Grand Years with Frank Morris

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GRAND YEARS SPECIAL! A MEMORIAL TRIBUTE!

JACK EDEN – HE WAS “THE PHOTOGRAPHIC BIOGRAPHER” OF AUSTRALIAN SURFING HISTORY.

THIS IS TO MARK THE TALENT OF THE LATE JACK EDEN, ONE OF THE BEST SURF LENSMAN IN AUSTRALIA; PERHAPS THE WORLD. EDEN, LIKE MAX DUPAIN, “DEFINED AUSTRALIA” NOT IN 1930s, AS DUPAIN DID, BUT IN 1960s. JACK, WITH SOME COLLEAGUES, FOUNDED SURFABOUT IN 1963. I JOINED THE NEW MAGAZINE FROM THE SECOND ISSUE AS EDITOR. I DISCOVERED THAT HE WAS NOT ONLY A GOOD FRIEND BUT, FOR NEARLY 60 YEARS, HE WAS MY BEST MATE.

EDEN SURFABOUT REVISITED COLLECTION, WHICH TAKES IN THE FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1964, ALLOWS US, IF ONLY MOMENTARILY, TO REVIVE THOSE PRECIOUS AND UNFORGETTABLE MEMORIES OF OUR PAST. YES, HE WAS A SUPERB CRAFTSMAN. JACK DIED ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2019. EARLY OCTOBER, HIS ASHES  WERE SCATTERED AT CRONULLA BEACH  BY A GROUP OF WELL-KNOWN SURFERS.

THE ABOVE PHOTOGRAPH OF MIDGET FARRELLY, FIRST WORLD CHAMPION, MANLY 1964, FROM THE SURFABOUT REVISITED COLLECTION. PHOTO: JACK EDEN.

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FLASHBACK, 1960s: Belly boards put you in good physical condition –they still do!

PAIPO BOARDS AT FULL FLIGHT. PHOTO: JACK EDEN IN 1964.

LEE  TINGLE, AUSTRALIA’S TOP RIDER, BODYBOARD, IN HALEIWA, HAWAII. PHOTO: JACK EDEN IN 1964.

BELLY BOARDS GOT THEIR REAL START ON THE SURF SCENE IN THE 1960s. THEY, TOO, HAVE THE THRILLS AND COMPLEXIBITY OF SURFBOARD RIDING.

JACK EDEN      

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

THE BELLY BOARDS ARE HERE! THEY’RE THE SAME SHAPE AS THE PAIPO BOARD BUT THEY PROVIDE AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT RIDE.

Belly boards, which have amazing speed and manoeuvrability are becoming exceedingly popular. They are cheaper than conventional surfboards and they combine the thrills of both body and, to a certain degree, surfboard riding.

Laminated wood or foam, measuring 2 ft by 3 ft, the board consists of two skegs, as part of the vessel keel. The people who follow this segment of surfing are in good physical condition.

A top-notch surfboarder, has become a top belly board rider. He has given up his surfboard to concentrate on mastering the art of this sport.

He rides a larger board than usual, which enables him to set further inside the wave and his take-off point is much further back than is normally the case.

On the whole, this rider is quite a character and is well-known for his rough-house tactics. He thinks nothing of elbowing anyone from the wave, which he considers rightly belongs to him.

THEY SLIP DOWN THE FACE OF THE WAVE IN A MANNER OF A STONE RICOCHETING ACROSS A POND. IT’S TAKES REAL STAMINA TO BE A BELLY BOARD RIDER.

The Paipo board is at times called the belly board. This is incorrect. The Paipo is an entirely different type of board.

It is saucer-shaped, sometimes made of plywood; or balsa, covered with fibreglass. The name Paipo is derived from the Hawaiian word, Paepae.

The interpretation Belly boards or Paipo’s simply means it’s a ‘body-planning’ board. Any type of surf is acceptable to the various riders of these boards. At Waimea, Hawaii, on some of the big-wave days, these board-riders can be seen free-falling so fast that they skip down the face of the wave in a manner of a stone ricocheting across a pond.

To be a successful belly board rider, one must be a strong swimmer in top physical condition. It takes real stamina to be a belly board rider.

Nothing but good can come out of this different facet of surfing. Females, too, are taking kindly to the sport. American Candy Calhoun has become an expert in this phase of surfing.

So, it’s out with the belly boards and head to where the big waves are roaring in.

<< SURFABOUT MAGAZINE, VOL 3, NO 1., 1960s.

COMING: How Jack’s pictures were taken! Surfaction, a column Jack Eden penned for the Sunday Mirror in mid 1970s. The newspaper is now defunct.

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NINETY NOT OUT! MARJORIE JACKSON, THE CHAMPION SPRINTER, MBE, AND FORMER GOVERNOR OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA, HAS TURNED 90. MARJORIE HAD THE HONOUR OF BECOMING THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN WOMAN TO WIN AN OLYMPIC GOLD TRACK AND FIELD MEDAL IN 1952. SHE MARRIED OLYLMPIC CYCLIST PETER NELSON IN 1953.
HOW TIME FLIES. IT’S 20 YEARS SINCE TWO PASSENGER PLANES PLOUGHED INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTRE. TWO OTHERS PLANES CRASHED THE SAME DAY -- INTO THE PENTAGON AND A FIELD IN PENNSYLVANIA. ALMOST 3000 PEOPLE WERE KILLED. IT WAS A DAY THAT THE WORLD STOOD STILL.

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FLASHBACK: SURFING SIXTIES: “Surfabout Revisited Collection” was the first of its kind!

AN EVOCATIVE IMAGE OF SURFER GARRY BIRDSALL, SLUMPED AGAINST HIS OLD 1948 MORRIS TOURER, WITH SURFBOARDS POKING OUT THE BACK. HE DIDN’T KNOW IT THEN,  BUT HE WAS STEPPING INTO SURFING HISTORY. SAID JACK: IT IS “0NE THE MOST POIGNANT SHOTS OF THE EXHIBITION”.

HISTORIC PRINTS OF THE SURFING  SIXTIES WHEN CHAMPIONS BECAME LEGENDS.

FRANK MORRIS

THE SURFING SIXTIES, A NOSTALGIC DREAM THAT WE MUST KEEP ALIVE. THE SIXTIES WAS A DECADE OF PEACE AND LOVE, GENTLENESS AND COMPLACENCY AND SHOCK.

IT WAS “A TIME WHEN ALL THE WRONGS OF SOCIETY SEEMED, FOR A BRIEF MOMENT, TO BE CUREABLE”, OPINED A LEADING HISTORIAN.

THAT’S WHEN AUSTRALIA BEGAN TO FLEX ITS SPORTING MUSCLE IN THE POST-WAR YEARS; BUT IT DIDN’T TAKE LONG FOR AUSTRALIANS TO MAKE THEIR PRESENCE FELT ON THE WORLD STAGE.

AUSTRALIA SHOWED SPORTING NATIONS THAT THEY WERE THERE TO BE COUNTED.

ENTER THE 1960S: A GROUND-BREAKING DECADE FOR AUSTRALIA  IN ANOTHER SPORT, WHICH HAD BEEN PRIMARILY THE DOMAIN OF HAWAIIANS -- SURF-RIDING.

YES, IT WAS THE SURFING SIXIES AND AUSTRALIA HAD CRASHED THE WAVES BARRIER.

JACK SET TO PUTTING TOGETHER  50-ODD STUNNING BLACK AND WHITE SHOTS FROM THE ARCHIVES AS THE BASS OF THE SURFABOUT REVISITED COLLECTION, WHICH HERALDED THE BEGINNING OF  THE SURFING REVOLUTION.

IT WAS WHEN AUSTRALIA CAME OF AGE ON THE WAVES.  IT WAS, INDEED, A BLAST FROM THE GLORIOUS PART; IT WAS AN EXHIBITION THAT GOT TO THE COALFACE OF THE PERIOD – THE SURFING SIXTIES.

IT WAS SAID THE JACK EDEN’S SURFABOUT REVISITED COLLECTION, ONE OF FIRST IN AUSTRALIA, IN NOT THE WORLD, WOULD BE PRESERVED FOR ALL TIME.

IT TURNOUT TO BE AN IMPRESSIVE START TO AN HISTORIC FUTURE FOR AUSTRALIAN SPORT OF SURFING.

JACK HAS BEEN LAUDED FOR HIS PHOTOGRAPHY. THE FACT THE HIS SUPERB SHOTS WERE  BACK-LIT, GIVING THE COLLECTION THAT ‘CALIFORNIA’ TOUCH, WHICH WOULD STIR THE EMOTION. EVERYBODY COULD FEEL IT.

ALSO,THE LIFESTYLE, THE FASHION AND THE LEGENDS WHO STRUCK GOLD IN THE SIXTY, ARE STILL SURFING; OR PASSED ON.

THE SURFBOARDS HAVE ALTERED THEIR SHAPE. THE EVOLUTION OF OLD-STYLE “SOLID” HAS PASSED THROUGH HEAPS OF  SIGNIFICANT MODIFICATIONS. THEY HAVE BECOME MORE ELEGANT, MORE PURPOSEFUL.

IT HAD BEEN SAID THROUGH THE YEARS THAT THE SURFABOUT REVISITED COLLECTION WAS THE ONE IN AUSTRALIA, PERHAPS THE WORLD, WHICH WOULD BE PRESERVED FOR ALL TIME. THIS WAS A  “NEVER TO BE REPEATED PIONEER PERIOD” IN A NATION’S SURFING LIFE.

THE SURFING SIXTIES GAVE IMAGE, SOUND AND A NEVER-TO-FORGOTTEN LIFESTYLE LIKE NO ERA BEFORE OR SINCE. THEY ARE STILL WITH US IN SOME FORM OR ANOTHER.

THE COLLECTION WAS HERALDED AS A TRIUMPH; AN EXAMPLE OF “LIVING HISTORY” THAT BECAME A WORK OF ART”.

WHAT ABOUT THE CHAMPIONS? THEY HAVE BECAME LEGENDS.

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They were “stoked”: Critics acclaim historic surfing prints collection

MAIL-OUTS FROM THE RESPECTIVE GALLERY.

NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINE WRITERS, AND TV PRODUCERS WANTED JACK TO TALK ABOUT THE SURFING SIXTIES AND THE CHAMPIONS THAT BECAME SURFING LEGENDS.

FRANK MORRIS

JACK EDEN’S SURFABOUT REVISITED COLLECTION, AN AUSTRALIA-WIDE EXHIBITION – AND THE UK, AT CORNWALL --  HAS  BEEN ACCLAIMED BY ALL SECTIONS OF MEDIA. MORE THAN 100,000 PATRONS WHO WERE PART OF THE SURFING SIXTIES CAME TO SEE IT.

NO DOUBT, ONE OF THE COLLECTION’S MAIN DRAWCARDS, APART FROM THE GALAXY OF HISTORIC IMAGES OF THE SURFING SIXTIES, WERE THE SURFING LEGENDS.

HOW DID THIS EVENT GET OFF THE GROUND?

“SUDDENLY, EVERYBODY WANTED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE SIXTIES”, I WROTE IN THE EXHIBITION BROCHURE, A TIME CAPSULE IN PRINT. SAYS JACK: “THE EXPLOSION OF INTEREST IN THE EXHIBITION THESE PAST EIGHTEEN MONTHS HAS BEEN PHENOMENAL”.

EDEN REGARDS THE SIXTIES AS SURFING’S “GOLDEN ERA”.

MIDGET FARRELLY WAS THE SEED FROM WHICH THIS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED COLLECTION GREW. JACK EXPLAINS: “HE RANG ME AND SAID, ‘JACK, DON’T YOU REALISE THAT YOU ARE THE RECORDER OF OUR SURFING HISTORY?’ “THAT’S HOW THE EXHIBITION GOT STARTED”.

WHAT A PORTION OF THE CRITICS SAID ABOUT JACK EDEN’S SURFABOUT REVISITED COLLECTION:
“THE FOUNDING FATHER OF AUSTRALIAN SURFING PHOTOGRAPHY”. – MATTEW ARNEY AND ALIX WADE, UK MEDIA ORGANISTION.

“LUCKILY, JACK EDEN CAUGHT THE MAJOR PLAYERS OF THIS ERA ON BLACK AND WHITE FILM. HIS PRECISION IMAGES CONVEY THE UNIQUENESS OF A NEVER TO BE REPEATED PIONEER PERIOD IN AUSTRALIAN SURFING LIFE”. -- MIDGET FARRELLY, LEGENDARY SURFER AND FIRST WORLD CHAMPION.
“… STOKED WITH THE CHARITY OF PHOTOS DEPICTING MY CHILDHOOG HEROES”. – ANDY MAC, PRIME TV AND SEA FM SURF REPORTER.

“ … A HUMAN TIME MACHINE”. – NEIL RIDGWAY, TRACK MAGAZINE.

“… MAGIC PHOTOGRAPHS …” JOANNA RAMAGE, TRACKS MAGAZINE.

THE SURF, PUBLISHED FROM 1917 UNTIL 1918, WAS A ROARING SUCCESS, IS CREDITED AS AUSTRALIA AND THE WORLD’S FIRST “SURFING MAGAZINE”. IT’S NEVER BEEN DISPUTED. AS FAR AS PUBLICITY GOES, THE FRONT PAGE WAS GIVEN READILY TO A GIRL-RIDER (NO NAME) RIDING AN AQUAPLANE, WHICH IS TOWED BEHIND BY A BOAT.

“EDEN’S EXHIBITION CAPTURES THE FLAVOUR OF THE PERIOD WITH EVOCATIVE IMAGES OF SURFING GREAT”. – KEVEN MEADOW. THE AUSTRALIAN.

“THE COLLECTION CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF THE ‘60S SURFING EXPERIENCE”. – SIMON BLOCKTY. -- HERALD-SUN.

“EXTRAORDINARY .. OUTSTANDING COLLECTION … WONDERFUL EXHIBITION”. – STEPPING OUT, NORTHERN BEACH WEEKENDER.

“TOP SURFING SHOTS.” – GOLD COAST SUN.

“SUPER SNAPS OF SURFING GOLDEN ERA … BRILLANT”. – ST GEORGE LEADER.

“A REMARKABLE INSIGHT … YOU COULD ALMOST FEEL THE SUNSHINE BEAMING OUT OF THE BLACK AND WHITE IMAGES”. – ANTHONY WILSON, THE WESTERN REVIEW.

“SURF’S GARDEN OF EDEN…” – DIANA TAYLOR, DAILY TELEGRAPH MIRROR.

“CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD”. – HEATHER SMITH, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.

“OLD SURFERS NEVER DIE … EDEN IS PROOF THAT SURFING IS NOT MERELY PART OF YOUTH CULTURE”. – IAN VERRENDER, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.

“IT WAS ONE OF JEWEL IN OUT CROWN”. – SURFWORLD, TORQUAY, VICTORIA.

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Bisso, the surfing cartoonist …

“LOOK OUT! HERE COMES ANOTHER ONE”, SAID THE FIRST FISHERMAN. ILLUSTRATION: SURFABOUT, 1965.

NEXT: BACK TO THE BATAVIA TRAGEDY, ETC.

THE NEXT ISSUE OF GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 8.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 23 September 21

The Batavia tragedy – 1. Historians say it was a savage, violent scene

GRAVEYARDS, ONE OF MANY THAT EXISTED ON THE TINY ISLAND, WHERE THE UNFORTUNATE CORPSES WERE BURIED.

HANG THEM, HANG THEM! THE BATAVIA TRAGEDY OFF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, WAS THE SCENE OF ONE OF THE BLOODIEST INCIDENTS IN OUR HISTORY. HANDS WERE CUT OFF, WOMEN RAPED THEN MURDERED.

ONE OF THE SAVAGE EXECUTIONS THAT TOOK THE PLACE ON THE ISLAND.

FRANCISCO PELSAERT AND ARAEN JACOBSZ WERE COMPLETE OPPOSITES. PELSAERT, A FINE BONED MAN; JACOBSZ, A BRAWLER.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

For thousands of years the small group of islands and reefs 80 kilometres off Geraldton, West Australia, had known only the cry of sea-birds and the grunting of seals.

Unadorned sods, swept by the wind, which had last known land as it passed over Africa, had savoured a sort of peace from this savage environment. But the coming of the European finished that within a few years of their discovery.

The Houtman Abrolhos were the scene of the one of the bloodiest incidents in Australia’s history; and one of the most savage mutinies and massacres on record.

It was here, just before dawn, on the morning of June 4, 1629, that the pride of the Dutch East India Company, Batavia, ran aground on-route from Holland to Batavia, now Jakarta. In the weeks that followed, many of the 301 passengers and crew drowned, died of starvation, or thirst.

But these wretched victims were fortunate in view of what was to follow.

Power, that word which carried bloodlust, was seized by a group of the survivors who embarked on an orgy of murder, rape and terror which has rarely been equalled. In the bloodlust which overcame them, at least 125 people, including children, were murdered..

More survived, only by fleeing to the other islands and fighting a desperate series of skirmishes to save their lives.
Total annihilation of all who opposed the mutineers was saved in the most dramatic fashion by the arrival of a rescue ship; and even then, the bloodletting did not cease. Justice to the mutineers was swift and savage.

THERE WERE MANY INVOLVED IN ROLES, EITHER FOR GOOD OR BAD. FURTHER RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THE BLAME LAY WITH THE SHIP’s UNDER-MERCHANT, DUTCHMAN JERONIMUNS CORNELISZ.

Torture, hangings and death as a result of the awful punishments meted out continued on the island. Those mutineers not dealt with at the scene of their crimes were taken to Batavia where punishment there was equally swift and severe.

But all the horror was to come.

When Batavia left Texel, Holland, on October 28, 1628, with two other vessels bound for Batavia, the port after which she was named. The Batavia was the newest and most magnificent ship of her time to sail for the Indies.

She was 140 ft long, a big ship by the standards of the day, 40 ft in beam, and 40 ft from deck to keel. Batavia could carry than 600 tons of cargo and more than 300 soldiers, crew and passengers were crowded aboard.

Although many people were involved in roles, either for good or bad later, the whole tragedy could be traced to the relationship of five key characters.

They were the Commander, Francisco Pelsaert; the skipper, Araen Jacobsz; an under-merchant, Jeronimuns Cornelisz; and, inevitably, two women – Lucretia van de Mylen and her maid, Zwaantie Hendrix.

Lucretia was the beautiful young wife of a company official who was going out to join her husband.

It was then practice on the Dutch Indies ships for the senior man, the commander, to be a senior merchant rather than a mariner. Under him was the skipper, responsible for the navigation and running of the ship.

Pelsaert and Jacobsz were complete opposites.

<< Australian Studies, Middle Park, Victoria.

NEXT: From the moment the Batavia left Holland it was doomed.

THE ORGANISER OF THE ICONIC BATAVIA TRAGEDY WAS SAID TO BE THE DUCTHMAN JERONIMUNS CORNELISZ WHO TURNED OUT TO BE A REAL NON-COMFORMIST. 

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OLD-STYLE BILLYCARTS: Here are some of the stories!

THEY’RE OFF! A TEAM OF BILLYCARTS, NEARLY ALL WITH BALL-BEARING WHEELS, FROM THE 1930s.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

Backyard treasures come in all shape, styles, and sizes!

To come across a billycart built circa 1900 to 1930, is not as simple as it appears.

Some were all hand-made; while others were built in toy factories. By today’s standards many of them, if they still exist, would be suffering from old age.

Billycarts, in Unreliable Memoir by Clive James, shows how he dealt with the exploits at going down the ‘dreaded’ Billycart Hill. It both hilarious and funny. James, in 1949, was age ten.

Australian billycarts were used as early as the 1880s. They were either literally drawn by a billygoat – hence  Australian name 'billycart'- or small two wheeled hand carts for which the name billycart had already become a generic term.

Billycart is also an Australian variation of the English goat cart which, like the dog cart, was originally an 18th and 19th century form of animal propelled cart.

OPEN ROAD-IOO YEARS: CARAVANNING SURGED IN POPULARITY DURING THE 195Os AND 60s. THE EVOLUTION OF THE ROAD TRIP BECAME A WAY TO LIVE.

A later development - the mail cart - was a two wheeled vehicle designed to be pulled by children as a plaything.
Billycart racing (with goats) became a popular pastime for Australian children in the 1920s and thirties.  There are photographs of 1920s featuring boys riding on the back of goats and children in billycarts on the streets of Rockhampton, Queensland.

Billycart racing is still a sporting pastime in Australian. They were also popular in the US, with families from all levels of society.

You have to be a specialist in keeping track of yesterday’s junk exhibitions and antiques dealers. “The historical value of some of the humble objects is worth a lot of money. With Frank Morris.

NEXT: A FEW CHANGES ARE MADE TO A BILLYCART.

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SLEEP EASY: Tossing and turning -- getting a good night’s sleep is not everyone’s cup of tea!

YOUNG ADULTS WHO GET VERY LITTLE SLEEP ARE MORE LIKELY TO BECAME MENTALLY ILL, ACCORDING TO A STUDY.

FRANK MORRIS

ACCORDING TO A RECENT STUDY, LACK OF SLEEP COULD HAVE OVER 20,000 PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN 17 AND 24 LINKED TO METAL ILLNESS.

THE RESEARCH SHOWS THAT YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE HAD AN INCREASE IN THIS ILLNESS OVER THE PAST DECADES IN AUSTRALIA.

THE STUDY FOUND THAT PEOPLE WHO SLEPT LESS THAT FIVE HOURS A NIGHT “WERE MORE  LIKELY THAN  NORMAL SLEEPERS TO  BECOME  PSYCHOLOGICALLY DISTRESSED IN THE NEXT YEAR”.

“SLEEP DISTURBANCE, AND IN PARTICULAR, INSOMNIA, IS A PREDICTOR OF LATER DEVELOPMENT OF DEPRESSION AND POSSIBLY ANXIETY”, SAID THE PROFESSOR WHO ENGINEERED THIS STUDY.

PEOPLE ARE SLEEPING LESS THAN THEY USED TO, SAYS THE AUSTRALIAN SLEEP ASSOCIATION, AND HOW LACK OF SLEEP IS KILLING US.

EXPERTS SAY, A STUDY SHOWS THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE CHRONICALLY SLEEP DEPRIVED COULD END UP WITH SERIOUS PROBLEMS.

JENNY BROCKIE, PRESENTER OF SBS INSIGHT, INTERVIEWED ONE OF HER GUESTS, RYAN FOLLEY, 18, ON “WHAT SORT OF SLEEPER ARE YOU?”.

FOLLEY: A VERY LATE SLEEPER.

BROCKIE: DO YOU SUFFER FROM ANY SLEEP PROBLEMS.

OPEN ROAD-1OO YEARS. LIFE OF THE MOTOR CAR HAS CHANGED RADICALLY SINCE THE FIRST TEST OF THE AUSTIN ROADSTER IN 1928. IT’S ENHANCED PERFORMACE HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE THAT ROAD TEST.

FOLLEY: YEAH. LATE TO GO TO BED. AND I HAVE WHAT’S CALLED DELAYED SLEEP SYNDROME, OR DISORDER.

BROCKIE: SO, YOU CAN’T GET TO  SLEEP. IT TAKES YOU A LONG TIME. WHAT TIME WOULD YOU GO TO BED IF YOU WERE LEFT TO YOUR OWN DEVICES?

FOLLEY: AT NIGHT, EVERYONE IS GOING TO BED AND I’M LIKE UP AND ABOUT AND DOING WHATEVER. I PLAY A LOT OF GAMES AND I COULD BE PLAYING THEM FOR HOURS. I FIND IT HARD TO GET TO SLEEP, SO SOMETIMES I MIGHT GET UP AGAIN.

I THINK ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS, AND WHAT I’M GOING TO DO, LIKE, THE NEXT DAY, OR WHEN I’M OLDER, WHAT I WILL BE LIKE. SOMETIMES, I WORRY ABOUT DYING, AND BEING AFAID OF DYING. I JUST CAN’T SLEEP AND I GET SO CRANKY AND UPSET AND I GO TO TALK TO MY MUM; OR WHOEVER IS THERE. I TOSS AND TURN IN BED AND EVENTUALLY FALL ASLEEP. BUT THEN, ITS JUST TOO LATE.

BROCKIE: AND, THEN RYAN, YOU DRAG YOURSELF OFF TO WORK IN A RESTAURANT IN THE MORNING. HOW TIRED DO YOU GET DURING THE DAY WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO WORK?

FOLLEY: REALLY TIRED AND DRAINED. IT THEN BECOMES TOO HARD FOR ME.

COMING: HOW TO GET A GOOD NIGHT’S REST AND WAKE UP FEELING REFRESHED.

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COMING: WHO WAS JOY WIGGLESWORTH? HERE’S A CLUE. SHE WAS NOTEWORTHY FOR SINGING A  FAMOUS SONG.
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CARS WE LOVE …Cord has sleekness and power-plus!

CORD 812 WESTCHESTER SEDAN IN 1937.

FRANK MORRIS

THE CORD RANGE OF SUPERB VEHICLES, MADE BY THE AUBURN AUTO COMPANY, WAS THE EPITOME OF THE ART DECO IN CARS. IN 1936, THE CORD 810 IS OFTEN CITED AS THE “CLASSIC EXAMPLE” OF THE GENRE. NICKNAMED THE “COFFIN NOSE” WAS UNMATCHED WITH ITS AERODYNAMIC STYLE, WITH THE SUGGESTION OF BEING ABLE TO SLIP THROUGH THE AIR EASILY. THE CORD WAS AS MODERN AS TOMORROW. IN HOLLYWOOD, CECIL B. DeMILLE AND GARY GRANT WERE HIGH-PROFILE DRIVERS.

<< ART DECO 1910-1939 MASTERPIECES SUPPLEMENT.

COMING: FLIGHT: THE QUEST WAS STARTED WITH A MAN-MADE PAIR OF WINGS.

NEXT APPEARANCE OF GRAND YEARS WILL BE ON SEPTEMBER 24.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 09 September 21

The Archibald Prize! As artistic conception that would change with the times!

WINNER OF THE FIRST ARCHIBALD PRIZE, W.B. McINNES.

CHARGE LAID: THE 1948 PORTRAIT OF FELLOW ARTIST JOSHUA SMITH, BY BILL DOBELL, WAS BEING DEEMED A CARICATURE BY TWO ENTRANTS WHO TOOK LEGAL ACTION. THEY LOST.

BRETT WHITELEY CAME UP WITH A FRESH LOOK.

BUT THE REAL DRAMA BEGAN WHEN WILLIAM DOBELL GOT UP IN A COURT CASE THAT PUSHED THE WAR OFF THE FRONT PAGE!

FRANK MORRIS

CRITICS, ARTISTS AND SELECTED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC COME OUT TO DEBATE THE ART PRIZE THAT HAS BEEN FRAUGHT WITH CONTROVERSY, THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE, ACCORDING TO ANNA WALDMANN, IN HER FORWARD TO THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY, 1921-1981.

THIS PRIZE HAS STIRRED THE IMAGINATION AND RATTLED THE ART ESTABLISHMENT SINCE ITS INCEPTION.

JOURNALIST, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER, J. F. ARCHIBALD, WAS BORN IN 1856 AT KILDARE IN VICTORIA”. ATHOUGH HE WAS CHRISTENED ‘JOHN FELTHAM’, HE LATER FRENCHIFIED THE NAMES TO “JULES FRANCOIS”.

ARCHIBALD, THE FAMOUS EDITOR OF THE BULLETIN, THE ‘BUSHMAN’S BIBLE’, WAS HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL IN LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY POLITICS, LITERATURE AND ART.

WHEN HE LEFT SCHOOL, HE WAS EMPLOYED ON THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER, THE EXAMINER AND LATER, THE STANDARD. NOW, WITH A TRUCKLOAD OF EXPERIENCE BEHIND HIM, HE WENT TO WORK IN MELBOURNE FOR THE HERALD AND FOR THE DAILY TELEGRAPH.

WITH HIS FRIEND, JOHN HAYNES, HE FOUNDED THE BULLETIN IN SYDNEY IN 1880.

ARCHIBALD DIED IN 1919. ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, HE LEFT AN ESTATE VALUED AT NEARLY NINETY THOUSAND POUNDS. THUS, THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE WAS BORN.

THE GOOD TIMES:WHEN W.B.McINNES WON THE COVETED PRIZE FIVE TIMES IN SIX YEARS. THE BAD TIMES: WHEN WILLIAM DOBELL WAS ACCUSED THAT THE PORTRAIT LOOKED LIKE A CARICATURE.

THE INAUGURAL ARCHIBALD WAS AWARDED IN 1921. THE FOUR HUNDRED POUNDS IN PRIZE-MONEY WENT TO W.B. MCINNES FOR HIS PORTRAIT OF PROMINENT MELBOURNE ARCHITECT HAROLD DESBROWE-ANNEAR.

MCINNES WON AGAIN IN 1922 AND IN 1923 WITH PORTRAIT OF A LADY, ESTHER PATERSON, A BULLETIN ARTIST. IN ALL MCINNES WON THE PRIZE SEVEN TIMES, FIVE TIMES IN THE ARCHIBALD’S FIRST SIX YEARS.

BUT THERE’RE GOOD TIMES AND BAD.

THE REAL DRAMA BEGAN IN 1943 WHEN THE WINNER WAS ANNOUNCED:WILLIAM DOBELL’S PORTRAIT OF JOSHUA SMITH. THE WAR WAS SUMMARILY PUSHED OFF THE FRONT PAGES.

TWO OTHER ENTRANTS, MARY EDWARDS AND JOSEPH WOLINSKI, TOOK LEGAL ACTION AGAINST DOBELL AND THE TRUSTEES. WRITES HELEN PITT, OF SPECTRUM: “THE PAINTING WAS NOT A PORTRAIT AS DEFINED BY THE ARCHIBALD BEQUEST, BUT A CARICATURE”.

THE UPSHOT WAS THAT THE CASE WAS HEARD IN THE SUPREME COURT IN OCTOBER 1944. WRITES HELEN PITT: “THE COURT EVENTUALLY FOUND IN FAVOUR OF DOBELL’S WORK AND ORDERED THE CLAIMANTS PAY COSTS FOR DOBELL AND THE TRUSTEES”.

EDMUND CAPON, IN THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY, SAID“IF ART BE A MEDIUM THAT CONFUSES, CONFOUNDS AND DISTURBS … ARGUABLY, THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE IS FULFILLING AN ARTISTIC ROLE”.

“WHEN ARTISTIC CONCEPTIONS AND EXPRESSIONS ARE CHANGING SO RADICALLY. IT IS PERHAPS SURPRISING THAT THE PRIZE SURVIVED AT ALL. BUT IT HAS AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO”.

+<< BACKGROUND FROM THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY, 1921-1981.

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Grand Years in NZ: Great Kiwi Firsts. Dunedin -- it streets ahead!

DUNEDIN’S BALDWIN STREET IS THE LONGEST STREET IN THE STATE.

DUNEDIN KNOWS HOW TO KEEP IT VISITORS FIT AND TRIM. EVERYONE IS EXPECTED HOW JOG UP AND DOWN BALDWIN STREET AT LEAST 10 TIMES BEFORE BREAKFAST!

ONLY KIDDING.

BUT SERIOUSLY, IT WOULDN’T HURT TO DO IT AT LEAST ONCE A DAY. BALDWIN STREET, WHICH RUNS OFF NORTH ROAD, IS THE STEEPEST STREET IN THE WORLD – AND THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS PROVED IT.

IT HAS A GRADIENT OF 1 IN 1266. THAT’S STEEP! DUNEDIN ALSO PRIDES ITSELF IN HAVING THE ONLY CASTLE IN NEW ZEALAND; THE LARNACH CASTLE BUILT IN 1887.

IT IS ALSO, APPARENTLY, STEEPED IN A TRAGIC AND SCANDALOUS PAST. FRANK MORRIS.

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FLASHBACK: GRANVILLE RAILWAY TRAGEDY STOPS A CITY

THROUGH THE MESS AND MISERY.

FRANK MORRIS

THIS YEAR IS THE 44TH ANNIVERARY OF THE GRANVILLE RAILWAY DISASTER IN NSW.

AT 6.09 AM ON JANUARY 18, 1977, A TRAIN HEADED FROM THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, TRAVELLING TO SYDNEY WITH COMMUTERS ABOARD, STRUCK THE OVERHEAD ROAD BRIDGE WHICH CAME CRASHING DOWN ON THE TRAIN.

IT ROBBED THE LIFE OF 296 PASSENGER – 83 WERE KILLED, AND 213 WERE INJURED. IT WAS THE WORST RAIL ACCIDENT IN AUSTRALIAN HISTORY.

THE MOST ADVANCED EMERGERCY TEAMS WERE ON THE JOB.

“THE LIVING WERE GREETED WITH HOPE, THE DEAD WERE PASSED QUIETLY, COVERED IN BLANKETS,” REPORTED A MORNING NEWSPAPER.

<< FROM GRAND YEARS.

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Read all about it! Errol Flynn was untrained to make a movie

SNAPSHOT OF FLYNN TAKEN BY CHARLES CHAUVEL ON BOARD THE BOUNTY.

FRANK MORRIS

Errol Flynn was paid 50 pounds to play the part of Fletcher Christian in the Wake of the Bounty, his first film by the director Charles Chauvel.

Flynn, on his mother’s side, was a descendant of Midshipman Young, a pal and companion of Christian. Christian was part of crew of the Bounty mutiny of 1789.

Flynn was obviously untrained for the part – he was quite appalling -- but he wanted to live as an actor.

In 1933, he went to England. He got a part in Murder at Monte Carlo and the rest is history.

Flynn was paid three pounds for making a personal appearance at the cinema where In the Wake of the Bounty was being screened.

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AUTHORS: Robbery Under Arms was selected for “complete” realism

THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN STARLIGHT. POLICE SURROUND THE AREA.

THE GAP OF DISTANCE BETWEEN THE OLD AND THE NEW.

FRANK MORRIS

Melbourne newspaper, The Argus, became the first newspaper to produce a subsidiary publication of any note. In 1850, it founded The Australasian as a quarterly, the first issue was 148 pages.

The editorial manifesto was clear-cut: to acquaint readers with public opinion and to introduce to the Australian public the “most remarkable” of English publications.

“(At the time) The Australasian was justified … to bridge the gap of distance between the old world and the new, and to keep before the Australian settlers and the native-born

alike, some cultural ties with the ‘home’ and some comparative standards,” writes Frank S. Greenop.

THE EDITORS REJECTED THE FIRST TWO OPENING CHAPTERS OF THE BUSHRANGING SAGA BECAUSE, IN THEIR OPINION, THEY THOUGHT THAT THEY WERE “FAR TOO GLOOMY”.

The magazine had adopted, according to Greenop, “an attitude of complete realism towards the public needs of the time and place.” The policy was successful. The Australasian was published weekly from 1864. It eventually achieved a nation-wide coverage.

In 1882, the editors rejected the first two chapters of Rolf Boldrewood’s bushranging saga Robbery under Arms “as being too gloomy”. Instead, the editors elected to serialise Boldrewood’s Old Melbourne Memories.

For the Fairfax-owned Sydney Mail, Robbery Under Arms was serialised over twelve months, from 1882 and 1883, a proved to be a great circulation winner.

But the Mail’s editor, Frederick Ward, had put up a strenuous argument to convince James Reading Fairfax that Boldrewood’s thoroughly moral tale “would not undermine respected from the property and due process of law”.

The magazine was still going strong when the powers to be thought that a modern-day facelift would do the trick.

<< FROM GRAND YEARS.

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TV: FOUR CORNERS “STILL DRAWING FIRE”, SAYS THE GUIDE

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

THE FLAGSHIP OF ABC JOURNALISM HAS BEEN EXPOSING CORRUPTION, MISDEEDS AND ABUSE OF POWER FOR 60 YEARS, SAYS THE GUIDE. THE WORK OF ITS REPORTERS – JOHN PENLINGTON, ANDREW OLLE, MIKE WILLESEE, CHRIS MASTERS AND SARAH FERGUSON AMONG THEM – HAVE EXPOSED CORRUPTION, INSTIGATED ROYAL COMMISSIONS, FOR SIX DECADES. FOUR CORNERS WENT TO AIR FOR THE FIRST TIME ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 1961. THE PROGRAM HAS WON 62 WALKLEY AWARDS AND 23 LOGIES.

YOUR NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON SEPTEMBER 10

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 25 August 21

Marilyn Monroe: Palm Springs – but folk are trying to have her moved

IN 1954, AT THE SHOWING OF SEVEN YEAR ITCH, MARILYN MONROE ATTRACTED A CROWD OF REPORTERS AS SHE STRUTTED HER STUFF. HER FAMOUS SKIRT, BY STANDING OVER THE SUBWAY GRATING IN NEW YORK, WAS BLOWING EVERY WHICH WAY.

 

CNN INTERNATIONAL: MARILYN MONROE’S STATUE, DRESSED EXACTLY AS SHE LOOKED WHEN SHE POSED FOR THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, OUTSIDE THE PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM, CALIFORNIA.

THE PHOTO OF MM THAT QUICKLY MADE ITS WAY TO BEING WORLD FAMOUS.

SAM SHAW           ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

ABOUT FORTY YEARS AGO, I WAS ASSIGNED BY (THE) PRODUCER TO COVER THE MAKING OF THE FILM SEVEN YEAR ITCH STARRING MARILYN MONROE. THE MAJOR OBJECTIVE WAS TO FIND A PHOTOGRAPHIC SITUATION THAT COULD BECOME THE LOGO THEME OF THE MOVIE.

THAT PHOTO WAS THE FAMOUS SKIRT BLOWING SEQUENCE OF MARILYN MONROE STANDING OVER A SUBWAY GRATING ON 51ST STREET AND LEXINGTON AVENUE IN NEW YORK.

SINCE THEN, THE PHOTOGRAPH HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST REPRODUCED PRINTS IN THE WORLD. THE SETUP FOR THE PHOTO WASN’T AN ACCIDENT. I DID A … COVER SHOT IN STEEPLECHASE PARK IN BROOKLYN’S CONEY ISLAND OF A GIRL IN A ROLLING BARREL AND USED A WIND MACHINE.

WHEN MM WAS PERCHED OVER THE GRATING, HER DRESS WAS BLOWING UPWARD IN THE WIND, THIS WAS A UNIQUE EVENT. JUST ABOUT EVERY COLUMNIST WAS THERE AND LOADS OF POTENTIAL MOVIE GOERS.

THE BEAUTIFUL MODEL, POSING BESIDE A SAILOR, WITH HER BLOWING SKIRT, MADE THE MAGAZINE SELL OUT THE FIRST DAY IT HIT THE NEWS-STANDS.

ON THE DAY OF THE PHOTO SHOOT, THE CROWDS WERE HELD BACK BY POLICE. ON THE SIDELINES WERE FAMOUS … BROADWAY COLUMNISTS. WHEN I SIGNALLED …  TO HAVE THE MAN AT THE WIND MACHINE UNDER THE GRATING TO TURN IT ON, MARILYN POSED FOR ME AS SHE BATTED DOWN THE WINDBLOWN SKIRT. JOE DIMAGGIO HAD WAS UPSET WITH HER; HE WALKED OFF THE SET.

SHE LOVED IT. THE CROWD LOVED IT.

FRANK MORRIS COMMENT.

TOM AND MARILYN MONROE ARE A DELIGHTFUL COMBINATION IN THIS COMEDY ABOUT A MARRIED MAN WHO BECOMES INFATUATED WITH A MODEL.

IN 2018, MARILYN MONROE EXHIBITION ORGANISERS HAD THE STATUE UNVEILED NEAR THE BENDIGO MUSEUM.

A GALAXY OF MARILYN MONROE FRONT COVERS AT A BENDIGO RESTURANT IN 2018.

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VALE: Legendary Brain Henderson, “Mr Bandstand”, dead – he was always at the forefront!

BRAIN HENDERSON. HERE IS THE NEWS.

BRAIN HENDERSON LOOKING “COOL”.

HE BROADCAST THE NEWS FOR 45 YEARS.

FRANK MORRIS

THE LEGENDARY BROADCASTER, BRIAN HENDERSON, A GIANT OF THE AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION INDUSTRY, HAS DIED AT AGED 89 AFTER A BATTLE WITH CANCER.

HE HOSTED THE SYDNEY NINE WEEKNIGHT NEWS FROM 1957 UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 2002, BECOMING AUSTRALIA’S LONGEST-SERVING NEWS PRESENTER. HE HAD BEEN IN BROADCASTING SINCE THE LATE 1940s.

HENDERSON WAS BORN IN DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND, IN 1931. HE BECAME A RADIO ANNOUNCER AT 16. HE MOVED SYDNEY WHERE HE CAME TO LIGHT ON 2CH DOING THE BREAKFAST PROGAM BEFORE JOINING TCN9 IN 1957. HIS MAIN TASK WAS DOING TV COMMERCIALS AND PRESENTED THE MIDWEEK MOVIES.

“WIN A LUXURY DREAM HOME” -- THE WHOLE TWO-WEEK PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN WAS A HIT. PEOPLE FROM NSW AND INTERSTATE JOINED THE THRONG OF NEARLY 20,000 EXTRA READERSHIP.

HENDERSON SCORED ANOTHER COUP. THE STUDIO WAS SO IMPRESSED WITH HENDERSON THAT HE WAS ASKED TO HOST BANDSTAND, A NATONAL SHOW, WHICH LASTED FOR 15 YEARS. IT WAS WATCHED ON 28 STATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

THE SHOW PIONEERED MUSIC BOARDCASTING IN AUSTRALIA.

WHAT MADE IT A RUN-AWAY SHOW AND SEEING HENDERSON IN DRAIN-PIPE TROUSERS AND BLACK-RIMMED GLASSES, WAS THE FACT THAT THE NINE ORANISERS HAS SELECTED THE RIGHT PERSONALITY TO LEAD IT. “HE WAS THE EPITOME OF LOOKING “COOL”, A COLLEAGUE SAID.

HENDERSON WON THE HIGHEST AWARD FOR A TV PERSONALITY, THE GOLD LOGIE, IN 1968.  HE READ THE NEWS ON NINE MOST OF THE TIME THE STATION HAD BEEN IN OPERATION. HE TOOK OVER READING THE MAIN BULLETINS WHEN CHUCK FAULKNER, ANOTHER NOTABLE NEWS READER, LEFT THE CHANNEL.

FRANK MORRIS COMMENT:

I MET BRIAN HENDERSON ONLY ONCE. AND THAT WAS WHEN I WORKED FOR AN AFTERNOON NEWSPAPER. I  WAS IN CHANRE OF THE PUBLICITY AND PROMOTIONAL CAMPIGN FOR ONE OF THE BIGGEST SHOWS EVER -- ‘WIN THIS LUXURY DREAM HOUSE” – IN TANDEM WITH CHANNEL NINE. THAT WAS IN THE MID 1960s.THAT’S THE TIME I SAW HIM IN THE FLESH.

I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT BANDSTAND WAS ORIGINALLY CALLED ACCENT ON YOUTH BEFORE IT BECAME BANDSTAND.

< < LISTENER IN-TV. JANUARY 1964; AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW,OCTOBER 8, 1982.

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GREAT WAR: SNIPER FROM GALLIPOLI – SHARP SHOOTING WAS HIS LIFE!

SHARP-SHOOTING BILLY SING HAS A BREAK FROM SNIPPING AT THE ENEMY.

BILLY SING WAS ONE OF MOST FEARED SNIPERS IN GALLIPOLI.

FRANK MORRIS

Billy Sing was a celebrated hunter. When put into the battlefield of Gallipoli, he was one the most feared snipers of this campaign. He had over 200 ‘kills’ and that made Sing, a Light Horseman from Queensland, a dangerous man.

Sing, a former ‘roo shooter, became a marked man. He was cool, lethal and focused, was how one writer described him, “after witnessing the felling of his brothers in arms” by Turkish snipers.

He was a mortal most feared by the Turks. A loaded weapon in Sing’s hand was a problem as deadly as any mortar gun. Fellows who knew him well said Sing should be regarded as “an extraordinary man”.

A plaque put up in his honour sums up our feeling for him: “Let us be grateful that Billy Sing was one of ours.”

Sing was eventually awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal “for conspicuous gallantry” as a sniper at Anzac Cove on March 10, 1916. In France “he led a unit at the Battle of Polygon Wood, in counter-sniper operations,” and he was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre.

BILLY SING WAS A HERO. HE WAS AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL FOR GALLANTRY. BILLY SING WAS REGARDED AS “A MOST EXTRAORDINARY MAN”.

He married a Scottish lass in Edinburgh in 1917, and arrived home in Proserpine, Queensland in 1918. “The town turned out to greet him … there were brass bands, speeches and congratulations from dignitaries.”

Although Sing found it hard to settle down, there was another event in store: his wife left him.

He was given a settlement block but found the country was “unsuitable” for farming so he moved to the Miclere goldfield; then in 1942, he left for Brisbane to be near his surviving sister and worked as a labourer.

On May 19, 1943, in died in a boarding house in Brisbane from a ruptured aorta aged 57.

Gone was the World War 1 hero, “a man who saved many Australian lives.”

<< From Grand Years Australia: The story of us; Issue 2; Feb 26, 2015; and Frank Morris.

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Ruth’s Reminiscences: An Epilogue

THE COLLECTION OF LETTERS, CARDS, NOTES AND OTHER DOCUMENTS WAS PRESENTED TO THE NATIONAL LIBRARY, CANBERRA.

FRANK MORRIS

Judging from the copies of letters and notes in her collection, Ruth wrote frequently to newspaper editors, radio commentators and other public figures “always putting the case for peace and progress and women’s rights.”

Ruth and Jack Philpot moved to different suburbs over the next thirty years, living in the south-western area of Sydney.

She was a member of the Union of Australian Women from 1950 to 1980, an organisation which at the time was heavily concerned with Child Endowment, baby bonuses, assisting distressed families, and rising costs of rent and food.

The UAW was successful in having a maternity ward opened at Parramatta Hospital.

Jack died in 1975. Ruth lived out her final years in a retirement village. She died in 1994. In her will she directed that “the whole proceeds of the property be given to the Australian Peace Committee.”

The collection of letters, cards, notes and other documents belonging to Ruth and Jack – a contribution to the working class struggle – was presented to the National Library, Canberra

COMING: GOLDEN DAYS OF RADIO – FROM THE BEGINNING.

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‘Postie’ – he doesn’t know which way to turn!

<< FRANK MORRIS COLLECTION.

NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON AUGUST 27.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 12 August 21

VALE: Brian “Jacko” Jackson, Australian board-building pioneer, died at 85

FRANK MORRIS

BRIAN “JACKO” JACKSON, ONE OF THE “MOST ICONIC” BOARDBUILDERS AND PIONEERS OF SURFING, HAS DIED. HE WAS 85. HIS SUDDEN DEMISE HAS SHAKEN THE INDUSTRY.

BRIAN WAS RENOWNED AS AN “ABSOLUTE GENTLEMAN”. HE LIVED AT SOUTH CRONULLA AND CRESCENT HEAD  AND “FITTINGLY, HIS FINAL RESTING PLACE WAS UNDER A FRAGIPANI TREE AT THE PLACE HE LOVED”, SAID JOHN VEAGE, OF THE LEADER NEWSPAPER.

HE BUILT HIS FIRST SURFBOARD IN THE LATE 1950s AND HE AND HIS BRAND-NAME, SYNONYMOUS WITH PERFORMANCE AND QUALITY, HAVE NEVER LOOKED BACK. JACKSON WENT ON TO BECOME ONE THE MOST ICONIC BRANDNAMES IN CUSTOM BOARDS FOR OVER 50 YEARS.

HE WENT INTO TO PARTNERSHIP WITH RON CANSDELL IN 1962. THE COMBINATION ENDED IN 1964. IN 1974, HE SOLD THE BUSINESS TO JIM PARKINSON AND DAVE MATTISON WHO WORKED WITH JACKSON.
THE JACKSON BRAND BECAME KNOWN ALL OVER AUSTRALIA.

A SPOKEPERSON FOR THE JACKSON FAMILY SAID, “HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SUCH A MASSIVE PART OF OUR LIVES AND WILL LEAVE A WHOLE A HUGE HOLE IN OUR HEARTS”.

VALE REST IN PEACE, BRIAN JACKSON.

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Film Greats: The Kid Stakes, 1926 – Old Sydney lives again as Fatty Finn brings back hilarious moments of the goat-cart race!  

ROBIN ORDELL AS FATTY FINN.

FATTY FINN GETS A DRESSING-DOWN FROM ‘BRUISER’ MURPHY.

FATTY FINN BEING BACK IN SYDNEY IN THIS ‘EPIC’ OF THE 1920s WITH ITS RAGGED URCHINS, THE BRAWLING, FREE-FISTED WATERFRONT LARRIKINS AND THE FAMOUS DERBY!

ERIC READE     ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

INIMITABLE FATTY FINN, AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE SON, HAS BROUGHT THAT ZANY, TUG-O-WAR BILLY GOAT DERBY, TO NEAR PERFECTION – THE KID STAKES. THE CARTOON STRIP OF FATTY FINN WAS CREATED BY SYD NICHOLLS IN 1923.

RIGHT IN THE THICK OF COMEDY, THE RIVALRY BETWEEN TWO GANGS OF KIDS: FATTY AND BRUISER MURPHY. BRUISER WAS ‘KING’ OF ALL THE BIG KIDS. BUT FATTY, CHIEF KID-STAKER AND WILY TO BOOT, REALISES HE HAS TO TRUIMPH OVER THEM BY STRATEGY.

THE CLIMAX OF THE FILM IS THE PICTURERQUE RUNNING OF THE HILARIOUS BILLY GOAT DERBY. HOWEVER, JUST PRIOR TO THE BIG EVENT, SOMEONE HAD SET FATTY’S GOAT HECTOR FREE.

THE BILLY GOAT HECTOR WAS FOUND, HE WAS FLOWN TO THE RACE THAT BRUISER HAD TRIED TO RIG.

OVER THE POND IN CENTENNIAL PARK, THE PLANE DOES A LOOP AND POOR HECTOR FALLS INTO THE WATER. MADE IN THE WOOLLOOMLOO-POTTS POINT AREA -- AROUND THE McELHONE STAIRS, JUDGE ST, COWPER WHARF ROADWAY AND THE OLD FIRST MARKET – WITH SCENES PHOTOGRAPHED IN MOORE PARK AND MASCOT AIRFIELD.

NATURALLY, SOME OF THE HEAVYWEIGHTS WORKED ON THE FILM. FROM FATTY FINN TO THE CAMERMAN, EVERY PERSON PULLED THEIR WEIGHT.

HOWEVER, THE BILLY GOAT DERBY WAS SHOT IN ROCKHAMPTON, QUEENSLAND, WHEN 60 GOATS PLUS AN AUDIENCE OF 6000 ODD PEOPLE TURNED UP. THE CROWD LET OUT A VICTORY ROAR. GOOD OLD HECTOR HAD WON THE DERBY. THE RACING OF THE GOATS MAKES THIS A LAUGHABLE AFFAIR.

TAL ORDELL, WHO APPEARED AS THE RADIO ANNOUNCER IN THE FILM, WAS THERE TO DESCRIBE THE GOAT CART RACE AND DOES IT WITH GLEE.

MAIN CAST

FATTY FINN (ROBIN ORDELL, SON OF TAL ORDELL), JIMMY KELLY AS “BRUISER” (RAY SALMON) AND SWEETHEART MADELINE TWIRT (EILEEN ALEXANDER). DIRECTED BY COYLE; TAL ORDELL, SCRIPT AND PRODUCER; CAMERMAN, ARTHUR HIGGINS.

THE OLD FILM HAD BEEN LOST FOR MANY YEARS UNTIL A SYDNEY NEWSREEL THEATRE OPERATOR DISCOVERED IT AND CUT THE ORIGINAL DOWN TO A 20-MINUTE VERSION. A SYDNEY UNIVERSITY TEAM OBTAINED THE FILM AND ALL THE LEFT-OVER PIECES WERE USED TO RECONSTRUCT THE ORIGINAL FILM.

FILM GREATS: Comment …

PUBLISHED IN THE SUNDAY NEWS IN 1923 UNDER THE TITLE ‘FAT AND HIS FRIENDS”, ON AUGUST 10, 1924, THE STRIP TITLE WAS CHANGED TO ‘FATTY FINN AND HIS GANG’. SYD NICHOLLS SET UP THE FATTY FINN WEEKLY. IT SOLD FOR A PENNY AND WAS CALLED THE FIRST ‘LOCAL’ AUSTRALIAN COMIC. IN 1951, FATTY REAPPEARED IN THE SUN-HERALD AFTER AN 18 YEAR LAPSE. IT STAYED WITH THE NEWSPAPER UNTIL 1977, THE YEAR WHEN NICHOLLS DIED. ‘FATTY FINN’, WAS REMADE AND APPEARED IN 1984. ITS CAST WAS TOPLINE. BEN OXENBOULD, IN HIS FIRST FILM, PLAYED FATTY FINN. IN AN INTERVIEW IS 1980, THE ARTIST MONTY WEDD TOLD ME THAT NICHOLLS “WAS A DINKY DI AUSTRALIAN.

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Clipper Ship: Sir Lancelot has a ‘yacht-feel’ that’s pleasing to the eye

Sir Lancelot’s regular routes were to China and the India-Mauritius trading market. She was launched in 1865.

She held in the record in China tea trade for 89 days from Hong Kong.

She was built from wooden planking on iron frames. She was planked with elm below the bilge and teak above that. She carried 100 tons of permanent iron ballast. There is some discussion as to whether Sir Lancelot was an exact sister ship of Ariel.

This is felt unlikely, as the two ships were built for different owners, and Sir Lancelot did not display the tenderness aft that Ariel displayed. But the two ships were remarkable similar.

Sir Lancelot was typical of all of Robert Steele's ships: These ships celebrated for their beauty of shapes, perfection of build, and superb finish.

They were often said to have a "yacht-like" feel; they had lines that please the eye; and plenty of teak and mahogany used for woodwork both on deck and below.

In the poem By the Old Pagoda Anchorage, she is referred to as "Sir Lancelot of a hundred famous fights with wind and wave".

She foundered off the mouth of the Hooghly River in 1895.

COMING: THE 100TH ANNIVERARY OF THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE.

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RUTH’S REMINISCENCES: FINAL. AUSTRALIA WAS TOLD “IT’S WAR”

IT’S WAR: THE ARGUS, MELBOURNE, IS ONE OF THE NEWSPAPERS TO PROCLAIM THE SAD NEWS. ON SEPTEMBER 3, 1939. AT THE SAME TIME, THE PRIME MINISTER SAID THAT AUSTRALIA WOULD ALSO BE AT WAR.

JACK WAS A COMMUNIST ORGANISER, BUT HE WASN’T A COMMUNIST!

FRANK MORRIS

“It was a time of growing action”, Ruth said. “We had to make people aware of the increasing danger of fascism.” Meetings were held in “alternating townships” along the south coast of NSW, from Wollongong to Scarborough.

Ruth continues:

At all times vigilance was needed against brutal attacks on speakers and audience. The World Peace Movement was also organising activities concerned with the attacks of the fascists on the elected government of Spain.

The Spanish Relief Committee was set up. Later, in Lidcombe, a public meeting was held to raise funds for Australian nurses going to Spain.

Ruth and Jack returned to Sydney, living for a short time in Paddington. They became a familiar couple in the Domain where they “met many fine comrades at meeting, rallies, and various other Peace activities.

Jack was lucky to score a temporary job at CSR. They rented a house at Lidcombe and Ruth managed to get domestic work in a confectionery and tea shop.

She earned 15 shillings a week and by the time they paid their rent they had 2 shillings for gas and electricity.

Ruth continues:

We managed, though times were hard. Then the authorities claimed that Jack was defrauding the government by taking the dole. They alleged he was earning 30 shillings a week as a communist organiser on the South Coast. He was not even a member of the Communist Party!

He was later accused of wrongly filling in the “32 Questionnaire” because he had not stated that I was earning 30 shillings a fortnight. This questionnaire was issued to the unemployed, who had to answer all 32 questions.

And they were allowed to earn 40 shillings a fortnight (if they could!) over the dole, but Jack had not stipulated his earnings. However, because I was earning, he was put on a single man’s rate and so was only entitled to one day a fortnight working for the dole.

TWO DAYS LATER, WE PULLED ‘STRINGS’ THAT WOULD GET JACK A JOB. JACK WAS KNOWN FOR HIS ABILITY AS A UNION OFFICAL.

We found it hard to pay the rent and exist. For a time, we were able to pay only half the rent. Then towards Christmas, in 1933, the Federal Government appealed to employers to take back their former employees for a few weeks.

Jack worked for six weeks.

While we were able to pay all the back rent, it soon mounted up again, we were one of the (hundreds of) families threatened with eviction. The following year there were many court cases and evictions. We were granted the maximum time to pay up. But it was impossible. It wasn’t long before we and our possessions – what little we had – were put on the street.

One sympathiser gave Jack a room and I went and stayed with another friend. Two days later “strings” were pulled to get us a home and a job for Jack. Jack was known for his ability as a union official.

The house was substandard but Jack had a job. I eventually found an empty house, which we rented from 1934 to 1951. Jack’s “job for life” as it was called, lasted eight weeks. There were frequent spells of unemployment, broken by intervals of work.

During this period, we joined the Labor Party.

Ruth and Jack continued to fight for a better deal for the unemployed. Relief work under Council supervision – road building and labouring work on swimming pools and sports ovals – was provided.

AUSTRALIA WAS DRAWN INEXORABLY INTO A MAELSTROM OF CURRENT AFFAIRS. AND AT 3 PM, THE PRIME MINISTER GAVE A BROADCAST THAT WOULD ROCK THE NATION.

Depending on the size of the families, men could be lucky and get three weeks employment in five. According to Ruth, some of the “most militant” men were omitted from the roster.

In their book, Australia 1939, Johnson and Nation write: “Much of the confidence and optimism engendered during the ‘roaring twenties’ had disappeared by the mid-thirties, mainly due to the shock of the Depression.

“On an individual level the immense personal hardships resulting from long-term unemployment left a legacy of bitterness and resentment in the minds of many men and women.”

Australia was drawn inexorably into the maelstrom of “the swift moving current of world affairs.” At 3.15pm on September 3, 1939, the Prime Minister Robert Menzies broadcast to the nation that Australia was at war.

Ruth concludes:

“There was only intermittent work until the beginning of the 1939-1945 war. Isn’t it odd that there’s plenty of work when the war is imminent. And yet, the general attitude (at the time) seemed to be “why worry.”

<< Ruth’s Reminiscences. Australian Book Collector, October 2000.

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Razzle Dazzle Olympics: Baton dropped – this cost Australia a Gold Medal!

SPRINTER WINSOME CRIPPS, LEFT, DROPS THE BATON IN THE 400 YARDS RELAY.

FRANK MORRIS

Many athletes have embraced the ideal of the Olympics founder Baron Pierre de Coubertin, and that was, “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.”

At the fateful moment in the women’s 4 x l00 yards relay final at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games, Marjorie Jackson dropped the baton after taking it from Winsome Cripps, robbing Australia of a certain gold medal.

According to a reporter, “Unhappily, Winsome Cripps’ name will always be remembered for an awful mistake.”

That was part of winning, and part of struggling; one had to pay the price.

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Oooops!

MORE GINGER MEGGS COMING UP.

THE NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON AUGUST 13.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 29 July 21

Cathy’s Holiday …

HOLD THOSE HORSES.

WAVING TO THE VISITORS.

ORANGE, NSW: ON THE ROAD TO MOUNT CANOBOLAS – HORSES TAKE COVER UNDER SNOW-PATCHED TREES. BELOW: TREES, ALL SUPERBLY PLANTED AND THEY APPEAR TO BE WAVING TO PASSING VISITORS. – PHOTOS BY CATHY BARR.

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QANTAS: It took 100 years to go from Winton to the rest of the world!

THE FLYING BOAT CAPENTARIA SERVED IN THE BATTLE ZONES.

QANTAS PREPARES TO ENTER THE JET AGE

FROM THE FLYING BOAT TO THE JET AGE IN ONE MIRACULOUS LEAP!

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

THE WORLD IS AT WAR. THE AUSTRALIA-ENGLAND ROUTE NOW BECOMES A VITAL LINE OF COMMUNICATION. QANTAS PILOTS CONTINUE TO FLY TO SINGAPORE, MAINTAINING THE THRICE-WEEKLY SERVICES.

JAPANESE FORCES WERE ON THE VERGE OF TAKING SINGAPORE; AND THE LAST QANTAS FLYING BOAT WOULD MAKE A DASH FROM THIS BESIGED ISLAND BY MOONLIGHT ON FEBRUARY 4, 1942.

QANTAS CREWS ARE IN THE FRONT LINE OPERATING UNARMED AIRCRAFT ON DANGEROUS MISSIONS; THE ENEMY ADVANCES SOUTHWARDS THROUGH THE ISLANDS.

THE CREW HIDE THEIR FLYING BOATS UNDER TREES SO AS TO ESCAPE ENEMY AIRCRAFT; AS WELL AS SAVE AN EMPIRE FLYING BOAT NEAR A BURNING MUNITIONS SHIP IN DARWIN HARBOUR.

THEY MANAGED TO TAKE OFF MOMENTS BEFORE THE 11,000 TONNE NEPTUNA WAS IGNIGHTED THEN EXPLODED WITH SUCH FORCE THAT THE STERN WAS CATAPULTED TO LAND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WHARF.

QANTAS CREWS LATER SERVE IN THE BATTLE ZONES OF NEW GUINEA. QANTAS AND RAAF CREWS COMBINED TO FLY EMPIRE FLYING BOATS AND LOCKHEED LODESTARS TO DROP SUPPLIES TO AUSTRALIAN TROOPS WHO WERE FIGHTING THEIR WAY ALONG THE FAMOUS KOKODA TRAIL.

WITH THE WAR NOW FINISHED, IT WAS TIME TO PURSUE THE GOLDEN ERA OF AIR TRAVEL IN THE JET AGE.

BREAKING ALL WORLD RECORDS: THAT’S WHAT NEW JETAGE WAS DOING FOR QANTAS. QANTAS LOVED EVERY MOMENT IT. QANTAS REALISED THAT THIS TYPE OF AIR-TRAVEL WOULD INTEREST PEOPLE TO TRAVEL MORE OFTEN.

THE YEAR IS 1959. QANTAS BECOMES THE FIRST NON-US AIRLINE TO INTRODUCE THE BOEING 707 JET INTO SERVICE. IN DOING SO, TRAVEL TIMES ON THE TRANS-PACIFIC ROUTES ARE CUT IN HALF. THE JET AGE BEGINS. AUSTRALIA’S OBSESSION THE JET RAPIDLY TURNS TO GLOBAL TRAVEL.

THE YEAR IS 1971. QANTAS BRINGS THE FIRST 747-238B ‘JUMBO’ TO ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA. THIS HUGE, WIDE-BODIED AIRCRAFT OPENS UP THE WORLD OF LONG-DISTRANCE AIR TRAVEL FOR GENERATIONS OF AUSTRALIANS.

CAPABLE OF CARRING OVER 370 PASSENGERS – ROUGHLY TWO AND HALF TIMES THE CAPACITY OF A 707 – THE SLEEK AIRLINER MADE AIR TRAVEL MORE AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE.

THE LARGER 747 CABIN INSPIRES QANTAS TO INVENT A BUSINESS CLASS DIVISION, STARTING A TREND THAT WOULD INTEREST AIRLINES GLOBALLY.

THE SIZE OF THE 747 ALSO PROVES INVALUABLE. IN 1974, DARWIN AFTER CYCLONE TRACY HAD HIT THE CITY, QANTAS WERE ABLE TO EVACUATE 673 PASSENGERS IN ONE FLIGHT; THIS IS A WORLD RECORD NUMBER.

NOTABLE EVENTS OF THE 90s: EXECUTING TWO OF THE ABORIGINAL DESIGNS ON ‘DREAMING’ ON THE SIDE OF THEIR TWO 747S BECOME THE TWO LARGEST WORKS OF ART IN THE WORLD.

THE YEAR IS 1989. AGAIN, QANTAS SETS A WORLD DISTANCE RECORD FOR A COMMERCIAL JET WHEN ITS THE 747-438 FLIES NON-STOP FROM LONDON TO SYDNEY IN 20 HOURS 9 MINUTES AND 5 SECONDS – A RECORD THAT STANDS UNTIL JUNE 1993.

THE MOST NOTABLE EVENTS OF THE 90s ARE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE UNICEF CHANGE FOR GOOD PROGRAM AND THE PAINTING OF TWO 747s IN TRADITIONAL ABORIGINAL DESIGNS – WUNALA DREAMING AND NALANJI DREAMING – WHICH BECOME TWO OF THE LARGEST PIECES OF ART IN THE WORLD.

CONTINUING A LIFELONG TRADITION OF INNOVATION, QANTAS AND THE AIRBUS 380 WERE INTRODUCED SETTING THE PACE – GIVING PASSENGERS THE WORLD LARGEST AIRCRAFT – THAT WILL AGAIN ESTABLISH A NEW BENCHMARK IN THE STANDARD OF AIR TRAVEL.

THE YEAR IS 2021. THE SPIRIT OF THE FUTURE IS STILL FLEXING ITS MUSCLE.
THAT’S THE SPIRIT.

<< BACKGROUND FROM QANTAS’ NEWS ITEMS.

COMING: THE GOLDEN DAYS OF RADIO.

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Head to the best snow: Beginners - gear up for the slopes!

BEGINNERS, GEAR UP!

ARE YOU SICK OF THE LOCKDOWNS? WHY DON’T YOU LEARN TO SKI! NO MATTER WHAT AGE YOU ARE, COME AND HAVE A FEW LESSONS WITH A PROFESSIONAL.

FRANK MORRIS

ANYONE CAN LEARN TO SKI? ACCORDING TO THE EXPERTS, IT AS EASY AS RIDING A BICYCLE!

“ONCE THEY’VE GOT THE HANG OF IT, BEGINNERS WILL NEVER LOOK BACK”, ONE SKI EXPERT SAID.

BUT BEFORE THE BEGINNER IS READY TO TAKE THOSE FIRST STEPS, IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHAT TO WEAR, WHAT EQUIPMENT TO RENT OR BUY – AND WHAT THE FIRST LESSON INVOLVES.

WHEN IS BEST TIME TO LEARN?

SKING IS ONE SPORT WHICH IS NOT RESTRICTED BY AGE. ANYONE BETWEEN 5 AND 70 CAN LEARNTO SKI. THE BEST TIME TO LEARN IS WHEN THE SNOW IS PACKED ANYTIME FROM MID-JULY AND ALL

THROUGH SEPTEMBER IS IDEAL.

WHAT ABOUT EQUIPMENT?

THE BEGINNER MUST LEARN THAT THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT WILL SAVE YOU FROM GETTING INJURED. GEAR UP FOR THE SLOPES BY ALL MEANS, BUT MAKE SURE YOU’VE GOT EVERYTHING YOU NEED!

OF ALL THE SKI EQUIPMENT, SKI BOOTS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT. THEY SHOULD FIT COMFORTABLY BUT GIVE FIRM SUPPORT. INITALLY, IT IS FAR MORE ECONOMICAL TO HIRE THEM. ANY RELIABLE SKI SHOP WILL ASSIST FIRST-TIME SKIERS SELECT THE MOST SUITABLE BOOTS, SKIS, BINDING AND POLES.

BINDINGS ARE THE MAIN SAFETY FEATURE OF THE SKI BOOTS. THEY CLAMP THE BOOT TO THE SKI AND WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY RELEASED IN THE EVENT OF A FALL.

WHAT IS THE RIGHT GEAR TO WEAR?

KEEPING WARM AND DRY IS MOST IMPORTANT. ALPINE WEATHER IS UNPREDICTABLE AND CAN CHANGE RAPIDLY IN TEMPERATURE.

EXPERIENCED SKIERS RECOMMEND … WARM UNDERWEAR UNDER A GOOD QUALITY COTTON SKIVVY AND A WOOLEN JUMEPER.

OTHER ESSENTIALS ARE WARM OVERALLS, WELL-INSULATED PARKA, WOOLLEN SOCKS, GOOD QUALITY LEATHER GLOVES. A WOOLLEN HAT, OR BALACLAVA, AND GOGGLES.

HAPPY SKIING!

A GROUP OF LEARNERS (LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THEM) WITH A QUALIFIED SKIER.

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RUTH’S REMINISCENCES: MY HUSBAND JACK SAILS FOR AUSTRALIA AND A “NEW LIFE”

JACK SETS OUT FOR A NEW LIFE FOR BOTH OF THEM.

A CABLE HAS REACHED JACK. “I AM ON WAY” RUTH SAID.

FRANK MORRIS

RUTH NEVER FORGOT THE GENERAL STRIKE IN 1926. THEN THERE WAS A TRANSPORT STRIKE WHICH HIT HARD. THEN CAME THE DEPRESSION.

In 1928 the British government gave women over the age of 21 the right to vote. At 26, she was engaged.
Ruth continued:

In July, 1928, my intended husband, Jack, who had been unemployed for over four years, had sailed for a “new life” in Australia.

Emigration was being encouraged as a means of, I believe, getting rid of the many angry returned men who were disenchanted with the harsh treatment they were experiencing.

Jack sailed in the Moreton Bay on one of the Commonwealth Line ships which was sold to Britain in 1928. After a few weeks in Sydney, he got a temporary job.

Among Ruth’s papers was a letter she sent to Jack shortly after his departure. He never received it. Apparently, the letter had been returned to her months later.  In his quest for work, Jack had to change his address several times.

The letter, which is now among her papers and documents in the National Library, is a moving testament of two young people separated by the difficulties of unemployment and poverty.

In 1929, soon after the election, Ruth cabled Jack that she “on her way to Sydney.”

Ruth continued:

When I arrived in Sydney from the UK we were both involved, like so many others, in the problem of existing. We realised that the depression was settling in, and during the ensuing four and a half years, both of us were employed.

SIR PHILIP GAME AMAZINGLY SACKED THE NSW PREMIER JACK LANG. WHAT’S MORE, PRIME MINISTER SCULLIN’S BUDGET WAS DESCRIBED  AS “CRUSHING”.

Needless to say, we were aware of the causes of the economic problems and we were always part of the working class movement. My husband’s job in Sydney petered out so we went to Corrimal, on the South Coast, to stay with relatives.

In no time, both of us were caught up in local activities.

Seemingly, when Ruth and Jack left the UK for Australia, they had jumped from the frying pan into the fire. In 1930 Prime Minister Scullin’s budget was described as “the most crushing in the history of Australia.”

As a result, two major events were to happen: the State Savings Bank was closed “until further notice”. Then, the NSW Governor Sir Philip Game sacked the Lang Ministry.

Thousands of workers gathered at the Sydney Morning Herald office in Hunter Street to catch the latest news concerning “the Federal Government’s attitude toward the State Government’s Mortgagee Taxation Bill.” In l932 Australia was in the depths of economic depression.

Writes F.K. Crowley, an economics guru, said, “Thousands of farmers faced imminent bankruptcy, profits fell and unemployment rose rapidly.”

Ruth continued:

Not long after moving to Corrimal I joined the Cooperative Women’s Guild movement which was prominent in the industrial areas of the South Coast. Later, some of the women (the miners’ wives) became active in the Women’s International Relief Organisation (WIR), which was formed up and down the coast.

WOMEN SUPERVISED THE SOUP-MAKING TO MAKE SURE NO CHILD WENT HUNGRY; AND DANCES WERE HELD IN LOCAL HALLS TO HELP RAISE MONEY.

We set up soup kitchens. Our menfolk did the heavy duties of chopping firewood and carrying soup to the school to make sure no child went hungry. The women did the vegetables and generally supervised the soup-making.

We had a system of daily shifts so that the work was evenly shared.

A generous landowner lent us a block of land so the unemployed could grow potatoes and other vegetables for the soup kitchens. We held evening dances in a local hall and managed to raise money to buy material for children’s clothes and women’s dresses”.

As the depression deepened so did the anger of those that were affected. There were increasing demands for action. The Council decided to ban all meetings. But the meetings continued in defiance and summons were issued.

My sister-in-law and another woman were summoned to attend court. They refused to be bound over and they both received ten days for their trouble. They were held-over in a lock-up in Wollongong and then taken to Sydney. Apart from the hard beds they did not mind. The WIR supplied them with food.

<< RUTH’S REMINISCENCES. AUSTRALIAN BOOK COLLECTOR, 2000.

NEXT: Australia was told that it was at war.

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Razzle Dazzle Olympics Games: World ranked sportsman is now a polo team Captain

POLO TEAM CAPTAIN PETER BENNET.

FRANK MORRIS

Peter Bennett was one of Australia’s finest all-round sportsmen from the 1950s.

He captained the National water polo team at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki; and was vice-captain at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Bennett passed up the chance of going to the 1948 London Olympics to concentrate on playing football. He suffered serious injuries.

Born in 1926 and died in 2012.

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Humour: Enrichment – there’s more to come!

NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON JULY 30.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 15 July 21

ART BEAT: Winston Churchill – reflections about painting as a pastime

THE ARTIST IN HIS ROOM.

A LONG CANOPY OF TREES.

 

REFLECTION ON THE CULTIVATION OF A HOBBY BY A STATESMAN-AUTHOR-AND ARTIST.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

THE CULTIVATION OF A HOBBY … IS THEREFORE A POLICY OF FIRST IMPORTANCE TO A MAN OR WOMAN. THE GROWTH OF ALTERNATIVE MENTAL INTERESTS IS A LONG PROCESS.

THE SEEDS MUST BE CAREFULLY CHOSEN; THEY MUST BE FALL ON GOOD GROUND; THEY MUST BE SEDULOUSLY TENDED IF THE VIVIFYING FRUITS ARE TO BE AT HAND WHEN NEEDED.

THE MUSE OF PAINTING CAME TO MY RESCUE – OUT OF CHARITY AND OUT OF CHIVALRY, BECAUSE AFTER ALL ‘SHE’ HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ME …

SOME EXPERIMENTS ONE SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY WITH THE CHILDREN’S PAINT BOX LED ME TO PROCURE THE NEXT MORNING A COMPLETE OUTFIT FOR PAINTING IN OILS. HAVING BOUGHT THE COLOURS, AN EASEL, AND A CANVAS, THE NEXT STEP WAS TO BEGIN.

BUT WHAT A STEP TO TAKE!

THE PALETTE GLEAMED WITH BEADS OF COLOUR; FAIR AND WHITE ROSE THE CANVAS; THE EMPTY BRUSH HUNG POISED, HEAVY WITH DESTINY, IRRESOLUTE IN THE AIR. MY HAND SEEM ARRESTED BY A SILENT VETO.

CHURCHILL STARTING PAINTING IN 1915. ALL UP, HE PRODUCED HUNDREDS OF PAINTINGS. AN ACCOMPLISHED AMATEUR ARTIST, AND HE USED THE PSEUDONYM “CHARLES MORIN”. MANY PAINTINGS ARE IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS.

BUT AFTER ALL, THE SKY ON THIS OCCASION WAS UNQUESTIONABLY BLUE; AND PALE BLUE AT THAT. THERE COULD BE NO DOUBT THAT BLUE PAINT MIXED WITH WHITE SHOULD BE PUT ON THE TOP PART OF THE CANVAS.

ONE REALLY DOES NOT NEED TO HAVE HAD AN ARTIST’S TRAINING TO SEE THAT. IT IS A STARTING POINT OPEN TO ALL. SO VERY GINGERLY I MIXED A LITTLE BLUE PAINT ON THE PALETTE, AND THEN WITH A VERY SMALL BRUSH, AND THEN WITH INFINITE PRECAUTION MADE A MARK ABOUT AS BIG AS A BEAN UPON THE AFFRONTED SNOW-WHITE SHIELD.

AT THAT MOMENT THE LOUD APPROACHING SOUND OF A MOTOR CAR WAS HEARD IN THE DRIVE. FROM THIS CHARIOT THERE STEPPED SWIFTLY AND LIGHTLY NONE OTHER THAN THE GIFTED WIFE OF SIR JOHN LAVERY.

“PAINTING! BUT WHAT ARE YOU HESITATING ABOUT? LET ME HAVE A BRUSH – THE BIG ONE”.

THE CANVAS GRINNED IN HELPLESSNESS BEFORE ME. THE SPELL WAS BROKEN. THE SICKLY INHIBITIONS ROLLED AWAY. I SEIZED THE LARGEST BRUSH AND FELL UPON MY VICTIM WITH BERSERK FURY.

I HAVE NEVER FELT ANY AWE OF A CANVAS SINCE. IN HIS LIFETIME, CHURCHILL WENT ON TO PRODUCE HUNDREDS OF PAINTINGS MANY OF WHICH ENDED UP IN PRIVATE COLLECTIONS.

<< PAINTING AS A PASTIME BY WINSTON CHURCHILL; SATURDAY EVENING POST, SPRING. 1972.

COMING: ARTBEAT -- ADOPH HITLER AND SOME PEOPLE CALLED HIM A “FAILURE” AND ‘MEDIOCRE”.

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Margaret Olley – life and art are rolled into one

MARGARET OLLEY: WINNER OF 2011 ARCHIBALD PRIZE BY BEN QUITY. SHE WAS A GENEROUS DONOR AND MENTOR TO EMERGING ARTISTS.

THE LIFE OF MARGARET OLLEY CAME TO END 10 YEARS AGO. SHE DIED IN JULY 2011. SHE WAS 88. BARRY PEARCE, HEAD CURATOR OF AUSTRALIAN ART AT THE ART GALLERY OF NSW, WROTE THIS PIECE IN 1996.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

MARGARET OLLEY IS ONE OF THE MOST CHARISMATIC AND RESPECTED PERSONALITIES IN THE AUSTRALIAN ART WORLD. SHE HAS BEEN PAINTEDAND DRAWN BY MANY ARTISTS OVER FIVE DECADES.
PERHAPS THE MOST FAMOUS IMAGE IS THE EARLIEST BY PAINTING BY WILLIAM DOBELL. DOBELL’S 1948 PORTRAIT OF HER WON THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE AND IS ON PERMANENT DISPLAY AT THE ART GALLERY OF NSW.

SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN OUTSPOKEN. HER FRANK OPINIONS ABOUT THE STATE AND PATRONAGE OF CONTEMPORARY ART ARE RENOWN. SHE IS MAGNANIMOUS WITH HER TIME AND MONEY TO ALL PRACTITIONERS OF ART, YOUNG OR OLD, DEAD OR ALIVE.

SHE EVEN ANTICIPATED DISAPPROVAL OF WHAT SHE MIGHT SEE BUT THIS WOULD NOT PREVENT HER FROM VISITING AN EXHIBITION. SHE SPEAKS HER MIND OPENLY BUT IS RARELY DISCOURAGING.

THIS IS ONE OF THE CONTRADICTIONS ABOUT MARGARET OLLEY. SHE IS MEDIA-SHY. SHE WAS FORTUNATE IN MANY WAYS TOO. HER PAINTINGS REFLECTED ON THE THINGS SHE LOVED.

MARGARET IS ECCENTRIC. SHE IS A COLLECTOR, BON VIVANT, TRAVELLER, COMMENTOR, RACONTEUR, FANTASTIC HOUSE DECORATOR. TO SIT AT HER TABLE IS TO SOMEHOW BE AT THE HEART OF THINGS.

THERE IS A CONTRADICTION ABOUT MARGARET OLLEY. WITHIN HER CLOISTERED AND COLOURFUL EXTERIOR IS AN ELUSIVE AND MEDIA-SHY BEING. THIS IS BECAUSE SHE IS ABOVE ALL A PAINTER; A PAINTER OF THEMES HERMETIC AND SELF-SUFFCIENT.

HER SUBJECT IS TIME-HONOURED AND REFLECTS A WORLD THAT IS VERY CLOSE TO HER.

SHE IS FORTUNATE IN MANY WAYS. THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF COLLECTORS WILLING TO ACQUIRE HER PAINTINGS. HER NETWORK OF FRIENDS AND ADMIRERS IS VAST.

WHILE IT IS NOT EXPECTED FOR EVERY ARTIST TO BE LIKEABLE, TO LIVE WITH A MARGARET OLLEY PAINTING IS TO EXPERIENCE THE TRASFIGURATION OF A PASSIONATE AND HIGHLY FOCUSSED PERSONALITY INTO ART.

HER PAINTING ARE REFLECTIONS OF THE THINGS SHE LOVES, AND WHICH EMBELLISH THE CENTRE OF HOW SHE PREFERS HER EXISTENCE TO BE.

<< ADAPTED FROM WOMEN’S VIEW, 1996, PAGES 28 AND 29. THE SMITH FAMILY FOR VIEW CLUBS OF AUSTRALIA.

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Dazzle Razzle Olympics Games: New sports present gold-medal performance

A BMX BIKE IN ACTION.

SURFING – MEN’S AND WOMEN’S EVENTS ARE EXPECTED TO DO WELL AT THE TOYKO OLYMPICS 2021.

FRANK MORRIS

SURFING

HAWAIIAN ARCHIPELAGO IN THE 1870s IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE FIRST ACCOUNTS OF SURFBOARDING AS WE KNOW IT TODAY. SURFBOARDS MADE THEIR WAY SOUTH, TO AUSTRALIA, ABOUT THE SAME TIME AS THE FIRST SURFING NEWSPAPER, THE SURF, SET THE SCENE IN 1917.

IN THE 1920s, THE UNDISPUTED WAS C.J. (SNOW) McALISTER, PICTURE TAKEN IN MID-1960s, WAS ONE OF THE ALL-TIME-GREATS OF SURFBOARD RIDING. HE HAD BEEN RIDING WAVES FOR 50 YEARS AND STARTED ON A 65LB BROARD MADE OF REDWOOD.

HE WAS UNDISPUTED ASSOCIATION CHAMPION FROM 1924 THROUGH TO 1928.

NOW, AS AN OLYMPIC SPORT, AUSTRALIA IS EXPECTED TO PERFORM WELL.

BMX FREESTYLE

BMX RACING IS ALREADY AN OLYMPIC GAMES EVENT SPORT BUT IT WILL SOON BE JOINED BY THE FREESTYLE COMPETION. HERE THE RIDER WILL DO JUMPS, FLIPS OR OTHER TYPE OF RIDES. THE SPORT IS ADRENALINE-CHARGED AND ENTERTAINING.

CLIMBING

THREE INDOOR ROCK-CLIMBING EVENTS, WHICH WILL TEST A COMPETITORS’ AGILITY AND ABILITY, AND THE DIFFERENT WAYS THEIR SPEEDS, HOW HIGH THEY CLIMB, AND HOW EFFICIENTLY THEY CAN DO THE COURSE. THIS IS A HIGHLY TECHNICALLY AND CHALLENGING EVENT.

<< BACKGROUD IS FROM COLES HEALTH & BEAUTY MAGAZINE, MAY 2021.

COMING: SOME PIN-UPS OF MARILYN MONROE – THEY’RE BIGGER THAT LIFESIZE.

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Ruth’s Reminiscences: 1926 General Strike – police turned a blind eye!

GENERAL STRIKE: MINERS DOWN TOOLS.

GENERAL STRIKE: THE BUSES WERE BURNT IN THE STREETS. IN MOST CASES THEY ENDED UP A RIGHT OFF.

ALAS, THE ROT HAD SET IN. THE UNION HAD BETRAYED AND DESERTED ITS MEMBERS.

FRANK MORRIS

THE STORY SO FAR: Ruth was one of five children born of working of class parents in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. It was 1900. She recalls a tragic happening from the Boer War, the crippling miners’ strike of 1909 and the struggle of the “have” and “have nots”, the deprivation suffered by thousands of families, including her own, during the First World War and the loss her brother, William, in the ravaging ‘flu epidemic. “I remember how very much my parents have aged,” recalled Ruth. “It was a bad epidemic; mum, dad and I were all sick at the same time.” But a malady of a different kind was just around the corner.

Ruth continues:

WHEN THE THEY CAME BACK FROM THE WAR THEY HAD LITTLE CHANCE OF EMPLOYMENT. JOBS WERE SCARCE AND THIS WAS THE CALALYST OF MUCH UNREST AND HARDSHIP.

In her book, The Town That was Murdered, Ellen Wilkinson, has structured a revealing history of the Tyneside (and the small towns). In the book she refers to Jarrod, one of the towns hit by the closures of the shipbuilding yards, and the long march of the unemployed movement of angry, hungry men and women looking for suckling.

The General Strike of 1926 was a period I’ll never forget! The strike was in support of the miners (who were resisting the demands of colliery owners that they should work longer for less pay).

There were restrictions, but I think the police turned a blind eye because we women managed to do a good job. For the first time, my future sister-in-law and I ventured in a pub and sold many badges.

The Transport Union and the Railway Unions soon became involved in the strike. There was a tremendous support among the workers.

Organisation in the Newcastle area was excellent and working well. The strike committee room was well manned night and day, a daily bulletin was issued giving vital news of what was happening in other townships.

The view of many unions was (and I think they were right) that it was initially the first time that Britain was near to challenging the Capitalist system.

“I REMEMBER ‘BLACK FRIDAY’ PRECISELY HOW IT HAPPENED,” RUTH SAID. “I REMEMBER THAT DAY VERY WELL. ‘BLACK FRIDAY’ COULD NOT BE ANY BLACKER FOR THE NATION AS A WHOLE”.

Largely, transport was in chaos. What newspapers were issued (at the time) gave only garbled reports, many of which were deliberate lies about the strikers giving up and returning to work.

The various strike committees had their work cut out in counteracting the lies.

Alas, the rot had set in! The Trade Union leaders betrayed and deserted their members. It was “Black Friday” * and I remember the day very well.

From that day on the depression worsened, said Ruth.

The days could not be any blacker for the nation’s workers.

Robert Clough, in his book The Public Eye, detailing the strike and its aftermath, writes: “For ten days the miners had the active sympathy of the nation’s workers before the general strike collapsed. For another thirteen weeks the miners remained defiant until the hunger drove them underground again.”

Writes Ruth: “The depression rolled on and things did not improve while I was living there.”

In 1928 the British Parliament passed the Equal Franchise Bill giving women over 21 the right to vote.

At 26, and engaged, Ruth voted for the first time in the 1929 general election. Industrial discontent and the General Strike proved the downfall of Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and the rise of Ramsey MacDonald.

*Ruth could have been referring to “Red Friday.”

<< The original series Ruth Reminiscences published in the Australian Book Collector, October 2000.’

NEXT: JACK SAILS TO AUSTRALIA, RUTH FOLLOWS LATER ON. MORE GRIEVENCES AWAIT THEM.

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GINGER MEGGS: He’s been around for 100 years!

FINAL.

COMING: GINGER MEGGS: COMIC ART, COMIC STRIPS AND COMIC BOOK ANNUALS DON’T QUITE REACH THOSE RAREFIED PRICES IN AUSTRALIA. BUT THERE ARE PLENTY TO CHOOSE FROM, NOW IN THE 100TH YEAR OF HIS EXISTENCE.

YOUR NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL BE ON JULY 16.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 01 July 21

The Razzle Dazzle Olympics: New sports will present gold-medal performances

SKATEBOARDING, KARATE, CLIMBING, SURFBOARDING AND BMX FREESTYLE ARE SOME OF THE EVENTS TO BE LAUNCHED AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN TOKYO IN 2021.

FRANK MORRIS

THE OLYMPIC GAMES ARE ONE OF THE OLDEST SPORTING CAVALCADES IN THE WORLD. BUT THERE ARE SOME NEW AND CONTEMPORARY SPORTS STILL MISSING. TAKE A LOOK AT THE SORT OF UNRELATED SPORTS THAT WILL BE COMING YOUR WAY.

SKATEBOARDING

THIS SPORT MADE ITS AMERICAN DEBUT TO THE PUBLIC IN THE 1960s; NOW ITS AN OLYMPIC SPORT.

THERE ARE TWO EVENTS: THE ‘PARK’ COMPETITION TAKES PLACE IN A SKATE-PARK-STYLE ARENA.

THE OTHER ONE, THE ‘STREET-TYPE” OF EVENT, WILL TEST COMPETITORS’ TRICKS, FLIPS AND SLIDES USING DIFFERENT RAILS AND BOXES.

KARATE

KARATE, IN JAPANESE MEANS ‘EMPTY HAND, WAS DEVELOPED IN THE RYUKYU KINGDOM UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF KUNG FU.

KARATE IS SIMPLY USING CONTACT, SEMI-CONTACT AND LIGHT-CONTACT WITH DELIBERATIVE FORCE. KARATE IS SPLIT INTO TWO DIFFERENT EVENTS.

IN ‘KATA’, TWO ATHLETES WILL PERFORM MOVEMENTS TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR TECHNICAL SKILLS. IN ‘KUMITE’, TWO COMPETITORS WILL COME FACE-TO-FACE ON THE MAT.

NEXT: FINAL -- TWO NEW SPORTING FIXTURES FOR THE TOKYO OLYMPICS.

<< SOME BACKGROUND IS FROM COLES HEALTH & BEAUTY MAGAZINE, MAY 2021.

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190 YEARS AGO: Australia’s oldest newspaper enjoys being part of grand history

IN 1831, THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE SYDNEY HERALD.

MR JOHN FAIRFAX, ONE OF THE OWNERS, ADDED ‘MORNING’ TO ITS TITLE.

THE GOOD OLD DAYS STARTED WHEN AUSTRALIA’S WHITE POPULATION HAD JUST SWELLED TO OVER 70,000.

FRANK MORRIS

SYDNEYTOWN. IN THE 1830s, WAS OPENING UP TO THE WORLD. THE FIRST FERRY SERVICE ON SYDNEY HARBOUR, LINKING THE NORTH SHORE WITH SYDNEY, WAS GOING TO BE, ACCORDING TO THE SYDNEY GAZETTE, A “GARGANTUAN” SUCCESS.

STARTED IN 1803, THE GAZETTE WAS TO TAKE AUSTRALIA FROM A NEWSPAPERLESS SOCIETY INTO A THRIVING PHENOMONON. BY 1842, THE PAPER WAS GONE.

IN 1824, THE AUSTRALIAN BURST UPON THE SCENE. THE CONVATATIVE NEWWSPAPER, AND ITS OWNERS, W.C WENTWORTH AND ROBERT WARDELL, HAD SPREAD VIOLENT DISMAY AGAINST “COLONIAL ADMINISTRATION AND ITS CRITICISM” FOR ITS READERSHIP. THE NEWSPAPER LASTED UNTIL 1828.

TWO YEARS LATER, 1830, A SMALL, HAND-OPERATED COLUMBIAN PRESS WAS ORDERED. BY THE TIME 1831 HAD DAWNED, A FOUR-PAGE WEEKLY, WAS JUST ABOUT TO BE LAUNCHED TO THE PUBLIC:  WARD STEPHENS, FREDERICK STOKES AND WILLIAM McGARVIE BEGAN THE SYDNEY HERALD.

“THE FIRST ITEM WAS AN ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE GOVERNOR … THAT THREE MEN … HAD BEEN GRANTED TICKETS OF LEAVE”, THE HERALD REPORTED.

THE PAPER CHANGED ITS NAME IN THE 184Os AND IT WAS TO BREAK NEW RECORDS. THE ROAD WAS SET TO SPAWN A WORLD RECORD FOR CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING.

IN ITS FIRST EDITORIAL, THE SYDNEY HERALD SAID, “PUBLIC OPINION IS SO MUCH GUIDED … BY THE PRESS THAT EVERY ATTEMPT TO INCREASE ITS RANGE MUST BE INTERESTING TO THE COMMUNITY”.

THE BEGINNING “WAS TENTATIVE” UNTIL THE “FINANCIAL DEPRESSION” HIT AUSTRALIA IN 1842. IT CHANGED ITS NAME IN 1841 BY ADDING ‘MORNING’ TO ITS TITLE, THANKS TO THE NEW OWNERS JOHN FAIRFAX AND CHARLES KEMP.

THEN, AS A SURVIVOR, IT DECIDED DUE TO ITS “STRONG COMMERCIAL POSITION” THAT “THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR TWO CONSERVATIVE NEWSPAPERS IN THE COLONY”. THE SYDNEY GAZETTE, BECAUSE OF SQUABBLING AND DISCONTENT AMONG THE EXECUTIVE, FOLDED IN OCTOBER, 1842. THE GAZETTE HAD HELD A MONOPOLY UNTIL THE 1820s.

ASIDE FROM PRESENT-DAY PROBLEMS, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD CONTINUES AS AUSTRALIA’S LONGEST RUNNING NEWSPAPER; AND CAN ALSO LAY CLAIM TO HAVING SPAWNED ONE OF THE LARGEST CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING SECTIONS IN THE WORLD.

THE CLASSIFIED SECTIONS, WHEN THEY WERE ALIVE AND KICKING, WERE CALLED “THE RIVERS OF GOLD.”

BEING MADE A TABLOID IN 2013, THIS IS HOW IT LOOKS TODAY.

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COMING …
IT’S A BOOK THAT YOU WON’T PUT DOWN! WHAT A LIFE: MEMOIRS OF KEITH WEBER, IS A TOME THAT PACKS A PUNCH. “WRITE EVERYTHING YOU JUST SAID INTO A BOOK,” I REMARKED TWO AGO. AND HE DID. YOUR COPY MAY BE ORDERED THROUGH A BOOKSELLER. “I FOUND THE MEMOIRS INTERESTING. KEITH ALWAYS EXPLAINS THE BACKGROUND TO THE PROBLEMS. – FM.
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Read all about it: Menzies was a good heckler!

PRIME MINSTER ROBERT MENZIES KNEW NO BOUNDS!

Robert Gordon Menzies was often a skilful parliamentary debater; he could hold his audience with devastating wit. Menzies was given the nickname “Ming the Merciless.”

His wit knew no bounds. A woman said: “I wouldn’t vote for you if you were the Archangel Gabriel.” Menzies replied: “If I were the Archangel Gabriel Madam, I afraid you would not be in my constituency.”

Menzies was master of the quick-quip; he had few peers.

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FOODFROLICO: Good manners are everyone’s best friend!

FRANK MORRIS

OUR EXPERT SAID, “ONE AFTERNOON, I GOT THIS IDEA … WHY DON’T I DO A BOOK”. SO, HE DID. THE BOOK WAS PURCHASED BY ADULTS AND GIVEN TO THEIR CHILDREN. THAT WAS IN 1960. BUT THESE DAYS, IT IS NOW, TRAGICALLY, A DIFFERENT SCENE.

I SAT NEAR A GROUP PEOPLE RECENTLY IN A CAFÉ WHOSE TWO CHILDREN PLAYED WITH THE MOBILE PHONES. OOOPS! THEY ARE TODAY’S UP AND COMING MARKET.

THE EXPERT CONTINUES: “GOOD MANNERS ARE AS IMPORTANT AS GOOD GROOMING AND GOOD BEHAVIOR. UNFORTUNATELY, IN THIS DAY OF CONFUSED STANDARDS MANNERS ARE SOMETIMES NEGLECTED. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE OF TABLE MANNERS.

“BUT MANNERS MUST NOT BE STILTED, SELF-CONSCIOUS AND ARTIFICIAL. THEREFORE, IT IS DANGEROUS TO HAVE ONE SYSTEM, OR NO SYSTEM – FOR HOME CONSUMPRION AND ANOTHER FOR DINING OUT.

ANNEBELLE, A HIGH-RANKING CHEF, SAID “WITH THE MODERN GENERATION THERE ARE NO MANNERS AND THAT WILL SET A BAD EXAMPLE”. SHE SAID “SHE MOURNS THE DEMISE OF FAMILY DINING.

SOME MORE GOOD MANNERS …

IF YOU TAKE YOUR MOBILE PHONE TO A CAFE, TURN IT OFF.

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Ruth’s Reminiscences, Part 3: World War 1 - “I remember how my parents had aged”

ARMISTICE DAY AND THE CARRIAGE IN WHICH THE ARMISTICE WAS SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED.

HOT NEWS: THE WAR IS OVER. THE MOBS STARTED TO STORM THE CITY.

ONE MORNING I WAS AWAKENED BY THE SOUND OF MARCHING.

FRANK MORRIS

RUTH’S ‘FIRST RECOLLECTION’ OF WAR WHEN SHE WAS ONLY A SMALL CHILD. A NEIGHBOUR WHO HAD SERVED IN THE BOER WAR TOLD HER HE HAD SHOT A MAN.THE FACT THAT HE WANTED THE PIPE AND TOBACCO THE AFRICAN CIVILIAN WAS SMOKING, DID NOT COUNT.

As a little girl Ruth “did not think he was bragging; I believed he was ashamed.”

Ruth continued:

My eldest brother was called up and served on Home Service ground staff in the Air Force. He told us of a horrific accident he witnessed in which mates were killed. My second brother turned eighteen and he was called up. He left for training in Yorkshire where he (and many of his mates) died in the ‘flu epidemic.

I remember how much my parents had aged when they returned home from the hospital camp three days later. If William had not died my mother would have stayed there to help the overworked doctors and nurses. It was a bad epidemic. Mum, dad and I were all sick at the same time.

Early one morning, I was awakened by the sound of marching.

It was a batch of young men moving from the military camp nearby, probably heading for the railway and thence, I thought, to the battlefields of France. I cried bitterly.

All these memories, no doubt, helped to strengthen my beliefs and my determination to do all (that) I could have rid the world of war, poverty and greed.

Early in the war, while our family was still complete, we moved to another home. We got the opportunity of becoming caretakers in a large two-storey house complete with basement and stairs. The owner was a dental surgeon who practised there.

Later he married and came to live at the house.

Of course, there were advantages: no rent, for one thing, and more room. But there were conditions: cleaning the waiting room and surgery, and the two big brass plates on the doors and front gate.

Ever since then I have loathed cleaning brass! My future husband bought some highly attractive Indian brass ornaments. He cleaned as promised – first, conclude Ruth.

OMNIBUSES WERE SEIZED AND PEOPLE COPULATED IN THE DOORWAYS.THEY WERE ASSERTING THE TRIUMPH OF LIFE OVER DEATH.

The Armistice ending World War 1 between Germany and the Allied powers was signed on November 11, 1918. Throughout Great Britain office workers and shopkeepers rushed into the streets weeping, crying and screaming as the news of the armistice spread.

Writes historian A.J.P. Taylor: “Omnibuses were seized, people caroused in strange garments, and total strangers copulated in the doorways and on the pavements. They were asserting the triumph of life over death.

“The celebrations ran on with increasing wildness for three days, when the police finally intervened and restored order.”

On June 28, 1919, the front page of the Pall Mall Gazette trumpeted ‘PEACE SIGNED’.

The paper reported that a peace treaty between the Allied and Associated Governments and Germany was signed at Versailles at 3.12pm on that day, “bringing to a formal end the hostilities which commenced by the declaration by Germany of war on Russia, France, Britain and America.”

NEXT: Ruth writes about her family’s battle during the ongoing economic depression, the General Strike in 1926 and immigrating to Australia.

<< Ruth’s Reminiscences. The Australian Book Collector, 2000.

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GINGER MEGGS: He’s been around for 100 years!

CONTINUED.

GINGER’S SKIRMISHES WITH TIGER KELLY HAVEN’T ALWAYS BEEN THIS HARMONIOUS.

“US FELLERS”, THE ORIGINAL NAME OF THE GINGER MEGGS STRIP, APPEARING IN THE SUNDAY SUN, NOVEMBER 13, 1921. THE STRIP BY “PROMISING YOUNG ARTIST”, J.C. BANCKS, BROUGHT INSTANT FAME. THE TEAR-AWAY KID, “GINGER MEGGS”, WAS PUBLISHED IN NOVEMBER, 1939. THE STRIP IS SYNDICATED IN AUSTRALIA AND OVERSEAS TO MORE THE 34 COUNTRIES. – FM.

YOUR NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL BE ON JULY 2.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 17 June 21

Vale Alan Garside: His wish did come true!

ALAN GARSIDE: A PROMINEMENT CAREER. Below: IT WAS AN HONOUR TO MEET MARK BOSNICH. Photos by Geoff Jones.

FRANK MORRIS

A TOKEN OF APPRECIATION.

THE SECOND OLDEST LIVING SOCCERO PLAYER ALAN GARSIDE DIED AT THE FERNDALE NURSING HOME LAST WEEK. FAMILY WERE BY HIS SIDE. ALAN WAS 94. HE WAS BURIED AT ROOKWOOD CEMETERY ON FRIDAY (MAY 28).

ALAN WAS IN HIS EIGHTIES WHEN HE INTRODUCED HIMSELF. “ALAN GARSIDE” AND HELD OUT HIS HAND. HE SAID THIS WITH A BROAD SMILE. I DID LIKEWISE; I THEN SMILED BACK.

THAT’S HOW I MET ALAN GARSIDE. IT WAS SIMPLE AND NEAT. I DIDN’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE FACT THAT ALAN WAS AN EX-SOCCEROO PLAYER. ALL I KNEW WAS THAT HE WAS BLUE-RIBBON FOR A PROMINENT LEAGUE CLUB. I FOUND THIS OUT LATER ON.

HE LIVED IN A VILLA OPPOSITE ME. HIS REGULAR VISITS, AND ONE-LINERS AND OTHER DISCOURSES, WERE SOMETHING TO BEHOLD.

AT ALAN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY PARTY I DID A REPRODUCTION OF A NEWSPAPER POSTER, WHICH SAYS: ‘ALAN GARSIDE – 90 AND NOT OUT!’. ALAN SAID TO ME, “I’LL HAVE TO REACH 100 NEXT TIME”. WE BOTH SMILED.

ALAN, 94, WAS AUSTRALIA’S SECOND-OLDEST LIVING SOCCEROO TO “WEAR AN AUSTRALIAN JERSEY”. HE WAS PRESENTED WITH THE ‘PRIZED’ GIFT AT THE FERNDALE NURSING HOME.

FOR THE LEGENDARY SOCCEROO, IT WAS A WISH THAT HAD COME TRUE. BACK IN THOSE DAYS, ALAN WAS A MILKMAN SERVING THE AREA ON A CART AND HORSE. BUT, AS A 11-YEAR-OLD BOY IN 1937, HE HAD BEEN PLAYING SOCCER AT SCHOOL, WHICH ASSISTED HIM DURING HIS FOOTBALL LIFE.

HE WAS SELECTED IN 1953 AS THE 148TH ‘SOCCEROO’ AGAINST CHINA. HE ALSO REPRESENTED AUSTRALIA AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA IN 1955 BEFORE A LEG INJURY CUT SHORT HIS CAREER.

ALAN SAID IT WAS AN HONOUR TO MEET MARK BOSNICH. BOSNICH PLAYED FOR THE SOCCEROOS AND ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE.

HOWEVER, ALAN ALWAYS “FEARED THAT HE WOULD NEVER WEAR AN AUSTRALIAN JERSEY AGAIN” AFTER SWAPPING THE ORIGINAL JERSEY WITH THE SOUTH AFRICAN TEAM AS “TOKEN OF APPRECIATION”.

IT WAS A DREAM COME TRUE!

<< A MORE DETAILED REPORT AND BACKGROUND FROM THE LEADER, MARCH 22, 2021; FRANK MORRIS.

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Razzle Dazzle Olympic Games: Landy shows he was built for speed!

JOHN LANDY CLIPPED ON THE POST.

John Landy was known for his speed as a mid-distance runner. But he was always the bridesmaid, especially in the 1500m at 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Bannister won the race in 3m58.8 and Landy was beaten by 0.8, secs. Landy said:

“I must have more speed. I know it’s me, but I have to get it out.”

Landy was holder of two world mile records set in Australia of 3m58. He set a record for 880 yards, 50m.4. –FM. 

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Read all about it: Notorious criminal was brought to task

SQUIZZY TAYLOR (CENTRE) IS ALL EARS WHEN HE RECEIVED A DRESSING DOWN BY A DETECTIVE.

Squizzy Taylor, age 37, a notorious criminal of the Melbourne underworld in the 1920s, was a man with a nasty trait.

Taylor was described as a larrikin, blackmailer, incendiary genius, bootlegger, stool pigeon, standover man and dozens of other villainous nomenclatures.

It hard to imagine another superlative, but a detective came up with one – “a dirty little rat”.

In 1982, the Australian movie drama of Squizzy Taylor and his downfall was based on the life of the Melbourne gangster.

David Atkins, who played Squizzy Taylor, caught every sinew of his character.

Atkins height was apt playing the gangster. He was a not tall chap. He portrait of Squizzy Taylor as a larrikin gangster was brilliant.

Squizzy Taylor was born in 1888. Being caught in a gun duel with a policeman, after an attempt to rob a bank, Taylor was seriously wounded.

He died that same day. It was in 1927.

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Coming: Ace Reporter, Mason Knight, is back!

YES, HE’S BACK. THE MAN WHO’S THIN AS A RAKE AND KNOWS HOW TO CUT CORNERS. HE IS HOT ON THE TRAIL OF THE “GORGEOUS” ANGEL LOOVE CASE -- AND THERE’S NO WAY OF STOPPING HIM.

THIS BLOKE HAS MORE TRICKS UP HIS SLEEVE THAN A WILY MAGICIAN. I AM CONVINCED THAT THE “IMAGINARY” MASON KNIGHT WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO GET THE STORY STRAIGHT.

ONLY MASON KNIGHT CAN DO THAT. THE WAY HE GOES ABOUT IT MAKES A GRIPPING READ. KEEP WATCHING THIS SPACE.

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Ruth’s Reminiscences, Part 2: Rents fail, and the dawn of the First World War draws near

BOER WAR: RUTH’S FIRST RECOLLECTION OF A CONFLICT.

FIRST WORLD WAR: THE BRITISH AND GERMANS JUST WANTED TO BE FRIENDS, WRITES RUTH.

TWO NATIONS WANTED TO DESTROY EUROPEAN LIFE FOR EVER.

FRANK MORRIS

RUTH PHILPOT EXPRESSES WITH PASSION, VIGOUR, GRACE AND OPTIMISM -- EVERYTHING THAT WAS INCANDESCENT.

I was immediately mindful of those words and images in Australia that were captured so poignantly in a book Weevils in the Flour published a few years ago.

Ruth continued:

Newcastle, where I was born, was truly an industrial town – mainly shipbuilding and coal mines. The river was given the name “Coaly Tyne’ because it had shipyards on both banks.

As far back as I can recall the miners seemed to be striving for better conditions and wages. In the early 1900s -- circa 1909 -- there was big miners’ strike and families were living in poverty.

At the same time dinner tickets were handed out at school to the needy children so they were assured of one good hot meal each school day.

I was fortunate in having parents who were aware of the struggle between the “have” and the “have nots”, [and they] were supporting the miners in their rightful demands; seeing the children stay behind for their free dinner left an indelible impression on the other families, which remains today.

Why should many be destitute while the mine owners and other bosses are so wealthy?                                   

We lived in a house which was one of several in the street owned by the same man. Apparently, landlords were proposing to increase the rents. Dad came home from his Union meeting and reported [that] the decision was not to pay the increase.

So, mum called the six houses in the row and told them [that] she was not paying and advised them not to do so. All but one refused. The others were surprisingly happy, as no pressure was brought to bear upon them.

They thought mother was wonderful!

One of the neighbour’s daughters was so gratefully surprised at mother’s successful action, she said, “if that’s being a socialist than I’m one too.”

Ruth’s “first recollection” of war was when a neighbour, who had served in the Boer War, told her he had shot a man because he wanted the pipe and tobacco the African civilian was smoking.

As a little girl, Ruth “did not think [the neighbour] was bragging; I believed he was ashamed.” However, the war that was to impact with tragic circumstances on Ruth, her family and her friends, waiting in the wings.

In July, 1914, the Daily Mail reported that the British fleet had put to sea “as a precautionary measure.” Prime Minister Asquith told the House of Commons that the situation “at this moment is one of extreme gravity.” On August 1, 1914, Germany declared war on Russia.

IT WAS OFFICIALLY REPORTED BY THE NEWSPAPERS THAT GREAT BRITAIN AND GERMANY HAD DECLARED WAR. THE GRAVE ANNOUCEMENT RECEIVED A LOUD CHEER.

A few days later, on August 5, the Daily News & Leader reported: “It was officially announced … that war was declared between Great Britain and Germany last night.” The paper went on to state that “the grave announcement was received with loud cheers.”

The First World War, or The Great War, as it was called, was under way. The rivalry between the two nations was to destroy European life had as it had been.

Ruth continued:

We lived between two families, of which the matriarchs were sisters. One had nine sons and the other had nine sons and a daughter. The boys from the first family were older, of working age, mostly miners.

Some went to the war. One was a POW in Turkey. As with some of his brothers he did not return.

During the war … my teacher asked us to write a composition. I wrote about a conversation between a British and a German soldier. The gist of it was that neither wanted to kill the other -- they just wanted to be friends.

My teacher’s comment stunned me.

“Most improbable,” she snapped.

The war raged on.

NEXT: RUTH PHILPOT MAKES THE JOURNEY AFTER THE WAR.

<< FRANK MORRIS, THE BOOK COLLECTOR, 2000; GRAND YEARS.

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SKIPPY the bush kangaroo! …

THE VET WAS RIGHT.  BUT SOME TENDER-LOVING BY THE VET HAD MICAH LOOKING AS GOOD AS NEW.

THE END.

GRAND YEARS NEXT APPEARANCE WILL BE ON JUNE 18.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 03 June 21

“Agony Aunts”: Part 2. Pearl Turton would speak to women about their surfing problems

PEARL TURTON AS A PIN-UP CHAMPION.

PEARL TURTON … ALWAYS A SMILE.

SURFABOUT MAGAZINE OF THE 1960s: CHAMPION SURFER, PEARL TURTON, “SPEAKS TO THE GIRL!”

PEARL TURTON

WITH SUMMER CONDITIONS HERE AGAIN, IT IS NOW TIME TO PLAN YOUR WARDROBE.

The fashions for beachwear this summer have not altered a great deal, except that board shorts and tops are, you guessed it, “American” in style, and bikinis are more of the covered-up type – that is, compared to previous years.

For men, however, there appears to be a terrific variety this year and men are showing more and more interest in what they wear. The girls, therefore, will have to keep on their toes and see that they do not slip-back in fashion.

Dear Pearl
I was reading your recent Surfabout Magazine where a lass was wishing to join the ASA. I have written to the ASA and now after reading your article know you do not necessarily need to be an expert at board riding. I love your magazine. I keep most of the pictures … pinned around my (bedroom) room.

THERE’S ONLY ONE PERSON WHO TEACHS YOU ALL THE TRICKS OF THE OF THE SURFERS – ME. GOOD LUCK AND GOOD SURFING.

Dear Jan
Thank for your letter. You will be kept busy this summer. Your room must look bright with the murals pinned on the wall. Hope to hear from you again. If you have any surfing problems at all, do not hesitate to write to me.

Dear Pearl
I am a 17-year-old South Australian girl who is keen on surfing. Near Port Lincoln, where I live, there are many surfing spots … which have proved (to be) extremely popular in the surfing set. I would like to correspond with an Australian or American boy or girl with the same interests. Anyone interested, my address is -----------, Port Lincoln, South Australia.

Dear Gail
Thank you for letter. I would like to hear how the girls in SA are surfing.

Dear Pearl
Several girls who surf at Queenscliff, Sydney, are interested in forming an- all-girls surfboard riders’ club. We are all keen surfers and would like to know how to go about it. Would you please give us some information to help us arrange a club?

Dear (Her name withheld)
Sorry that I have not answered your letter sooner. In fact, I can hardly think of what to suggest now. If you want affiliate with the ASA, get in contact with the Secretary Mr Ray Young and all ask for the particulars on how join … But good luck and good surfing.

<< Surfabout Magazine, Vol 3 and Vol 4. 1964, 1965.

COMING: More “Agony Aunts”: Daintree Coast Chronicle, Queensland; My Weekly, England, 1926.

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Clipper Ships: Flying Cloud -- known as a classic speeder

FLYING CLOUD AND THE WOMAN WHO STEERED IT TO FAME AND FORTUNE.

FRANK MORRIS

THE FLYING CLOUD MADE A BRILLIANT RUN IN 1851. SHE TRAVELLED FROM NEW YORK TO SAN FRANCISCO, A DISTANCE OF 17, 597 STATUTE MILES, AT AN AVERAGE OF 222 MILES EACH DAY.

THE CLIPPER WAS BUILT IN BOSTON TO CARRY PASSENGERS AND CARGO THAT WAS GOING TO THE WEST COAST.

THIS WAS AN ERA OF FAST SHIPS THAT SAILED AROUND CAPE HORN TO ARRIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO, OR OTHER PORTS, AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION.

ACCORDING TO ONE NEWSPAPER, THE BOSTON DAILY ATLAS, OF 1851, FLYING CLOUD WAS OF “GREAT LENGTH … WITH PROPORTIONATE BREADTH AND DEPTH WHICH IS CONDUCIVE TOP SPEEDS.

“THE FLYING CLOUD MUST BE UNCOMMONLY SWIFT … SHE’S A GREAT SHIP”.

SHE REELS OFF SOME REMARKABLE TIMES THAT SEEM TO MAKE HER UNBEATABLE. SHE WAS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS CLIPPERS OF THE CENTURY!

Flying Cloud set the world's sailing record for the fastest passage between New York and San Francisco, 89 days 8 hours. The ship held this record for over 130 years, from 1854 to 1989.

The ship was the most famous of the clippers built by Donald McKay.

She was known for her extremely close race with Hornet in 1853. Having a woman navigator, Eleanor Cressy, wife of Josiah Perkins Creesy, who skippered Flying Cloud on two record-setting voyages from New York to San Francisco; and for sailing in the Australia and timber trades.

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INSIDE COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS …

A NATIONAL SURVEY BY DEAKIN UNIVERSITY HAS REVEALED THAT 80 PER CENT OF ITS RESPONDENTS HAVE MISSED READING THEIR COMMUNTY NEWSPAPERS. NO MATTER WHERE IT IS, THE PAPERS HAVE SOMETHING THAT GETS CLOSER TO THE “HEART OF WHAT IS GOING ON THERE, POLITICALLY”. WE ALSO LEARNED THE 80 PER CENT OF RURAL READERS MISS HAVE A “LOCAL” NEWSPAPER. –FM.

COMING: INSIDE COMMUNITY PAPERS.

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Ruth’s Reminiscences: How a pursuit became really humbling?

NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE AND THE TRAMS IN 1900s.

“WHAT NUMBER OF SENTIMENTS HAVE LIVED AND BEEN REVELLED IN”, AN 18TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHER SAID.

FRANK MORRIS

THE DAY THIS REMARKABLE DOCUMENT ARRIVED MY IMNITIAL REACTION WAS TO TOSS IT ASIDE. BUT I DIDN’T; I COULDN’T.

Alas, to do so would have been to waive an opportunity to connect with someone who, as Southey says, “remembers the days that are no more.”

I was intrigued to admit that I would want to know more about this courageous yet seemingly unassuming person who had apparently lived every minute of her life to the hilt.

The envelope contained nine typewritten pages, the first of which was headed with “Ruth’s Reminiscences”. Instantly, I became locked into Ruth Philpot’s self-effecting reflection on her life.

I was carried by her experiences, which she had recorded only a few years before she died, and the literary maturity with which her story unfolded.

She expressed herself with passion, vigour and grace; her optimism is incandescent.

I was immediately mindful of those words and images of the depression years in Australia that were captured so poignantly in the book, Weevils in the Flour, published a few years ago.

What I had thought was to be an utterly trivial pursuit became at once instructive and deeply humbling.

RUTH’S WRITING IS A MOVING TESTAMENT TO THE COURAGE OF TWO YOUNG PEOPLE. “SHE HAD THIS OUTSTANDING PERSONALITY!” SAID A CLOSE FRIEND.

Born in the north eastern country borough of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, Ruth migrated to Australia in her mid-twenties in 1929. When she arrived from England she settled in Corrimal, near Wollongong, NSW, on the south coast, for a short time.

She moved to Sydney, living in the south-western suburbs for most of her life. She died in August, 1994.

This remarkable document is a moving testament to the courage of two young people, Ruth and her husband. He died in 1975.

Some of Ruth’s writing was based on letters, cards and pieces of paper authored by her husband, which are now in the possession of the National Library, Canberra.

“These papers are a tribute to this outstanding personality and his fine contribution to the working class struggle,” writes a close friend, Joyce Clarke.

Ruth writes:

Time is running out, so also is my hearing and sight. Where to begin and end? Many folks live just because they were born. I was fortunate in having parents who were interested and active in the working class movement and this gave meaning to my life.

Looking backward to the early years of this century -- the 1900s -- is not easy.

We were all offspring, born off working class parents who, fortunately, were well aware of the class division, so we were Labour party supporters. In those days to be Labour was, in the opinion of many, the same as being communist.

My father having left school at eleven, was very much self-educated and keen to encourage us likewise.

LATE IN THE 19TH CENTURY WE, AS MOST FAMILIES DID, LIVED NEAR THE LIBRARY AND HAD ACCESS TO ALL THE GREAT NOVELISTS AND WRITERS OF OUR TIME.

He urged us to “think before you speak” and “think for yourself.” I have tried to follow this advice – not always successfully regarding the former. However, he was a great reader and so were we.

Fortunately, most towns had Carnegie Libraries. In the early years of the 19th century, it was a great advantage for working people and families have free access to books -- fiction and non-fiction.

Ruth indeed was fortunate to have access to the Carnegie Libraries, which stocked all or most of the leading authors of the time: Verne, Bennett, Hardy, Trollope, Poe, the Bronte sisters, Wilde, Shaw and so on.

In fact, a number of them were known to offer books that were “no better than instruments of debauchery.” In a late 18th century play, Polly Honeycombed, the heroine’s father cries out, “A man might and well turn his daughter loose in Convent Garden as trust the cultivation of her mind to a circulation library.”

Well into the 20th century, this sentiment still prevailed.

My mother was not a reader of books. I guess with five children there was not much time. She was a very practical woman. And though my dad’s wage was not large, we were always plainly but suitably dressed and well fed.

<< Ruth’s Reminiscences was written for the Australian Book Collector, October 2000.

Next: Part 2, Ruth’s Reminiscences – The dawn of the Great World War.

GREY STEET, NEWSCASTLE-ON-TYNE.

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Razzle Dazzle Olympic Games: The unassuming Shane Gould shows her mettle at Munich

SHANE GOULD WITH PARENTS AT THE GLOROIUS MUNICH GAMES, 1972. Below: SHANE PROUDLY SHOWING OFF ONE OF HER GOLD MEDALS.

“OH, TRAUMAS OF TRAUMAS! HOW CAN I GET DAD TO REALISE … THAT I AM NOT A KID ANYMORE”. SHANE GOULD’S DIARY ENTRY AUGUST 5, 1974.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

SHANE GOULD WAS AN ADOLESCENT GROWING UP IN THE LIMELIGHT. THE OLYMPIC SWIMMING CHAMPION AND HER FAMILY WERE ALWAYS UNDER CONSTANT PUBLIC SCRUTINY.

BY THE AGE OF 15, SHE HAD WON THREE GOLD MEDALS AT THE MUNICH OLYMPIC GAMES AND WAS ALREADY CLOSE TO RETIREMENT. THE NORMAL PRESSURES OF ADOLESCENCE WERE EXACERBATED BY THE EXPECTATIONS OF A NATION.

LIKE ANY OTHER TEENAGER, HER QUEST AT GROWING UP WAS A CONSTANT STRUGGLE.

BY INDEPENDENTLY REACHING MATURITY AND WANTING TO BE ‘TREATED LIKE AN ADULT’ AND BREAK FREE OF PARENTAL CONTROL AND AUTHORITY, IS WHAT SHE SOUGHT.

HOWEVER, SHE HAD TO DO IT UNDER THE MEDIA SPOTLIGHT.

BY AND LARGE, SHANE GOULD WAS A QUIET, UNASSUMING 15 YEAR OLD WHO WAS THE ‘GOLDEN GIRL’ OF THE 1972 MUNICH OLYMPICS. SHE WAS THE ONLY AUSTRALIAN TO WIN THREE GOLD MEDALS IN INDIVIDUAL EVENTS AT THE ONE OLYMPICS.

SHANE WON THE 200m MEDLEY, 400m FREESTYLE AND 200m FREESTYLE IN CHAMPION-STYLE. IN A MOST DEMANDING PROGRAM OF 11 RACES IN EIGHT DAYS, SHANE WON THE SILVER MEDAL IN 800m FREESTYLE – SWIMMING HER PERSONABLE BEST. SHE ALSO WON A BRONZE MEDAL IN THE 100m FREESTYLE.

SHANE WAS A WONDERFUL AMBASSADOR FOR AUSTRALIA. SHE SET 11 WORLD RECORDS AND, FOR EIGHT MONTHS IN 1972, SHE HELD WORLD BEST TIMES FOR THE FREESTYLE DISTANCES.

IN SUCH A SHORT CAREER – SHE RETIRED WHEN SHE WAS 16 – AND IT IS DOUBTFUL WHETHER ANY OTHER PERSON HAS ATTAINED … OR CAPTURED THE IMAGINATION OF THE SPORTING PUBLIC MORE THAN SHANE.

SHANE WAS NAMED AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR IN 1972; AND HONOURED IN THE INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING HALL OF FAME IN 1972.

<< THE ALBUM OF PRIVATE LIVES: FAMILIES OF NSW, STATE LIBRARY; ALL OF CHAMPIONS, SPORT HOUSE, SYDNEY; FRANK MORRIS.

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Skippy, the bush kangaroo …

CONTINUE...

YOUR NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON JUNE 4.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 20 May 21

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