THE JACARANDA’S 82 YEARS AS PART OF THE GRAFTON FESTIVAL. IN FACT, JACARANDAS WERE PLANTED IN THE 1800S. HENCE, THE BRILLIANT CANOPY OF A MAUVE BACKDROP OF THE FESTIVAL CITY.

There is a long-standing tradition in many Australian towns and cities of celebrating the local harvest or a blossom-time of flowers with organised festivals.

The various festivals usually have exhibitions, street displays, processions and social and sporting events which  attract thousands of tourists from all over Australia. And, of course, the crowning of a “festival queen” is also an integral part of the festivities.

Eighty-two years ago, the first Grafton Jacaranda Festivals was held on October 30, 1935.

“Grafton has that awesome looking Clarence River bisecting the city,” wrote a colleague. “Thousands of Jacarandas and other trees lining its streets and filling its national parks.

“Scores of lovely historic homes, public buildings and numerous old pubs. The ‘capital’ of the Clarence Valley has a beauty and charm that’s worth stopping to sample.”

The event has not only become one of national renown but it is today recognised as Australia’s foremost floral festival.*

CANOPY OF MAUVE

Needless to say, the city is gearing up to celebrate this historic event in grand style. In the early 1800s, Jacarandsa were planted in the Grafton district. In the 1900s, a citizen names Volkers, in the cause of civic pride, planted an avenue of jacaranda trees which is now referred to as Jacaranda Avenue.

“As these trees grew to their full height – up to 15 metres – they embowered the avenue in the spring time with a canopy of mauve and carpeted the roadway with blossoms,” said a spokesperson for the Council.

“At festival time the jacarandas contrast with the colour and greenery of flame, white cedar, fig, pine and flowering gum trees.”

The festival was inaugurated by Mr E.H.Chataway, and it received “whole-hearted support from the community,” said the spokesperson.

Grafton, the birthplace of champion sculler, Harry Searle and sometime Prime Minister, Sir Earle Page, has become a popular tourist centre – especially at Festival time. The jacaranda, of which there are about 50 species, hails from the West Indies to Brazil.

It is described as “one the finest ornamental flowering trees” for subtropical regions. The jacaranda can be found in the gardens and streets plantations of eastern Australia, particularly around Brisbane; and also as far south as Melbourne.

“There are many beautiful examples of jacaranda in Melbourne, and they recover their beauty quickly if cut by severe frost,” said a leading flora expert.

A CHART OF NSW’S FESTIVALS AND WHERE ARE THEY FROM

Dahlia, Mittagong; Lasiendra, Wauchope; Orchid’s, Ballina; Wattle Time, Cootamundra; Tuplip, Bowral; Apple Blossom, Batlow; Spring Flowers, Katoomba/Leura; Cherry Blossom, Young; and the Rhododendron, Blackheath.

Illustration: The original jacaranda tree, in Grafton, in the early 1800s, acts as a shading device on a hot day.


FOODFOLICO: Special from 1940! Something different for Christmas

WORLD OF DIFFERENCE: 1940s RAISED PIE, A SAVOURY ALTERNATIVE. Below: SPECIALTY SHOPS ALL OVER THE WORLD COOK FAMOUS BRITISH PIES, JUST LIKE THE SAVOURY RAISED PIE! Below: HANGOVER, HANGOVER, HANGOVER! PLEASE – DRINK A LITTLE LESS.

For hot food lovers! A perfect Christmas raised pie – this should make a world of difference at YOUR family mealtime!

Here is what you do: use the same ingredients as the 1940s cook does but cook it your way. The family cook says: “This is a 1940s wartime raised pie prepared exactly the way the cook does in the 40s -- BUT cooked in my own oven.”

RAISED PIE. A savoury alternative to the more usual Raised Pie. Enough for 4 people.

INGREDIENTS. PASTE: 8 oz flour, 1 level teaspoon salt, 2 oz lard, quarter pint water.

FILLING. 8 oz sausage meat, 4 oz fat bacon, minced, 1 onion, minced, 2 level teaspoons mixed herbs, 1 level teaspoon salt, ½ level teaspoon pepper.

METHOD. Mix flour and salt. Boil lard (or equivalent) in water and add to the flour. Knead well and line a bread or cake tin with the pastry keep back a little for the lid. Mix the remaining ingredients thoroughly, place in bread tin and cover with remaining pastry. Brush over with reconstituted egg and bake in a moderate oven for 1 hour. Serve hot from tin; or turn out when cold.

<< The Daily Mirror, April 19, 1945.

PAYING THE PRICE FOR HANGOVERS

Christmas is a celebration time. Over-indulgence is costing Australia dearly, according to the latest research. Hangovers are causing 11.5 million “sick days” a year at a cost of $3 billion to the economy.

A university study found the more alcohol one consumes, the more time they are likely to take off work. They estimated that the cost of lost productivity ay $3 billion a year, up from $1.2 billion in an alcohol-related absenteeism in 2001.

Researchers looked at data from the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey, which asked more the 12,000 people about their habits.

HANGOVER?

While most, (56 per cent) drank alcohol at low-risk levels (four or fewer drinks on one occasion), 27 per cent drank at risky levels (five to 10 in a session) and 9 per cent drank at high-risk – more than 11 drinks in one stint.

“Hands up all those who have never suffered a hangover?” said Mark Shield, wine writer. “Too much of a good thing can make for a very uncomfortable aftermath.”

NEXT: HOME CARE: Large-print novels. For people who suffer with impaired vision.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 23 November 18

CARPATHIA: From a rescue ship to a ship of war

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN; THE 1918 WAR.

FRANK MORRIS

GOODBYE: THE CARPATHIA, WITH ALL HOPE ABANDONED, ON ITS WAY TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. Below: IN ANOTHER LIFE, CARPATHIA WAS THE FIRST SHIP ON THE SCENE DURING THE TITANIC CRISIS. Below: BOAT 14 TOWING ONE OF THE LIFEBOATS AS IT NEARS THE RESCURE POINT.

Wireless messages were soon received from the various ships relaying the disaster of the Titanic in 1912. Titanic had hit an iceberg estimated to be 30 metres high above the water and 120 metres long when the boats were ordered out at 11.45am.

There was no panic or rush to join the boats. By 12.05, there was mass hysteria.

Up on the top deck of Titanic, a lady claimed the attention of a passing steward.

“What ship is that?” she asked. “It is the Cunarder Carpathia, ma’am.”

“The Carpathia?”

Yes, ma’am.”

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The rescue was underway. It was rowdy, uncontrolled bedlam.

When all the boats, containing mothers and children, a few men, finally were off-loaded down from the rapidly-sinking Titanic, they broke out in song and drifted away easily.

On boat 14, one of the survivors, Lawrence Beesely* wrote, it was now 1 o’clock in the morning. It was an ideal night, except for the bitter cold. In the distance, the Titanic looked enormous. At about 2 o’clock, we observed her settling rapidly, with the bow and the bridge completely under water.

She slowly sank. Titanic was heading for the bottom of the sea. She was gone.

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What happened to the extraordinary Carpathia after the rescue?

In July 1918, while Thia waits patiently at Huskisson Dock, in the Port of Liverpool, for the naval escort that will see her convoy of merchant ships – some bound for the Mediterranean, others the Americas – through the Southwest Approaches, Captain William Prothero visits his wife and children at their home in town.

A proud Welshman, he nonetheless moved his wife … to the city on the Mersey, soon after they wed and he began working for Cunard.

He misses singing sea shanties while crewing on a big, three-skysail yarder in the China trade, whole-sail set on a moonlit night. And now … he captains steamers. He’s Thia’s longest-serving captain, in fact.

Though these days she’s more of an armed merchant cruiser than ocean liner, courtesy of Cunard’s agreement with the British admiralty that allows them to requisition ships during wartime. Her funnel has long since shed its red and black livery … for battle grey.

It’s been that way since … he had been forced to paint her funnel in the rain. A wild rumour had washed across her decks that she was about to fall prey to a pack of German warship. But that voyage was blessedly uneventful.

She’s spent most of the war as a pack mule, hauling horses for the cavalry, aeroplanes for the air force and oil in her double bottom. She’s carried $25 million in securities from the Bank of England … Canadian troops by the thousands … Americans when they finally joined the cause …

Somewhere during these years, she acquired armament … a 4.7 inch gun that weighs as much as an elephant. The eighteen-foot rapid-fire barrel can hit a target at 16,500 yards and it has a 210-degree arc of fire.

The gun caused a furore in New York … (it was) the largest, at the time, ever brought to the city aboard a merchantman.

********

“Hard-a-starboard,” William orders. “Port engine full astern.” But it’s too late. The torpedo hits Thia’s side and detonates. A plume of water shoots up towards the bridge and she shudders hard from the impact, bleeding black smoke.

It’s long and bruising encounter with the U-55 submarine, five of the crew were missing, but none of the passengers.
The U-55 had won it day. Carpathia was never to return.

<< Carpathia, Jay Ludowyke, 2017.

*Lawrence Beesley’s account was given to The Times three days after the sinking.


HOME-CARE: Personal emergency alarms can be yours … and save your life

FRANK MORRIS

SAVIOUR: NURSE TO CLIENT – “NOW YOU ARE SAFE.” Below: THE PREFERRED MODEL.

Don’t let another day pass without checking out the personal alarm for yourself! Remember, it could save your life. Choice magazine described the devices as “the ultimate” product for carers and dependents alike.

Says Choice: “These alarms are the modern cry for help. Emergency alarms effectively give people more independence. They’re only a button press away from help if they need it.”

When you’re not these it is reassuring to know that there is a ‘safety net’ of a 24-hour emergency service are in place for your dependent/s, which operates 365 days a year.

PREFERRED SYSTEM

Falls and all sorts of problems, which would not be a problem in times past, can now become a dire emergency.

The Vital Call system was launched in Australia in 1976. It is the preferred brand for retirement villages, hostels and for personal use at home; and certain areas of the home. Its technology is second to none. It is recognised throughout the world for the quality of the equipment and the services that come with it.

Vital Call’s switchboard operators are a dedicated response team that know the ins and outs of the service.

If a person at home is in trouble and cannot speak, Vital Call can identify the user and react appropriately by using confidential details to summon the necessary service to that person’s house.

<< Retirement Villages: MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE; Frank Morris, PRP Graphics Pty Ltd, Queensland; Best Years No 1, Vol 2.

NEXT: Large Print novels. For people who suffer with impaired vision.


MARBLE BAR: A drinking den of unique finery celebrates 125 years!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

GLEAMING: THE MARBLE BAR HAS CELEBRATED 125 YEARS SINCE IT WAS BUILT. Below: MR GEORGE ADAMS, OF ADAMS HOTEL, CONSTRUCTED THIS HIGH VICTORIANA STYLE OF ARCHITECTURE AND DECORATION IN AUSTRALIA – THE MARBLE BAR.

Where else in Australia could one enjoy a beer in best Aussie tradition in such an improbable and extravagant setting?

Come on, have a guess? The Marble Bar, of course.

The Adams Hotel was the favourite drinking place of Sydneysiders since the 1870s. It was demolished in the 1960s. It was to make way for a new building development. Unusual steps were taken to save its lavishly ornate Marble Bar from a similar fate.

The Marble Bar rescue mission was overwhelmed by a tide of sentimental attachment rather than for historical reasons. The Bar, itself, had been constructed by the self-made swashbuckling entrepreneur George Adams and perhaps represented one of the finest examples of the High Victoriana style of architecture and decoration in Australia.

A well-known Sydney architect said the Bar had become semi derelict and “the cost of preserving it was estimated at $250,000.”

WAS REPRIEVED

However, the problem was unexpectedly resolved when the Hilton organisation expressed an interest in the old Adams site, which ran from Pitt Street through to George Street, provided that the Marble Bar could be incorporated into the proposed new Hilton Hotel.

With the site secured by the hotel chain, the Marble Bar was reprieved. This year is the fourteenth in its new location under the Sydney Hilton complex.

From the 30s, the Marble Bar declined in popularity and appearance. It became increasingly shabby and patronage waned to the extent that by the 1960s, according to a spokesperson, “you could shoot a gun through the place and not hit anyone.”

The official opening of the Marble Bar was at the Hilton Hotel in April 1973. It was culmination of the most complex and, with costs of $250,000, the most expensive architectural restoration in Australia.

<< Historic Australia, 1987, for a much fuller version of the Andrea Loder article; Frank Morris.


It’s 1963, and Pearl Turton does a bit of twisting and turning at Palm Cove

IAN LORDING            Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

HAPPY THREESOME: PEARL TURTON, CENTRE, LAPS UP ALL THE ATTENTION. PHOTOGRAPH JACK EDEN, RIGHT, SEEMS TO BE HAVING A GOOD TIME. Below: YOUNG PEARL TURTON.

The Surfer Detective, Ian Lording, has dug up from the musty bowls of the British Pathe Reuters Historical Collection a super sleuth’s dream. Six minutes of gold. But for the life of us we can’t get the sound board to work.

Nevertheless, it has everything from the local milkman to Pearl Turton and her mates (and brother, Ron) cruising the dirt road of Sydney’s Palm Beach in the Morris Major for a bit of surfing. Just a shame the producers couldn’t have waited for a better day, and catch up with Pearl at work.

And it’s all topped off with a jaunt way up north to the Barrier Reef for a spot of diving and shell collecting.

And with a newsreel for British cinema and TV, they had a pretty good budget by the looks of it. The Poms were rather enamoured with Oz beach culture – and that’s fair enough!

Here’s a short summary of the British Pathe event:

A THINKING GIRL

The young Australian, Pearl Turton is typical of the Sydneysiders who start every day really early. Pearl has been surfboarding for two years and, at sixteen, is already a champion.

Some 62,000 boards, it is estimated, are used on the Australians beaches. And Pearl Turton “owns” her own --- Palm Beach.  She talks about the quality of waves, their size, their potential and how they can be mastered. This is the thinking of the Australian outdoor girl.

The boards are light and easily manoeuvred, and cost about 40 pounds each. The Australian Surfing Association hopes that Sydney might the venue for a World Championships next year – 1964.

Then comes Pearl’s working day – as a cosmetician in a Sydney pharmacy.

<< Pacific Longboarder magazine; Pacific Longboarder.com

NEXT YEAR: Pearl Turton story. In over four hours of surfing she has ridden some top waves.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 16 November 18

THE GREAT WAR HAS ENDED: At last the dawn breaks and the whole country comes alive

THE WORD ‘VICTORY’, IN GREAT ELECTRIC LETTERS, WAS FLASHED ACROSS THE FRONT OF THE HERALD 0FFICE. THE NEWS HAD SPREAD RAPIDLY. THEN, BY MID-MORNING, THE WHOLE COUNTRY HAD BURST ALIVE TO CELEBRATE.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

CHEERS!: MARTIN PLACE WAS THE STARTING POINT FOR THE GREAT CELEBRATIONS. Below: THE ARMISTICE IS SIGNED. BELOW: BILLY HUGHES CONSCRIPTIONS WERE BEATEN.

On November 11, 1918, the war has ended.

The news reached our shore early last evening. Germany had submitted to the Allies’ terms and signed the armistice. The war was over.

The information, transmitted through the State Department in Washington, reached the offices of the Herald at seven o’clock. A few minutes later an extraordinary edition was being sold in the streets and the word ‘Victory’ in great electric letters was flashed into being across the front of the Herald office.

(Nearly all newspapers in Australia, Britain and America, for example, would have done something similar. At the end of five years of war, it’s amazing what brings on these super-human tasks. –FM.)

By 7.30 the news was spreading rapidly. By 7.45 steam whistles on ferries and locomotives were in full blast; the whole city began to stir. Even in the smallest and most distant suburbs, people commenced to gather in little knots and discuss the news.

Then, suddenly, from cottage and mansion, flat and lodging, everyone who could walk turned an eager face towards the city. Never in the history of Sydney did a greater flood of passengers flow over the evening service of trams, trains and ferries.

WILD, UNRESTRANED JOY

Every-man, woman and child came into the city to “celebrate”, but they came in such numbers ... At nine o’clock, in Martin Place and Moore Street, and in Pitt and George Streets adjoining, the crowds were so dense that no one could move. They could only stand and cheer.

But in the surrounding streets, where it was possible to move, old and young let themselves go, and there were witnessed scenes of wild and unrestrained joy.

The crowds armed themselves with two varieties of articles considered indispensable – flags and noise-makers. The former added to the picturesqueness of the scene, the latter made existence nearly unendurable.

But nobody cared.

SHOWERED WITH CONFETTI

The realisation that the most terrible war of all history was over, that the Allies were completely triumphant, that the menace of Prussianism was swept away, that peace was once more to come to the earth after four years of horror – this did not come to every mind.

Perhaps, but on every face, there was gladness, relief, satisfaction. Perhaps, no incidents were more striking than the enthusiasm that men in khaki, and those wearing returned soldiers badges, were greeted. All were hailed with expressions of gratitude and showered with confetti.

“I know of no words adequate for such an occasion,” said the Premier, Mr Watt. “The long night of suffering and anguish has ended. There will go up from the hearts of the people of Australia a great sigh of relief that dawn has come.

“”The first impulse of a Christian nation … is to thank God for the triumph of right against the demoniac designs of the enemy.”

<< Sydney Morning Herald, November 12, 1918; Frank Morris.

CHRISTCHURCH CHEERS ON: THERE’S NOTHING THAT SOUNDS MORE CHEERFUL THAN 100,000 CITIZENS JOINING IN WITH EVERY TOWN AND VILLAGE OF NEW ZEALAND.


THE GREAT WAR HAS ENDED: Troops praised for their braveness and courage to annihilate Turkish armies

THEIR GALLANTRY AND DETERMINATION MEANT TOTAL DESTUCTION OF THOSE WHO OPPOSED US.

FRANK MORRIS

IMAGE IN GLASS: A SPECIAL MEMO WAS SENT TO OUT TO ALL TROOPS FOR THEIR GALLANTRY AND THEIR DEFEAT OF THE VIIth and VIIIth TURKISH ARMIES. THIS COPY, AN ORINGALS, IS OWNED BY FRANK MORRIS.

On September 26, 1918, General Allenby sent his gallant forces a specially signed memo which amplified his “total thanks” for the role they played in the defeat of the Turkish Armies.

It reads:

“I desire to convey to all ranks and all arms of the Force under my command, my admiration and thanks for their great deeds of the past week, and my appreciation of their gallantry and determination, which have resulted in the total destruction of the V11th and V111th Turkish Armies opposed to us.

“Such a complete victory has seldom been known in all the history of war.”

General Allenby

26TH September, 1918.


THE GREAT WAR HAS ENDED: Brothers in arms and a war of words…

BRASS HAT, STANDING: “THINGS PRETTY QUIET TODAY, EH? THE CANDID DIGGER: “YAIR, WHAT WITH THE BIRDS SINGIN’ AND YOU BLOKES STROLLIN’ AROUND, A MAN’D HARDLY KNOW THERE WUS A WAR GOING ON!” Frank Dunne, Smith’s Weekly.

THE SERIOUS SIDE …

ON NOVEMBER 11, 1918 WAR ENDS, LEAVING A COUNTRY IN MOURNING. GUNS OF WAR WERE FINALLY SILENT. EUPHORIC SCENES IN AUSTRALIA CELEBRATED THE ARMISTICE – BUT FOR TENTERFIELD’S CAPTAIN WOODWARD. NOVEMBER 11 WAS MORE SOBERING. HE WROTE: “THE OUTWARD MANIFESTATION OF JOY WHICH COULD BE EXPECTED … WAS ABSENT. WE WERE AS MEN WHO HAD COMPLETED A TASK WHICH WAS ABHORRENT TO US. THE OCCASION CALLED FOR THANKSGIVING. IT WAS … TOO GREAT FOR WORDS.”

AUSTRALIA’S FIRST SHOT FIRED

A GERMAN STEAMER, AFTER DISCHARGING CARGO AT MELBOURNE, ATTEMPTED TO PASS OUT THROUGH THE HEADS TO SYDNEY. SHE HAD HER CLEARANCES, BUT THOSE ON BOARD DID NOT KNOW THAT WAR HAD BEEN DECLARED BEWEEN GREAT BRITAIN AND GERMANY. A SHOT WAS FIRED FROM THE CLIFF FACE. THE VESSEL WAS IMMEDIATELY STOPPED AND RETURNED TO WILLIAMSTOWN.    .


THE GREAT WAR HAS ENDED: Milestones shows some of the battles fought in WW1

CAR RIDE: THE ARCHDUKE FERDINAND AND HIS WIFE WERE SHOT DEAD BY A SERBIAN NATIONALIST. Below: WORLD WAR IS OVER, SHOUTED THE AMERICAN DAILY TELEGRAPH. Below: THE WAR ISSUE OF THE SYDNEY MAIL.

1914

Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to throne of Austria-Hungary, shot dead by a Serbian nationionalist in Sarajevo.

A series of ultimatums leads to declarations of war between Europe’s great powers.

Australian make a pledge to Britain.

Australia quickly pledges its support for Britain and enters the war. Labor leader Andrew Fisher utters his famous promise to defend Britain “to our last men and our last shilling.” By the end of 1914, 52,561 volunteers have passed medicals to serve overseas.

First Australians die.

A skirmish in the German colony of New Guinea, Bitapaka, with Melanesian and German troops results in six Australians killed – the first of over 60,000 Australian soldiers to fall in WW1.

1915

Aussie sub sunk.

The only surviving Australian submarine, AE-2, was scuttled by her crew on April 30. The sub received severe damage incurred in her forcing of the Dardanelles.

Gallipoli begins.

Australian and New Zealand troops land at Anzac Cove near the Gallipoli Peninsula. The craggy terrain was easily defended by the Turks. Nevertheless, the Anzacs gained a toehold; but made little progress over the next eight months.

Lone Pine versus the Turks.

The 1st Division launches an attack on the Turkish positions. So fierce was the fighting that 1st and 3rd brigades suffer 2277 casualties between them.

A futile charge.

On foot, Australian Light Horsemen charge the Turkish trenches against machine guns and rifle fire. Over 230 of the 8th and 10th Light Horse regiment are killed and 140 wounded.

Evacuation of Gallipoli.

Gallipoli’s evacuation proved to be the most successful operation of the campaign. The Anzac Cove campaign led to 26,000 Australian casualties, including 8000 killed in action or dying of wounds or disease.

1916

Travelling Australians.

During the year, Australian troops took part in operations in Egypt, Palestine and Syria. Four infantry divisions were also sent to France to the Somme.

Battle of Fromelles.

Australian troops took part in their first big Western Front engagement at Fromelles on July 19. Seven days later, they went into battle at Pozieres.

Gov’ment twice beaten.

The war had deeply divided Australia. Prime Minister Billy Hughes had attempted to win a referendum on conscription. Twice he was defeated. On October 28, the first proposal for conscription was defeated 1,087, 557 votes to 1,160,033.

1917

Australia gets Flying Corp.

The Australian Flying Corp began operations in France and Palestine. On October 31, Beersheba was attacked, this triggering the third battle of Gaza. On December 20, the conscription referendum was again defeated.

1918

Monash takes it to them.

Five Australian divisions in France were formed into an army on January 1 under the command of Sir John Monash. On July 4, Hamel, an enemy stronghold in France, was captured by Australian troops. On September 18, the Hinderburg Line on the Western Front was captured. On September 30, more than 4000 Turkish troops were captured in action near Damascus, ending the war in Palestine.

War is over.

Germany surrenders on November 11 and the war was officially over. By the war’s end, 61,512 Australians have been killed or die from wounds or disease. Another 152,000 are wounded.

<< The Sun-Herald, The Land, Frank Morris.


MELBOURNE CUP 1918: Night Watch was to strengthen speed for the run home

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

SPECIAL DAY: ON THAT AFTERNOON, THE WEATHER WAS SUPERB.

On November 5, the 1918 Melbourne Cup was run less than a week before the war had ended. The newspapers said it to be the biggest and most light-hearted gathering at Flemington for more the four years. The crowd needed to be in good humour.

The Derby Day nor Cup Day, without a single favourite being mentioned, meant a disaster all around.

Although the favourite for the big one was King Offa, trainer Dick Bradfield had a ‘saver’ -- his name was Night Watch.

This was mainly because he had finished second in the Hotham Handicap on Derby Day. Night Watch was down at the end of the scale. He was handicapped the minimum of 6.7 and carrying two pounds overweight. In the hands of Billy Duncan, the jockey, took Night Watch to the lead six furlongs from home.               

MISSED HIS CHANCE

On the turn Daius moved up to join him at the half-mile … and the imported horse, Gadabout, snatched the lead from both of them. At this point, Night Watch was interfered with and seemed to have missed his chance.

Metropolitan winner, Kennaquhair, who got in front a furlong out, was called the winner. But the steely Night Watch came again, and with his light-weight was able to outstay his rival to win by half a length from Kennaquhair with Gadabout sticking on well for third.

Night Watch put up a new Cup record by running the two miles in 3.25 3/4.

<< The Melbourne Cup 1861-1982; Maurice Cavanough; Currey O”Neil, 1960.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 09 November 18

Classic Repeat: Paddington Bear – He always looks forward to a morning chat!

THESE WERE SOME OF THE CHRONICLES IN PADDINGTON’S HECTIC LIFE.

Chosen by FRANK MORRIS

FROM GROUND TO WATER: PADDINGTON GETS A RIDE DOWNSTAIRS, NOT ON A BANNISTER, BUT ON … A RIVER! IN ALL HAPPENS WHEN … SEE THE PADDINGTON FILM ON VIDEO AND YOU’LL GET A BIG SURPRISE!

One of the things that made visiting his friend’s antique shop in the Portobello Road so special was the fact that it was never the same two days running. People came from far and wide to seek Mr Gruber’s advice.

It was something to browse through his vast collection of books, which covered practically every subject under the sun. Paddington became quite knowledgeable about antiques himself. He could immediately tell a piece of the genuine Spode china from ordinary run-of-the-mill crockery.

He would never pick anything up; just in case he dropped it by mistake.  “Better safe than sorry,” was Mr Gruber’s motto. They were never short of things to talk about. During the summer months they often had their morning tea sitting in deck chairs on the pavement outside the shop. Here they discussed problems of the day in peace and quiet before the crowd arrived.

Paddington couldn’t help but notice his friend usually had a faraway look in his eyes whenever he spoke of his native Hungary. “When I was a boy,” Mr Gruber would say, “people used to dance the night away. That doesn’t seem to happen any more.”

EAR FOR MUSIC

Paddington … did learn with Mr Gruber’s help … to play a tune called “Chopsticks” on an ancient piano at the back of the shop. It wasn’t easy. Having paws meant he often played several notes at the same time.

But Mr Gruber said anyone with half a ear for music would have recognised it at once.

On cloudy days, when there was a chill in the air, they made a habit of retiring to an old horsehair sofa at the back of the shop. And it was on just such a morning. Paddington arrived rather earlier than usual and found to his surprise that Mr Gruber had acquired a new piano.

It was standing in almost exactly the same spot as the old one had been, near the stove.

There was no sign of Mr Gruber, which was most unusual. So to pass the time Paddington decided to have a go at playing what had become known as “his tune”, when something very strange happened.

As he raised his paws to play the opening notes, the keys began going up and down all by themselves!

A SAD ENDING

He had hardly finished rubbing his eyes in order to make sure he wasn’t dreaming, when he had yet another surprise. Out of the corner of his eye he saw Mr Gruber crawl out from underneath a nearby table.

“Oh dear,” said Paddington, “I hope I haven’t broken you new piano.”

Mr Gruber laughed. “Have no fear of that,” he said. “It is what is known as a ‘player piano’ and it works by electricity. You don’t see many around these days. I’ve just been plugging it in to make sure it works properly.”

“I don’t think I have ever seen a piano that played a tune all by itself before,” said Paddington. “We didn’t have anything like that where I come from. But then we didn’t have electricity either.” This was a sad ending.

<< This is an adaptation of the book, Paddington, by Michael Bond. << See the Paddington Bear movie on video.

lIIustration: Where to go: “Excuse me, where is Paddington Station?” Here you are: You’re in it!


PLEASE NOTE: MY APOLOGIES FOR THE INTERUPTION THIS WEEK. THE ARTICLES, WHICH WERE DUE TO BE PUBLISHED TODAY, WILL BE PUBLISHED ON NOVEMBER 16. MEANWHILE, THE REST OF THE OTHER STORIES EARMARKED FOR PUBLICATION THIS YEAR WILL BE RUN EARLY NEXT YEAR.


Classic Repeat: Cover. Magazine’s 100 years – perfect tales for young people to read!

Written and adapted by FRANK MORRIS                                                                                                           

CELEBRATING A CENTURY: THE SCHOOL MAGAZINE, FROM 1941, SHOWING HOW THE DESIGN HAS EVOLVED FROM THE BLACK AND WHITE COVER OF 1916, OF PURELY TYPE AND DRAWING, HAS DEVELOPED INTO THE MODERN LOOK OF TODAY.

It is a world first! The School Magazine for 100 years has collected tales for children of Australia, making it the longest-running literary magazine in the world. It became a constant in the lives of primary school students since its beginning in 1916 as a 16-page monthly publication.

The publication’s existing readership is141,000. Its centenary will mark the launch of a new anthology, For Keeps, which, according to the editor Alan Edwards, will raise awareness of the magazine’s contribution to children’s literary resources.

Professor Ewing, one of the magazine’s four ambassadors, said the magazine still had a vital role to play to bring new works of prose, poetry and plays into the classroom and home. For children among disadvantaged families and children from isolated communities it was seen as a real break-through.

“Even though we’ve got fantastic books for children in this country, not every family yet understands the importance of literary texts for children and they’ll not necessarily be in every home,” she said. “It’s the books in the home and what we do with them – the sharing, the reading of them – that is so important.”

WITH DICKENS, KIPLING, ETC

When The School Magazine was first published its content reflected the prevailing literary establishment of Blake, Coleridge, Dickens, Kipling and Shakespeare. The iconic first editions were filled with stirring texts, psalms and prayers.

With the depression and war, the pages shrunk.

In the early 1980s, simple comic strips appeared and character mascots were introduced. A few years later, it became a two-colour publication, before switching to full colour in 1999. The literary magazine has introduced many of our best-known writers and illustrators, like May Gibbs, Ruth Park, Pamela Allen, Kim Gamble, Robin Klein, Tohby Riddle and many more.

Tohby Riddle, author, illustrator and former editor of The School Magazine, said the school magazine had spoken to generations of children. It played a role in developing Australian children’s literature, which is highly regarded around the world.

“That’s a huge achievement,” he said.

<< The Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Community Newspaper and Frank Morris.

lIIustration: Going modern: Now referred to as Touchdown, the school magazine’s received an intent going-over and introduced colour in l951.


FRANK MORRIS COMMENTS …

THE FINAL INSTALMENT OF 1914-18 THE GREAT WAR WILL BE PUBLISHED NEXT WEEK.

GRAND YEARS TOOK IT UPON ITSELF TO PUBLISH THE FIVE YEARS WAR EVERY WEEK UNTIL FINISHED.

THE 1918 MELBOURNE CUP WAS RUN ON NOVEMBER 5 “LESS THAT A WEEK BEFORE THE WAR HAD ENDED … IT WAS THE BIGGEST AND MOST LIGHT-HEARTED GATHERING FOR MORE THAN FOUR YEARS,”

ACCORDING TO THE NEWSPAPERS REPORTS. IT’S FITTING THAT WE RUN THE MELBOURNE CUP ON THE SAME SCHEDULE.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 02 November 18

A TO Z HOME CARE: Peace of mind is a two way street for carer and recipient

FRANK MORRIS

A FATHER & CARER: REMEMBER, IT’S TOUGH FOR BOTH PARTIES. Below: A WIFE CHECKED IN WITH HUBBY BEFORE SHE WENT OUT SHOPPING. REMEMBER, A CRISIS CAN HAPPEN  AT ANY MOMENT. THERE IS NO TIMETABLE.

In Australia, last count, there were 2.7 million unpaid carers. Which means 1 person in 8 are carers who provide informal assistance to an individual. It would cost $60.3 billion dollar – or over $1 billon a week-- to replenish this service.

Believe or not, commonsense must prevail at all times. The carer’s role is a responsible and onerous one and especially so if one is holding down a demanding job. It is said that the stress levels can be greater than for workers who dependents are children.

The greatest family conflict arises when our parents become our dependents, says a leading psychologist. “It’s tough for both parties.”

If there is a common thread that’s flagged through every stage of the working carer’s role it is this: be prepared for the unexpected. From the start, the carer must understand that peace of mind is not a one-way street. But the carer MUST make it happen, at all times.

From the outset, the carer must understand that:

THE NEED for care is somewhat unpredictable.

A CRISIS can happen at any time – and it usually does. There is no timetable.

AGAINST A MISHAP

INVARIABLY, a crisis strikes at an awkward, inconvenient, unpropitious moment.

HIGH per cent, aged over 65 years, have a medical problem or disability.

THE condition of an aged person can deteriorate quickly.

There are others. These are the ‘red flags’ if you like that can make life terribly difficult. Knowing what facilities are available and what precautions one can take against a mishap occurring can make all the difference.

Of the people 65 years and over, many tend to ‘age in place’ – that means at home. They want to be as independent as possible. But there will be a time when, if you like, a second fall, or deterioration of the person’s mental faculties will become an overwhelming problem.

That’s why the role of carer is vitally important.

NEXT: A TO Z HOME CARE: The strength of ‘personal’ emergency alarms.


MO STATUE: Mo sits on table in our lounge room doing a lot of thinking

FRANK MORRIS and Barbara Byrne (Bartlett)

Dear Frank

I’d like to tell you a tale about MO. He was, as you said, the undoubted comedy king from the 1930s. MO is a statue, 26 centimetres tall. You probably know him better as Roy ‘MO’ Rene or ‘MO’ McCackie.

My father, Alec Bartlett, bought it for his mother, Harriet. He was 14 years old. Nanna and I grew up seeing MO. Then mum sold our house, Carlton, and gave MO to Yvonne, my sister. Yvonne kept MO in her lounge at faraway Chipping Norton, with a photo of myself and dad standing opposite.

‘LIVE’ REVIEW

Yvonne restored MO. It was early 2000, I think, and was very proud of her work; very proud of the way he looked. He was getting rather shabby, Yvonne thought. Yvonne died 12 years ago in 2006.

MO sits in our lounge room, now. He is dreaming. At the corner of English Street and Railway Parade, Kogarah. It is believed in its day to have has ‘live’ review theatre. It later became known as Carlton stadium.

Did he ever perform at this venue? To our knowledge he did not.

Love Barbara.


Classic Repeat: Mighty Mo -- authentic feel of vaudeville is “uncannily perceptive”`

FRANK MORRIS

MO & GARRY: Mo McCACKIE, ACTOR GARRY MACD0NALD, TAKES ANOTHER APPLAUSE IN THE GRAND FINALE OF THE 12TH ANNUAL MO AWARDS IN 1987. Below: TWO COMEDIANS GET TOGETHER – STAN LAUREL, OF LAUREL AND HARDY FAME, AND ROY RENE,  WHO PLAYS MO McCACKIE.

The greatest of all Australia comedians, Roy ‘Mo’ Rene, made a triumphant return to the vaudeville stage in the high-stepping, and glittery musical Sugar Babies.

But, alas, it’s not the inimitable Mo up there. Instead, it is the highly talented actor Garry McDonald doing his acclaimed impression of the inimitable Mo. McDonald first brought Mo back from the grave at the Nimrod Theatre six years ago. It was great stuff.

In the thirties and forties, Mo was the undoubted King of Comedy. Vaudeville was his domain. And vaudeville thrived on his inexhaustible talents. Well, those clowning and slapstick days were created in Sugar Babies at Her Majesty’s.

MO WAS AWARDED

Although the show has struck out with some critics, the Sydney Morris Herald’s H.G. Kippax awarded McDonald with a B-plus for his efforts. Kippax described his Mo as “uncannily effective” even though “much of his material is very unlike Mo’s. He added: “McDonald can be very funny indeed without gagging at all.”

Kippax also served up some kind words to popular club performer Marty Coffey, rating his juggling act as “brilliant” and one the “best moments” of the show.

“Here is the authentic feel of vaudeville,” wrote Kippax.

<< Mighty Mo was released in newspapers around NSW in 1986.


SOCIAL JUSTICE: The barriers against older people not getting work

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

ON THE HEAP: OVER 50 YEARS OLD AND WITHOUT A JOB. AT ONE TIME HE WAS WORKING AS SECOND IN CHARGE OF A GAS PETROLEUM OUTFIT UNTIL THEY AMALGAMATED. Below: AT 54 YEARS OLD, IT CAME AS A SHOCK. MAVIS WORKED FOR A RETAIL COMPANY IN THE ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT.

Older Australians have a great contribution to make, but this is dependent on their own capacity: as well as the kind of opportunities provided.

It is important to ensure the older generation have access to flexible workplaces … that will allow them to work or to retire in dignity.

Immediate barriers to the employment of older workers include the lack of workers compensation and restriction on income protection insurance. Age discrimination throws up other barriers, too. Older people are stereotyped as … slow and unproductive.

DOWNSIZING

Older workers may be seen as more expensive and not worth the trouble and cost of training. They are most vulnerable to redundancy where companies are downsizing and restructuring.

A recent national survey found that that 25 per cent of people 50 years and over experienced some form of discrimination -- like being denied employment, promotion or training, or subjected to derogatory treatment.

Many had given up looking for work. As a result, those most affected, included people on lower incomes and single parents. Unemployment among older workers involves huge losses to the economy.

COMBATING AGE

Australia’s Aged Discrimination Commissioner believes the cost of losing mature workers amounts to around $10 billion each year. By comparison, keeping just 3 per cent more people over 55 in work would gain $30 billion annually.

Those are just the economic costs and benefits.

Unemployment has shocking effects on individual self-esteem and family finances. Combating age discrimination in the workforce will require more than raising awareness and appealing to the better nature of employers.

It will need regulation to ensure older workers, particularly the low-paid workers, have a better access to employment that is flexible to their needs.

<< A place at the table: social justice in an ageing society, 2016-2017.

NEXT: After rescuing over 700 people, mainly women and children, from the rapidly-sinking Titanic, the Carpathia, headed for another assignment which she never came back from the 1914-18 war.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 26 October 18

Les Miserables: Final. Louis Blanc writes about the characters in the play

FIERY COURAGE COMBINED WITH THE DEEP FEELING OF HUMANITY.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

PEACEFUL: ON JUNE 8, 1832, THREE DAYS AFTER THE BLOOD-BATH WAS OVER, TRANQUILITY SEEMS TO BE RESTORED AND THE LAKE AND SURROUDING PROPERTY, NEAR WHERE THE BARRICADES WERE PLACED, WERE AT PEACE.

“There were young boys present who loaded the guns, using for wadding the police notices they had stripped from the walls: when this failed, the insurgents tore up their shirts for the purpose.

“Thus, they awaited for coming events surrounded with silence and in darkness; themselves, as it seemed, the only moving things in that vast city. And, knowing well that the greater portion of them would never see the morrow’s sun.

“Their exultation was immense, and seemed to increase with the increase of danger. A boy who was fighting in the foremost ranks, was fearfully wounded in the head. He was just twelve years old. But Jean, nothwithstanding the most urgent solicitations, could not induce him to quit the post he had assumed.

“This fiery courage, on the part of the combatants of St Mery, was combined with a deep feeling of humanity.”
(Gavroche, a Les Miserables urchin, fought and died at the barricades.)

“Informed by a sub-officer in disguise, of the critical situation of dragoons on the Quai Morland, the colonel of the regiment left the barracks at the head of the second detachment. And, with his trumpet sounding, took the direction of the Place de l’Arsenal.”

(Policeman Inspector Javert, of Les Miserables, went behind the barricades disguised to spy on the insurgents.)

“A young man, brother of an illustrious savant, exclaimed, raising aloft a tri-coloured flag: ‘Let him who loves me, follow me!’

“We have seen in what manner Jeanne made good his retreat from the barricades. From that moment the police had had their eye constantly upon him, informed of his every movement by a traitor whose treacherous assistance they had purchased.”

(M.Thenardier -- a master the house, extortioner, exploiter, blackmailer, thief – who caused Jean Valjean to be captured.)

Louis Blanc’s conclusion!

“How many a man, perhaps, has died a peasant or a common soldier, who, if circumstances had brought him forward, would have be greater than Cromwell! At all events, however stormy the condition into which a republic might have brought our country, it would never have reduced it to what we now see: the social, the individual character debased; Frenchmen utterly indifferent under national misfortune and disgrace; the genius of the country decaying, disappearing; the nation itself dying, exhausted, corrupt and rotten.

<< Les Miserable is published by Cullen Publications Pty Ltd, l987, and the Cameron Mackintosh (Overseas) Limited.


NO NEWS! Paper forced to close: not by the revolution but by police

FRANK MORRIS

NEARLY ALL NEWSPAPERS OF THE GLOBE DID AN EXTENSIVE COVERAGE OF THE CIVIL WAR, OR INSURRECTION, OF PARIS, ON JUNE 5, 1832.

IN PARIS ESPECIALLY, SEVERAL PAPERS WERE CLOSED AND SEALS WERE PLACED BY ORDER OF THE POLICE. THE PRESSES OF THE TRIBUNE, QUOTIDIENNE, COURRIER DE L’EUROPE, THE BRID’OISON, THE MODE, AND THE PRINTERS JOURNAL, MONITEUR TYPOGRAPHIQUE, WERE SEIZED BY POLICE OFFICIALS.

SO MUCH FOR LIBERTY!

IN SYDNEY, THE SYDNEY HERALD THE HOBART TOWN COURIER, THE TASMANIAN AND THE SYDNEY GAZETTE CARRIED THEIR SHARE OF NEWS.

NEWSPAPERS IN THIS COUNTRY COVERED THE EVENTS AS LATE AS OCTOBER 14, 1832.

NEXT: SOCIAL JUSTICE: Removing barriers from employing older people.

THE VIETNAM WAR: 1965 to 1975 -- most divisive period in Australia in the 20th Century!

FRANK MORRIS

MENZIES TO SEND TROOPS: TO TELL PARLIAMENT TODAY

ACTION NEAR SAIGON: FIRST TRAINEE KILLED FIGHTING ON FOREIGN SAIL

ALL THE WITH LBJ

This is a dedicated front cover from OZ magazine.

11 PM AND THE BOMBS STOPS

No, it wasn’t the end of the war. In 1968, there are peace talks going on between Viet Cong and Saigon. It was President Johnson’s bid to turn “fighting into talking”. The war began in 1965.

COMING IN MARCH, 2019.


CLASSIC REPEAT: “Ahem, my name is Roy ‘Mo’ Rene, or ‘Mo’ McCackie or ‘Mo’ …”

MO’S FAMILY ALWAYS CAME FIRST. HE WAS HAPPY WHEN HE WAS WITH FAMILY AND ON STAGE.

FRANK MORRIS

THE THREE FUNNYMEN: LEADING TRIO OF SHOW BUSINESS – ROY RENE, JACK DAVEY, BROADCASTER, AND HAL LASHWOOD.

“Roy had a love-hate relationship with the audience,” Sam Van-der Sluice, son of the ever-great Roy Rene McCackie. He could love them and yet hate them. I remember he used to say when he got his first “belly” laugh, ‘I’ve got ‘em, I’ve got ‘em pal!’

“And he would get them too!,” said Sam. “Dad got most of the laughs.” The humour of Mo could be deadly and dangerous. Take “You dirty mug!” for instance. You didn’t know when he was having you on or being deadly serious.

Strike me lucky, you dirty mug! – it was the familiar sound-piece that Mo used mostly in the show.

Here’s a clip:

COLONEL:

Men, when the sun is on high at midday, 30,000 Swahili warriors will come swarming over the fortress wall armed with spears and clubs. But we fight them to the last man, we will fight them to the last drop of blood! Any questions?

Private MO:

Yes … Can I have the afternoon off?

LASHWOOD:

McCackie … why are you late?

MO:

I ran over a silent cop on the corner of Market and Pitt Street.

LASHWOOD:

There is no silent cop on the corner a Market and Pitt Street.

MO:

There is now!

PHILLIP:

I saw you outside the Hotel Australia.

AUBREY (MO):

That where I’m staying.

PHILLIP:

At the Australia.

AUBREY (MO):

No … outside.

PHILLIP:

You don’t tell me.

AUBREY (MO):

I just told you.

SPENCER THE GARBAGE MAN:

Do you like the perfume of my new after shave?

MO:

It’s lovely Spencer … but you’re still coming through!

AMY ROCHELLE:

Oh, Moey. We could go to the ball as “Beauty and the Beast”.

MO:

Oh, lovely. But you don’t look anything like a beast! 

MO’S FAMILY ALWAYS CAME FIRST. HE WAS HAPPY WHEN HE WAS WITH FAMILY AND ON STAGE.


Queen Elizabeth: Celebration 90th birthday – it’s been a swell time!                                        

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history, is celebrating her 90th birthday. And the following year, her Sapphire Jubilee, marking 65 years on the throne. There have many joyful moments: royal weddings, babies galore, and, of course, a robust 70 years of marriage with Prince Philip.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 19 October 18

VALE RON CASEY: He left a wide mark on the radio dial for people who had problems!

I AM HERE TO EXPRESS MY OPINION AND THAT’S WHAT I DO, CASEY SAID.

FRANK MORRIS

RAYS OF LIGHT: THREE INTERVIEWS WITH CASEY BEHIND THE MIKE IN THE 1980s. Below: LEAGUE CLUB BAN: WHAT CASEY SAYS. Below: I DON’T THINK BRITT’S THAT CRASH HOT, SAID CASEY.

Some people like him, other people hate him. But many people disliked him once he opened his mouth.

“After leaving Channel 9, (Ron) Casey had a three-year stint with Channel 10 before talking on talk-back radio,” writes Ray Chesterton in his obituary. Casey died, aged 89, last week.

After this brief stint, he resumed a relationship that began 1967 “when he was recruited” by legendary program director to 2SM John Brennan.

Casey’s talkback career had begun.

Casey in talk-back radio was an immediate success. His broad-church approach, however, was with 2KY, a station I listened to non-stop. Over the years, I had deducted enough material to fill a book. Here are few instances of him behind the mike:

CASEY vs THE CABBIE: COMPLAINTS OVER TAXIS ‘DRIVING ON’

“Several hundred listeners of Ron Casey’s talk-back breakfast program complained that they were not getting a fair deal from Sydney taxi drivers,” I wrote in 1984.

The following is an extract from that interview:

Casey: What is the legal requirement of the taxi driver? And what is the legal right of the hirer.

Kelly (official, DMT’s Taxi Division): The driver has no right to refuse a fare. My advice to anyone who hails a cab is to get into the cab and then tell the drives where they want to go.

Casey: But some of complaints have been that the taxis weren’t pulling up. They would keep on moving, then drive off.

Kelly: Any complaints the public would like to put to the department will certainly by investigated.

Casey: If the number of the taxi that refuses a fare is taken and reported, your department will do something about it.

Kelly: Yes. But I would impress upon people that they must get the right tie cab number, location and time.

Casey: Do you get many complaints?

Kelly: We do; quite a few. No complaint is shelved or disregarded.

Casey: Is there a condition under which a taxi driver, outside of someone being objectionable or drunk, can refuse a fare?

Kelly: No. The only time if 2pm and 4pm when a lot of shifts are changing over.

“I must say that ninety-nine per cent of taxi drivers I’ve had anything to do with have been people doing a difficult job the best way they can,” Casey said. “But that one-half per cent are the people who are causing the trouble.”

DO YOU REMEMBER: The Casey bags Britt affair?

2KY’s breakfast ‘oracle’ Ron Casey, I reported, obviously does not subscribe to Emerson’s claim that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

When Britt Ekland’s name was mentioned on his open-line this week, Casey began firing from the lip.

“I don’t think Britt’s that crash hot,” he said. “I watched her in the James Bond movie the other night and she had wrinkles under her eyes even then.

“With all the spare time Britt’s had on her hands, I don’t think she’s that much better at 41.”

Thank goodness Britt didn’t wear hair curlers in the movie.

THE GOOD SIDE: Casey goes in to bat for the cabbies?

Outspoken radio commentator Ron Casey, I reported, didn’t pull any punches when he went into bat for Sydney’s taxi drivers on his 2KY talk-back breakfast show.

The issue at hand was the impending introduction of a 50 cents tax on drivers at airport cab ranks by the Federal government.

“It’s obviously the brainchild of some bureaucrat in Canberra who has nothing better to do,” said Casey.

After speaking to several angry cabbies on his open-line, Casey said: “I’m with the taxi drivers all the way.

<< Written for magazines and newspapers.

COMING: SOCIAL JUSTICE – BACK TO WORK FOR WOMAN AGED 74, WHAT ABOUT THE MEN!


MR ETERNITY: The man that Sydney wondered about as he chalked the pavement

THAT SHY MYSTERIOUS POET WHOSE WORK WAS JUST A SINGLE MIGHTY WORD, SAID DOUGLAS STEWART.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

THE MAN: PAINTING CAPTURES THE ENIGMA OF ARTHUR STACE. Below: STACE IS PHOTOGRAPHED FINISHING ONE-WORD SERMON. Below: ETERNITY GETS ALL THE ATTENTION.

Since 1930, the writer with the yellow crayon had kept his identity secret except from a few close friends, wrote Tom Farrell. Stace expressed himself by scrawling a one-word sermon, Eternity, on Sydney’s footpaths, from the 1930s to 1966. Arthur Stace, until then, was an enigma.

But it was the Sunday Telegraph who first unmarked Stace to the Sydney public as Mr Eternity. Farrell said that paper scored the first press interview in 1956 with the man who had masterminded Eternity.

Eternity soon became a power word in Sydney’s mythology. 

As night fell on December 31, l999, five million Sydneysiders looked forward to hours of splendid celebrations, on the eve of the Third Millennium. There had not been a scene like it since the Bicentennial festivities of Australia Day 1988.

THE SMOKE CLEARED

By now, literally billions were watching on television, their attention fixed on Australia … the first of January 2000 would arrive, there came a massive fireworks display – perhaps the most spectacular ever seen in Australia.

And then, as the smoke cleared. It came into view … just below the apex of Bridge’s towering arch ... the first word written of the third millennium, in distinctive copperplate script: Eternity.

The crowds cheered with gusto. This was a word deeply and affectionately associated with the history of Sydney. Using chalk or crayon every day, Arthur Stace had died 32 years ago, but (his name) was far from forgotten.

May Thompson was 84 years-old on New Year’s Eve, 1999. Mrs Thompson watched the television broadcast from the comfort of her bed. She was a frail, silver-haired old lady, a widow of more three decades … had known Arthur Stace intimately in life.

For fourteen years, from 1951 to 1964, her late husband, Lisle M. Thompson, had been Stace’s beloved pastor at the Burton Street Baptist Tabernacle in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst. It was the Rev. Thompson, in June, 1956, who persuaded Arthur to ‘go public.’

But for Thompson, it is possible, even likely, that Arthur Stace’s identity would never have been known.

<< Tom Farrell’s The man the Sydney’s wondered about, Sunday Telegraph, 1956; Mr Eternity: The story of Arthur Stace, Roy Williams with Elizabeth Meyers, Acorn Press, Sydney, 2017.


Hazelhurst: It comes to the community as an art gallery – “I think the area love it”

FRANK MORRIS

WISE DECISION: DIX HAWK AT HAZELHURST IN 1995. OPTED FOR GOOD DECISION AT HAZELHURST. Below: ART GALLERY: SPACIOUS GARDEN HAS A SPECIAL VIEW.

What’s the story behind the Hazelhurst Art Centre? It all started in an old Gymea house, largely hidden by tall trees and intervening vines, was resolved in 1995.

After much consultation, Sutherland Shire Council decided to name the property Hazelhurst Regional Art and Crafts Centre. The council announced 80 per cent of the land would be kept as open space, the old house refurbished and new structures built.

“I think the community loves it,” John Rayner, who retired in 2015 as general manager of the council.

The owner of the property, Ben and Hazel Broadhurst “had bequeathed” the area to the council “for use as a community facility and place of culture.” They had bought the land and built a house on it in 1945. They were accused “of breaking post-war austerity rules.”

“To thwart the government and developers, they registered the property as a farm and brought in goats, chickens, a pony and cow.”

COUPLE FORM HAZELHURST

In the late 1970s, when the couple “were unable to maintain the grounds and unpaid rates were accumulating, an arrangement was reached for the council to take over the maintenance of the property on the basis Hazelhurst would be used for community purposes after their deaths.”

Ben and Hazel (his second wife) adopted three children orphaned during a bombing raid on London. Two of the children, Denise and Ralph, lived at Hazelhurst; while their sister was brought up by Hazel’s mother.

Dix Hawk, a Canadian cousin of three adoptees, also came to live at Hazelhurst “and became part of the family.”
Ben was a vegetarian and “greenie” long before it was fashionable.

<< Use of The Leader’s story as a background for this article.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 12 October 18

COOK’S ENLIGHTENMENT: Raise the Endeavour -- his famous voyages!

IN AUSTRALIA, CAPTAIN COOK HAS GONE DOWN IN HISTORY AS THE MAN WHO DISCOVERED THE EAST COAST OF OUR NATION. IT’S CAPTAIN COOK’S 290TH BIRTHDAY AND HE IS PROBABLY GRINNING LIKE A CHESHIRE CAT THAT THEY’VE DISCOVERED THE ‘BLUE-RIBBON’ ENDEAVOUR.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS 

REMARKABLE FEATS: THE THIRD SMALLEST SHIP THAT CAPTAIN COOK SAILED IN ON HIS FANTASTIC VOYAGE, WAS ONLY 97 FEET LONG. Below: SIR T.O.M. SOPWITH, AN AVIATION PIONEER, SAILED IN TWO AMERICA’S CUP RACES AND LOST THEM IN ENDEAVOUR (1934i AND ENDEAVOUR II (1937). Below: COOK WAS STRUCK DOWN AND KILLED.

When Captain Cook returned to England in 1771 from his greatest voyages, the Endeavour sank into obscurity until some Massachusetts whalers bought her, with several other English ships, writes Australian Marjorie Hutton-Neve.
Hutton-Neve is a recognised expert on Cook.

The present search is led by American archaeologist, Dr Kathy Abbass, Director of the Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project.

Dr Abbass said that “research of the Endeavour shows, the she was “renamed Lord Sandwich and used by the British Board of Transport to carry troops to North America during the American War of Independence. In August, 1778 she was scuttled.”

“Some time later, when the identity of the old hulk became public knowledge, she was practically torn apart by souvenir hunters. The rescued sternpost and a quadrant, (at the time of writing) were now in the Maritime Museum of the Newport Historical Society.

COOK WAS REMARKABLE

“The carved oak crown and some stern ornaments were held for safety in a Newport library. T.O.M Sopworth failed to win America’s Cup in 1934 with his yacht Endeavour; he was attending dinner given in his honour and presented with the old Endeavour Crown.

Lieutenant James Cook, RN, aged 34, the second child of James and Grace Cook of Great Ayton, Yorkshire, was married at St Margaret’s, Barking, Essex, to Elizabeth Batts, age 21, on December 21, 1762.
There were six children of the marriage.

Cook took command of the Endeavour in 1768. As well as an expert navigator and hydrographic surveyor Cook was a competent astronomer.

The three journeys he performed ran from 1768 and 1780; and although he is most remembered for the first, all three were remarkable feats of navigation and discovery. The first voyage in the HMS Endeavour was performed without any escorting ship.

Endeavour’s most notable achievements were the observation of the transit of Venus, the charting of the coast of New Zealand and Australia.

Cook kept his ship at sea for nearly three years without losing a single man to scurvy.

DEATH OF COOK

Endeavour was a “bark” of 370 tons, 97 feet long, 29 feet at its widest arc, was bought for 2500 pounds by the navy, refitted and armed with 10 carriage and 12 swivel guns for the voyage to Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus.

Endeavour’s journey lasted 2 years, 9 months and 14 days during which she was wrecked, and repaired by her crew on the Australian coast. This was at the present site of Cooktown, on the shores of what is now called the Endeavour River.

The reef on which she was wrecked, 24 miles from the shore, is now called Endeavour Reef.

Cook and his men spent six weeks making repairs to the ship, a far longer time than they had stayed at Botany Bay.

Captain Phillip Park King, who also lost a ship here, said he moored in the same location as Cook and even found a heap of coal left behind by him on which to operate his forge.

On his third voyage on the HMS Resolution to Hawaii, fighting broke out between white and native men over the theft of a small boat. Cook was struck down and knifed in the back. He was killed on February 14. The two ships were returned to England on October 4, 1780.

Dr Abbass’ date/figures have also been use in the article.

<< Marjorie Hutton-Neve in Captain James Cook, Historic Australian, Issue 4, 1987; The Sydney Morning Herald, September 20, 2018; Australian Pathways, Spring, 1998; The Pacific Ocean of Captain Cook, W.C. Penfold & Co Publishing, Sydney, NSW.


VALE: RON CASEY … FORMER 2KY BREAKFAST HOST AND CHANNEL 10’S LEAGUE ANNOUNCER DIED LAST TUESDAY. NEXT WEEK, I PRESENT SHORT CLIPS FROM HIS RADIO SHOWS.


Johnny O’ Keefe: He died 40 years ago as the “king of Australian rock”

I PENNED THIS STORY IN OCTOBER, 1978, THE YEAR HE DIED, FOR A SERIES OF NEWSPAPERS.

FRANK MORRIS

ON STAGE: HE WAS A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW. Below: DOING WHAT HE’S DOING, THAT WHERE HE BELONGED.

There is a subtle similarity between the late American actor Humphrey Bogart and Australia’s “Mr Showbiz”, Johnny O’Keefe, who died suddenly last month, aged 43, of a massive heart attack in St.Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.

When Bogart started on the road to becoming a box-office legend, Otis Ferguson, one of the most gifted and erudite film critics of the 1940s, wrote that “You had the feeling that he was writing his own parts.”

Jazz saxophonist Bob Bertles, who played in one of O’Keefe’s famous bands in the late 50s, was quoted recently as saying: “When he was on stage he definitely looked as though he belonged there.”

Johnny O’Keefe will be a hard act to follow.

Like Bogart, O’Keefe was an original.  In the past twenty years, there has been no other all-round entertainer to match him for his sheer will to entertain.

O’Keefe’s career, which spanned over 26 years, oscillated between success and failure so many times that even he lost count.

Wedged in somewhere between those hectic, roller-coaster years, were several attempts to crack the big-time in America and Britain.

He came close…

LIKE A PRIZE-FIGHTER

In recent years, O’Keefe spent most of his time promoting his “Johnny O’Keefe Show” to clubs all over NSW.

It was three hours of high-powered frenzy, and as John Clare wrote in an issue of the National Times last month, “He was…bounding on like a well-worn prize-fighter, hurling himself into it and urging the crowd to clap and sing along.”

And they did – time and time again.

In 1976, O’Keefe launched his famous “Door Deal” package to clubs – and played to packed houses.

In an interview I did with O’Keefe last year, he said: “It’s top shelf entertainment.  We have a team of entertainers who know what the business is all about.

We go into clubs and say that if you can’t afford to pay us then we’ll take the risk and help you to promote the show.

“If the show draws a good crowd we make money or, at the very worst break-even. If it fails we’ve taken the risk and the club is not out of pocket.”

O’Keefe said nostalgia played an important role in the success of his “Door Deal” shows.

HARD WORKER

“It’s only natural that it would,” he said, “mainly because some of the early songs I recorded became popular hits.”
Andrew Urban, editor of Encore, the variety industry’s news-magazine, said: “O’Keefe had deep-seated ideas about the entertainment business and was concerned about the industry.

“He was a hard worker, a dynamic promoter and would never let you down, he always delivered the goods.
Urban said that in the short time he knew him, O’Keefe was never afraid to back his own talent.

“His ‘Door Deals’ were largely responsible for increasing mid-week crowds in clubs,” Urban said.

“But O’Keefe isolated the club from any risk and stacked his confidence up against the income.”

O’Keefe knew he’d be right – nine times out of ten, because he worked at it.


JOHN LAWS: He was “resplendent” in his white suit

On the cover for Open Road’s first colour magazine in 1986, was none other than John Laws the prominent radio personality and car collector looking okay. But it doesn’t stopped there! Laws looks resplendent in a white suit with a typical serious look on his face.

“I’ve always been a sucker for MG’s,” Laws said. “You get a marvellous exaggerated sense of speed. Looking back, the first MG I ever bought was far more important to me than any car I own now.”

RESTYLED

Open Road was relaunched as a ‘quality colour magazine’ after 56 years being published as a newspaper” said a spokesperson.

According to Jim Millner, the then President of the NRMA, it was “biggest change in Open Road’s history.

Good Roads was launched in 1921. It was renamed The Open Road with colours on the cover and improved layout in 1927. The newsprint versions of The Open Road in 1971. The Open Road was back as a colour magazine in 1986.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 05 October 18

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