Grand Years with Frank Morris

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GINGER MEGGS: He’ll reach 100 years young, the little rascal!

GINGER MEGGS, NEXT YEAR, WILL BECOME THE LONGEST SUCCESSFUL COMIC IN AUSTRALIA. GRAND YEARS WILL RUN A SPECIAL FEATURE ON THIS OUTSTANDING CHARACTER … THE LITTLE RASCAL. PLUS A STRIP FROM THE 1940S. ILLUSTRATION BY KEMSLEY.


OZ SPOT: ‘THIS IS THE ABC’ – In 1932, the Australia Broadcasting Commission went to air

A FAMILY GATHERING LISTENS TO THE ABC. Below: THE NATIONAL STUDIO OF THE ABC.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

ON FRIDAY, JULY 8, 1932, AFTER 8PM, IT WAS ANNOUNCED BY MANAGER CONRAD CHARLTON THAT “THIS IS THE AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING COMMISSION” NOW ON AIR.

THE TRANSMISSION IS ESTIMATED TO HAVE REACHED SIX PERCENT OF OUR POPULATION OF 400,000 WHICH TUNED IN FROM AS FAR AWAY AS PERTH.

THE THREE MAIN POLITICAL PARTIES WERE LEAD BY LIBERAL PRIME MINISTER JOSEPH LYONS, LABOR LEADER JAMES SCULLIN AND DR EARLE PAGE OF THE COUNTRY PARTY. ALL THREE MADE THEIR OWN SPEECH, WHICH WAS BROADCAST FROM THREE DIFFERENT CAPTITAL CITIES.

IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF A LONG AND FRUITFUL JOURNEY FOR THE ABC.

THE COMMISSION WAS RENAMED THE AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION IN 1983. IT BECAME NOT ONLY A SOURCE FOR NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT; BUT LIFE SAVING BULLETINS SUCH AS BUSHFIRE, FLOODS, ETC.

IN 1934 THE JOURNALIST, P.C. MURPHY, WAS APPOINTED. THEN FOLLOWED THE ABC’s FIRST FEDERAL NEWS EDITOR, FRANK DIXON, IN 1936 AND THE FIRST CANBERRA CORRESPONDENT, WARREN DENNING, IN 1939.

DENNING DID THE BROADCAST FROM THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE PRESS GALLERY.

TODAY, THE ABC OPERATES FOUR NATIONAL RADIO STATIONS, 54 LOCAL STATIONS, AND 5 TELEVISION CHANNELS. TELEVISION BROADCASTING HAD TO WAIT UNTIL 1956.

<< The full version ‘This in the ABC’ was written by RAHS’s Elizabeth Hefferman; Frank Morris provided extra material involving the news area. 

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TIMELINES: THE HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MEBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
1949
THE REEDS RETURN TO HEIDE IN SEPTEMBER. SUNDAY PLANTS THE HEART GARDEN IN MEMORY OF HER LOVE AFFAIR WITH NOLAN.
1951
THE REEDS MEET PAINTER CHARLES BLACKMAN AND HIS WIFE BARBARA, A WRITER AND ARTISTS’ MODEL. THE REEDS BECOME THE FIRST MAJOR COLLECTORS OF BLACKMAN’S WORK. CONTINUES BELOW.


FOODFROLICO: Drink List for Christmas. The success of Prosecco -- the fastest growing sparkling wine

Prosecco is, internationally, now the world’s most popular sparkling wine, since overtaking Champagne in sales. In Australia, over the past two years, Prosecco’s sales have doubled.

Sparkling wines, such as Prosecco, cannot be classified as a champagne. Originally, Prosecco comes from the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy and uses a grape called “Glera”.

The palate is light, fresh and creamy; and fruit is prominent with aromas of white peaches, pear and citrus.
Proseccos are cheaper to make than Champagne. The secondary fermentation occurs in a pressurised tank; the bubbles are captured and the wine is then bottled under pressure.

WINE BOOK REVIEW …

Prosecco, Luigi Bolton.

Prosecco, the name of an Italian village, is a sort of everyman’s champagne. In part, the author explains, how the change came about is a history of the prosecco wine; also an oral history documenting Italian presence in Britain. When Italian cuisine came to them in Britain, so did Prosecco, said the author, all brought to life through a vivid series of portraits on immigrants. The author adds: “A wine merchant recalled his childhood on Saturdays with his father and uncle at the local winery filling up their demi-johns. But as much as the emergence of Prosecco was a cultural import … it was also determinedly marketed by London restaurants and key wine-making families”.

Available in book store. << Spectrum, 2020.

NEXT: THE WORLD OF DRINK … WITH FLAVOURED GIN!


AUTHORS: Zane Grey, US novelist, knew where all the bad men were!  

THE ILLUSTRATIONS FOR ZANE GREY’S BOOKS ALWAYS DEPICTED THE HERO AS TOUGH AS NAILS. Below: ZANE GREY AT THE PEAK OF HIS CAREER.

GOOD GUYS, BAD GUYS! HE KNEW BOTH KINDS AND LIVED TO TELL THE TALE.

FRANK MORRIS

Zane Grey actually stood face-to-face with gunslingers, gamblers and lawmen which were passed on to him by men in the know. Grey went on to hunt mountain lions with Indians and outlaws with the Texas Rangers.

He knew the good guys and the bad guys of the West – Grey knew both kinds. And he lived to tell about it.

Grey sought out men, real men, and what they had to tell him about Wyatt Earp, Jesse James, Captain McNelly of the Texas Rangers and General George Armstrong Custer left nothing to the imagination.

He would play poker with Arizona card sharks. He would talk and walk with the dance-hall girls until their pretty lips would say, “I’ve told you everything”; and cowboys, who had looked into the icy eyes of William Bonney, Billy the Kid.

He got the fair-dinkum facts about the most gruelling episodes in the history of the West, firsthand.

Take a novel like The Border Legion, for instance. It is based on eye witness accounts of how an outlaw army, led by Henry Plummer and Boone Helm, robbed, murdered and terrorised the town of Alder Gulch on the Idaho-Montana border.

In the end, Plummer and Helm were captured and hanged by a group of vigilantes who took the law into their own hands.

Lassiter, from Riders of the Purple Sage, was one of the most feared guns in the West and gambled his life, and the woman he loved, for one last chance at freedom. This has been perhaps the most popular Western ever written.

The book captured the drama and the nuances of the Mormon struggle for existence that ever took place in the bleak and hostile Utah territory.

Hide-hunter Tom Doan, the figure head of the novel The Thundering Herd, rides to rescue a kidnapped girl, but Doan is trapped between rampaging Comanches and miles of stampeding buffalo.

Grey describes in vivid detail the methods used by hide-hunters as well as virtually every aspect of their lives; his realistic accounts of the killing and skinning of the buffalo have never been surpassed.

There’s also Wildfire, Arizona Ames, Maverick Queen, The Vanishing American and The Hash Knife Outfit, and many others, each written with the hell-for-leather realism that makes Grey one of the most popular of all Western scribes.

In his lifetime, Grey originated more than 90 Western novels. His last abode in Pennsylvania has been taken over by the National Parks Service and turned into a museum.

Grey died in 1939. He was 67.

<< Written from the material of The Grey Zane Library, 1976

BAD GUY: WILLIAM BONNEY, BILLY THE KID.

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TIMELINES:  THE HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
1953
THE REEDS, TOGETHER WITH MAX HARRIS AND BARRETT REID, BEGIN A NEW CULTRAL MAGAZINE, ERN MALLEY’S JOURNAL, WHICH THEY PUBLISH UNTIL 1955. CONTINUES NEXT ISSUE.
TIMELINES SPECIAL: ‘ERN MALLEY’, WRITTEN BY NORMAN MACSWAN IN THE RICHARD HUGHES BIOGRAPHY, IN THE MAN WHO READ THE EAST WIND. NEXT.

GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON NOVEMBER 2.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 19 October 20

THE NEWSPAPER RAINBOW: You can have any colour newsprint of your choice!

HOW THE SALMON PINK NEWSPARER STANDS OUT. Below: EVEN SPORTING NEWSPARERS GLOW IN PINK.

PICK A COLOUR. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT SHADE YOU CHOOSE.

FRANK MORRIS

During the 15th century newspaper owners used to wash dye through the newsprint to get a light shade of pink. Coloured newsprint has been mainly a drawcard for the print industry from the early 19 century.

Newspaper owners made the switch to pink to make their paper look different from others.

In 1917 a Sydney editor wanted to make his newspaper, The Surf, a stand-out at the newsagent, so he’s selected a pink newsprint … until it was unavailable to the industry.

In Australia, in the early 1990s, one of the weekend papers printed their masthead in pink to tie in with the Breast Cancer Awareness promotions.

In the 1970s, I can recall that the Sun changed its race guide to yellow. In return, the Mirror came out with a ‘pink’ race guide.

The Mirror ran a 30 second radio campaign ending “… and now with the Mirror you are always in the pink!”
In Britain, a pink newspaper was usually selected by the financial press.

In 1893, the British Financial Times celebrated its 100 years printed on pink newsprint … to separate it from the Financial News. The newsprint was later changed to the familiar Salmon pink.

The Financial Times was not the only daily journal to use pink newsprint; but the honour goes to many of the sporting newspapers such as the Sporting Times, Sport Argus, Sport Globe, etc.

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TIMELINE: HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
IN THE 188Os ARTHUR STREETON, TOM ROBERTS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE HEIDELBERG SCHOOL PAINTED SCENES FROM THE LOCAL AREA AND, IN THE MEANTIME, PAINTED IT INTO HISTORY.

GRAND YEARS CONTINUES ITS YEAR BY YEAR SOJOURN IN THE FAMILY BUILDING, NAME HEIDE, AFTER THE NEARBY TOWNSHIP IN HEIDELBERG, MELBOURNE.

GY’s LAST ENTRY WAS MADE TWO YEARS AGO, WITH JOHN REED AND SUNDAY QUINN GETTING MARRY, IN 1932. SIDNEY NOLAN NEARLY COMPLETED THE NED KELLEY SERIES IN 1946. CONTINUED BELOW.
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The inventive George Newes, one of the outstanding regenerators of magazine and newspaper publishing in the 19th century, printed the Evening Westminster Gazette in sea green newsprint.,

Newes used all his creative powers to retail this to his would-be readers. He said: “Evening newspapers are largely read by people going home in badly lit railway carriages, omni-buses, etc.

“White paper and black ink may do very well for a reader sitting at home if you are on a steady floor and with sufficient light.

“But to try and read it … in what railway companies are pleased to call a light while jolted about in a railway carriage is very injurious to the eyesight”.

LOOT, the weekly classified advertising newspaper in UK, made every edition a new colour – Monday to Friday.

For example, Monday it was gold; Tuesday, red; Wednesday, green; Thursday, blue; and Friday, Pink.

The image of changing colour to pink for the race guide is also a promotional builder.

The Daily Mirror dragged in some 15,000 extra readers from the Sun Golden Guide just by reinforcing to people that “they are in the pink.”

That was in the middle 1970s.

Promoting a colour, such a pink, is not a bad idea. In the Mirror case, there were thousands of extra readers at stake when looking for a viable pink option.

Frank Morris comment: The Daily Mirror spent a hefty bundle promoting the Pink Race Guide. I think, at this stage, the Mirror printed all the advertisements of the race guide in pink.

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TIMELINE: HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
1947
IN JULY, SIDNEY NOLAN COMPLETES THE KELLY SERIES AND LEAVES HEIDE (THE HOUSE) TO TRAVEL THROUGH QUEENSLAND.
JOY HESTER IS DIAGNOSED WITH HODGKIN LYMPHOMA. SHE LEAVE SWEENEY, HER SON, WITH ALBERT TUCKER WHILE SHE MOVES TO SYDNEY WITH NEW PARTNER GRAY SMITH.
ALBERT TUCKER DEPARTS MELBOURNE FOR EUROPE IN OCTOBER, LEAVING SWEENEY IN THE REEDS’ CARE. CONTINUED BELOW.


BOB ROGERS … His last program ended a 78 year radio career

BOB ROGERS … THE “FIFTH BEATLE”.  (BELOW)

FRANK MORRIS

BOB ROGERS, 93, CALLS IT A DAY. ROGERS ENDED HIS BROADCASTING CAREER LASTING A REMARKABLE SPIRITED 78 YEARS.

ROGERS EARNED THE TITLE OF THE ‘FIFTH BEATLE’ WHEN HE TOURED WITH THE WORLD LEADING POP GROUP, THE BEATLES, IN 1964s.

I MET ROGERS ONCE WHEN HE WAS STARTING 20 PLUS YEARS WITH 2CH, BUT LISTENED TO HIM FROM THE DAYS HE INTRODUCED HIMSELF AS “HIDIE HODIE EVERYBOIE! ON 2UE.

ROGERS WAS A GOOD PAL OF JOHNNY O’KEEFE. EVEN THEN, ROGERS REGARDED O’KEEFE AS “AUSTRALIA’S FIRST GENUINE ROCK ‘N ROLL PERSONALITY”.

IN AUGUST 1959, HE WROTE IN HIS COLUMN FOR A KIDS MAGAZINE, THAT “HE’S PROBABLY NOT THE GREATEST SINGER, BUT GUSHES A FRIENDLY PERSONALITY”.

ROGERS FIRST MET ‘THE WILD ONE’ IN THE 1950s AND BECAME A LONG TIME FRIEND.

ROGERS WAS ONE THE O’KEEFE PALLBEARERS AT HIS FRIEND’S FUNERAL WHEN HE DIED IN 1978.

WILL ROGERS MISS ‘HANGING UP THE HEADPHONES’ OR NOT. I PROBABLY WILL, ROGERS SAID. “BUT AT 93, I THINK IT’S TIME”.

“I THINK IT’S TIME!” SAYS BOB ROGERS.


LET’S LAUGH WITH THE CAT …

“WHO IS THE SMARTEST ONE?” ME!


YOUR DOG: Boxer dogs show great strength of character

NO WONDER I GOT OFF TO ROCKY START. MY NAME SAYS IT ALL!

FRANK MORRIS

MATE, I AM A BOXER. FANCY CALLING DOGS A BOXER! SOME EXPERTS SAY THAT THEY SEE SOME TERRIER STRAIN IN MY SMOOTH-HAIRED COAT AND THE WAY I LOOK. I SAY NO. BY AND LARGE, MATE, I AM A BOXER. I AM RECOGNISED AS A BOXER, IT’S THAT SIMPLE.

My name is Beau. I didn’t like at first, but that’s the way things go.

After all that is explained, I feel like a dog who has gone twelve rounds with a bruiser in a rough and tumble fight.
They reckon I’m tough. The answer is … no! I can hold my own, but tough, no.

Mate, I am medium-size dog with basically a fawn shaded undercarriage, white chest and paws and black snout.

The fact that I hail from Germany is a tell-tale sign. I am five years of age – that 25 years in human terms – and feeling good for my age.

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TIMELINE: HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
1948
SIDNEY NOLAN MOVES TO SYDNEY FROM QUEENSLAND. HE MARRIES CYNTHIA REED ON MARCH 25, CAUSING A PERMANENT ESTRAGEMENT WITH THE REEDS.
IN AUGUST, THE REEDS AND SWEENEY TRAVEL TO EUPOPE FOR A YEAR AND MEET WITH ALBERT TUCKER IN PARIS TO DISCUSS SWEENEY’S FUTURE.
THEY ALSO ARRANGE TWO EXHIBITIONS OF NOLAN’S NED KELLY SERIES IN PARIS AND ROME.
JOY HESTER AND GRAY SMITH RETURN TO MELBOURNE, SETTLING AT HURSTBRIDGE. CONTINUED NEXT WEEK.
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Do I understand the German language? No.

My owner is well read, though. She is a professor of science and, from what I hear, she is very high up the totem pole.

I was dozing in the shade when I heard her tell a friend all about my forbears that I was a descended from a Bullenbeisser crossed with a mastiff-type dog, bulldog and possibly a Great Dane too boot.

Mate, now I know why people get me confused with Great Danes. “What is he?” yells a fella from a truck. “A Great Dane,” was the reply.

“Geeze.” I felt like crying.

In the past, mate, I was told we used to control cattle in the slaughterhouses and were originally bred to be guard dogs. We were there to chase off the villains, rascals and thieves.

But I’m pleased that’s all behind me. On the whole, I love home and the harmonious family atmosphere that goes with it.

My owner takes me on long walks along the beach front where we stay for hours. I am off the leash and meet with my friends, especially a female boxer. That’s my kind of life!

I eat well. I sleep like a kitten. I’m taken to the vet for a check-up. I’m content – yes, that’s the word. No stress, no foibles.

And do you what, mate? I’m the dog who prefers to make love rather than bark!


VALE: HELEN REDDY, THE SINGER, HAS DIED AT THE AGE OF 78. REDDY WAS QUEEN OF 1970s POP. HER HITS INCLUDED I AM WOMAN, DELTA DAWN AND AIN’T NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY.
CONGRATS: ONE OF SYDNEY’S PREMIER ATTRACTIONS, LUNA PARK, IS 85 YEARS YOUNG. ARTIST ARTHUR BARTON CREATED THE SPECIAL MAGIC AT LUNA PARK WHICH OPENED IN 1935.

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 19.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 05 October 20

JACK’S FAREWELL: Twelve months ago the surf at Cronulla was awash with red roses

FROM NEAR AND FAR, FORTY SURFERS WISH JACK HAS A SAFE JOURNEY.

“OF WINDS AND WATER THAT WILL CARRY HIM TOWARDS HIS DESTINY …”

FINE WORDS WERE SAID ABOUT THE WORLD-WIDE PHOTOGRAPHER/JOURNALIST JACK EDEN. THE FORTY ODD SURFERS FROM NEAR AND FAR, EACH HANDED A RED ROSE, TURNED UP TO WISH JACK BON VOYAGE ON HIS LAST TRIP IN A CALM SEA AT CRONULLA. JACK’S SON, JOHN, READ A POEM AT HIS FUNERAL SERVICE WHICH I THOUGHT SUMMED UP THIS SPLENDID OCCASSION. JACK EDEN DIED LAST YEAR ON SEPTEMBER 29. THEN, ON OCTOBER 6, HIS ASHES WERE SCATTERED AND THE SURFERS SAID GOODBYE TO JACK AT CRONULLA BEACH.  FRANK MORRIS.

THE SURFER

Waves churn.
The lone surfer stares,
searching for that one.
Perfection.
Of wind and water
that will carry him
as his board,
glides along
the watery plain
towards his destiny …


FLASHBACK: Jack Eden … His “Surfing Sixties” photo exhibition was a smash hit in Cornwall

SURFING LEGEND, BOBBY BROWN

A LESSON IN LENSMANSHIP.

TRISTAN’S PHOTO GALLERY IN WADEBRIDGE, CORNWALL, UK, IN THE LATE 1990s, TOOK ADVANTAGE OF EDEN’S STATUS AND INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION AS A PHOTOGRAPHER!

MATTEW ARNEY, ALEX WADE, OF UK

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

ITS SUNNY LOCATION AMID THE SURF BEACHES OF NORTH CORNWALL IS A PERFECT LOCATION FOR A COLLECTION OF RARE HAND-PRINTED BLACK AND WHITE IMAGES BY THE “FOUNDING FATHER” OF AUSTRALIAN SURF PHOTOGRAPHY, JACK EDEN.

DESCRIBED AS “THE PHOTOGRAPHIC BIOGRAPHER” OF AUSTRALIAN SURFING HISTORY, EDEN SHOT THE MAJORITY OF THE IMAGES BETWEEN THE LATE FIFTIES TO THE LATE SIXTIES, MAINLY AROUND THE TOP BEACHES OF AUSTRALIA AND HAWAII, FOR HIS MAGAZINE SURFABOUT.

IN THE MEANTIME, HE STUDIED THE ART OF DEVELOPING AND PRINTING TECHNIQUES BY HIS CORRESPODENCE WITH LEGENDARY AMERICAN ANSEL ADAMS.

THIS PEDIOD, “THE SURFING SIXITIES”, WAS A TIME OF GREAT TRANSITION. THERE WERE GROWTH AND EVOLUTION IN SURFING, AS BOTH NEW MATERIALS AND DESIGNS ALLOWED FOR GREAT PROGRESSION IN THE WATER.

AS A RESULT, MORE YOUNG PEOPLE PURSUED A RELAXED AND CAREFREE LIFESTYLE – AT THE BEACH.
EDEN CAPTURED THE ACTION TAKING PLACE ON THE WAVES; AND ALSO THE FASHION, THE CARS AND THE MUSICIANS, AND ATTITUDES OF THAT BLOSSOMING, OF THE AUSTRALIAN BEACH SCENE.

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ABOUT JACK EDEN …
FROM THE MID 1990s, THE JACK EDEN’S SURFABOUT REVISITED COLLECTION WAS ONE OF THE MAJOR EXHIBITIONS TO RECOGNISE THE INPUT OF JACK’S WORK DURING THE SURFING SIXTIES.
JACK’S EXHIBITION STARTED IN PERTH AND WENDED ITS WAY ACROSS AUSTRALIA. OVERSEAS, IT WAS SHOWN AT THE TRITAN’S GALLERY, CORNWALL, ENGLAND. – FM.
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NO WONDER THIS PART OF AUSTRALIA HAS BECOME A NATIONAL FRONTIER.

THE SIXTIES WERE SOMEWHAT PROPITIOUS FOR THE SURFING INDUSTRY. EDEN’S SURFABOUT MAGAZINE OPINED THAT “WE’VE COME OF AGE ON THE WAVES”.

IT WAS SURFING EVOLUTION AND REVOLUTION ALL IN ONE.

EDEN HAS COMPRISED WELL COMPOSED AND ARTFULL AESTHIC ACTION SHOTS, TAKING PORTRAITURE AND PHOTOJOURNALISTIC LIFESTYLE AS SUBJECT MATTER.

HIS PHOTOGRAHY TRULY CAPTURED THE INNOCENCE AND ESSENCE OF SURFING IN THE SIXTIES.
AMONG THE PRINTS ARE CLASSIC IMAGES FROM THE FIRST SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP HELD AT MANLY, AUSTRALIA, IN 1964.

THIS IS THE ONLY TIME THAT ANY OF THESE WORKS HAVE BEEN DISPLAYED IN EUROPE; THEY HAVE EXTENSIVELY TOURED MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA.

<< This story was written in 1999 and published in Grand Years in 2008.

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ABOUT JACK EDEN …
OF THE SURFING SIXTIES, JACK WAS QUITE LITERAL ABOUT THOSE TIMES. “IN THE ERA WE WERE REGARDED AS BUMS.
“BUT FOR SOME REASON A LOT OF THOSE BUMS WERE TOP SURFERS; MANY OF THEM WERE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED. IN THEIR DAY, THEY WERE PRETTY IMPORTANT PEOPLE.
“THERE WERE JUDGES, BARRISTERS, LAWYERS, AND BIG BUILDERS. YOU NAME IT”. – FM.
 


After The Surf: Final.  When Australian’s first surfing magazine bit the dust, the “surfing sixties’ hit our shores!

LEE CROSS AND THE AUSTRALIAN SURFER. Below: LEE CROSS, ALWAYS SMILING.

THE 1960s PROVED TO BE A GROUND-BREAKING DECADE. IT HERALDED THE BEGINNING OF THE SURFING REVOLUTION!

FRANK MORRIS

BACK IN THE 1960s, LEE CROSS WAS AN ARDENT AND CRUSADING BOARDRIDER.

CROSS, JACK EDEN AND BOB EVANS WERE ALL RESPONSIBLE BOARDRIDERS WHO PRODUCED – AT VARYING TIMES -- A NEW GENRE OF PUBLISHING – THE SURFING MAGAZINE.

BUT CROSS WAS FIRST TO EXPLOIT THIS NEW FORM OF PUBLISHING BY PRODUCING THE FIRST TO HIT THE STREET, THE AUSTRALIAN SURFER.

HE PURLOINED, I AM TOLD, THE IDEA FROM AMERICA. THE LOS ANGELES-BASED PUBLISHER, ROBERT PETERSEN, PUBLISHED THE FIRST JOURNAL FOR THE BURGEONING US BOARDRIDING POPULATION CALLED SURFING MAGAZINE.

PETERSEN’S EFFORT WON KUDOS FROM SURFERS ALL OVER THE WORLD.

THE 1960s WAS TO PROVE A GROUND-BREAKING DECADE FOR AUSTRALIA. IT HERALDED THE START OF THE SURFING REVOLUTION.

IN AUGUST 1961, I STOOD ALONGSIDE THE PRINTING PRESS AT A SMALL SYDNEY PRINTERY THAT WAS SPEWING OUT SHEETS OF CROSS’S HISTORY-MAKING JOURNAL, THE AUSTRALIA SURFER.

I WASN’T ALONE. OWNER OF THE MAGAZINE, LEE CROSS, WAS STANDING ON OTHER SIDE. WE ONLY HAD A BRIEF CONVERSATION. THEN HE LEFT.

NOW, LONG FORGOTTEN, ARE A FEW DIEHARDS WHO STILL TREASURE THEIR COPIES OF SURFING MAGAZINES.

CROSS, ONLY 19, AND A KEEN BOARDRIDER, BELIEVED THAT SURFING SHOULD BE GIVEN MORE ENCOURAGEMENT AS A WORLD-WIDE SPORT.

“WHEN PETESTSEN’S PUBLICATION REACHED AUSTRALIA, I RECALLED SAYING ‘WELL IF THEY DO IT … WE CAN DO IT’”, CROSS WAS QUOTED AS SAYING.

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ABOUT JACK EDEN …
MANLY CELEBRATES ITS 40 YEARS OF MALIBU SURFING IN 1996. THE MANLY ART GALLERY & MUSEUM HAD A SPECIAL INTEREST IN THE BEACH AND THE WAY IT TRANSFORMED PART OF OUR COMPLACENT LIFE.
SUFFICE TO SAY THAT THE MALIBU OR LONGBOARD BECAME AN INSTANT HIT ON THE AUSTRALIAN BEACHES. IN 1964, MIDGET FARRELY WON THE FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AT MANLY.
ONE PERSON WHO SAW IT ALL, AND PHOTOGRAPHED THE PERSONALIES, THE CHAMPIONS AND THE CROWDS WAS JACK EDEN. CONTINUES BELOW.
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CROSS DECIDED TO PUBLISH A MAGAZINE WHICH WOULD PROFILE THE BEST SURFING SPOTS, SHOW HOW TO RIDE A SURFBOARD, AND SHOWCASE THE LOCAL CHAMPIONS WITH PHOTOGRAPHS AND ARTICLES.

THE PAGES WERE PEPPERED WITH ILLUSTRATIONS AND JOKES BY ART STUDENT DAVID LETTS WHOSE WIT AND WISDOM BROUGHT ON LOADS OF SMILES.

“ALTHOUGH I FELT A HUGE ERROR IN REDUCING THE PRESSRUN FROM 3000 TO 2000 COPIES”, THE JOURNAL’S EDITOR SAID, “MY ESTIMATE WAS NOT THAT MANY SURFERS WERE ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN THE SPORT AT THE TIME”.

AT SUCH A CRITICAL PERIOD, HE WAS CERTAINLY MISGUIDED.

“THERE WAS NO INTRODUCTION, EDITORIAL OR LETTERS PAGE AT THAT TIME”, SAID THE AUTHOR, PAUL SCOTT, OF A PAPER HE PRESENTED TO GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY IN 2005.

“WHILE AN ADVERTISEMENT THAT URGED READERS NOT TO MISS THE NEXT ISSUE, ISSUE NUMBER 3, WOULD NOT APPEAR”.

WRITER KERRY YATES, OF THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S WEEKLY, ENTERED THE FRAY WHEN THE MAGAZINE WAS UP AND RUNNING.

“CAN I REALLY RIDE A BOARD FROM INSTRUCTIONS IN A BOOK”? WAS ONE FIRED AT CROSS IN KERRY YATES DOUBLE-PAGE FEATURE FOR THE MAGAZINE.

“A SUNTANNED BLOND, THE 19-YEAR-OLD SYDNEY SURFER, CROSS HAD SHOWN ME A COPY OF THE AUSTRALIA SURFER JOURNAL WHICH HE HAD WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED HIMSELF”, SHE WRITES.   

“GRAB YOUR SWIMSUIT NEXT SUNDAY MORNING … AND WE’LL FIND OUT”, CROSS SAID. KERRY YATES SAYS “YES”.

CROSS “TOLD ME A LITTLE ABOUT HIMSELF AND WHY HE WROTE HIS BOOK ON SURFING”. SINCE HE LEFT HIGH SCHOOL … HE WORKED WITH AN WELL-KNOWN ADVERTISING COMPANY.

AMAZING WIT. ‘GOING FAR?” “NO – ONLY A MATTER OF A FEW FEET!” (DAVID LETTS, AUSTRALIAN SURFER, 1961).

HE BRANCHED OUT TO THE UNKNOWN FEAR OF PUBLISHING A MAGAZINE ON SURFING WITH “HELP OF HIS TEENAGE SURFING MATES” THAT WOULD GARNER THE DESERVED PUBLICITY.

“I TRIED AND TRIED TO STAND UP IN ONE ACTION, AS THE BOOK SAID … BUT I CAN’T EVEN DO THAT ON LAND”’ KERRY WROTE.

“AFTER ABOUT 30 MINUTES I LEARNT TO STAND IN A STRICTLY NON-FEMININE FASHION; I COULD STAND UP, I WAS SURE THAT I’D BE A SURFBOARD RIDER ONE DAY”.

IRONICALLY, BY THE TIME EDEN’S SURFABOUT APPEARED ON THE SCENE (THERE WAS ONLY A WHISKER IN IT) CROSS’S TRIAL-BLAZING AUSTRALIAN SURFER HAD FOLDED.

SURFABOUT’S PRINT-RUN WAS 10,000 COPIES ALL OF WHICH EVAPORATED IN A WEEK.

SURFING WAS HOT. THE HARDCORE WEEKEND WARRIOR AND BEGINNER LITERALLY DEVOURED THE INK OFF THE PAGES!

<< ADAPTED FROM THE ARTICLE, HOW WAVES WERE TAMED (UNPUBLISHED) BY FRANK MORRIS.

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ABOUT JACK EDEN …
HIS IMAGES FROM SURFABOUT MAGAZINE REVISITED COLLECTION FORM AN IMPORTANT SECTION OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVE OF GREAT SPORTS.
THIS COMPREHENSIVE IMAGERY OF SURFING HISTORY, COMPILED OVER 1O YEARS, PROVIDES A UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO THE STYLES AND PERSONALITIES BEHIND AUSTRALIAN SURFING.
MIDGET FARRELLY AGREED. “THE LATE FIFTIES AND EARLY SIXITIES WERE ECLETIC TIMES FOR SURFING. GREAT TRANSITIONS WERE MADE IN A SPORT THAT HAD BEEN THE OBSCURE DOMAIN OF THE SURFLIFESAVING MOVEMENT”. – FM.
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NEXT ISSUE OF GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON OCTOBER 9.

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

THE SURF NEWSPAPER: The only journal to concentrate on surf-riding activities!

ISABEL LETHAM, REGARDED AS THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN WOMAN TO RIDE A SURFBOARD. HER IMPACT UPON SURF CULTURE WAS UNDENIABLE.

DURING DUKE KAHANAMOKU’S VISIT TO AUSTRALIA IN 1915, THERE WAS A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN SURF “RIDERS” AND SURFBOARDS. HE WON A SWAG OF GOLD MEDALS FOR SWIMMING AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES. BY 1923, THE DUKE HAD BEEN BEATEN ONLY ONCE IN FOUR YEARS -- BY JOHNNY WEISSMULLER. Below: AUSTRALIA’S FIRST, THE SURF JOURNAL.

DUKE KAHANAMOKU CAME TO AUSTRALIA AND BOARD RIDING TOOK OFF, SUDDENLY.

FRANK MORRIS

DECEMBER 1, 1917! THERE WAS THE FIRST WORLD WAR, OR THE EUROPEAN WAR, WHICH HAD BEEN RAGING FOR OVER 2 YEARS. ANOTHER EVENT, ON A MUCH LOWER KEY THAN THE WAR EFFORT, WAS THE LAUNCH OF THE “WORLD’S FIRST SURFING NEWSPAPER” – THE SURF.

"THE JOURNAL PROVIDED SOME FASCINATING INSIGHTS TO THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF BEACH CULTURE IN THE LAST YEARS OF THE GREAT WAR. PRODUCED IN 1917, THE SURF LASTED FOR 20 ISSUES AND FOLDED ON APRIL 13, 1918.

INITIALLY, IT WAS PRINTED ON PINK NEWSPRINT.

THE SURF WAS A UNIQUE AND DETAILED WEEKLY, AND WAS POSSIBLY ONE OF THE ONLY JOURNALS IN THE WORLD TO FOCUS PRIMARLY ON SURF-RIDING AND OTHER BEACH ACTIVITIES.

“IT MUST BE REMEMBERED THAT BEFORE THE 1960s THERE WAS VERY LITTLE IN THE WAY OF YOUTH MAGAZINES AND SURF MAGAZINES THAT WERE TO BECOME IMMENSELY POPULAR”, SAID JOHN OGDEN, SALT WATER PEOPLE”.

“FOLLOWING DUKE KAHANAMOKU’S SURFING DEMONSTRATIONS IN SYDNEY DURING 1914-15, IT WOULD BE EASY TO IMAGINE THE GROWTH OF AUSTRALIAN SURFRIDING WOULD BE SEVERELY LIMITED BY THE NATION’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE WAR”, NOTED ONE RESEARCHER.

“FOR THE ACTIVE AND HEDONISTIC, THE CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT OF SURF-SHOOTING AND SURFBOARD RIDING WAS STARTING TO MAKE THEIR PRESENCE FELT”.

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SURF’S UP …
“ALTHOUGH IT SEEMS THAT ALL YOU NEED IS A BOARD AND A WAVE TO GO SURFING”, A NEWSPAPER SAID RECENTLY, “THERE IS MUCH MORE THAN JUST BALANCING ON A FOAMY CREST”. TOO RIGHT. FIRST OF ALL, YOU NEED A BOARD THAT MAKES YOU, UM, HAPPY. YOU NEED A BOARD THAT HAS BEEN BUILT BY ONE OF THE LEADING CUSTOM BUILDERS IN THE AREA. IF THE MAKER IS PROUD OF THEIR BRAND, AND IT’S POSITION IN THE MARKETPLACE, SO SHOULD YOU BE. – FM.
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HAILED THE SURF NEWSPAPER, “CONTRARY TO EXPECTATION, THE NUMBER OF SURF-RIDERS AND SURFBOARDS CONTINUED TO DRAMATICALLY INCREASE”.

THE NEWSPAPER WAS POSSIBLY WAS OF “THE FIRST IN WORLD” TO CONVERGE “ON SURFBOARD RIDING AND BEACH ACTIVIES” PARTICULARLY WITH THE NATIONAL EXPOSURE OF THE KAHANAMOKU TOUR.

THE SURF NEWSPAPER WAS EARMARKED A “JOURNAL OF SPORT AND PASTIME” AND WAS PUBLISHED BY CON DREW, A KNOCKABOUT JOURNALIST.

CONCENTRATING ON BONDI BEACH, THE LEAD ARTICLE WAS SURF SHOOTER AND SIREN LARGELY WORKED ON BY DREW. WITH THE ARTICLE, THE JOURNALIST NOTES THAT CONTRIBUTIONS WERE PENNED BY THE ‘LADY REPORTER’ AND THE ‘RELIGIOUS REPORTER”.

FROM THE SECOND ISSUE, BASED ON SANGUINE REPORTS OF THE READERSHIPS, THESE ADDITIONAL CORRESPONDENTS SUCH AS COOGEE (BY CORK-SCREW), MANLY AND CRONULLA (BY DARKIE) AND NEWCASTLE (SHOOTER) WERE ADDED.

A FEW HINTS BY FRANK FORAN’S SURFBOARD SHOOTING FOR THE BEGINNERS WAS SIMPLY THIS: “TO STAND ON THE BOARD, CATCH THE WAVE BEFORE IT HAS BROKEN”.

SEVERAL BOARDRIDERS WERE REPORTED BUILDING THEIR OWN BOARDS.

BY IMPLICATION, ARTHUR STONE, OF BONDI, SET A FIRST FOR THE ‘INDUSTRY’ (WAS HE THE START OF THE BOARDBUILDERS?) AND MANUFACTURED THEM FOR  OTHER RIDERS.

“SOME BOARDS WERE EXTREMELY BIGGER AND HEAVIER”, SAID A RESEARCHER. “BIGGERS BOARDS WERE PROBABLY BUILT FOR THE LARGER RIDER. THE EXTREME LENGTH WAS “GREATER THAN 10 FEET”.

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SURF’S UP …
WHEN THE WAVE CURLS OVER CREATING A HOLLOW THAT’S CALLED A BARREL … A PERSON WHO RIDES A BOARD WITH THE RIGHT FOOT FORWARD AND LEFT FOOT BACK IS A GOOFY-FOOT … A LEASH, AKA AS A LEG ROPE, IS USED TO ATTACH THE BOARD TO A SURFER’S LEG … DOING A 360 IS SPINNING THE BOARD RIGHT AROUND IN THE AIR. –FM.
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“IT WAS EMPHASISED THAT HEAVY WEIGHT WAS KNOWN TO RETARD PERFORMANCE.

“THE ONLY REFERENCE TO DÉCOR IS THAT ONE BOARD AT BONDI WAS PAINTED WHITE TO CONTRAST IT WITH THE STANDARD SIMPLE TIMBER GRAIN. THIS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN STRICTLY DECORATIVE BUT THE USE OF PAINT MAY HAVE BEEN THE EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE SEALING OF THE TIMBER OR TO DISGUISE EXTENSIVE REPAIRS”.

THE PAPER WAS THE ENTERPRISE OF EDITOR AND JOURNALIST CON DREW. MOST ISSUES HAD ONE PAGE OF TURF, SAILING, SWIMMING AND CRICKET, THEATRE REVIEWS AND A CONTINUING “HIGHLY DRAMATIC” SERIAL DREW PENNED EVERY WEEK.

THE FIRST EDITION OF THE SURF APPEARED ON PINK NEWSPRINT AND SOLD FOR 1d – ONE PENNY – AND IT WAS REPORTED TO HAVE SOLD OVER 5000 COPIES.

IT WAS ONE OF THE FEW NEWSPAPER PRINTED ON PINK NEWSPRINT IN AUSTRALIA. IN DREW’S CASE, IT WAS BECAUSE IT MADE HIS PAPER LOOK APPEALING.

ACCORDING TO A RESEARCHER, THE PUBLISHER FAILED TO SECURE ENOUGH PINK NEWSPRINT AND THEREFORE THE PRICE WENT UP TO 2d PER COPY. THE COST FOR NEWSPRINT THE WAS GIVEN AS THE REASON.

WHEN THE PAPER FOLDED THE CIRCULATION WAS IN “EXCESS OF 6000 COPIES”.

DREW, OR SOMEBODY ELSE, LATER REINVENTED THE SURF NEWSPAPER AS THE SURF AND SUBURBAN NEWS.

<< Surfresearch.com.au; Frank Morris’s How the waves were tamed!

NEXT: Nothing happened until 40 years later when the ‘Surfing Sixties’ hit our shores!

THE SURF. A SEEMINGLY OVER EMBELLISHED MASTHEAD, IT WAS A BEST-SELLER.

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SURF’S UP …
IN THE LATE 1800’s, US AUTHOR MARK TWAIN (SAMUEL CLEMENTS) BECAME THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL LITERARY LUMINARY TO VISIT AND PUBLICISE NEW ZEALAND.
DEEP DOWN, TWAIN WAS A LITERARY NOMAD. ABOUT THE SAME TIME, HE BECAME ONE OF THE EARLIEST AMERICAN’S TO TRY TO SURF. TWAIN DABBLED IN SURFING WHILE VISTING HAWAII IN 1866.
HE WROTE ABOUT THE ADVENTURE IN HIS BOOK, ROUGHING IT. – FM.

 


SILENT SCREEN: Some old favourite Aussie female stars of the silent era!

NELLIE STEWART AS SWEET NELL IN COUSENS SPENCER’S 1911 PRODUCTION OF SWEET NELL OF OLD DRURY.

FRANK MORRIS

IT WAS MEMORABLE DAY, DECEMBER 2, 1911. THE PRODUCER SAID ONE HIS GREATEST SUCCESSES WAS SWEET NELL OF OLD DRURY STARRING NELLIE STEWART.

IN THE FIRST WEEK, OVER 12,000 PEOPLE HAPPILY PAID FOR ADMITTANCE TICKETS; WHILE NELLIE RECEIVED A RECORD FEE OF 1000 POUNDS PLUS A SHARE OF THE PROFITS.

AS A RESULT, NELLIE PLAYED ROLE OF SWEET NELL FOR ALMOST 12 YEARS ON THE AUSTRALIAN STAGE. NELLIE STEWART WAS FAMOUS AS THE ORANGE GIRL.

EVERYTHING ASSOCIATED WITH SWEET NELL WAS CONNECTED WITH THE THEATRE, A FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT HE KNEW QUITE WELL. NELLIE STEWART, AS IF THE SCREEN WERE A STAGE, WAS AWAYS THERE.

THIS FILM DID NOT IMMORTALISE THE NAME OF DIRECTOR RAYMOND LONGFORD.

IT TOOK THE SENTIMENAL BLOKE TO PROVIDE THE LEGENDARY FAME. DOUBTLESS, LONGFORD FOUND
THIS FILM TO BE ONE OF HIS MOST REWARDING AS A DIRECTOR.

<< Eric Reade: The Australian Screen, Lansdowne Press, Melbourne; 1975, has given me further assistance.


The “Agony Aunts”: Part 1. They speak to the women about their problems!

DOROTHY DIX IN 1896, THE TIME SHE WROTE HER FIRST COLUMN. Below: MARJORIE PROOPS, THE “AGONY AUNT” WHO SERVES A LEGENDARY PERIOD WITH THE DAILY MIRROR (UK).

HOW OFTEN HAVE YOU HEARD THE EXPRESSION, “LET’S CALL DOROTHY DIX”. IT’S BEEN PREVALENT IN GENERAL CONVERSATION AND THE MOVIES SINCE ‘DD’ BECAME A POPULAR FIGURE.

DOROTHY DIX        Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

What would you do if you had a husband who came to you and told you he was tired of you and the baby, and bored to death with domesticity and he wanted you to let him go?

Would you hang on to his coat tails … or would you open the door and shoo him out?

This is the question asked by one of my readers and she pleaded with me to help her decide. She said her husband is a good man, who had always been a kind husband and father, and that she loves him very dearly.

But somehow or other matrimony has palled upon his palate and no longer interests him and he yearns irresistibly for his old bachelor joys.

And, he says, that if she will only give back his freedom he will provide amply for her and the child. And the poor bewildered wife, to whom this strange proposition has been made, doesn’t know what to do.

If it were I, I should speed the parting guest and facilitate his departure. I should say to such a husband, “Take your clothes and go”. And I would do this for several good reasons.

First, because there is no other position in the world as humiliating as for a wife to know that she is holding her husband by a legal bond and not but the tie of affection.

He feels that his home is a prison that he leaves with joy … comes back with loathing of an evening. And that the marriage tie to him is nothing but a fetter that chafes him every minute of his life.

I can conceive of nothing else so terrible for a wife to have to endure as to feel that her companionship is an affliction to her husband. To observe that he looks at her with half-concealed hatred and to know this his one idea of happiness is to get away from her.

Bitter must be the bread she eats and wet with tears her pillow.

Women sometimes have enough courageous hypocrisy to keep up the pretence of loving husbands of whom they have tired, and of whom they would gladly be rid. But no man takes the trouble to try to deceive his wife about his real feelings toward her.

If he is tired of her he yawns in her face. If he has ceased to love her … he tells her of it in a thousand ways that are like many daggers thrust through her heart.

Therefore the woman whose husband wants to go, it is wise to let him go. Love is the champion jail-breaker of the universe. There is this strange thing about love … love is what we want and to hold on to it.

The more slippery it becomes the more eager to hold it when it gets away from us.

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DEAR DEL …
DEAR DEL’S QUESTIONS WERE FULL OF TODAY’S FRUSTRATIONS. THERE WERE SOME THAT WERE SPIKEYAND HONEST. BUT, ON THE WHOLE, LARGELY TRUE TO LIFE. THERE WERE OTHERS THAT MADE HEADLINE NEWS. HER REAL NAME WAS DEL CARTWRIGHT. DEL WAS WITH THE DAILY MIRROR FOR ABOUT SIX YEARS. SHE ASSISTED ME SEVERAL TIMES IN JUDGING OUTSIDE ASSIGMENTS. SHE WAS THE AGONY AUNT I REALLY GOT TO KNOW. -- FM.
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FRANK MORRIS COMMENT

DOROTHY DIX STARTED WRITING FOR WOMEN IN THE 1896. A PROMINENT JOURNALIST AT THE TIME, HER REAL NAME WAS ELIZABETH GILMER.

SHE THEN STARTED TO WRITE UNDER NAME OF ‘DOROTHY DIX’, AND MILLIONS READ HER SYDICATED COLUMNS IN NEWSPAPERS GLOBALLY. THE FIRST PAPER SHE WROTE FOR WAS THE NEW ORLEANS PICAYUNE.

IN 50 YEARS, SHE HAD AMASSED SOME 60 MILLION READERS. THIS COLUMN IS FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, 1912. DIX WAS BORN IN 1861 AND DIED IN 1951.

<< A problem for wives by Dorothy Dix, San Francisco Examiner, 1912.

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DOROTHY DIX …
STRANGE THINGS HAPPENED AFTER THE GROWING SUCCESS OF DOROTHY DIX.34
THE WORLD OF NEWSPAPERS STARTED A SIMILAR COLUMN – OR STOLE THE IDEA --- WITH COLUMNS IN THEIR WOMEN’S PAGES FILLED WITH SUITABLE WOMEN PICKED TO OCCUPY THE ROLE OF “AGONY AUNTS”.
ALL OF THE “AGONY AUNTS” – ESPECIALLY DEAR DEL – ON PAPERS AND MAGAZINES I WORKED FOR WERE OUTSTANDING. – FM.

 


WHO'S QUEEN OF THE CASTLE...

I AM.

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 21.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 02 September 20

WORLD WAR 2: Unforgettable memories of a schoolgirl

JOAN AS A YOUNG WOMAN WHO WITNESSED THE WAR AS A SCHOOLGIRL. Below: OVERSEAS PAPERS ALSO FEATURED THE WORDS ‘WAR DECLARED’ ON GERMANY.

JOAN, IN HER EIGHTIES, AS A SCHOOLGIRL, USED TO EXCHANGE LETTERS AND PHOTOS WITH AN AMERICAN SAILOR. “BUT WE NEVER MET”, SAID JOAN.

THE FRONT PAGE OF THE NEWSPAPER WERE HUGE LETTERS – “WAR DECLARED”.
ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

BORN IN 1930, JOAN McLEOD REMEMBERS INCIDENTAL MOMENTS OF WAR AS SHE WITNESSED IT AS A 9 TO 15 YEAR OLD SCHOOLGIRL. SHE LIVES IN ROCKDALE, NSW. SHE WRITES …

WHEN MEN OF 18 YEARS ENLISTED IN THE ARMY, THEY WERE TO GO OVERSEAS TO FIGHT THE GERMANS WHO HAD INVADED POLAND. THE FIGHTING HAD SPREAD TO OTHER COUNTRIES. WE BACKED ‘MOTHER ENGLAND’.

SOME WOMEN JOINED THE NURSING FRATERNITY. THERE WERE ALSO THE LAND ARMY GROUPS WHO WORKED IN FACTORIES, AMMUNITION, ETC, TO REPLACE THE MEN WHO HAD ENLISTED IN THE FORCES.

EVERYONE WAS ASKED TO BUY ‘WAR BONDS’ TO ASSIST THE ‘WAR EFFORT’ WHERE POSSIBLE. I KNITTED WOOLLEN KHAKI SOCKS. AT HOME, OUR MUM MADE ‘PULL THRU’S’ FOR ARMY RIFLES.

OUR CITIES HAD BEEN EFFECTED BY ‘BROWN OUTS’. WHICH MEANT AT NIGHT ALL WINDOWS, ETC, HAD TO BE COMPLETELY COVERED.

I REMEMBER THE AIR RAID WARDENS WHO CAME AT NIGHT CHECKING WINDOWS – AND LOOKING SKYWARD FOR ENEMY PLANES. CONTINUED BELOW.


Let’s Laugh …

SYDNEY CARTOONIST JOHN NEAL WAS AS BOISTEROUS AS SOME OF THE CHARACTERS THAT COME OFF HIS DRAWING BOARD. AND CABBIE, ONE HIS PROTÉGÉS IS NO EXCEPTION. CABBIE SOARED TO FAME AS SOON AS HE APPEARED. JOHN DREW THE POPULAR BLUEY AND CURLY STRIP FOR A SUNDAY NEWSPAPER IN THE LATE 1970s, SO HE KNEW WHAT “HAVING A LAUGH” REALLY MEANT. – FRANK MORRIS.


WORLD WAR 2: Wilfred Burchett – the best and bravest correspondent I’ve ever known, says Richard Hughes

ATOMIC PLAGUE: “THOSE WHO EXCAPED BEGIN TO DIE”. Below: BURCHETT: “I WRITE THIS AS A WARNING TO THE WORLD”.

BURCHETT’S TERRIFYING JOURNEY TO HIROSHIMA.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

IN THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST 1945, THE MOST TERRIBLE WAR IN HISTORY WAS OVER.

TWO GREAT FLARES OF LIGHT THAT SUBDUED ALL OTHER NATURAL LIGHT AS THE WORLD’S FIRST ATOMIC BOMBS WERE DROPPED PRESAGED THE END.

THE JAPANESE CITIES OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI WERE VIRTUALLY WIPED OUT OF EXISTENCE.

WHEN HUGHES READ THE FIRST EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE DESTRUCTION OF HIROSHIMA, WHICH THE DAILY TELEGRAPH PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 6, 1945, HE PUSHED HARDER FOR PERMISSION TO GO TO JAPAN.

HE ARGUED THAT HE KNEW THE COUNTRY, SOME OF THE LANGUAGE AND MANY OF THE WAR-TIME LEADERS.

HIS APPETITE WAS WHETTED BY THE MAGNIFICENT REPORT TURNED IN BY WILFRED (PETER) BURCHETT, AN AUSTRALIAN THEN WORKING FOR LONDON’S DAILY EXPRESS.

BURCHETT BLUFFED HIS WAY FROM TOKYO TO HIROSHIMA, ARMED ONLY WITH A 45 CALIBRE PISTOL, A JAPANESE PHRASE BOOK, AN UMBRELLA, AND A WEEK’S SUPPLY OF RATIONS.

HE TRAVELLED BY TROOP TRAIN WITH JAPANESE OFFICERS AND TROOPS, UNSMILING IN CASE THE OFFICERS THOUGHT HIM TO BE GLOATING OVER JAPAN’S SURRENDER.

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ABOUT WILFRED BURCHETT …THE WORLD WAS IN SHOCK! BURCHETT WAS NOT REPRESENTING ANY AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER AT THE TIME HE FILED HIS WORDLWIDE SCOOP ON THE ATOM-BOMBED HIROSHAMA. HE WAS A STAFF REPORTER FOR THE DAILY EXPRESS (LONDON), AND HE COVERED THE PACIFIC WAR FOR THAT NEWSPAPER FROM THE START.  CONTINUED BELOW.
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BURCHETT’S TERRIFYING JOURNEY ENDED WHEN HE CLIMBED OUT OF A WINDOW OF THE TRAIN AT HIROSHIMA’S EMPTY SHELL OF A STATION. HE WAS ARRESTED AND HELD FOR ONE NIGHT; BUT AGAIN HE TALKED HIS WAY OUT OF THE DILEMMA.

HE WALKED FOR SEVERAL KILOMETRES INTO THE CITY AND AS FAR AS HE COULD SEE FOR KILOMETRES AROUND THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT ABOVE THE GROUND BUT RUBBLE.

FOR SOME SIXTY-FIVE SQUARE KILOMETRES THERE WAS HARDLY A BUILDING STANDING.

BURCHETT SAID IT WAS THE MOST TERRIBLE AND FRIGHTENING DESOLATION HE HAD SEEN IN FOUR YEARS OF WAR REPORTING.

FIRES WERE STILL SMOULDERING AND THERE WAS A PECULIAR ODOUR; SOMETHING LIKE SULPHUR.

BURCHETT WAS LATER DESCRIBED BY HUGHES AS ‘ONE OF THE BEST AND BRAVEST CORRESPONDENTS I’VE EVER KNOWN”.

<< Excerpts from The Man Who Read The East Wind, a biography of Richard Hughes, Extraordinary Correspondent, by Norman Macswan; 1982; Kangaroo Press, Sydney.

A BUILDING, PARTLY DEMOLISHED, WAS THE ONLY EDIFICE LEFT STANDING IN SIXTY-FIVE SQUARE KILOMETRES.

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ABOUT WILFRED BURCHETT …
BURCHETT’S SCOOP ON HIROSHIMA (“THE ATOMIC PLAGUE – I WRITE THIS AS A WARNING TO THE WORLD”) APPEARED IN THE EXPRESS UNDER THE BYLINE “PETER BURCHETT”, A MIX UP ON THE PART OF THE EDITOR, ARTHUR CHRISTIANSEN, WHO PERSONALLY SUB-EDITED BURCHETT’S STORY. – FM. << FROM AUSTRALIAN BOOK COLLECTOR, FEDRUARY, 2000.
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WORLD WAR 11: Final. Unforgettable memories of a schoolgirl

THIS AFTERNOON AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPERS, LIKE ALL PAPERS THROUGHOUT THE GLOBE, SAID “WAR OVER: OFFICIAL”. Below: THE THREE WHO DIDN’T GET AWAY – THIS ONE BEING HAULED TO DRY LAND.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

EVERYONE, INCLUDING THE KIDS, WAS ISSUED WITH A RATION BOOK AND COUPONS FOR DIFFERENT ITEMS SUCH AS MEAT, BUTTER, SUGAR, TEA AND CLOTHNG ETC. I THINK IT WAS THE BASIS OF A MONTHLY ALLOWANCE.

EVERYTHING WAS PRETTY SCARCE. WE HAD AN ARMY TO FEED. SOME PEOPLE DUG AIR RAID SHELTERS IN THEIR OWN BACKYARDS. TO HELP THE MORALE OF OUR SERVICEMEN, WE WERE ASKED WRITE LETTERS.

ALL I CAN RECALL OF THE JAPANESE SUBMARINE ATTACK IN SYDNEY HARBOUR

 WAS THE NOISE, THE SIRENS AND THE SEARCHLIGHTS.

(SPEEDY DEFENCE FROM THE ARMY FOILED THE ATTACK BY 3 MIDGET SUBMARINES. TWO WERE SUNK IN SYDNEY HARBOUR. THE THIRD MIDGET SUB ENDS UP EVENUALLY TWO MILES OR SO FROM THE HARBOUR. – FM.)

I EXCHANGED LETTERS AND PHOTOS WITH AN AMERICAN SAILOR WHO WAS TRANSFERRED FROM MICHIGAN. WE NEVER EVER MET. AMONG THE PHOTOS WAS A COPY OF THE SIGNING OF THE TRUCE WITH JAPAN ON BOARD THE AMERICAN WAR SHIP.

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HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI …
KOKO KONDO, 75, HAS PLEDGED TO FIND THE PERSON WHO DROPPED THE BOMB AND LEFT NEARLY 200,000 DEAD. SHE APPEARED ON THIS IS YOUR LIFE IN 1955. ALSO APPEARING WAS CAPTAIN ROBERT LEWIS, CO-PILOT OF THE ENOLA GAY. KONDO CHANGED HER MIND. HER ENCOUNTER WITH LEWIS MADE HER REALISE THIS. “YOU SHOULDN’T HATE THIS PERSON … I SHOULD HATE THE WAR ITSELF”. – FM.
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AFTER THE USA JOINED THE WAR IN 1942, SYDNEY BECAME INUNDATED WITH AMERICAN SERVICEMEN. THE AUSSIE TROOPS USED TO SAY THE YANKS WERE ‘OVERSEXED, OVERPAID AND OVER HERE!’

THE WORLD CELEBRATED WHEN THE WAR ENDED.

IN AUGUST, 1946, I MET JOE McLEOD WHEN I JUST TURNED 16. HE HAD BEEN RELEASED FROM THE ARMY AFTER SERVING 5 LONG YEARS. HE WAS 24 YEARS OLD AND STILL GETTING ATTACKS OF MALARIA, WHICH HE CONTRACTED IN NEW GUINEA.

HE HAD SCRUB TYPHUS IN NG WHICH NEARLY TOOK HIM OFF. HIS PARENTS RECEIVED NOTIFICATION FROM THE ARMY IN NG THAT THINGS WERE BAD.

LUCKILY, HE PULLED THROUGH. JOE AND I MARRIED IN 1950.

<< This is an adapted letter from Australia at War 1939-1945: Letters and personal anecdotes; Bobby Barter; MSS.


JANE …

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ABOUT ERIC LAMBETH, AUTHOR …
THE BIG-BOOK WAS TWENTY THOUSAND THIEVES PUBLISHED IN 1951. IT WAS A STORY BASED ON HIS SOJOURN DURING WORLD WAR 11. WHEN HE MANAGED TO PRODUCE OTHER BEST-SELLING NOVELS – THE VETERANS, WATERMAN, HIROSHIMA REEF, ETC – HE DID SO WITH UNBRIDLED PASSION, HONESTY AND COMPASSION. HE WAS 48 WHEN HE DIED. – FM.

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GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 4.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 20 August 20

WORLD WAR 2: Dear Daddy … twelve-year-old girl kept her father entertained!

THIS VERY SPECIAL “SECRET” LETTER FROM ANN ASKED HER FATHER TO SEND HER SOME MONEY “SO SHE CAN BUY HER MOTHER A CHRISTMAS PRESENT”.

SELECTED BY FRANK MORRIS

<< Australia Today, Australia Post magazine, Dec/Jan 2011.

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ABOUT ERIC LAMBERT, AUTHOR …
AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR ERIC LAMBERT HAS OFTEN BEEN REFERRED TO AS AN ‘AUSTRALIAN HEMINGWAY.’ ON THE PUBLICATION OF WATERMEN HE WROTE TO ME “… ONCE AGAIN THE LONDON TIMES CALLED ME THE AUSTRALIAN HEMINGWAY FOR THE THIRD TIME. AT LEAST IT’S MADE ME READ SOME OF HIS WORK! …”  BOTH MEN WROTE OF WAR – BOTH SERVED AS SOLDIERS. THEIR APPROACH TO WARFARE WAS DIFFERENT. THEIR STYLE OF WRITING HAD NOTHING IN COMMON. ZOE O’LEARY, A BIOGRAPHY. – FM.
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JANE …

JANE WAS A ROBUST AND UNASHAMEABLE STAR OF THE MOST INFAMOUS EROTIC COMIC OF THE 20TH CENTURY! IT APPEARED AS A WEELKY FEATURE IN THE UK DAILY MIRROR. A LOT OF BRICKBATS WERE HURLED AT THE PAPER, BUT THAT DID NOT STOP THE TROOPS FALLING IN LOVE.

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ABOUT ERIC LAMBERT, AUTHOR …
TWO BIG NOVELS CAME FROM ERIC LAMBERT, ONE OF WHICH WAS THE TWENTY THOUSAND THIEVES. HERE IS WHAT LAMBERT WROTE IN HIS WAR DIARY WHICH WAS USED IN THE BOOK; BRUTAL WAR SCENES AND HEROIC: “WE WERE DIVE-BOMBED BY STUKAS – WICKED, BRIGHT COMPETENT THINGS, ONE WITH A WAILING KLAXON. BEARD, HIT BY THE SAME SHELL, LAY BLEEDING TO DEATH. MACHINE GUNS … AND THE BULLETS AS THEY PASSED ME WERE LIKE COMETS. – FM.
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FLASHBACK: The day America bombed Japan -- and it brought an end to the war!

THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB WIPED OUT HIROSHIMA AS FAR AS THE EYE COULD SEE. Below: THE BOMB, OR LITTLE BOY, THAT WAS DROPPED ON HIROSHIMA.

WAS THIS THE END OF THE WORLD 75 YEARS AGO?

FRANK MORRIS

TO JAPAN, THE WORLD WAS COMING TO AND END. COULD IT BE THE END?

IT WAS AUGUST 6, 1945.

PEOPLE WERE STILL IN THE STREET AND THEY STARTED TO RUN. BUT, TO WHERE?

IT WAS STILL EARLY MORNING.

THE SIRENS BEGAN TO BLAZE THEIR DEADLY SOUND.

SOME PEOPLE STAYED AT HOME. SOME PEOPLE LOOKED FROM THEIR WINDOWS, ONLY FOR A BRIEF MOMENT.

WHAT DID THEY SEE? THEY COULD NOT SEE ANYTHING ONLY THE CLOUDSLESS SKY. THE BOMB WAS FALLING AT A RECORD RATE.

OTHERS WERE CLOSER TO GROUND ZERO. ALL THEY HEARD WAS THE DULL SOUND OF SOMETHING FALLING.

THE YOUNG PROPLE WERE TRANSFIXED. THEY COVERED THEIR EYES.

THEN, AFTER SNAKING ITS WAY THOUGH THE OPENESS, THERE IT WAS. THE FIRST URANIUM ATOMIC BOMB. IT WAS ABOUT TO SHED ITS DEATH ON EVERYONE WHO STOOD IN ITS WAY.

IT ONLY HAD SECONDS TO GO. “THEN I COULD FEEL THE EARTH SHAKE AND IT TOSSED ME SEVERAL FEET IN AIR”, ONE OF THE SURVIVOR’S SAID. “I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE”.

IT WAS THE MOST DEVASTATING PERIOD IN JAPANESE HISTORY.THE ATOMIC PLAGUE WAS FALLING FROM THE SKY.

THERE WERE BODIES ALL OVER THE PLACE.

MANY HOUSES COCOONED THEIR DEAD. GROTESQUE HUMAN SHAPES WERE EVERYWHERE.

“THEY HAD DIED MYSTERIOUSLY AND HORRIBLY” ONE REPORTER WROTE. A TROOP OF MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN WERE STANDING AROUND A LAMP POST NOT TALKING BUT WEEPING AND CRYING,

EACH CLUCHING THEIR HEINOUS WOUNDS.

A SCHOOL GIRL CAME OUT OF A BUILDING, IN RAGGED AND DUST RIDDEN CLOTHES, AND WALKED PAST A GENTLEMAN WITH HIS EYE BALLS IN HIS HANDS.

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REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE …
“WHEN THE ATOMIC BOMB WAS DROPPED ON THE JAPANESE GARRISON TOWN OF HIROSHIMA IT WAS THE FIRST EMPLOYMENT OF A WEAPON WHICH MAY END THE PACIFIC WAR WITHIN DAYS OR WEEKS. IT WAS AN EVENT MARKING A REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE IN THE WAY HUMANITY LIVES”. FROM OSMAR WHITE, AUSTRALIAN CORRESPONDENT.
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THE HUNDREDS WHO WERE ALIVE WISHED THAT THEY WERE DEAD.

THE CITY AND OUTLYING VILLAGES WERE FLATTENED INTO THE EARTH AROUND THEM.

THE ATOMIC BLAST WAS MADE UP OF BLACK CLOUDS. WHEN IT COLLIDED WITH THE EARTH, METAL SPRANG FROM THE BOMB AND SPRAYED EACH PASSER BY AS THEY CAME INTO CONTACT. THE SHRAPNELL SCATTERED. THE BOMB WAS SEEN 25 TO 30 MILES FROM ITS IMPACT.

THE CITY WAS IN MOURNING.

THE AIR WAS PUNGENT. PUNGENT BEYOND BELIEF. THE DARK CLOUD HAD SETTLED. IT WAS SLOW IN DISSIPATING. IT WAS MONTHS BEFORE ALLIED SOLDIERS COULD DETERMINE THE EFFECTS OF THE FIRST URANIUM ATOMIC BOMB USED IN A WAR.

IT’S HARD TO KNOW WHAT THE WORLD THOUGHT OF THIS ACTION.

HIROSHIMA WAS THE UNLUCKY CITY.

A FEW DAYS LATER IT WAS NAGASAKI’S TURN.

THE BOMB CHANGED EVERYTHING. THE FOUR YEARS WAR HAD ENDED.

THE WORLD HAD CHANGED DRAMICALLY.

JAPAN WAS TOLD: “NOW QUIT!”. AND THEY DID.

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“INHUMAN ACT” …
“MAIN REASON WHICH DROVE THE ENEMY TO USE THE NEW ATOMIC BOMB ON HIROSHIMA IS IMPATIENCE AT THE SLOW PROGRESS OF THE PROJECTED INVASION OF JAPAN’S MAINLAND”. DOMEI NEWS AGENCY … THE FIRST WESTERN JOURNALIST TO ENTER HIROSHIMA WAS AUSTRALIAN WILFRED BURCHETT ONLY DAYS AFTER THE BOMB WAS DROPPED. – FM.
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FRANK MORRIS COMMENT …

Japan was losing the war. Her plight was she was out of steam. Japan’s bid to dominate other countries in the Pacific was drying up.

Australia could never forget the times it was attacked.

On that eerie day in Darwin, hundreds of people were killed. Then, in Sydney, there were two Japanese submarines sunk in Sydney; and the third sunk about 2 miles or so from the harbour.

Japanese troops and bombs struck hard at Pacific bases in their plan for a rapid command.  The Japanese put up a gargantuan tussle to dominate all of the Pacific bases.

I wonder if Japan ever thought it would have an atomic bomb explosion right in middle of its country. Not once, but twice.

“Though most of the groundwork for the plan of attack … had been done, President Harry S. Truman had to make the major decision of whether or not to drop the atomic bomb on Japan”, a book reveals.

He did. The ‘Atomic Age’ was born. The Japanese had already been sent an ultimatum demanding that they surrender “unconditionally”.

The first atomic bomb to be used … it burst over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. And August 9, another bomb was dropped on the city and naval base of Nagasaki.

Japan surrendered.

In Hiroshima alone, this action cost Japanese nearly 200,000 lives whose footprint would disappear from this earth.
They were the bombs that stopped the war.

But dropping the bombs was inhuman.

THE MOST DEVASTATING PERIOD IN JAPANESE HISTORY.

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V-E DAY. MAY 8 -- THE WAR IN EUROPE IS OVER. AUGUST 15 – JAPAN MEETS DEFEAT IN THE PACIFIC.
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Let’s Laugh …

OH, NO! EATING AND DRINKING EVERYTHING IN SIGHT IS A NO-NO!

COMING: The ‘belly boards’, by Jack Eden in a 1964 issue of Surfabout, have amazing speeds and manoeuvrability. Jack Eden pointed out why they were here to stay.

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 21.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 06 August 20

Chasing ‘lady luck’: Australia has always been a nation of gamblers!

THE COINS ARE IN THE AIR, HOW WILL THEY FALL. Below: A ‘SPINNER’ USES A TWO-UP ‘STICK’ TO TOSS THE COINS INTO THE AIR.

WELCOME TO THE TWO-UP GAME! IT’S HERE TO STAY. THE DAY AUSTRALIAN GAMING ALSO HIT THE HIGH STRAPS WAS WHEN PROTESTATIONS LAMENTABLY FAILED TO PENETRATE THE AUSSIE PSYCHE.

FRANK MORRIS

The accursed gambling bug began to get a toe-hold back in the early days of settlement. An intriguing game called pitch-and-toss – a forerunner to two-up – allegedly found its way from England and gained a fanatical following throughout the scattered communities.

By 1809, “the aggressive gambling trait that was to make the Australian character famous” was further stimulated by organised carnivals of horse-racing and trotting.

No doubt impressed by the gaiety and community spirit that had pervaded the colony, Governor Macquarie, a year later, authorised the building of Sydney’s first ‘official’ race track at Hyde Park.

By the turn of the century Australians, well and truly caught in the grip of gambling, were summarily accused of being “incapable of serious work”.

The days when gambling was nothing more than a frivolous pastime are long gone. To be sure, Australians are born gamblers.

The origin of the game has been traced to China and to English provincial sport. It is scarcely necessary, however, to go much farther back in history than our own early days.

In 1804, the Sydney Gazette, in an article on the evils of gambling, recommended “the dispersion of the Little Chuck-farthing mob that generally assembles at one of the wharves in the course of the afternoon”.

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ABOUT AGED CARE/RETIREMENT VILLAGES …
THE WORKING CARER IS RAPIDLY BECOMING A GROWING COHORT IN SOCIETY. THIS IS BECAUSE THE AUSTRALIAN POPULATION IS AGEING. THE PERIOD 2011 TO 2029 WILL EXPERIENCE THE “MOST DRAMATIC GROWTH” AS THE BABY-BOOMERS REACH RETIREMENT AGE. THE “BOOMERS” WERE BORN BETWEEN 1946 AND 1964. THE GROUP ARE READY FOR RETIREMENT. – FM.
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These are normally run, on organised lines and under strict control, in (a thing) called an alley.

Figures in the two-up world are the centre, centre man or ringie, the ringkeeper and the spinner, who tosses the coins – the famous expression, “Come in, spinner”.

The alley clerk, a battler who arranges bets for the player – especially if the latter is inexperienced; the sleeper catcher, a person who picks up bets that have been on the floor too long, this regarded as a legitimate perquisite.

There are alley loafers, moneyless players who are never allowed a seat round a ring, the toe-rag – a hobo or dead beat – a head, a professional gambler, a grouter, a gambler who passes until the chances are in his favour, and, of course the virgin or mug (a non-professional) known among the experts.

The small piece of board, upon which two pennies for spinning are rested, is called the kip, stick, bat or kiley.

Frank Morris comment: In the colonial times right up to 1970s there existed a broad-range of cheating in the two-up game. There were double-tail and double-headed pennies, for example, the spinners palming one of the pennies, and trickery – even while the pennies are in air – were tantamount. A legalised form of two-up was declared in 1989 NSW and 1991 in Victoria on Anzac Day.

<< The Australian: Yarn. Legends. Ballads by Bill Wannan; 1979. The Australian Guide to Poker Machines published by Clubman Books, Sydney; Frank Morris, 1983.

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ABOUT AGED CARE/RETIREMENT VILLAGE …
THE WORKING CARER IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT LINKS IN THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHAIN. A CRISIS CAN HAPPEN AT ANY TIME, AND IT USUALLY DOES. INVARIABLY, IT HAPPENS AT THE WORST TIME IN A WORKING CARER’S LIFE. THE WORKING CARER HAS ALREADY HAD A TASTE OF THIS MISFORTURNE, AND IT WILL CROP UP MANY TIMES IN THIS VITALLY ESSENTIAL UNION OF THEIR TOGETHERNESS. – FM.


FAMOUS WOMEN: Final. The brilliant career of Miles Franklin

FRANK MORRIS

TO ROUND OUT THE CIRCLE, WHEN HER WILL WAS MADE PUBLIC IT SHOWED THAT FRANKLIN LEFT “SUFFICIENT CAPITAL” TO PROVIDE AN “ANNUAL SUM” FOR THE BEST WORK OF FICTION PUBLISHED BY AN AUSTRALIAN WRITER AND NOT NECESSARILY PUBLISHED IN AUSTRALIA.

THE PRESTIGIOUS MILES FRANKLIN PRIZE WAS FIRST AWARDED TO PATRICK WHITE FOR VOSS. IN 1995, DURING THE DEMEDENKO/DARVILLE CONTROVERY, THERE WAS AN OUTCRY OVER THE SEEMING DEBASEMENT OF THE MILES FRANKLIN AWARD FROM THE RANKS OF AUSTRALIAN LITERARY AND INTELLECTUAL CIRCLES.

THE LATE HELEN DANIEL, THE EDITOR OF AUSTRLIAN BOOK REVIEW, ACCUSED THE JUDGES OF MAKING THE AWARD – AND THE MILES FRANKLIN NAME “THE BUTT OF JOKES … THE TARGET OF RIDICULE”.
REGARDLESS OF THIS STAB IN THE BACK, MILES FRANKLIN WOULD BE IN THE PANTHEON OF GREAT AUSTRALIA WRITERS OFF ALL TIME. – FM.
 


SKATEBOARDS: The boom in the sport has given it an Olympics debut

SKATEBOARDER, FROM QUEENSLAND, DISPLAYS THE TALENT THAT MADE HIM AN OLYMPIC SKATEBOARD CONTENDER FOR NEXT YEAR.

SKATEBOARD LEGEND, FROM WESTERN AUSTRALIA, CONCENTRATES ON HIS MOVE IN THE MANNER HE WILL ADOPT FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES. Below: AN AMERICAN DOWN HILL EVENT WHEN ONE COMPETITOR BITES THE DUST.

SKATEBOARDING MAKES ITS DEBUT IN NEXT YEAR’S TOKYO OLYMPICS AS A WORLD COMPETETIVE SPORT. THE AUTHOR WROTE THIS PIECE ON SKATEBOARDING IN 1965 FOR SURFABOUT MAGAZINE. IT WAS BECOMING A BOOM SPORT EVEN THEN. THE SKATEBOARDING CRAZE STARTED IN THE USA AROUND THE MIDDLE OF 1950s. IT HAS BEEN BOOMING EVER SINCE. LEARN HOW THE USA AND AUSTRALIA DEVELOPED THIS METRORIC RISE IN THE NEW FOUND SPORT.
ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS    STORY BY PETER CLIFTON

“One thing is for certain”, I overheard a surfer telling his mate, “the fact that after surfing had been going for five years, there was not as many surfboards as there are skateboards today”.

Skateboards have been around in Australia for twelve months and have sold so fast that even the surfing manufacturers are still shaking their heads.

That’s why board manufacturers are wondering why they never got into the field?

Until recently, no one seemed to take them seriously.

Parents passed it over as a teenage fad; while police looked frowningly upon this and hoped it would be another teenage pastime which would soon be over.

Like the early days of surfing, skateboarding drew a great deal of controversy and criticism. The old adage “all publicity is good publicity” shopkeepers started to look up and say, “Well, I might try one and see how it goes”. And so they did!

The skateboard boom had erupted.

Just by taking an old pair of skates and nailing them to the bottom of a 2 x 4 piece of wood had become an industry.

Many of the first Australian versions, some of which were still around, were not that much better than the original 2 x 4 specimens.

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ABOUT AGED CARE/RETIREMENT VILLAGES …
THE FACT THAT A CRISIS WORKS IN ITS OWN TIME IS ILLUSTRATED BY THIS CASE STUDY: “I WAS OVERSEAS WHEN DAD HAD A BLACKOUT. HE WENT INTO HOSPITAL FOR A CHECK-UP. HIS CONDITION HAD DETERIORATED SO MUCH THAT THE DOCTORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS SUGGESTED HE GO INTO RESPITE CARE”. FM.
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Now, with American influence -- conscious of broken elbows and knees -- skateboarding had become a discerning sport; and more boards – high quality ones, of course – were released.

In California, the city which never closes, the sport had really hit a bullseye.

The biggest selling magazines in America carried articles with captions such as, “Provide the land-locked surfer with another outlet for his frustrations”.

Or, the smaller magazines like Side Walk Surfing, No Room at the Beach, Real Sport, shows why skateboarding had become one of leading sports in the world.

Life and Sports Illustrated, the highbrow magazines of many thousands of readers, claimed it as the fastest growing sport on the West Coast of America.

Several championships, with lucrative prizes, were set up around where iconic skateboarding was a popular activity. It spread throughout the USA.

The Americans John Severson, Joey Cabell and Butch Van Ardstalen, set up a slalom course of beer cans where one started at the top of a hill and was judged on speed, manoeuvrability and style.

“Well, take two slightly longer skateboards”, explained Cabell, “take off the wheels … and wait until it snows … and you’re ready to go skiing”.

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ABOUT AGED CARE/RETIREMENT VILLAGES …
RESPITE CARE ASSISTS CARERS TO TAKE A BREAK FROM THE CARING ROLE. SHORT-TERM RESPITE CARE CAN BEEN ARRANGED IN YOUR OWN HOME, OR IN A RESIDENTIAL CARE FACITLTY. CARING FOR SOMEONE FULL TIME IS PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY DEMANDING. “IN-HOME RESPITE” SERVICE – HALF DAY, OVERNIGHT – PROVIDES HOME CARE AND PERSONAL CARE SERVICES. – FM.
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The appeal of skateboards is extended to a far wider market. People up to age 35 to 40 are pre-eminent in the world of skateboarding. It has spread from coastline to country … with its fast-growing popularity in the US.

A leading Australian spokesperson, says he expects winter to exceed summer in skateboard sales. He adds: “What better way to stay in form than skateboarding”.

In America in 1964, the skateboarding records are more than interesting:

THE fastest time is by George Cooley, in California. The record is 42 miles per hour and was set in July last year in Sunset Boulevard behind a GTO coupe.

THE longest single ride recorded is down the mountain pass separating the East and West Coast of Oahu, Hawaii. From top to bottom is 3 ½ miles.

THE steepest ride in not known in Australian, but many refer to the Gladesville Bridge, that is commonly perceived as “the Waimea Bay”, of skateboarding.

<< Adapted from The Skateboarding Boom by Peter Clifton, Surfabout Vol 3, No 1 1964.

COMING: The Presence of Uluru, once called Ayers Rock, is arguably one of our best-known natural landmarks. Ayers Rock was named Sir Henry Ayers in 1873.

1970 AMERICAN SKATEBOARD RIDER PUTS ON A ‘REAL OLYMPIC’ PERFORMANCE.


INSIDE NEWSPAPERS: Notable newsman starts a flagship-printing empire!

CUMBERLAND PRESS, SIMILAR TO THIS, WAS STARTED IN 1933.

AUSTRALIA’S LOSS OF REGIONAL AND SUBURBAN PRESS OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS HAS BEEN AWSOME. AND THERE ARE MORE ON THE BRINK OF CLOSURE. 
FRANK MORRIS

IN 1843, TWO YEARS AFTER THE SYDNEY HERALD (NOW THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD) WAS IN BUSINESS, THE PARRAMATTA CHRONICLE AND CUMBERLAND GENERAL ADVERTISER BECAME THE FIRST AUSTRALIA COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER MASTHEAD.

IN 1887, CUMBERLAND ARGUS AND FRUITGROWER’S ADVOCATE WAS BORN AND IT WAS THE “RECOGNISED” LOCAL PAPER WITH THE LARGEST CIRULATION IN AUSTRALIA’S ‘SECOND-OLDEST’ CITY. THE ARGUS CONTINUED TO BE THE ‘BIBLE’ OF NORTH-WESTERN SYDNEY.

IN 1933, EARL WHITE CAME ON THE SCENE AND WAS FOUNDER OF CUMBERLAND NEWSPAPER GROUP.

WHITE WAS BORN IN ARMIDALE, NSW, AND ITCHING TO BECOME A NEWSMAN. HE JOINED THE CUMBERLAND ARGUS – ONE OF A HANDFUL OF PENNY NEWSPAPERS – AT AGE 17. HE THEN MOVED TO THE SUN AS A NEWS AND COURT REPORTER. WHITE WAS ONE OF MANY TO BE LAID OFF DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION.

UNDAUNTED, HE LAUNCHED THE PARRAMATTA ADVERTISER, A FREE NEWSPAPER, IN 1933. RUPERT MURDOCH TOOK OVER THE CUMBERLAND GROUP IN FEBRUARY 1960, FOLLOWING “A BIDDING WAR” WITH SIR FRANK PACKER.

<< Frank Morris, Press Box Newsletter, No 1, l99(3); SMH, May 28. 2020. 


Let’s Laugh …

GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON AUGUST 7, 2020.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 23 July 20

THE “VOICE”: Marconi wireless will be retrieved from Titanic

THE VOICE OF THE TITANIC, ONE OF THE HIDDEN TROVES.

THE REMOVAL OF THE TITANIC MARCONI WIRELESS, ONE OF THE HIDDEN TREASURES OF THE WRECK, WAS DECIDED IN A LANDMARK COURT CASE. A US JUDGE “GRANTED PERMISSION FOR A SALVAGE FIRM TO CUT INTO THE VESSEL AND RETRIVE A MARCONI WIRELESS,” REPORTED THE TELEGRAPH, LONDON.
FROM GOVERNMENTS AND LEADING ARCHAEOLOGISTS APPLICATIONS WERE SWEPT ASIDE. THE PAPER REPORTED, THE RMS TITANIC INC SAID THAT THE TITANIC IS DETERIORATING SO QUICKLY THAT PRECIOUS ITEMS, INCLUDING THE WIRELESS, MUST BE RESCUED” FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. – FM.


FLASHBACK: Titanic, 100 Years ago … The man who never was!

THE TITANIC WRECK: HANGING ON LIKE GRIM DEATH. Below: THE LONDON HERALD REPORTED THAT THE SINKING WAS ALL-OUT “MURDER”! CITY, REGIONAL AND COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD CARRIED THE STORY.

" I COULDN’T CONTAIN MYSELF. THE SHIP, WHAT SHIP?”

FRANK MORRIS

The autumnal afternoon shadows begun to fall like a damask curtain over this city. The year was 1974. It has been otherwise a perfect April day. It was mid-afternoon when I walked out of the building and headed for the bar. Today was a slow-news day. It left me feeling bedraggled.

When I reached the wine bar the shower, which wasn’t there, had now accumulated enmasse. When I walked in there were a few people talking to Wendy, the hostess. Wendy spotted me. She poured a white wine and pushed it towards me, and disappeared.

I looked at the old railway clock perched on the far bar-wall. It was 3.30pm. I flicked through the late final editions of both newspapers. Newswise, it had been a slow day.

Rain is a funny thing. It comes and it goes. I found myself humming this poem:

The rain has drifted,

The cloudless heaven shines softy.

The air is still, the sea is calm.

I hummed away.

Then I searched for my papers. I was going home.

“Are you looking for these,” he asked. His presence had snapped me out of my reverie. He was clean-shaven, had thin hair and dressed in an expensive suit.

He made himself comfortable.

“You don’t mind if I berth here, my friend. I need to rest awhile.”

Can I buy you a beer? He shook his head.

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ABOUT US IN 1973 …

MASSIVE INCREASE IN SPENDING OF $67 MILLON ON ABORIGINALS … LIZ REID BECAME THE FIRST WOMEN’S ADVISER TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT … QUADRAPHONIC SOUND INTRODUCED COMMERCIALLY … NEVILLE WRAN BECOMES OPPOSITION LEADER IN THE NSW PARLIAMENT … PATRICK WHITE’S VOSS WINS NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE … GOUGH WHITLAM SPENDS $1.3 MILLION ON BLUE POLES FOR THE NATIONAL GALLERY. PURCHASING ARRANGEMENT BEGAN IN THE LATE 1960s.
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“April is a very sad period for me. My mother and uncle drowned sixty-two years ago. As old as I am, I find it hard to go to asleep at night. I was in a small boat with seventy-odd survivors when the ship went down. I was six at the time.”

I couldn’t contain myself. The ship, what ship? The gentleman was pulling a yellowed fragment of well-thumbed newsprint from his wallet, and handed it to me.

It was the Sydney Morning Herald, April 15, 1912. It showed a photo of the Titanic leaving Portsmouth and a smattering of several decked headlines about told the Titanic sunk and over 1000 lives were lost, and so on.

“The night is as vivid as this minute and it was over sixty years ago,” he said. “I see the rest of the family from time to time …”

I interrupted the storyteller.

I want to race back to the office a get my tape recorder. I’d like to write a story about you. He shrugged his shoulders; his eyes glazed over. I was gone about 10 minutes. When I got back to the wine bar the old man was gone.

He was no where to be seen. He had scarpered; done a bunk.

I caught Wendy’s eye. What happened to the old gent who I was talking to a few minutes ago? What old guy?

This is Twilight Zone stuff. Did I imagine this encounter? I headed for home.

But it wasn’t over yet.

I glanced at the date on my newspaper, just to make sure. It was April 15 – the day the Titanic sunk. It was a day I’ll never forget.

Frank Morris: This is a true story. It did happen … or, I think it DID happen. It’s a conundrum. But I’ll never forget it. Now, see if you believe it.

(THERE IS SOME ALARMING NEW EVIDENCE ON THE SINKING OF THE TITANIC THAT HAS COME INTO THE EQUATION: A FIRE THAT WAS BURNING IN THE HULL OF THE SHIP, UP NEAR THE FRONT, LEFT A NOTICEABLE UPWARDS MARK ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE VESSEL WHICH WOULD STRETCH SOME THIRTY FEET LONG.
THE FIRE, IT WAS REPORTED, BECAME CATACLYSMIC IN ITS INTENSITY. IT WAS FURTHER REPORTED, THAT THE TITANIC HAD BEEN ABLAZE DOWN IN THE FRONT SECTION, FROM THE TIME THEY DEPARTED LONDON UNTIL THE VESSEL SANK. ALLEGEDLY, THIS IS WHAT MADE THE TITANIC SINK SO QUICKLY.) – FM.

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ABOUT US IN 1974 …

CINEMA PAPERS, THE PREMIER MAGAZINE TO REPORT ON THE GLOBAL FLICKS INDUSTRY, BEGINS PUBLICATION. IT DELED INTO THE FABRIC OF THE INTERNATIONAL FILM BUSINESS. KERR IS APPOINTED AS GOVERNOR-GENERAL. REPORTER SAID THAT KERR HAS A ‘CLOAK-AND-DAGGER BACKGROUND.


MISTER NOOSTI: Phar Lap – “The greatest run I have seen”, said American racing chief

PHAP LAP, INTO THE HOME TURN, WAS STARTING TO MAKE HIS RUN AT THE BACK OF THE FIELD.

PHAR LAP’S BLISTERING RUN SCORES HIM A THREE LENGTH VICTORY. Below: MISTER NOOSTI’S TRADEMARK!

I’VE SELECTED A YARN THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO WANT TO MAKE YOU CHEER! 

MISTER NOOSTI    

The Agua Caliente Hippodrome is a quintessential gambling mecca just south of US border.

Agua Caliente, now called Tijuana, attracted prostitutes, alcoholics, high rollers and, in those days of American prohibition, mobsters who made a killing out of illegal booze and crooked card games.

In Los Angeles, the newly established film colonies were seen roaring down the border for a bet or two at the race track. The Aqua Caliente Handicap was worth $100,000. Phar Lap’s arrival in America had created more interest than his departure.

There was nationwide publicity in the months before arrival. His star billing hailed him as the “Red Terror from the Antipodes”. It was race day at Agua Caliente, the atmosphere was electric.

Would the wonder horse from Australia beat the best in the world? The odds were stacked heavily against him. Tommy, his strapper, told the US jockey, Billy Elliot, to stay behind the field until they run down to the finish.

As they turned for home Elliott shook the reins and the mighty chestnut, with his enormous kangaroo-like bounds, surged through the field. Nothing, not even a severely damaged hoof, was going to stop Phar Lap from winning the race.

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ABOUT US IN 1974 …
IN DECEMBER, THE HEART WAS RIPPED FROM THE CITY AS THE SCALE OF CYCLONE TRACY DESTROYED MUCH OF DARWIN. THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED THROUGH THE CHRISTMAS DAY DISASTER WERE STILL IN A DAZE AND STUNNED AT THE LEVEL OF THE DEVASTATION. CONTINUED BELOW.
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Phar Lap passed the second horse, Reveille Boy, the mobs favourite, and with a blistering burst of speed, he won the race by three lengths.

Francis P. Dunne, American racing authority, said: “Phar Lap’s was the greatest run I have ever seen in any race by any horse – I’ve seen them all, Phar Lap was the greatest”. Adapted by Frank Morris.

<< Phar Lap, published by Budget Books, 1983.

LET’S LAUGH!

Zig-zagging his way home through a cemetery on a winter night, a drunk tripped and fell into a freshly-dug grave.

Stretched out in the deep hole and too drunk to get up, he began to yell for help. Soon, a second drunk appeared at the top and asked, “Wash the matter wish you, lo’ boy?”

“Help me out like a good fellow,” answered the distressed victim. “I’m getting awfully cold down here”.

The other drunk took a closer look and answered. “No wonder you’re cold you mug – you’ve kicked all the dirt off yourself!”

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ABOUT US IN 1974 …

THE OUTLOOK WAS GROTESQUE. IT APPEARED THAT NATURE HAD GONE MAD EVERYWHERE. SMALL PLANES WERE SCATTERED AROUND ON THE AIRPORT TARMAC. HANGARS HAD CAVED IN. HUGE FUEL TANKERS WERE HOISTED AND THROWN ACROSS THE TARMAC. TREES WERE STRIPPED. HOUSES WITH IRON ROOFING WERE RAISED AND TOSSED AROUND LIKE LOLLY PAPERS. DARWIN WAS A MESS. CONTINUES BELOW.


VISIT A COUNTRY PUB: It’s amazing at what you’ll see!

THE PUBLICANS STEPHEN AND AMY OUTSIDE THE ROYAL STANDARD HOTEL, TOORA, VICTORIA.

THE COUNTRY PUB IS STRUGGLING! IT’S TIME TO PROP UP THE BAR IN THE RURAL COMMUNITY! THE COUNTRY PUB IS NO LONGER AN ANTIQUATED WATER HOLE.
IT’S CHANGED. THE PUB IS NOW A MEMBER – OR LIKELY TO BE -- OF AIRBNB. THEY BELIEVE IT’S TIME TO REDISCOVER THE CHARMS OF THE GOOD OLD DOWN-TO-EARTH COMMUNITY PUB.
ACCORDING TO RESEARCH, 70 PER CENT OF AUSTRALIANS WANT TO SEE MORE OF THE RURAL AND REGIONAL AREAS, BUT ONLY 14 PER CENT HAVE STAYED AT A COUNTY PUB. THE PROJECT HAS MORE OF THE SITES SIGNING ON EACH DAY. CONTACT AIRBNB.


FAMOUS WOMEN: Part 2. The brilliant career of Miles Franklin

FRANK MORRIS

MILES FRANKLIN WAS NOT A WRITER THAT LIVED ON HER NATIONAL SUCCESS WITH HER QUIXOTIC MY BRILLIANT CAREER -- ALTHOUGH IT WAS A LONG TIME TO WAIT FOR ANOTHER BOOK. BIBLIOPHILE WALTER STONE SAID CRITIC A.G. STEPHENS WAS ABLE TO SENSE THAT THE FERTILE IMAGINATION OF “MILES FRANKLIN’S PLACE IN AUSTRALIAN WRITING IS NOW ASSURED”.
AT ONE TIME SHE ESPOUSED AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE WITH A PASSION, ESPECIALLY THE ‘BUSH’ NOVELS WHICH SHE SAID WERE “ESSENTIALLY AND DISTINCTIVELY AUSTRALIAN”. SHE DECIDED TO GO OVERSEAS.
SHE SET SAIL FOR MELBOURNE (1903-1906), CHICAGO (1906-1915), AND LONDON (1915-1933); AND THEN BACK TO LIVE WITH MUM IN SYDNEY WHO DIED IN 1938. FRANKLIN TUMBLED OUT BOOKS AND STORIES AT A FAST RATE, INCLUDING THAT EPIC NOVEL, ALL THAT SWAGGER.

Below: ALL GARBED UP WHEN NURSING IN LONDON.

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ABOUT US IN 1974 …

THE DEVASTION AFTER DARWIN’S CYCLONE TRACY STRUCK HAD TO BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED. THE RESULT WAS THE WORST NATURAL DISASTER AUSTRALIA HAD EVER EXPERIENCED. THE STATISTICS TELL THE STORY: WINDS OF UP TO 250 KILOMETRES WERE ESTIMATED TO HIT THE CITY. TOTAL DAMAGE SOARED TO $1000 MILLION. 65 PEOPLE WERE KILLED. ABOUT 26,000 PEOPLE HAD TO BE EVACUATED. 16 PEOPLE WERE LOST AT SEA; OVER 90 PER CENT OF ALL BUILDINGS IN THE CITY WERE SERIOUSLY DAMAGED. MAJOR GENERAL ALAN STRETTON WAS CALLED IN, AND THE RESCUE AND EVACATION WAS A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF EFFICENCY.


NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL APPEARS ON JULY 24.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 09 July 20

ARNOTT’S: No substitute for biscuits with a distinctive image!

ARNOTT’S DELIVERY VANS: THEY WERE A MOBILE ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE COMPANY SINCE THE BEGINNING.

THE START OF ARNOTT’S COMPLEX AT INNER SYDNEY IN 1908. Below: ARNOTT’S WAS ONE OF THE FIRST USERS OF COLOURS.

THE FAMOUS BIRD ON THE BISCUIT TIN BECAME ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S ICONIC SELLING SYMBOLS!

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

Australia’s most famous trademark, Arnott’s, is appearing on supermarket shelves in the United States.

In 1987, Arnott’s launched a range of products into two US cities – Sacramento and Seattle. The new packs, which the featured the distinctive Arnott’s parrot, were described as the “most ambitious” export project ever by the big company.

The launch took up more the 18 months research and development in association with the Campbell Soup Company.

Australian favourites such as Sao and Tim Tams (‘Cobber’ in the USA) supported with an aggressive advertising and promotional program, feature a fictional Arnott’s salesman called ‘Bluey McCoy’.

‘Bluey’ has been sent to the US to sell a range of Arnott’s biscuits.

The main concern of his Australia customers, as he says farewell to them, was that he should not sell too many Arnott’s biscuits in the US because they would not want to run short in Aussie.

The displays feature the line ‘Australia’s best loved cookies and crackers are here’.

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FIRST FOR AUSTRALIA … IT’S 40 YEARS AGO THAT ROYAL WOMEN’S HOSPITAL IN MELBOURNE, DELIVERED THE FIRST IVF BABY IN 1980. HER NAME CANDICE REED. THE ABC RADIO DID A SPECIAL PROGRAM ON IVF AND SPOKE TO A GROUP OF WOMEN LISTENERS ABOUT THE PROCEDURE. – FM.
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ABOUT US IN 1970s …
IN 1972, AUSTRALIAN AND US TROOPS WITHDRAW FROM VIETNAM … GOUGH WHITLAM, AFTER 23 YEARS, BECOMES LABOR PRIME MINISTER … WINE WRITER KEVON KEMP SAYS IT’S OK TO PUT ICE IN YOUR RED WINE … THE FORTNIGHTLY NATION  WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE MELBOURNE REVIEW TO BECOME THE WEEKLY NATION REVIEW.

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If Arnott’s achieves a fraction of the success in the US that it has attained in Australia since it started in 1865, it will be largely attributable to the company’s exemplary corporate image.

Arnott’s is a big spender and a cautious one.

Through its style of advertising, Arnott’s has aimed to maintain and improve it massive market share.

Arnott’s strength of corporate image stems from its powerful trademark -- the famous parrot on its biscuit tins -- and with in-store displays, packaging and, of course, its highly-polished delivery trucks.

The thought that nostalgia is a permanent pastime for many people and the essence of the entire Arnott’s consumer appeal.

<< Advertising: The Australian Way, 1988.

FOOTNOTE: US Private Equity Firm, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, bought Arnott’s for $3.1 billion in 2019. KKR is not a long-term owner of companies “and is likely to resell the Arnott’s brand in time”.


LET’S LAUGH …


 


Short Story: The Greedy Thief -- John hit on the idea of burying the container

THE MERCHANTS REST AND GET A NIGHT SLEEPS. Below: JOHN BELIEVED THAT IF HE WAS CAUGHT WITH THE MONEY, SOMETHING SINISTER WOULD HAPPEN TO HIM.

HE SOON DISCOVERED THAT HE WAS A WELL-KNOWN ROGUE!

FRANK MORRIS

A very long time ago in the land of Arabia was a thriving township through which passed long camel trains loaded with silk and jewels and owned by a rich merchant. At this town the merchants rested and, to get a good night’s sleep.

John was a camel watcher. He was well paid and saved his money to provide for his old age. One day he realised that he had so much money that he began to worry in case it might be stolen.

And he hit on the idea of putting it a container and burying it in the garden.

One of the town loafers, a man too lazy to work, spent most of his days watching other people. He saw how well John was paid and got the idea of stealing John’s money. With this in mind he started following John to see where the money was kept.

He saw John come out of his house carefully carrying a container, and he watched with greedily gleaming eyes while John buried the container under a tree in the garden.

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WHERE WE LIVE …
ARMADALE, VICTORIA, IS A SUBURB OF PRAHRAN, IN THE MELBOURNE METROLPOLITAN AREA. IT GETS ITS NAME FROM ARMADALE HOUSE IN KOOYONG ROAD. BUILT IN 1876 BY JAMES MUNRO, A LAND SPECULATOR AND VICTORIAN PREMIER, WHO CALLED HIS HOUSE AFTER A PLACE IN INVERNESS IN SCOTLAND.
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Very soon the thief went into the garden and dug up the container. He knew that if he was caught with it he would be known as a thief. So he cunningly took out the money and reburied the empty container.

Before long John did a particularly good job for a very rich merchant and received a special reward.

“Ha,” said John to himself, “I must bury this with my other money.”

When he went to do so he found, of course, that the container was empty.

At first John was very upset. Then he said to himself, “Whoever did this must have seen me bury the container, and he must have known about my money.” Thinking very hard, he remembered the man who loafed about, who had often watched and followed him.

John struck upon a plan.

He put the empty container back in the ground and went and made enquiries about the man. He soon discovered that he was a well- known rogue.

One day, when he saw the thief near him, John remarked in a loud voice, “I have just been paid some more money. I must bury it tonight.”

The thief heard the remark and began to feel that he had robbed too soon. “If I’d waited”, he said to himself, “I’d have got more.” But he realised that if John found the empty container he would not put any more money into it.

So the cunning thief took the money and put it back in the container. “Now,” he thought, “John won’t know it was ever taken, He’ll put more money in, and I’ll come back and get the lot.”

That is just what John hoped the thief would think. And when John dug up his container again, all the money had been replaced.

So John outwitted the thief and got all his money back.

<< Living World Magazine, 1970.

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ABOUT US IN 1973 …
THE FILM AND TELEVISION SCHOOL IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS … THE ABC’s CONTROVERIAL LATELINE RADIO PROGRAM BEGINS … THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF AUSTRALIA’S NEWSPAPER, THE TRIBUNE, IS FIFTY YEARS OLD … MASSIVE INCREASE IN SPENDING ON ABORIGINALS -- $67 MILLION … QUADRAPHONIC SOUND INTRODUCED COMMERCIALLY … THE TERM ‘GREEN BAN, COMES INTO CURRENCY.


OZ SPOT: Column 8 has something all Australia should read!

CHIPS RAFFERTY GAVE COLUMN 8 GOT ITS COMEUPPANCE!

ACCORDING TO TIM INGALL OF SCOTTSDALE (USA), ASIDE FROM PANDEMICS, THE BEST TIME TO BINGE WATCH ON WAR MOVIES USED TO BE AROUND ANZAC DAY. “COMING INTO WORK AS A RESIDENT AT ROYAL NORTH SHORE HOSPITAL ON ANZAC DAY MANY YEARS AGO, ONE OF THE NIGHT RESIDENTS HAD LEFT A REPORT ON THE NOTICEBOARD IN THE CHANGEOVER ROOM. ‘CHIPS RAFFERTY DIED SIX TIMES OVERNIGHT: TWICE IN TOBRUK, TWICE IN EUROPE, AND TWICE IN THE PACIFIC’.”


VALE: DAME VERA LYNN HAS DIED. LYNN WAS 103. SHE WAS THE ENDEARINGLY POPULAR “SWEETHEART” OF THE BRITISH FORCES WHO SERENADED THEM WITH SENTIMENTAL FAVOURITES SUCH AS WE’LL MEET AGAIN AND THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER.

VALE: FOOTBALLER NOEL ‘NED’ KELLY, NSW, WILL BE A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW, SAID A MORNING NEWSPAPER. KELLY DIED, AGED 84, FROM A HEART ATTACK. HE PLAYED FOR WESTERN SUBURBS, QUEENSLAND AND AUSTRALIA. KELLY WAS AMONG THE BEST FORWARDS TO HAVE PLAYED THE GAME.

GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON JULY 10.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 25 June 20

The Man from Snowy River: Hall was just one of a breed

IN THE FILM, WHEN THE RIDE WAS OVER, CLANCY APPROACHED THE RIDER AND SAID, “THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER!”

“HE SENT THE FLINT STONES FLYING … BOTH HIS HORSE AND HE ARE MOUNTAIN BRED”. THIS WAS THE ESSENCE OF HISTORY.

FRANK MORRIS

THE DEATH OF 11 YEAR-OLD EDWARD HALL, OF BINALONG, NSW, SERVED AS A FOUNDATION FOR THE WRITING OF AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE POEM, THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER IN 1890, SAID RESEARCHER, CLIFF CRANE.

CRANE SPENT 28 YEARS TRYING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM.

THE SPECTACULAR IMAGERY WAS WRITTEN BY BANJO PATERSON 15 YEARS AFTER HIS “FAMOUS SCHOOL MATE” WAS KILLED.

PATERSON, A 9 YEAR-OLD, OFTEN CALLED BARTY, AND HIS SCHOOLMATES, WERE CLOSE-UP WITNESSES WHEN EDWARD FELL TO HIS DEATH.

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BANJO PATERSON IN 1993 …
PATERSON’S WORDS. A LETTER BY BANJO PATERSON, WHERE HE DESCRIBES THE COMPOSITION OF WALTZING MATILDA, SOLD FOR A RECORD $27,000 IN MELBOURNE. THE LETTER, RECEIVED FROM A CHILDREN’S BOOK CLUB IN CANBERRA, PATERSON, WROTE THAT HE COMPOSED THE VERSES IN QUEENSLAND AND THAT THE MUSIC WAS BASED ON A SCOTTISH FOLK SONG. HE PUT THE WORDS TO THE SONG.
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HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED: EDWARD WAS RIDING A YOUNG AND BRAZEN COLT, BAREBACK, WHICH HAD BOLTED “HEADLONG DOWN A LONG HILLSIDE COVERED WITH FALLEN TIMBER”. EDWARD WAS THROWN VIOLENTLY TO THE GROUND.

“HE WAS DEAD BEFORE WE GOT UP TO HIM”, PATERSON LATER RECOUNTED. THE PARENTS OF EDWARD HALL WERE HENRY AND ELLEN (HACKNEY).

HENRY SNR WAS A LONG TIME LOCK-UP KEEPER AT BINALONG FROM ABOUT 1860. HE WAS PRESENT WHEN A BUSHRANGER, JOHN GILBERT, WAS KILLED AT BINALONG IN 1865.

COMING: Historic Hotels – how about a hotel with a zoo. The owner boasted “the only one with a zoo in the colony!”

SIGRID THORNTON AND TOM BURLINSON IN THE FILM THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER.


William Arnott: King of the biscuit trade was a ball of muscle

ONE OF THE FAMOUS HORSE TEAMS FROM THE 1865. Below: WILLIAM ARNOTT: HAD A THRIVING BUSINESS.

PART OF THE ORIGINAL ALBION FLEET.

ARNOTT WORKED, SCRIMPED AND SAVED. “I STARTED ALL OVER AGAIN”.

FRANK MORRIS

William Arnott, born in Scotland in 1827, was apprenticed as a young lad and earned half a crown a week (25c). In Australia, the name Arnott is synonymous with biscuits.

Like all factories he opened, every one of them would bear his name. Unbeknownst to him, that was the platform that lead his company to its most famous trademark – Arnott’s.

When the young 20 years Arnott migrated to Australia he baked loaves and pastries for the goldminers until he had enough money to set up shop in West Maitland, NSW, and Newcastle.

Soon he had a thriving business among the coal miners. But disaster struck and his business was ruined in a flood. A few months later his wife died. In seems like enough to stop many men, but not William Arnott.

He worked and scrimped and saved. “I’ll start all over again,” Arnott said.

In 1865, he opened his business in the heart of Newcastle. He married again, and his five sons learnt the baking trade, and later became partners in the business.

By 1870, William’s biscuits were in such demand that he had to build a new factory. But time waits for no man. Now, he was at stage where he could make his plant all-driven by mechanical power.

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HOME-CARE MEANS COMMONSENSE …
THESE SOLUTIONS ARE MEMORY JOGGERS – PURELY AND SIMPLY. COMMONSENSE MUST PREVAIL AT ALL TIMES. FROM THE OUTSET, THE WORKING CARER MUST UNDERSTAND THAT: THE NEED FOR CARE IS UNPREDICTABLE – AND IT USUALLY HAPPENS AT ANYTIME; THERE IS NO TIMETABLE. LET’S FACE IT, A CRISIS DOES STRIKE AT AN AWKWARD, INCONVENIENT, UNPROPITIOUS TIME IN THE CARERS WORKING ROUTINE. CONTINUED.
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When the Newcastle to Sydney railway line opened in 1889, Arnott opened a depot in Sydney. Within five years, with his sons were now business partners; a Sydney factory was opened.

William Arnott died, age 74, in 1901

In 1908, the Homebush biscuit plant, the largest the Southern Hemisphere, was up and running. All his factories would bear his name and Homebush was no exception. It’s was the biggest in the southern hemisphere.

The company, Arnott Biscuits, was so successful as an Australian firm, that it was taken over by the American soup company, Campbell’s, in 1997.

While many varieties of biscuits have been developed over the years, one of William Arnott’s best-selling favourite was Milk Arrowroot.

It still popular in Australia today -- over 100 years since it was first baked.

NEXT: Arnott’s, no substitute for its distinctive image!

COMING: The “agony aunts” speak to the girls about their problems!

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HOME-CARE MEANS COMMONSENSE …
“THE GREATEST FAMILY CONFICT ARISES WHEN OUR PARENTS BECOME OUR DEPENDENTS”, SAYS A LEADING PSYCHOLOIGIST. “IT’S TOUGH FOR BOTH PARTIES”. IF THERE’S A COMMON THREAD THAT’S FLAGGED THROUGH EVERY STAGE OF THE CARER’S WORKING ROLE, IT IS THIS: BE PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED. AND THIS: ABOUT 50 PER CENT OF PEOPLE AGED 65 YEARS AND OVER HAVE A MEDICAL PROBLEM OR DISABILITY. THE CONDITION OF  AGED PERSONS CAN DETERIORATE QUICKLY. THESE ARE THE ‘RED FLAGS’. – FM.
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SURF’S UP! DANNY KEYO -- The 60s board builders and their fancy nameplates!

FRANK MORRIS

DANNY KEYO IS ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S TOP CUSTOM BOARD MANUFACTURERS. BY NO MEANS A NEWCOMER, HE HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE EXPONENT OF THE INDUSTRY FOR MANY YEARS. ONE OF HIS TOP SHAPERS IS MIDGET FARRELLY, THE INTERNATIONAL SURFING TITLE-HOLDER. DANNY BELIEVES THAT HIS BRAND IS ONE OF THE FINEST ON THE MARKET. DANNY HAS MADE IT A POLICY TO ONLY TURN OUT CUSTOM BOARDS. HE FAVOURS TREVARNO GLASS AND THE AMERICAN POLYTRON WATER-BASE FOAM. EACH BOARD HAS DOUBLE-LAPPED SIDES. (THIS PROFILE WAS WRITEN WAS BY FRANK MORRIS 1965.)


RUGBY LEAGUE: 100 years on! Fans will meet and greet old timers as they reminisce the game!

CENTURY-OLD! THE FRONT COVER OF THE FIRST RUGBY LEAGUE NEWS. Below: NORM PROVAN 1976 FRONT COVER OF BIG LEAGUE THE MAGAZINE WHICH REPLACED IT.

FRANK MORRIS

“Rugby league stars come and go like the roar of a crowd. But the golden names live on forever”. They’re the words I wrote to an introduction of the book, Golden Players from the Golden Years, in 1975.

It’s a book that dealt with the ‘golden names’ of league: Dave Brown, Roy Bull, Clive Churchill, Dally Messenger, Reg Gasnier and a dozen or so more players that brought a roar to the crowd every time they stepped on to the field.

The century old magazine, The Rugby League News, stretching back until 1920, is now the “digitised resource that allows you read every issue of the journal right through to 1973 grand final”.

The News, being the official magazine of the NSWRL, was published every week of the season.
Apart from having the official team line-up for each match, the News is packed with team photos, news and gossip.

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HOME-CARE MEANS COMMONSENSE …
EVEN IN MODERATION, THE CIGARETTE HABIT REDUCES THE CHANCES OF ENJOYING A HEALTHY LIFE. EVEN IF YOU’VE BEEN SMOKING CIGARETTES FOR YEARS, IT IS STILL WORTH STOPPING AT ONCE. YOU’LL REDUCE THE RISK OF GETTING LUNG CANCER OR HEART DISEASE. CALL QUITLINE 137848 AND THEY PROVIDE ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE TO SMOKERS WHO REALLY WANT TO KICK THE HABIT.
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In 1935, the News magazine commented on the St George Club, remarking that it was “new club that has made good”.

“Although the first grade premiership had yet to be won by St George, the club has been runner-up in the premiership three times – 1927, 1930 and 1933”.

Every issue features profiles of star players, cartoons and artwork by cricketer Arthur Mailey; as well as ads for pony races and boxing contest featuring Digger Evans.

Tom Brock, the well-known league historian, found notes about the matches he attended, including weather, the quality of the playing surface and the scores. 

Through Trove more 4.5 million pages of historical newspapers, including The Rugby League News, are now fully searchable as part of its digital Excellence Program, an initiative of the NSW government.

Frank Morris: From the 1973 issue, it was a different ball game magazine-wise. It needed change to give a new and exciting look. I joined the magazine in 1976 and introduced some new features to its pages, one which was the Miss Football pin-up. I was told the crowd would not like it. They did.

COMING: Skateboarding – the new Olympic sport. When did the sport get its wings?

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HOME-CARE MEANS COMMONSENSE …
A CRISIS CAN HAPPEN AT ANYTIME. AND IT USUALLY DOES. INVARIABLY IT HAPPENS AT THE WORST POSSIBLE JUCTURE. THIS IS ONE OF THE WARNINGS THAT WILL CROP UP SEVERAL TIMES IN THESE ASSESSMENTS. THE CONDITION OF A PERSON CAN DETERIORATE QUICKLY AFTER A FALL, A ‘MINI’ STROKE OR EVEN A MINOR MISHAP. ARTHRITIS AFFLICTS MANY OF AUSTRALIA’S POPULATION OVER 65. – FM.
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OZ SPOT: Smurf creator, Peyo, dies 1992 and leaves thousands of tiny blue characters behind

PEYO, THE BELGIAN CARTOONIST WHO ENCHANTED CHILDREN WITH HIS TINY BLUE CHARACTERS KNOWN AS SMURFS, DIED IN BRUSSELS ON CHRISTMAS EVE IN 1992. HE WAS 64. JUST OVER A MONTH BEFORE PEYO DIED, (WHOSE REAL NAME WAS PIERRE CULLIFORD), HE LAUNCHED A FEATURE-LENGTH ALBUM ENTITLED THE MONEY SMURFS. PEYO’S BEST-KNOWN COMIC STRIPS ARE THE SMURFS AND JOHAN AND PEEWIT, IN WHICH THE SMURFS FIRST APPEARED IN OCTOBER 1958. IN 1959, THE SMURFS GOT THEIR OWN TELEVISION SERIES. THE MERCHANDISING BEGAN TO ROLL OUT THE SAME YEAR. PVC FIGURINES AS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART UNTIL THE LATE 1970S. THEY WERE OUT TO CAPTURE THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET, SO ITS NOT LONG BEFORE THE SMURFS WERE AWAY. THE SMURFS WON SPECIAL HONOURS AND AWARDS FOR THEIR ROLL IN THE MARKETPLACE. – Adapted by Frank Morris.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 11 June 20

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