Grand Years with Frank Morris

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The Women’s Weekly: Final! Arise George Warnecke

MR GEORGE WARNECKE AND DAUGHTER LEAVING THE WOMEN’S WEEKLY BUILDING.

GETTING THE WEEKLY OUT WAS HARD WORK. BUT THE PECULIARITY IS THAT AFTER 90 YEARS, IT HASN’T STOPPED COMING OUT!

FRANK MORRIS

The old Hoe press pumped away non-stop for the next thirty-six hours “to meet a totally unexpected public demand” for the Weekly.

“Originally, the print run had been set at fifty thousand; but in the first week 121,162 copies were sold,” writes Denis O’Brien in his best-selling book, The Weekly.

While the Weekly was an unchallengeable success, and the Sydney Morning Herald had just celebrated its centenary – its special edition in 1931 became the first daily newspaper in Australia to sell over half a million copies – other publications around the country were dying a slow death.

“Some incredibly good newspapers like the Sunday Times and Evening News were at the top. A new paper, The World, never properly came to life”

Launched in 1931, the afternoon newspaper, The World, was reportedly badly mismanaged and almost out of cash before it hit the streets.

However, there was another threat looming – wireless.

“It was the first hint that … the dissemination of news would cease to be the exclusive prerogative of the newspaper,” said Greenop. “This was, indeed, the dawn of the age of science, and it seemed to be threating to all forms of printing.”

Imbued with the huge success of the Weekly, other publishers began to see the light.

A small company that would grow and become K.G. Murray Publishing Pty Ltd, produced the first issue of Man magazine in 1936. The founding editor was none other the Frank S.Greenop.


Betrayal of Anne Frank to the Nazis

WAS ANNE FRANK BETRAYED?

FROM AMSTERDAM COMES A REUTERS REPORT THAT A TEAM OF INVESTIGATORS THINK THEY’VE FOUND THE PERSON WHO BETRAYED ANNE FRANK TO THE NAZIS. ANNE AND SEVEN OTHER JEWS WERE DISCOVERED BY THE NAZIS ON AUGUST 4, 1944. THEY WERE HIDING IN A SECRET ANNEX, “ABOVE A CANAL-SIDE WAREHOUSE IN AMSTERDAM”, FOR 2 YEARS. THE FINDINGS ARE RELEASED IN A NEW BOOK BY CANADIAN WRITER ROSEMARY SULLIVAN, THE BETRAYAL OF ANNE FRANK. – FM.

“It was very heartening,” said Greenop in his book. “The magazine had the avowed policy of using only Australian writing … (but) implementing that policy was difficult because we hadn’t the money to pay big prices for stories.

“I paid Ion Idriess as little as thirty shillings for a story he wrote at my desk, on copy paper, with a pencil.” The story, called The Sniper, and the author had scrawled, “The best short story I ever wrote” (sic).

Meanwhile, the legendary editor of Associated Newspapers, Tom Gurr, was packed off to America to trawl for ideas for new magazines. Gurr had a ball. Titles like Pix, People, and Sporting Life, and many like them, became popular best-sellers of the next 20 years, until the arrival of television in Australia.

Trudy Owett, the former editor of the US mass circulation Ladies Home Journal, was once asked to define her magazine.

Owett replied, ”It likes realism. When it reaches millions of homes each month, that’s what the readers get – articles about people and real fashion that won’t scare them.”

The Weekly has changed course many times over since the first issue 81 years ago. While The Weekly is still the Weekly, even though in 1975 it changed to a magazine size and comes out monthly and instead of weekly.

In 2013, it was purchased from the Packer Empire by the German company, Bauer Media, for $4.6 million.
Viva the Weekly!

DUCHESS KATE TALKS ABOUT HER “DIGNITY AND DEVOTION” IN STEADYING THE ROYAL SHIP.
 

Coming: Ace Reporter, Mason Knight, is back!

Ginger Meggs: Final. He’s been around for 100 years!

GINGER: “BUT YOU’RE FORGETTING ONE THING AREN’T YOU. I’M 100 YEARS OLD AND LOOKING LIKE I WAS TEN”.

GINGER MEGGS IS HOLDING HIS AGE REMARKABLY WELL.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

“Ginger Meggs is like Australia’s Peter Pan” said John Curtin Australian Prime Minister in 1942. “Most of us can recognise in him our own youth , but unlike him, we had to grow up”.

But the question is, asked Seeger, can he still play marbles without needing reading glasses; or jump a fence without immediately have to undergo a rub-down; or …

Here’s Seeger, on Ginger’s “apparent eternal youth,” which is not as it may first appear. Seeger continues:

Master Meggs is a body-swapper! There are actually five Ginger Meggs: starting from its creator, Jimmy Bancks, and the Ginger currently drawn by Chatfield.

(If youth count the Ginger Meggs film, released in 1984, that will make six. – FM.)

They are both “real” Ginger Meggs’. They are the one character, separated by time. So how will the law protect Ginger Meggs, and for how long? How long can he live?

Cartoon characters are infinitely malleable because they aren’t real. The images on the paper, or on the cartoon cel, are just that – images.


COME TO NSW …
DID YOU KNOW? THE NSW COASTLINE HAS 990 KILOMETRES OF BEAUTIFUL SANDY BEACHES … THAT’S 877 OCEAN AND BAY BEACHES IN NSW … 2508KM -- THE MURRAY IS AUSTRALIA’S LONGEST RIVER … THERE ARE TEN HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSES TO BE FOUND ALONG THE COASTLINE; MOSTLY BUILT IN THE 19TH CENTURY.

Yet, when viewed by humans and interpreted, they are seen as having many of the attributes of a live being. Pantheism gone mad!

So, it is with Ginger Meggs. He exists, yet he/it is not real. Because they are not real beings, they obviously cannot be treated in law in the same way that real people’s reputations are protected – an example would be by defamation laws.

Of course, being artistic works cartoon characters fall within one of the classes of creative endeavour protected by copyright and other laws protecting intellectual property: they are artistic works, so they are subject to copyright.

They may also be trademarks and, over time, may acquire a reputation which can be protected.

Meantime, Ginger Meggs is growing young/old gracefully.

The world was a lot simpler when Ginge was a kid the first time around.

<< Adapted from the are article Colin on Seeger on Cartoon Characters, Inkspot #28, 1997.

GINGER MEGGS -- for the serious collector!

“GINGER: “WHAT’S THE CODE FOR 100 YEARS”.

THE ART OF COMICS ARE COLLECTABLE! COMIC ART, COMIC BOOKS AND MEMORABILIA, HAVE ATTRACTED THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR/INVESTOR SINCE THE MID 1970S. TODAY, COMICS ARE IMPORTANT STUFF. IN 1991, SOTHEBY’S FIRST COMIC AUCTION, HELD IN NEW YORK, TILLED $1.2 MILLION DOLLARS. THAT’S HUGE! AT AN AUCTION IN MELBOURNE OVER TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, A FRAME FROM THE 1935 DISNEY CARTOON MICKEY’S (MOUSE) KANGAROO FETCHED $35,000. A LEADING SPECIALIST SAID: “THE REASON FOR THE INTEREST IS THAT THE ART WAS PART OF THE ONLY BLACK AND WHITE DISNEY FILM THAT INCLUDED A KANGAROO”. AGAIN, THAT’S HUGE! SOME ITEMS ARE LISTED UNDER ‘GINGER MEGGS MERCHANDISE”.

Kenny Rogers appeared for the last time in a special concert for his tribute to country music

KENNY ROGERS IN THE 198Os.

KENNY ROGERS AND DOLLY PARTON IN HIS LAST CONCERT … IT WAS A NICE TRIBUTE.

 

KENNY ROGERS LISTENED TO DOLLY’S TENDER VOICE AS SHE SANG THE SONG WITH HEART AND SOUL.

HERE’S A TREAT FOR ALL KENNY ROGERS’ FANS! HIS LAST TV ‘SPECIAL’, WHICH WAS MADE IN 2019, WAS BROADCAST BY SBS RECENTLY. I WATCHED IT AND WAS TOTALLY ENTRALLED. “IN 1986”, SAYS KENNY ROGERS AT THE TIME , “I TOURED AUSTRALIA WITH DOLLY PARTON DURING THE AMERICA’S CUP COMPETITION. THE REVIEWERS … SIMPLY LOVED HER. I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE AUSTRALIAN SKIPPER  SAID: ‘I DID THE BEST I COULD. I WAS JUST CHASING A BETTER BOAT’’’. THEY’VE REMAINED PERSONAL FRIENDS EVER SINCE. WELL, DOLLY WAS BACK! AS ONE THE STARS AT THE SPECIAL CONCERT FOR KENNY ROGERS’,  DOLLY THOUGHT IT WAS TIME TO CATCH UP WITH THE 81 YEAR-OLD MEGASTAR AND TO SING SOME OF THEIR FAVOURITE KR SONGS. THE SPECIAL WAS MADE THREE YEARS AGO. ROGERS DIED IN 2020.

UTOPIA DOWN-UNDER …

BANDED SHRIMP, STENOURS HISPIDUS, IS SHRIMP-LIKE DECAPOD CRUSTACENA BELONGING TO THE INFRAORDER STENOPODIDEA. SHORT NAME IS: CORAL BANDED SHRIMP AND A BANDED CLEANER SHRIMP. IT IS FOUND IN THE WESTERN ATLANTIC OCEAN AND AUSTRALIA, AS FAR SOUTH AS SYDNEY. IT ALSO FOUND IN NEW ZEALAND. IT TOTAL LENGTH IS 60 MILLIMETRES (2.4 IN). – FM.

NEXT GRAND YEARS PUBLISHED ON FEBRUARY 10 2022.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 27 January 22

FILM GREATS: The Hours (2000), Kidman plays Virginia Woolf

NICOLE KIDMAN (RIGHT) AS VIRGINIA WOOLF, WRITER: DID JUSTICE TO THE CHARACTER.

NICOLE KIDMAN (RIGHT) AS LUCILLE BALL COMEDIAN: RIGHT STAR, PERFECT REDITION.

IF ONLY LUCILLE BALL WERE ALIVE, SHE’D KNOW THAT KIDMAN WAS THE RIGHT STAR TO PLAY HER, GIVING HER A PERFECT RENDITION OF HER CHARACTER! SHE WON A GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD FOR HER ROLE.

FRANK MORRIS

NICOLE KIDMAN IS GAME. IN THE MAKING OF THE HOURS, KIDMAN HAS DECIDED TO STEP INTO THE SHOES OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL WRITERS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.

REMARKABLY, KIDMAN’S TALL NEAR-FLAWLESS FRAME HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO THE GAUNT, SLIGHTLY STOOPED FIGURE OF THE TRAGIC AND DEPRESSION-WRACKED WOOLF.
KIDMAN IS WOOLF. A JUDGEMENT ON HOW SHE ACQUITS HERSELF IN THE ROLE OF THE COMPLEX WOOLF WAS HARD TO PIN DOWN AT FIRST. COMPETENT AND HIGHLY SKILLED AT HER CRAFT, KIDMAN DID JUSTICE TO THE CHARACTER.

BUT HOW PLAUSIBLE WILL HER INTERPRETATION BE OF THE WRITER? ESPECIALLY, AT THIS TIME, WHEN SHE WAS AT A SERIOUSLY DISTURBED PERIOD OF HER LIFE.

THAT’S THE QUESTION?  BUT HER SOFT PORTRAYL OF THE WRITER CAME INTO PLAY AND SAVED THE DAY.

WHETHER HER PERFORMANCE WILL BE NOTED OR EVEN COMMENTED ON BY WOOLF’S NIECE, ANGELICA GRANT, IS ANOTHER MATTER. GRANT, OF COURSE, WOULD BE THE IDEAL CRITIC.


MALIBU BOARD, HAPPY BIRTHDAY …

THE MALIBU BOARD HAS BEEN IN AUSTRALIA FOR NEARLY 66 YEARS AND BOY, IT HAS TRANSFORMED OUR WAY OF LIFE. SUN, SAND, SURF AND THE MALIBU HAS BEEN THE CREDO AND CULTURE OF THE BEACH. COMING. – FM.

SHE HAS INTRODUCED SEVERAL OF WOOLF’S NOVELS, REISSUED FROM THE EARLY 1990s AND UNEARTHED A LITANY OF FRESH REVELATIONS ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND HER WRITING.

GRANT TOUCHED ON WOOLF’S BOUTS OF MENTAL INSTABILITY, POINTING OUT THAT IN 1904 SHE HAD TRIED TO KILL HERSELF BY JUMPING FROM AN OPEN WINDOW.

WHICH IS PRECISELY HOW SEPTIMUS, IN THE BOOK MRS DALLOWAY, ENDED HIS TORTURED LIFE.

WOOLF WAS A LITHE AND ATTRACTIVE YOUNG WOMAN – IT WAS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR A MAN NOT TO FALL IN LOVE – BUT HER FACIAL FEATURES WERE BEING SLOWLY ERODED BY HER CONTINUING STRUGGLE WITH DEPRESSION.

MRS DALLOWAY IS SET ON A SINGLE DAY, WEDNESDAY JUNE 13, IN 1923.

AS A WRITER COME PHILOSPHER, WOOLF WAS FASCINATED WITH TIME   BOTH AS SEQUENCE OF MOMENTS AND IN TERM OF YEARS AND CENTURIES.

THE FILM IS ALSO ‘PREOCCUPIED’ WITH TIME. MRS DALLOWAY JUMP-CUTS THROUGH DIFFERENT PERIODS OF THE 20TH CENTURY.

THE FILM TELLS THE STORY OF A GROUP OF CONTEMPORARY CHARACTERS, ALL OF WHOM ARE CONNECTED ONLY BY A PARALLEL IN THEIR PERSONAL LIVES AND STRUGGLING WITH “THE CONFLICTING CLAIMS OF LOVE AND INHERITANCE, HOPE AND DESPAIR”.

IN 1923, WOOLF (KIDMAN) IS PENNING THE NOVEL, MRS DALLOWAY, HAVING JUST EMERGED FROM ONE OF HER LONGEST AND DEEPEST PERIODS ON DEPRESSION; BUT IS STILL GRAPPLING WITH THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE.


THE GREAT AUSSIE FIRSTS …
IN 1819, ROBERT CAMPBELL FOUND THE FIRST SAVINGS BANK IN AUSTRALIA, WITH BARRON FIELD. CAMPBELL ALSO A MEMBER OF THE FIRST LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FROM 1825 TO 1842; LATER IT IS THE NSW SAVINGS BANK … REG SAUNDERS WAS THE FIRST AUSSIE ABORIGINE TO BE COMMISSIONED IN THE AUSTRALIAN ARMED SERVICES DURING WARTIME.

THE FILM JUMPS TO LOS ANGELES IN 1949. LAURA BROWN, A PREGNANT HOUSEWIFE (JULIANNE MOORE), IS ENDEAVOURING TO RISE ABOVE A STIFLING MARRIAGE, IS BUSY PLANNING A PARTY FOR HER HUSBAND.

THE TIME-CLOCK JUMPS YET AGAIN, TO THE LATE 1990s.

CLARISSA VAUGH (MERYL STREEP), A MODERN NEW YORKER, IS PREPARING FOR WHAT WILL BE A FAREWELL PARTY FOR HER FORMER LOVER AND FRIEND, RICHARD, A FAMOUS AUTHOR, WHO IS DYING OF AIDS.

AS TRAGIC AND TERRIFYING AS EVENTS WERE IN HER ADOLESCENCE, WOOLF SUFFERED FROM MENTAL ILLNESS FOR MOST OF HER LIFE.

HEARING VOICES AND SUFFERING FROM PROTRACTED AND OFTEN VIOLENT NEVEVOUS BREAKDOWNS, SHE BELIEVED SHE WAS ON THE THRESHOLD OF MADNESS; SHE REPEATEDLY TRIED TO DROWN HERSELF.

HOWEVER, SHE EVENTUALLY SUCCEEDED IN MARCH 1941, IN A RIVER NOT FAR FROM THE FAMILY HOME. IN HER LAST LETTER TO HUSBAND LEONARD, ON THE DAY SHE DIED, VIRGINIA WROTE: “IT IS THIS MADNESS, NOTHING ANYONE SAYS CAN PERSUADE ME”.

CAST:
MERYL STREEP, JULIANNE MOORE AND NICOLE KIDMAN. SOME SUPPORTING ROLES: ED HARRIS, JOHN C. REILLY, STEPHEN DILLANE, JEFF DANIELS, MIRANDA RICHARDSON AND TONI COLLETTE. DIRECTOR: STEPHEN DALDRY. SCREENPLAY: DAVID HARE.

Vale: Rob E.G, a polished standout, dies

AS AN ENTERTAINER, ROB E.G’s IMPRIMATUR WAS IMPRESSIVE.

He was one of the biggest stars in Australia as the 1960s dawned. As Rob E.G (Robert Porter), his imprimatur was impressive – as an artist, producer, label boss, manager and songwriter. As a singer, he was one artist that I’ve never got tired of his voice. He left us with 55 days At Peking, Eagle Rock, Come Back Against, Whiplash, Railroadin’ and a couple of dozen or so more. He was also a television performer. Rob E.G died in December at age 79.

A New Year Story! Arise George Warnecke and your ‘magic formula’

THE FIRST WOMENS WEEKLY’S ROLLED OFF THE PRESS.

HERE IS WARNECKE’S SOLUTION FOR SETTING UP A WOMENS’ ESTABLISHMENT!

FRANK MORRIS

When the first issue of the Australian Women’s Weekly was printed as a tabloid and came off the presses in early June in 1933, eighty-one years ago, it not only had a marked impact on reading habits but it gave the lives of Australian women new perspectives.

George Warnecke, the Weekly’s co-creator and first editor, designed the magazine to have an Aussie outlook and appeal to every stratum of society: from the outback to the well-heeled and industrial suburbs of the land.

Warnecke later described this “simple charter” as the “magic formula.” That’s why the Weekly was an immediate success.

But believe it or not, he wasn’t the one who came up with the idea to produce a women’s newspaper. It was his wife, the Irish opera singer Nora Hill. Right from the start, Nora was convinced that Australian women needed a newspaper.

Nan Musgrove, who was a feature writer on the Weekly, wrote in 1954 that “after long discussions with Nora” he and Nora hunted the bookshops, spied on how women were dressed, before they finally settled on what they wanted.

From these humble forays in the marketplace of a struggling Australia, the “magic formula” for a women’s “newspaper” gradually took shape.

It was early winter on June 8, 1933, when an old Hoe press, set up in MacDonnell House in Pitt Street, Sydney, began printing the magazine-come-newspaper that would became an institution – the Australian Women’s Weekly.


2021: CRANE RESEARCH GET TOP MARKS …
CLIFF CRANE, WHO SPENT 25 YEARS OF HIS LIFE TRYING TO FIND THE IDENTITY OF A.B. ‘BANJO’ PATERSON’S THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER, WILL BE OFFICALLY RECOGNISED IN A NEW BIOGRAPHY THE “FAMOUS BUSH POET”. IN THE ARTICLE I WROTE ABOUT THE FINDINGS, I QUOTED CRANE AS SAYING, “IT WASN’T ACTUALLY A MAN. IT WAS AN 11-YEAR-OLD BOY CALLED EDWARD HALL. CONTINUED BELOW:

The Depression had been grinding away for three years and there was little relief in sight for Australians.

Like the rest of the world, our land was in crisis; unemployment had reached 30 per cent, our overseas markets had dried up; our prices for wool, coal and wheat hit rock bottom.

But the birth and charm of the Weekly radiated confidence for a Depression-wracked publishing industry.

“Success was a very important impetus to those of us who were in the business then,” wrote Frank S. Greenop, author of the seminal The History of Magazine Publishing in Australia in 1965. “The economic problems were in some cases greater that the resources of management could bear.

”The bookstalls were filled with American and English magazines selling cheaply. them. We lived through it … but there was a danger that we couldn’t see the wood for the trees.”

It was the opinion of Greenop that the Depression was as much psychological as it was economic. “I think the first breakthrough came when Frank Packer, later Sir Frank, launched the Weekly,” said Greenop.

<< NEXT: George Warnecke!


2021: CRANE RESEARCH GET TOP MARKS …
NOW, HIS RESEARCH HAS PAID OFF. “I AM ONE OF TWO PEOPLE SELECTED TO HAVE MATERIAL INCLUDED IN THE REPRINT OF THE 1965 BIOGRAPHY, ‘A.B. PATERSON’ BY CLEMENT SEMMLER”, SAID CRANE. IT TOOK PATERSON’S MIND TO WRITE THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER. “WHEN IT WAS PUBLISHED IN 1895, NOT ONLY WAS IT A MILESTONE FOR PATERSON BUT IT BECAME, AUSTRALIA’S FIRST BEST SELLER”, SAID FRANK MORRIS IN A HISTORY OF THE BOOK.

<< FROM THE HISTORY OF THE BOOK. MSS; FRANK MORRIS.

Elvis Presley exhibition coming to regional Victorian city in March 2022

THE KING IS ‘ALIVE’ AND ARRIVING AT BENDIGO, AUSTRALIA!

FRANK MORRIS

“STILL THE KING AND THE KING IS DEAD. LONG LIVE THE KING.”
OVER THE RADIO IN 1977, WE HEARD THAT ELVIS PRESLEY HAD PASSED AWAY AT GRACELAND, HIS FAMOUS MEMPHIS HOME.

EVEN A TWO-YEAR STINT IN THE ARMY COULD NOT DENT HIS PHENOMENAL POPULARITY. HE LEFT US WITH WHOLE A LOT OF MEMORIES.

Let the memories lives on …

The Director of Bendigo Art said, major exhibition celebrating the life and legacy of the 'King of Rock 'n' Roll' Elvis Presley is coming exclusively to Australia.

This exhibition was part of an international series which will feature world icons, according to the director.

The exhibition, Elvis: Direct from Graceland, will travel from Memphis, Tennessee and arrive in Bendigo, regional Victoria, in March.

The Bendigo Art Gallery will house the exhibition featuring 300 artefacts owned by Elvis, including his military uniforms, a 1976 Red Bicentennial Custom Harley Davidson and some of his famous jumpsuits.

The music icon's personal items, such as baby clothes from his daughter Lisa Marie, his first job application and his first-grade crayon box he took to school, will be part of the exhibition.

Elvis' wedding tuxedo and his wife Priscilla's wedding dress will also be on display, along with a stage costume from the acclaimed TV performance known as the 68 Comeback Special, and garments from his eclectic home wardrobe.

ELVIS AUSTRALIA TICKETS NOW ON SALE!


THE GREAT AUSSIE FIRSTS …
NATIVE-BORN HORSES WERE THE CREDITED AS THE FIRST EXPORT CARGO OF LIVESTOCK IN AUSTRALIA. THEY WERE SHIPPED TO INDIA FOR USE BY THE BRITISH  ARMY. THE HORSES, KNOWN AS WALERS -- A TERM COINED IN CALCUTTA IN 1846, WHICH ORIGINALLY MEANT ‘NEW SOUTH WALER’. THEY WERE SELECTED BECAUSE OF THE THEIR STAMINA, PATIENCE AND COURAGE. – FM.

UTOPIA DOWN-UNDER …

YOU ARE IMMUNE TO ITS STING!

THE TINY CLOWN FISH ENJOYS THE SECURITY TO BE FOUND IN A CLUSTER OF NIPPLE ANEMONE IN THE WATERS AROUND THE SOLITARY ISLANDS, OFF COFFS HARBOUR; OR IN OTHER REGIONS THROUGHOUT THE NATION. THE FISH LIVES WITHIN THE POINSONOUS TENTACLES OF THE  ANEMONE AND IS, UNLIKE OTHER SEA CREATURES, IMMUNE TO ITS STING. – FM.

MAY YOUR NEW YEAR BE THE WAY YOU IMAGINE!

YOUR NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON JANUARY 28, 2022.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 13 January 22

Christmas Story: Let us deck the halls in a season to be jolly!

GRAND YEARS WOULD LIKE TO THANK TWO OF OUR READERS, CATHY AND HER DAUGHTER, JESSICA, FOR THEIR KIND AND  THOUGHTFUL OFFERINGS OF THEIR BELOVED CHRISTMAS TREES. MAY YOUR CHRISTMAS BE MERRIER AND BRIGHTER, AND YOUR NEW YEAR THE BEST YOU EVER HAD!

THE CHRISTMAS TREES: CATHY, TOP. JESSICA, BELOW.

Christmas Story: Marilyn Monroe – Besides making films she liked to relax too!

RUNNING DOWN THE SIDEWALK: TAKEN DURING THE FILMING OF BUS STOP IN 1956. THIS IS ONE OF MARILYN’S BEST FILMS.

MARILYN IN A WICKER CHAIR. THIS PLAYFUL IMAGE SHOT IN NEW YORK CITY IN SEPTEMBER 1954. IT DEPICTS MM IN A LIGHTHEARTED AND SOMEWHAT ‘PLAYFUL’ MOOD.

IN A BRITISH MAGAZINE’S FANCY THAT! COLUMN, IT HAS THIS TO SAY: “CALIFORNIAN RESIDENTS FEARED THAT MM’s GHOST HAD RETURNED TO HER OLD HOME IN RUNYON CANYON. THEY HADN’T REALISED THAT THE HOUSE WAS RECENTLY BOUGHT BY SCOTTISH MARILYN IMPERSONATOR JASMINE CHISWELL”. HERE ARE SOME SELECTED MM QUOTATIONS: I READ AND I THINK ABOUT IT. I’M TRYING TO FIND MYSELF, SOMETIMES THAT’S NOT EASY TO DO … PEOPLE RESPECT YOU BECAUSE THEY FEEL YOU’VE SURVIVED HARD TIMES AND ENDURED … I HAVE TOO MANY FANTASIES TO BE A HOUSEWIFE. I GUESS I AM A FANTASY. – FM.

MARILYN MONROE, DONS A RED SWEATER THAT AMY CHOSE FOR HER AT A LOCAL BOUTIQUE IN FEBRUARY, 1955. THE IMAGE WAS TAKEN IN A STUDIO ATTACHED TO MILTON GREENS’ CONVERTED BARN IN CONNECTICUT.

SOME LIKE IT HOT: MARILYN JUST LIKED RELAXING.

Our last appearance for Grand Years 2021. Whereas 2022 is going to be a stupendous 12 months. Grand Years will have been going for 15 years. How time flies! There are features promised by Grand Years, which did not get a look in 2021 – but they will in 2022. PLUS, new features … and PLUS, all the regular features.

Billycart of the Century: Make way for the ‘Le Mans’ Derby!

BILLYCARTS, CIRA 1940s and 1950s. ARE THEY GETTING READY FOR A DERBY?

In the 1950s and early ‘60s Claude Alcuin was a bonafide billycart junkie. Claude was a baby boomer who moved to a rather hilly outpost called Fairfield, NSW.

For the billycart in those days, the traffic was light on. He was involved in a church movement and continued his involvement with his work.

Here is part of interview Claude gave recently about the billycart derby and the gang’s memory of the famous or infamous carnival race.

Tell me, what were you planning?

“Oh, yes, we had carnivals. Just take the billycart derby, for example. Yes. They were the big thing. That was it, they were big, BIG. We used to run them about twelve months apart.


GREAT AUSSIE FIRSTS …
IN 1933, DOROTHY JORDON BECAME THE FIRST WOMAN RADIO ANNOUNCER IN AUSTRALIA. JORDON TOLD HOUSEWIFE MAGAZINE: “I DIDN’T KNOW HOW IT WOULD TURN-OUT FOR ME. BUT IT TURNED OUT TRUMPS”. – FM.

Mates brought their own billycarts.

We had strict rules. They could be so wide and no sharp pieces hanging from the sides.”

The certificates were for quite a few a different divisions, types and various heights of billycarts?

“Yes, there were all different types of carts and different divisions as well. And we had different type of starts, too. Yes, we called it a Le Mans start. They used to have to race from a point and turn the cart around …

At any rate, you had to jump at the cart and a bloke would push you off.

“I gave him a bit of my mind” – FM.

Christmas Cheers from The Cat …

RIVERSIDE: “SHE JUMPS ON THE TABLE ON THE BALCONY, AND GAZES OVER THE MAGNIFICENT LAKE AT THE PICTURESQUE VIEW OF THE GOLD COAST,” SAID THE OWNER. “THE CAT DOESN’T MOVE AN INCH”. MERRY CHRISTMAS CAT LOVERS.

GREAT AUSSIE FIRSTS: The first comic book in Australia!

FRANK MORRIS

THE FATTY FINN WEEKLY, HAS BEEN DEEMED BY THE EXPERTS AS AUSTRALIA’S FIRST ‘LOCAL’ COMIC AND WAS PRODUCED BY SYD NICHOLLS IN 1934. FATTY FINN WAS SET IN THE 1930s. TIMES WERE TOUGH, CLOTHES WERE HAND-ME-DOWNS, AND, AS A KID, HE MADE SURE HE HAD THE GUTS AND CUNNING TO RIVAL THE ‘THE BIG KIDS’ WITH SIMPLE STRATEGIES. THE SUNDAY NEWS CARRIED THE FIRST COMIC STRIP IN 1923, UNDER THE TITLE FAT AND HIS FRIENDS. IN 1924, IT WAS CHANGED TO FATTY FINN. THE WEEKLY WAS 8 PAGES AND SOLD FOR A PENNY; LATER, IT WENT UP TO 2d. “BECAUSE AMERICAN COMICS WERE NOT PERMITTED IN AUSTRALIA DURING THE WAR YEARS,” ARTIST MONTY WEDD TOLD ME IN AN INTERVIEW 1988, “IT PROVIDED AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY (FOR NICHOLLS) FOR THE RESURGENCE OF A ‘LOCAL’ COMIC INDUSTRY”. FATTY FINN WAS A ‘KING’ COMIC, MONTY WEDD SAID.

YOUR NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON JANUARY 14, 2022.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 16 December 21

The most famous dress in history! 40 years on, we take a closer look at Princess Diana’s wedding dress

PRINCESS DIANA’S DRESS: IT WILL BECOME PART OF HISTORY.

THE DESIGNERS, DAVID AND ELIZABETH.

THE DESIGNERS, THE EMANUELS, TELL THE STORY: “WHEN DIANA SAID, ‘WOULD YOU DO ME THE HONOUR OF MAKING MY WEDDING DRESS?’ IT WAS IN THAT SECOND THAT I KNEW THAT OUR LIVES WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN”, SAYS ELIZABETH EMANUEL. “WE JUST PRESENTED HER WITH LOTS OF SKETCHES. SHE TRIED ON A SAMPLE WEDDING GOWN … WE KNEW THAT WAS THE PREFECT SILHOUETTE FOR HER”. DAVID EMANUEL, REALISING THAT LADY DIANA HADN’T HOOKED UP HER NET PETTICOATS TO THE UNDERSIDE OF HER DRESS, SAID, “THERE WAS ONLY ONE WAS TO FIND OUT, SO I WENT UNDERNEATH. AS I WAS RESURFACING FROM UNDER HER WEDDING GOWN, DIANA SAID. “DAVID, HAVE YOU MET THE QUEEN MOTHER?” WITH A RATHER QUIZZICAL LOOK ON HER FACE, STANDING THERE WAS THE QUEEN MOTHER.

>> My Weekly, UK, July 27-Aug 3, 2021.

Christmas Story: What a Life, the memoirs of Keith Weber -- Joe was my best mate!

 

WHEN YOU LOOKED IT WAS HARD TO SEE HIM.

I GRABBED THE BRANCH OF A TREE  … I WAS CRYING AND YELLING.

I WENT FOR A CLOSER LOOK TO TALK TO JOE, I FELT THAT IT WAS TIME I MET HIM.

KEITH WEBER          

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

HE WAS MY ENEMY. JOE WAS MY FEAR.

I never met Joe, but my uncle and aunt, who brought me up, knew him. For he was the wooden spoon in my life; and Joe was always the man that would get after my backside to punish me when I was naughty.

He was available at all times; he was a real threat to me for he to guided me through my early life and kept me on the straight and narrow. I had a real fear of this guy who was a dark man, a giant of a man, who lived in the gully down the back; and wore sandshoes.

As it happened, there was a fern tree grove over a small pond there; and that’s where he lived. You had to look “When you looked it was hard to see him, but he was there; he was real; even if back then, looking from a distance, I did not see him. I knew Joe was there; and he would come and get me if he needed too.

As I got older I became more inquisitive. When I was five or six years old I was in my gumboots and I went for a closer look to talk to Joe; I felt it was time I met him. The fern leaves were ready to die, blacken and hang down; they tend to bulk up; and if you look deep into them, your imagination will run wild.

A WORD ABOUT XMAS …
AS AN ABBREVIATION OF ‘CHRISTMAS’, DOES NOT CONJURE UP IN ANY WAY THE PERIOD WHEN CHRIST WAS BORN IN BETHLEHEM. THERE’S NOTHING JOYFUL AT ALL ABOUT THE ABOVE EXPRESSION. ONLY AN INSIPID MIND COULD HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR DREAMING UP AN IMPLAUSIBLE WORD. PEOPLE WHO FIND THE WORD “XMAS” AS LOATHSOME AS HEMINGWAY FOUND “RETIREMENT” SHOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. CONTINUED BELOW …

The pond bank instantly gave way and I was in the water. Hovering over me was all the black rubbish. My mind took over as I knew I had done wrong. I yelled and screamed, “Help! Help! I knew at any moment Joe would grab me and beat me. I might drown; I might go down a big hole and disappear forever.

I was sinking and splashing. I grabbed the branch of a tree and pulled myself clear. I was crying and yelling for “Help!” and finally it came; my uncle took me in his arms. He then took me up the hill and dried me.

Joe did not appear. He did not try to rescue me. Maybe, he was not there; perhaps Joe did not exist. But Joe did keep me in line for my early years.

It was about ten years later, we cleared the gully to find a picturesque fern grove and a clear water pond flowing into a clear water creek. I realised then, I was Joe. A real Joe at that.

It saved a lot of spanked bottoms.

FRANK MORRIS COMMENT …

TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST; TOUGH PEOPLE DO. WHAT A LIFE! IS A MEMOIR BY AN AUCKLANDER, NOW A SYDNEYITE, WHO WAS A BORN ENTREPRENEUR. HE’S BEEN A SALESPERSON, ORGANISER AND PROBLEM SOLVER FOR MOST OF HIS LIFE.

AFTER HE LEFT AS THE SALES MANAGER OF A LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, HE STARTED A GROUP TOURING AND EVENT COMPANY.

HE BECAME KNOWN AS ‘THE SCHOOL TOUR OPERATOR’ SPECIALSING IN SPORTS, MUSIC FESTIVALS AND GEOGRAPHY – AND GENERAL GROUP TOURING – CONCENTRATING IN NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA AND THE USA.

<< WHAT A LIFE: A MEMOIR BY KEITH WEBER. BALBOA PRESS, BLOOMINGTON, IN.

THE SLOGAN SHOULD BE: “OUT WITH XMAS, IN WITH CHRISTMAS!” FLOOD THE AIRWAVES IN YOUR TOWN OR CITY; SEND EMAILS TO THE LETTERS’ EDITOR; TO THE PRIME MINISTER; TO EVERY MP; TO THE EVERY DEPARMENT STORE, AND SO ON. LET’S STAMP OUT “XMAS” FOR ALL TIME. ON THAT SPECIAL DAY WE SAY, “HAPPY CHRISTMAS”. THE WORD IS … “CHRISTMAS”

CHRISTMAS STORY: KEEP ALL YOUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER!

LOOKING AFTER ONE’S AFFAIRS COULD BECAME A NIGHTMARE!

FRANK MORRIS

Think about it! It’s easy now to recall the name of your solicitor, your bank and the different insurance companies or credit unions with which you have dealings.

What happens if you suddenly become ill? Who should look after your affairs then?

If you have not taken the necessary steps to put your affairs in order, it’s on the cards that sorting out your affairs could became a nightmare.

It’s essential that your family or carer have everything at their fingertips; every critical moment could count.

CHRISTMAS IS COMING …
TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO KEEP A HEALTH JOURNAL, PLUS INFORMATION ON PERSONAL DETAILS AS WELL – DIAGNOSIS, MEDICATION, APPOINTMENTS, ETC. AVAILABLE FROM PERSONAL HEALTH JOURNAL ON HEALTHEPRIDE.COM.AU

All of us have the responsibility to keep a permanent record, detailing all the essential information: out assets, our liabilities, where the family is located; important names and addresses, and so on.

These documents should be stored in a safe place and be readily accessible in times of emergency.

The most simple and inexpensive way of doing it is to buy a small exercise book or notebook and label it: MY AFFAIRS. Show it to your family and tell them what it is, and where it can be found when it is needed.

Divide the book into sections: General information, relatives, bank accounts, credit unions, credit cards, income, investment, insurance policies, Centrelink, doctors, dentists, optician, church, clubs, income tax returns, and whatever else comes to mind.

In the back of the book affix copies of your Will and any other important papers.

If use a computer well and good, but make sure you leave a copy in a known location.

<< From Retirement Villages: Making the right choice; Frank Morris.

‘UNKNOWN SAILOR’ NAMED …
THE IDENTITY OF THE ‘UNKNOWN SAILOR’ HAS FINALLY BEEN REVEALED: HIS NAME IS ABEL SEAMAN THOMAS WELSBY CLARK, 21 YEAR OLD, FROM NEW FARM IN BRISBANE. CLARK WAS THE ONLY BODY RECOVERED FROM THE HMAS SYDNEY, WHICH SANK IN 1941, CLAIMING 645 LIVES. -- FM.

Inside our newspaper: The bombing of Pearl Harbour 80 years ago has started to fade into history

THE BOMBING OF USS ARIZONA, WHEN HER SHELL MAGAZINES IGNITED, WAS A TOTAL LOSS.

THE ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE LOOKS AT PEARL HARBOUR AND THE KIDS AT SCHOOL AND DISCOVERED THAT IT’S FADING INTO THE DISTANT PAST. IT SOUNDS LIKE MEDICAL DISORDER, ACCORDING TO AN ANCIENT SAYING.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

December 7, 1941. A date that was going to live in infamy is now fading into history. Those who can remember where they were when they heard the news on the family radio becomes fewer each year.

The generation that survived the Great Depression, and won the Second World War, is fast receding into the past.

The surprise attack on Pearl Harbour must sound like ancient history to the kids in school nowadays. After all, the Japanese are our friends now. What’s all this talk about a war with Japan?

Well, kids, read your history books. There was time when the term “Japanese” struck fear in an American; so much so that “we the people” gathered up Americans with Japanese backgrounds and put them put them in camps – right here in Arkansas.

As if our fellow Americans were sworn enemies; and just because they had exotic last names and dark hair. Those were different times, but oddly familiar.

PEARL HARBOUR’S INFAMY …
IT’S 80 YEARS SINCE PEARL HARBOUR WAS BOMBED TO SMITHEREENS. “I WANT TO TRY ANOTHER RAID”, SAID THE HEAD PILOT. REPLIED JAPANESE WAR ADMIRAL NAGUMO: “NO MORE ATTACK”.

By 1941, Europe and Asia has been embroiled in conflict for some time. But we were assured that the world’s troubles need not be ours. (Sound familiar?) After all, there were oceans to protect us from the bad guys. (Sound familiar?)

It all sounded reassuring enough. But what were we to do when the world’s problems came to America?

The Japanese attacked on Sunday morning December 7.

In a few hours, more than 2300 Americans were lost and a good part of the American fleet wiped out at Pearl Harbour. We shouldn’t have been surprised.

But, of course, we were!

What happens when the monster comes in search of us? As a wise man once commented, to every complex question there is always a simple answer – and the wrong one.

Remember Pearl Harbour. And learn from it.

<< Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, December, 2018.

WHEN SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES: MEN ARE CAPTIVATED WHEN THEIR AIRCRAFT AND OTHER SURROUNDINGS BILLOW IN SMOKE. “IT’S WAR!” SAID THE NEWSPAPERS.

Exclusive! Photos stored in old Brownie camera

THE AIRCRAFTS THAT WERE DAMAGED IN THE FATEFUL RAID.

FRANK MORRIS

THE PHOTOS WERE FOUND IN AN OLD BROWNIE CAMERA STORED IN A FOOT LOCKER IN THE 1940s. THEY WERE TAKEN BY A SAILOR WHO WAS ON A DESTROYER. WHEN THE PHOTOS HAD TO BE DEVELOPED, THEY WERE CLASSIFED AS “SPECTACULAR”. THE PHOTOS GIVE A WORMS-EYE VIEW OF THE WHOLE SUCCESSFUL BOMB RAID. “IT’S AMAZING HOW FILM COULD LAST SO LONG IN A CAMERA WITHOUT DISINTEGRATING”, SAID A FRIEND. THEY ARE A FANTASTIC PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD TAKEN 68 YEARS AGO. SOME OF YOU WILL HAVE GO TO A MUSEUM TO SEE WHAT A BROWNIE CAMERA LOOKS LIKE?.

YOUR NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON DECEMBER 15.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 02 December 21

Battle Flags: North verses South in wartorn Southern States

ON APRIL 12, 1861 UNTIL MAY 9, 1865, AMERICA FOUND ITSELF OCCUPIED IN A STRANGE SITUATION. IT WAS AT WAR. IT WAS A CLASH OF THE NORTH VERSUS THE SOUTH, FOUGHT BETWEEN STATES SUPPORTING THE FEDERAL UNION – “THE NORTH” – AND THE SOUTHERN STATES. THE SOUTHERN STATES FORMED THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA – “THE CONFEDERACY” OR “THE SOUTH”. THE CENTRAL CAUSE OF THE WAR WAS SLAVERY. “THE EXPANSIONAL OF SLAVERY INTO NEWLY ACQUIRED LAND AS A RESULT OF THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR”, SAID AN EXPERT.

“THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG (PICTURE) IN JULY 1863, WAS THE LARGEST AND COSTLIEST BATTLE OF THE AMERICAN WAR, IS OFTEN REGARDED AS THE TURNING POINT OF THE WAR,” SAID AARON O’NEILL, WHO PUBLISHED THIS FACT IN DECEMBER 9, 2019. ACCORDING TO O’NEILL, THERE WERE ALMOST 27 MILLION WHITE PEOPLE, 4.5 MILLION BLACK PEOPLE, AND 80,000 CLASSED AS ‘OTHER’. THE TWO FLAGS – SOUTH AND NORTH -- WERE ALWAYS IN USE DURING THE GREAT FRAY. – FM.

OPEN ROAD: 100 YEARS: “How do I get there?”—Cecil Gregory tells you how!

CECIL GREGORY: THE DIRECTORIES ARE STILL IN EXISTENCE TODAY.

FRANK MORRIS

THE URBANISATION OF AUSTRALIA BEGAN IN EARNEST IN THE 1920S. POPULATION HAD HIT THE 5.4 MILLION MARK. THE CAPITAL CITIES WERE SPREADING OUT. THE SUBURBS BEGAN SPROUTING UP; THAT MEANT LOTS OF NEW STREETS; AND MOTOR CAR NUMBERS WERE ON THE RISE.

OVER 22,000 CARS WERE REGISTERED IN AUSTRALIA. PEOPLE NEEDED SOME EXPERT
GUIDANCE ON HOW TO NEGOTIATE THE UBAN LABYRINTHS.

OPEN ROAD SAID CECIL GREGORY, A FORMER EDITOR OF THE OPEN ROAD FROM 1927-
1932, IS “WELL-KNOWN FOR HIS STREET DIRECTORIES THAT ARE STILL IN EXISTENCE
TODAY.

“BUT HE ALSO PLAYED A PROMINENT ROLE IN NRMA’s EARLY ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGNS”.

IN 1928, GREGORY PROPOSED A SAFETY FIRST CAMPAIGN THAT WAS SOON BE … EXTENDED TO SCHOOLS”.

IT WOULD BECOME ONE OF THE NRMA’s “BEST REMEMBERED” AND IMPORTANT CAMPAIGNS SAID OPEN ROAD.

GREGORY WOULD VENTURE IN TO PUBLISHING MAPS GUIDES, WHICH GREW OUT OF THE POPULARITY OF FAMILY ROAD-TRIPPING IN THE 1920s AND THE 1930s. “HE  STABLISHED THE ‘ROAD BEFORE YOU’ SERIES OF STRIP MAPS AND OFTEN DROVE THE ROUTES HIMSELF.


KING CROSS REBIRTH PLANS -- FORMER GOVERMENT ASSISTANT ARCHITECT, SAYS THE MINERVA CAN BE RESTORED TO A 1000-SEAT THEATRE WHILE RETAINING ITS IMPORTANT HERITAGE OF THE ART DECO PERIOD. THE PROPOSED PURCHASE OF THE THEATRE IN POTTS POINTS WOULD ANCHOR THE DOWNTRODDEN STRIP “ITS REVIVAL WOULD BE HUGELY COMPATIBLE AND ATTRACTIVE” SAYS THE ARCHITECT. THE MINERVA THEATRE, IN ORWELL ST, WAS OPENED IN 1939. – FM.

“HE ADDED OBSERVATION AND AUTHENTICITY TO THE PROJECTS”, SAID OPEN ROAD.

GREGORY RESIGNED FROM THE NRMA IN 1933 AND WENT ON TO FOUND THE
AUSTRALIAN BOOK GUIDE COMPANY AND PUT OUT THE FIRST GREGORY’S STREET
DIRECTORY OF SYDNEY AND SUBURBS IN 1934; IT’S BEEN PUBLISHED EVER SINCE.

GREGORY’S WAS NOT THE FIRST DIRECTORY PUT OUT IN AUSTRALIA. TEN YEARS EARLIER,ANOTHER COMPANY HAD SCORED THE HONOUR -- THE PREMIER STREET DIRECTORY. “THE FIRST OF ITS KIND” SAID AN ADVERTISMENT; A REMAKABLE FEAT.

LATER ON, IT HAD A NAME CHANGE TO ROBINSON’S THAT FADED AWAY IN THE MID
1970s. IT RE-EMERGED AGAIN BRIEFLY IN THE 1980s.

BUT GREGORY’S HAS BEEN ABLE TO PRODUCE A WORTHWHILE PUBLICATION SINCE 1934, WHICH WOULD END UP BECOMING A HOUSEHOLD NAME – “WHERE’S THE GREGORY’S” WAS A FAMILIAR CATCHCRY.

IN 1909, JOURNALIST CECIL GREGORY STARTED HIS CAREER AS A REPORTER ON THE
BATHURST TIMES. AFTER MANY YEARS, HE JOINED WITH THE DAILY TELEGRAPH.

HE THEN, IN 1925, BECAME AN NRMA COUNCILLOR; AND EDITOR OF THE NRMA JOURNAL
IN 1927.

<< OPEN ROAD, 100 YEARS; THE AUTHORS, MSS, BY FRANK MORRIS.

Australia at War: HMAS Sydney this week will celebrate a year to remember

IT’S TIME TO REMEMBER! THE HMAS SYDNEY WAS SUNK OFF WA IN 1941. OUT OF 645 LIVES LOST, ONLY ONE BODY WAS EVER FOUND. “HE WAS FOUND IN A LIFE RAFT OFF CHRISTMAS ISLAND ALMOST THREE MONTHS LATER ON FEBRUARY 6, 1942”, REPORTED THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. HE WAS SYDNEY’S “THE UNKNOWN SAILOR”. NOW DNA TESTING CAN PROVE WHO HE WAS. THE BREAKTHROUGH IS EXPECTED TO BE THIS WEEK. FRIDAY, WILL BE THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SINKING ON NOVEMBER 19, 1941. THE SHIP THAT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FATAL ENGAGEMENT WAS THE KORMORAN.

It was the 100th Poppy Day recently – let’s hope you dug deep! Also, plant a Remembrance Garden

PLANT SOME POPPIES.

LET’S DIG DEEP THIS YEAR! AN RSL OFFICAL SAID THAT LAST YEAR IS THE FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS REMEMRANCE DAY FUNDRAISING WAS DEVASTATED – BY COVID-19  RESTRICTIONS.

FRANK MORRIS

Anzac Day is the ideal way to mark the anniversary of the war to end all wars, the First World War. Another thought is: a remembrance garden. “Depending on your space you may choose a tree or something as small as a flowering plant,” said horticulturist Judy Horton.

“It’s not the size or longevity that counts but the significance to yourself and your family.” Ms Horton provides these suggestions as part of your remembrance garden.
FLANDERS POPPIES and their blood-red flowers – often marked with a black cross – are associated with remembrance, covering battlefields and the trenches of Western Europe. “It’s thought that the soil disturbance caused mass germination of poppy seeds,” said Ms Horton. “Flanders Poppy seeds are sown into pots of seedraising mix and transplanted carefully when the seedlings are large enough to handle. Poppy seedlings like a sunny, sheltered spot in the garden after the soil has cooled”.

ROSEMARY is probably the first plant that leaps to mind, said Ms Horton. Mainly because it’s been used as a symbol of remembrance since ancient times. She said these days it’s easy to find a spot for rosemary in the garden because there is such a proliferation of varieties, large and small.

CISTUS, or rock rose, became known as the Gallipoli rose because it grew and flowered so profusely on the Gallipoli hillsides. This pretty little Mediterranean shrubhas slightly hairy leaves and flowers that look just like pink or white roses, she said.

FORGET-ME-NOT, said Ms Horton, is so named because once you have these pretty flowers in your garden you’ll have them forever. These individual plants are short-lived but they seed so profusely that they will come up again and again.

WHITE LILIES often appear in lists of remembrance plants. “The all-time favourite in the perfumed Lilium Longiflorum – the November Lily or Christmas Lily, depending on the climate in which it’s grown,” said Ms Horton.

FRANK MORRIS COMMENT: It is believed that the first poppy day was an inventive idea by a French woman called Anna Guerin, later referred to as the “Poppy Lady From France”. Guerin was founder an American and French children’s charity. – FM.

<< Judy Horton is a horticulturist and author.

Foodfrolico: Christmas Hamburger! Why are plant-based meat alternatives booming!

HAVE A BITE!

AUSTRALIAN SUPERMARKETS NOW OFFER MORE THAT 250 PLANT BASED MEAT-ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTS.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

Not so long ago, plant-based eating was a novel concept, and meat alternatives in a supermarket were limited to a selection. Today, you can find a ‘plant-based’ or ‘vegan’ claim on a dizzying array of food products, from lasagne to schnitzels.

What is behind people’s perception of plant-based labels on packaged food, and do plant-based alternatives compare with their conventional version?

The number of new plant-based products on supermarket shelves has visibly increased; but the category that has really boomed is plant-based meat alternatives.


PLANT POWER, THE HUNGER FOR ALTERNATIVES. PLANT POWER IS BOOMING. AUSTRALIAN SURERMAKETS NOW OFFER MORE THAN 250 MEAT TYPE-VARIETYS.

A percentage of Australians agree with the statement, ”Packaged foods labelled as plant-based food are healthy”.

The CEO head of independent think tank Food Frontier haD this to say. He told CHOICE that its 2020 State of the Industry report shows that Australia’s plantbased meat sector grew exponentially from 2019 to 2020, doubling its manufacturing revenue and jobs.

“The number of new products in supermarkets like meat-free burgers, sausages and ready meals, also doubling in that time, with the category seeing 46% sales growth in retail”.

Australian supermarkets now offer more than 250 plant-based meat alternative product, “more than half of which are made by Australian companies” he says.

<< FROM PLANT POWER: THE HUNGER FOR MEAT ALTERNATIVES, CHOICE
OCTOBER. 2021.

PLANT-BASED BURGERS READY TO SERVE.

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON DECEMBER 3.

HAPPY, HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND HAVE A PEACEFUL NEW YEAR!

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

VALE: Unflappable Bert Newton has died -- he was eccentric, but brilliant!

FRANK MORRIS

ENTERTAINER, BERT NEWTON, STAR OF TV, RADIO AND STAGE, HAS DIED AT 83. HE WAS RAISED IN FITZROY, MELBOURNE.

AS A YOUNG TEENAGER, HE STARTED WORK AT 3XY AS A RADIO ANNOUNCER; HSV 7, WHEN TELEVISION WAS INTRODUCED IN AUSTRALIA; AND GTV 9, WHERE HE SPENT 8 YEARS, PARTNERING GRAHAM KENNEDY AND DON LANE IN THEIR VARIETY SHOWS.

NEWTON MONOPOLISED HOSTING THE LOGIE AWARDS NIGHT ON 17 OCCASIONS, AND HIMSELF WINNING 15 LOGIES.

FROM THE 1990s HE APPEARED IN SEVERAL STAGE SHOWS WITH METEORIC SUCCESS.

I MET HIM FOR THE FIRST AND ONLY TIME IN THE 1970s AT A RITZY KING CROSS HOTEL. I WAS WITH A PR PERSON FROM THE BERNARD KING COOKING SHOW, WHO INTRODUCED ME TO NEWTON. HE AND I EXCHANGED HANDSHAKES.

WE HAD A DRINK TOGETHER (HE HAD LEMON AND SODA) AND IT WAS VERY ENTERTAINING. HE LEFT, BUT NOT BEFORE SAYING “WE MUST DO THIS AGAIN”. WE NEVER DID.

HE WILL BE HONOURED WITH A STATE FUNERAL.

Battle Flags: Unique flag from World War 1 found!

A GROUP OF TOWN HALLITES PROUDLY SHOW OFF THE UNIQUE FLAG BEFORE IT IS FRAMED.

THE HISTORIC FLAG NOW HANGS IN THE ROCKDALE TOWN HALL.

THIS UNIQUE PATRIOTIC FLAG FROM WORLD WAR 1, WHICH WAS MISSING FOR MANY YEARS, HAS BEEN HUNG IN ROCKDALE TOWN HALL, SYDNEY. THE FLAG HAS BEEN RESTORED AND FRAMED UNDER GLASS AND ERECTED IN A PROMINENT POSITION IN THE TOWN HALL ENTRANCE. THE FLAG WAS “REDISCOVERED” 12 MONTHS AGO IN HISTORIC  LYDHAM HALL, WHICH IS UNDERGOING EXTENSIVE RENOVATIONS. “THIS FIND IS A TREASURE”, A COUNCILLOR SAID. MEMBERS OF THE BEXLEY COMMUNITY DONATED ONE POUND EACH TO, “HAVE THEIR NAMES PERMANENTLY EMBROIDERED ON THE FLAG”. A TOTAL OF 59 NAMES, ALL LOCAL INDENTITIES WERE SOUGHT; SO, IN 1915,THE RED ENSIGN FLAG (USED BY MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC) OVER THE BLUE ENSIGN, WAS CHOSEN BY MEMBERS OF THE BEXLEY COMMUNITY. – FM.

ABORIGINAL SOLDIERS: Estimates put the number at 1000 men who served in The Great War

PART OF THE INDIGENOUS TEAM WHICH SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

For Indigenous Australians, enlistment in WW1 was heavily restricted. An amendment to the Defence Act 1903 in 1909 ensured those who were not ‘substantially of European origin or descent’ were unable to fight for Australia.
However, the final say came down to the medical officers. It was up to the medical team  to determine if enlistees fit the criteria in the Act.

In 1915, an article syndicated across several Australian newspapers stated the Commonwealth Minister of Defence was ‘not prepared at present to recruit aboriginals [sic]'

However, by 1917, this attitude had changed. A catastrophic loss of life took its toll on Australian numbers at the front to lead "half-castes" and "full-bloods" being accepted for service.

Many have questioned the motives behind Indigenous Australians' desire to enlist to fight for a nation who had been responsible for so much oppression of their kin and culture.

In the Great War issue of Best Years publication, 2013, I wrote this sidebar on Indigenous participation:

Several historians have suggested they were trying to prove equal capabilities, diminish racist views, and push for equal rights – a motive represented in many newspaper articles.

It is not incomprehensible that Indigenous Australians would want to fight to protect their home and country.

Furthermore, a romanticised notion of wartime and mateship was another influence among many young men during the early 1900s.

Whatever their motives, exact numbers of Indigenous peoples who bravely served in WW1 are unknown, however, some estimates put this number as approximately 1000 individuals.

<< November 13. 1915, The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, NSW, 1883 – 1923.

Christmas Foodfrolico: Giving chicken burgers a must-try for next barbie!

CHICKEN CAESAR BURGERS. HMMM!

START HERE: COMBINE THE LETTUCE, PARMESAN AND SALAD DRESSING  IN A BOWL FROM THE SALAD KIT.

CUT 2 TURKISH ROLLS IN HALF CROSSWAYS, THEN SPLIT EACH  HALF. PLACE ROLL PIECES ON A BAKING TRAY. PREHEAT GRILL ON MEDIUM. COOK UNDER GRILL

FOR 1 MINUTE EACH SIDE, OR UNTIL LIGHLY TOASTED.

GET COOKING: HEAT A LARGE NON-STICK FRYING PAN OVER MEDIUM HEAT.COOK  CHICKENBURGERS FOR 5 MINS EACH SIDE OR UNTIL COOKED THROUGH.

TRANSFER TO A PLATE. SPRAY THE PAN WITH OLIVE OIL SPRAY. CRACK 4 FREE RANGE EGGS  INTO THE PAN AND COOK FOR 2-3 MINS FOR SOFT YOLKS, OR UNTIL COOKED TO YOUR LIKING.

BUILD THE BURGERS: DIVIDE ROLL BASES AMONG SERVING PLATES, TOP WITH SALAD MIXTURE: 1 LARGE TOMATO SLICED, THE CHICKEN BURGERS, EGG AND BACON PIECES FROM THE SALAD KIT. TOP WITH ROLLTOPS. MAKES 4. PREP 15 MINS COOKING 10 MINS. (IF YOU HAVE A BBQ, USE IT.)

ALL COLES PRODUCTS WERE USED IN THIS BURGER. NEXT: THE MOUTH-WATERING LAMB BURGER.

CARS WE LOVED: The first Ford was hailed as “boss of the road”

THE DAZZLING FORD MOTORCAR WAS TYPIFIED AS “THE LATEST AND BEST”.

FRANK MORRIS

HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE! THERE’S BEEN A FORD IN AMERICA SINCE 1903, THE YEAR OF THE FIRST MODEL’S BIRTH. THAT ADDS UP TO 118 YEARS. WHEN THE STATELY 1903 WAS RELEASED FOR $850, THE ADVERTISEMENT IN THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, HAD THIS TO SAY: “THE LASTEST AND THE BEST – THE BOSS OF THE ROAD”. AS THE AD PROMISED, “FOR BEAUTY OF FINISH” IT IS ENEQUALED. BUT, “IF INTERESTED IN THE NEWEST AND MOST ADVANCED FORD AUTO, WRITE TO US TODAY”. THE AD WENT ON TO SUGGEST “IT SO SIMPLE THAT A BOY OF 15 CAN RUN IT”. THIS NEW LIGHT TOURING CAR  POSITIVELY THE MOST PERFECT MACHINE ON THE ROAD. THERE ARE NO SMELLS, NOISE OR JOLTS WHICH ARE COMMON TO OTHER MAKES.

<< Background to article from SEP, 1903

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON NOVEMBER 19.

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

Melbourne Cup – New Zealand bred stayer packs a wallop in huge field

A RARE SNAP OF CARBINE SEEN ROMPING AWAY WITH THE 1890 CUP.

CARBINE STANDS TO ATTENTION. GETTING READY FOR THE RACE OF THE CENTURY.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

IN THE HISTORY OF THE AUSTRALIAN TURF, WHICH GOES BACK A CENTURY AND HALF, THE MEMORY OF TWO HORSES STANDOUT -- CARBINE AND PHAR LAP. THEY ARE BOTH PROUDLY CLAIMED BY MANY AUSTRALIANS AS THE THAT BEST RACEHORSES THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN.

THE ACCURACY OF SUCH A CLAIM CAN BE DEBATED. BUT WHAT IS STRANGELY TRUE IS NEITHER CARBINE NOR PHAR LAP WAS AUSTRALIAN-BRED. BOTH RACEHORSES WERE FOALED IN NEW ZEALAND.

CARBINE’S EARLY RACING – WINNING HIS FIRST FIVE EVENTS – WAS DONE ON NEW ZEALAND RACETRACKS.

IN THE 1889 CUP, HE GALLANTLY  CARRIED 10.0 TO FINISH SECOND BEHIND BRAVO.

IN THE COURSE OF THAT GREAT RUN CARBINE SPLIT A HEEL, AN INJURY THAT WAS TO WORRY HIM FOR THE REST OF HIS CAREER AND MAKE HIS SUBSEQUENT RECORDS ALL  THE MORE REMARKABLE.

THE INJURY WAS THE DIRECT CAUSE OF THE ONLY UNPLACED  RUN IN CARBINE’S 43 RACES. IN THE CANTERBURY PLATE, THE LAST DAY OF THE 1889 CUP MEETING, HE RAN LAST IN A FIELD OF FOUR.


FOR ITS SIZE, NZ HAD ONE OF THE MOST FERTILE BREEDING GROUNDS – PARTICULARY STAYERS – IN THE WORTH. CARBINE WAS BRED AT SYLVIA PARK STUD, ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF AUCKLAND, 1885, AND SOLD FOR 620 GUINEAS. – FM.


IN THE AUTUMN OF 1890, CARBINE WON THE ESSENDON STAKES AT FLEMINGTON. HE THEN RAN THIRD BEHIND THE SPLENDID HORSE MELOS, IN THE THREE MILES CHAMPION STAKES. HE WON HIS REMAINING SEVEN STARTS AS A FOUR-YEAR-OLD, INCLUDING A SECOND IN THE SYDNEY CUP.

AS A FIVE YEAR OLD, SO CONVINCING WAS CARBINE’S MELBOURNE STAKES VICTORY THAT THE PUBLIC DISREGARDED THE FACT THAT ONLY ONE HORSE  HAD WON THE MELBOURNE CUP  WITH 10.0 OR MORE – THAT WAS ARCHER BACK IN 1862.

THE VRC HAD MADE THE 1890 CUP THE TALK OF THE NATION AND RACING MEN ALL OVER THE WORLD BY ADDING 10,000 POUNDS TO THE OWNERS’ SWEEPSTAKES – IT WAS EASILY THE MOST ADDED MONEY GIVEN BY ANY RACING CLUB, ANYWHERE.

ON PRESENT-DAY VALUES THE 1890 MELBOURNE CUP WAS WORTH NEAR ENOUGH TO $200,000.

NO WONDER A RECORD FIELD OF 39 RUNNERS LINED UP FOR THE RACE. IT WAS A FIELD AS STRONG IN CLASS AND IN NUMBERS. MELOS, THE OWNER CONSIDERED, WAS A SUPERIOUR STAYER TO CARBINE, AND WANTED TO MAKE SURE THE TOP-WEIGHT HAD TO CARRY HIS BURDEN ALL THE WAY.


CARBINE WAS PURCHASED BY AUSTRALIAN INTERESTS AND SHIPPED TO THIS DESTINATION. HE WON ALL FIVE OF HIS RACES AS 2-YEAR-OLD. IT WAS AS A FIVE YEAR OLD THAT CARBINE EXCELLED HIMSELF. HE GREATNESS WOULD PUT HIM ON THE WORLD MAP. – FM.


CARBINE NEVER LOST TOUCH WITH THE LEADERS, AND IT WAS MELOS WHO CRACKED AT THE BACK OF THE COURSE WHEN HE WAS ENDEAVOURING TO MATCH STRIDES WITH THE CHAMPION.

FROM THE HOME TURN, CARBINE UNLEASHED A TERRIFIC RUN WHICH TOOK HIM TO THE FRONT … HIGHBORN AND CORREZE ATTEMPED TO MAKE A RACE OF IT WITH THE FAVOURITE, BUT THE JOCKEY MERELY WAVED THE WHIP AT CARBINE AND HIS SWEEPING LONG RUN STRIDE TOOK HIM TO THE LINE AN EASY WINNER.

HE WON BY TWO AND HALF LENGTHS FROM HIGHBORN WITH CORREZE A  FURTHER A HALF-LENGTH AWAY THIRD.

NEVER BEFORE OR SINCE HAS A CUP CROWD GONE AS WILD WITH JOY … WHEN CARBINE HAD THE CUP WON. ‘OLD JACK”, AS CARBINE WAS  KNOWN. HE LOVED APPLAUSE. HE WALKED BACK TO SCALE WITH THE INDIFFERENT HIND ACTION, A SITUATION THAT SO BELIED HIS GALLOPING ABILTY.

THE GREAT CHAMPION FELT THE TREMENDOUS RECEPTION WAS NO MORE THAN HE DESERVED.
CARBINE HAD BECOME A LEGLEND.

<< ADAPTED FROM THE MELBOURNE CUP – 1861 TO 1982 BY MAURICE CAVANOUGH, 1971.

THE BYSTANDERS GIVE SOME LAST WORDS TO A PROMINENT JOCKEY, AS THE REST  OF THE CROWD WAIT EASILY FOR THE START OF THE CUP.

KINGS CROSS: It’s a way of life – up, down an inside out!

THE FRENETIC KINGS CROSS, AS WE KNOW IT TODAY.

MEMORIES OF KINGS CROSS: THE SWISH GLENEAGLES NIGHTCLUB, THREE FLOORS OF WONDERMENT, OFFERED 'AFTER THEATRE', SUPPERS. IMAGE: PART OF AN ILLUSTRATION BY A STREET ARTIST 1945.

THE CROSS WAS A MIXTURE OF OLD AND NEW, AND ASPECTS OF SLEAZE TO GO WITH IT!

FRANCIS ROLLEY

FRANK MORRIS

It’s traditional, it’s mythic, it’s famous, it’s legendary. It provided a way of life that is sometimes up, down and inside out. That’s why Kings Cross is a magnet which appeals to the wildest imaginations of sensation seekers.

It’s quite different and certainly unique in Australia, although there are similar parallels overseas.

There’s New York’s Greenwich Village, London’s Soho, Montmartre in Paris, Hamburg’s Reeperbahn and the Ginza in Tokyo; yes, all these come to mind.

But because Sydney’s Kings Cross is a mixture of old and new, sleaze and tease, rough and bohemian, bright lights and red lights, it has its own identity and personality. Or personalities, to be precise. By day, it’s a subdued the inner-city suburb with sunlit tree-lined street and gracious apartments buildings.

Shops -- fashion, variety and down-market -- are the backdrops to a middle-aged or older population going about its daily business with briefcases and shopping bags.

And as night-time falls, a younger more fun-loving generation comes out of the tenements; or arrive from other suburbs. What this does is without fail transform The Cross into shades of colour, caricatures, cultures and cuisines.
The streets are frequented by a fascinating collection of interesting, offbeat, and weird individuals of both sexes; and a couple of less easily defined ones as well.


JUANITA NEILSON: THE MYSTERY. LOOKING BACK, HER CAREER 40 YEARS AGO BECAME A CRUSADE. BUT THIS MYSTERY REBOUNDS LIKE A BAD  PENNY. IT’S 45 YEARS AGO SINCE SHE DISAPPEARED. VANISHED. NOBODY HAS SEEN HER SINCE. JUANITA RAN A NEWSPAPER CALLED NOW IN WHICH SHE WROTE EDITORIALS BLITHELY ATTACKING THOSE IN CHARGE OF THE DESTRUCTION OF VICTORIA STREET. CONTINUED.>

JUANITA NEILSON: HER DISAPPEARANCE IS STILL A MYSTERY.

There are posh international hotels joined by some of the city’s ritziest restaurants and popular down-market dives -- bars and bistros, nightclubs and on-stage variety shows. Strip joints, X-rated cinemas, adult magazine shops and souvenir shops.

And this minute clutter is jammed into a little more than a square kilometre of inner Sydney on a hill overlooking Woolloomooloo Bay where the suburbs of Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay, Paddington and Darlinghurst converge.

The Cross can mean anywhere in an ill-defined area bounded by Victoria Street, Bayswater Road, Darlinghurst Road and Macleay Street; but the actual “cross’ is formed where Darlinghurst Road bisects Victoria Street at the intersection of Bayswater Road and William Street.

This links the area to Sydney’s Central Business District.

It was originally known as Queens Cross but it was frequently confused with Queens Square, not far distant at the Hyde Park end of Macquarie Street. In 1901, when Queen Victoria died and Edward VII ascended the British throne, its name was changed to Kings Cross.

During the First World War, The Cross was a residential district for many of the city’s more affluent citizens. Stately sandstone dwellings of half-a-dozen stories stand beside the cast iron balconies of quaint two and three storey timber terrace houses.

The area’s genteel charm in those days was in marked contrast to the gangster age of the 1920s when The Cross became the battleground for rival cut-throat razor-wielding gangs.

FRANK MORRIS COMMENT: In the 1930 and 1940s, The Cross boasted some the swishiest nightclubs in Sydney. Many of them, like the Knickerbocker, Tabaron Cabaret, and Gleneagles, offered “exclusive after-theatre suppers from 9pm to midnight” which attracted “men in tail and women in evening dress.”


JUANITA NEILSON: THE MYSTERY: JUANITA, THROUGH THE NEWSPAPER, UNFORTUNATELY, GOT TANGLED UP WITH A BUNCH OF THE “WORST STYLE” OF CROOKS, EVER. SHE ARRIVES AT THE CAROUSEL CLUB AT 10.40 AM AND IS NEVER SEEN AGAIN. IT WAS GOOD NIGHT JUANITA! WHO KILLED JUANITA NEILSON? THERE ARE A MYRIAD OF MYTHS SURROUNDING THE STORY. THERE HAVE BEEN TWO DOCUMENTARIES AND A PODCAST ON JUANITA “SUDDENLY” VANISHING FROM SIGHT. VERDICT: MAKE SURE YOU HEAR FULL STORY ON THE ABC PODCAST.– FM.

THE BATAVIA TRAGEDY. FINAL. MASS SLAUGHTER OF SURVIVORS!

GATHERING IMPORTANT ARTEFACTS FROM THE WRECK OF BATAVIA.

THE HULK OF THE SHIP NOW ON DISPLAY.

THE KILLING HAS BEGUN.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

The survivors started to die. And perhaps much of the terror that followed would not have been, except for what appeared to be a miracle. After six days rain fell and was collected … and they fought for survival.

Food was not the real problem. There were eggs, fish a-plenty, and seals for the taking. The planned mutiny had become common knowledge to the survivors, one of the mutineers having spoken about it openly while drunk.

His reward was a knife between the ribs. But now Cornelisz felt himself committed to take over and kill all who opposed him.

It took him 20 days to establish a plan which offered some prospect of success. But his main problem was that his group amounted to about twenty Some men and opposed to them were 150 people, some of them disciplined soldiers and seafarers.

Cornelisz was an under-merchant, and in the absence of Pelsaert and Jacobsz, was the senior survivor and, until such time as he made an overt move against the welfare of the group, was commanded by authority of the company.

He ordered the soldiers to search outlying islands for water and told them to leave their arms behind so that they could carry more water.


OPEN ROAD 100 YEAR OF ROADS: “ON JULY 12, 1921, WE SET UP AN HISTORIC MILESTONE”, SAID OPEN ROAD. “A SMALL PRINTING PRESS BEGAN ROLLING OUT THE FIRST EDITION OF THE NRMA, GOOD ROADS, TO TIE IN WITH OUR MEMBERSHIP AT THE TIME”.

The soldiers under Weibbe Hayes, set off; and Cornelisz then split the other survivors into groups which he distributed around three islands on the pretext that the original island was overcrowded.

Then the killing began. First to die were the strongest, murdered stealthily and at night. If any questions were asked they were told that they had gone to another island. As the numbers were reduced the killing became open.

People were struck down where they were caught, and the sick had their throats cut in the hospital. Expeditions were sent to the other islands and the survivors there were hunted and slaughtered. Cornelisz had only one problem – Weibbe Hayes.

He and his men had found water and were able to survive. Remember, they had no arms yet they made pikes, clubs and spears and repelled repeated attacked by the mutineers. Hayes called his men the Verdedigers, or Defenders.

What Cornelisz could not do by force he tried by treachery. Under a flag of truce, he tried to buy off the Defenders and was taken prisoner.


OPEN ROAD: 100 YEARS OF ROADS. GOOD ROADS MAGAZINE, LAUNCHED IN 1921, WAS THE FORERUNNER TO OPEN ROAD, WHICH WAS EXTABLISHED IN 1927. IT WAS A POSITIVE REACTION FROM THE MEMBERSHIP. 

On September 17, the balance of the mutineers mustered for a final, desperate attack on the Defenders. And then the unbelievable happened. A sail appeared. It was Pelsaert. He had amazingly covered 2000 miles (4000 k) of ocean in his tiny boat and arrived with 45 people in Batavia.

The Governor was not impressed by his story – less so his actions. He recognised the most important matter was to get help to the survivors. Grim and white-faced, Pelsaert heard Hayes’ gruesome account:

“(He) furthermore told that he was Captain over 47 souls, who had kept themselves so long on one island in order to save their lives as the scoundrels had murdered more than 125 persons … and that 14 days ago he captured Jeronimus Cornelisz, under-merchant and chief of the scoundrels.”

Dutch law of the time allowed torture to be used to determine the truth or otherwise of such charges. Cornelisz was tortured five times over 10 days before the hangings began.

Cornelisz was hanged first on October 2, 1629.

<< The Batavia Tragedy adapted from Australian Studies, Victoria.

THE BATAVIA REPLICA, WHICH WAS CONSTRUCTED AT THE BATAVIA SHIPYARDS IN LELYSTAD, THE NETHERLANDS.

CARS WE LOVE … Tucker, among other things, has a third headlight that goes around corners!

1948 TUCKER IS WORTH OVER ONE MILLION DOLLARS!

FRANK MORRIS

THE AMAZING STORY OF PRESTON TUCKER! HE DESIGNED AND BUILT THE REVOLUTIONARY  AUTHOMOBILE, TUCKER,  IN CHICAGO, AMERCIA, WAS MARKETED IN 1948. THE MANY THOUSANDS OF AUTOS THAT WERE PRODUCED, TUCKER WAS THE THE FIRST, MOTORCAR TO FEATURE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, A REAR ENGINE, A THIRD HEADLIGHT THAT FOLLOWED THE CAR AROUND CORNERS, AND A WINDSHIELD THAT POPPED OUT IN A CRASH.“TUCKER SUSPECTED THAT THE BIG THREE AUTOMAKERS AND A SENATOR ALSO HAD A ROLE IN THE TUCKER CORPORATION’S DEMISE”. THE COMPANY WAS FORCED TO GO INTO BANKRUPTCY. IN 1948, THE TUCKER SOLD FOR $2,448. IN 1998, IT WILL FETCH $350,000. THE TUCKER IS TOPPING THE $1M MARK. OF THE 51 CARS WHICH WERE BUILT, ONLY 48 ARE KNOWN TO EXIST.

GRAND YEARS: THE NEXT APPEARANCE WILL ON NOVEMBER 5.

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

Battle Flags of the Nations …

THE REBELLION IN 1854, EUREKA STOCKADE, WAS THE ONLY ARMED INSURRECTION BY FREE MEN IN AUSTRALIA’S HISTORY. THE MINERS HOISTED A BLUE FLAG WITH THE SOUTHERN CROSS ON IT. THEY TOOK AN OATH “TO STAND TRULY BY EACH OTHER AND FIGHT TO DEFEND OUR RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES”.

THIS FLAG WAS FOUND IN TATTERS. IT WAS FRAMED AND PUT ON DISPLAY.

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

THWACK! WHAT A TONGUE-BITING SHOT! GINGER MEGGS, THE LITTLE SCOUNDREL, STRIKES BACK.

FRANK MORRIS

SOME EDITORS CAN BE A SHREWD BUNCH, HONESTLY. THEY’LL DO ANYTHING FOR A CARTOON OF THEIR’S TO STEAL ANOTHER PAPER’S THUNDER.

BY THAT I MEAN, IT’S DEADLY. AT LEAST IT WAS WHEN THERE WERE MORE NEWSPAPERS SERVING THE TOWN AND CITIES.

GINGER MEGGS, FOR INSTANCE, HAS BEEN ON THE TROT SINCE US FELLERS ( IT’S NOW CALLED ‘GINGER MEGGS’) IN 1921.


“CARTOON CHARACTERS ARE INFINITELY MALLEABLE BECAUSE THEY AREN’T REAL,” EXPERT COLIN SEEGER SAID. “THEY ARE IMAGES ON THE PAPER … JUST THAT, IMAGES”.

AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE RED-HAIRED, SCHOOL- WAGGING AND CRICKET ‘CHAMPEEN’ HAS MOVED ON – HE’S NOW 100 YEARS YOUNG.

IN THE OLD DAYS, ALL THE DAILY NEWSPAPERS HAD DEVELOPED THOUSANDS OF READERS FROM ‘THE FUNNIES’ PAGE,  SO THEY WERE PROTECTIVE OF THEIR WARES.

OLD EDITORS WOULD SAY THAT THERE’S MORE MONEY IN THOSE WIGGLY LINES AND INDIAN INK THAN THERE IS IN ADVERTISING! THAT WAS IN TIMES PAST.

More Ginger Meggs + Lionel Rose to follow.

The Big Fight: A personal letter to a mum who was concerned about her son

JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY WHO WAS SOMEBODY IN THE FIGHT GAME DID THEIR SHARE OF SOUL-SEARCHING AFTER THE FATAL WILBURN-THOMPSON FIGHT.

FRANK MORRIS

After completing my article on the Chuck Wilburn fight in 1976, I drove home. When I arrived at the office the next day, I noticed an envelope on my desk addressed to me. It was hand-delivered.

I studied it in detail. Here’s part of what it said. It was written in relationship to the fight witnessed last night, and her son.

“Our 12-year-old son, Keith, wants to become a professional boxer. His father encourages him. How dangerous is boxing as an occupation?”

When you see somebody like Chuck Wilburn getting savaged in the ring it is not worth thinking about.


IN AMATUER BOXING, GLOVES ARE CUSHIONED SO THAT BOTH WEAR THEM DURING A MATCH AND TRAINING. MODERN BOXING GLOVES ARE NON-LETHAL AND DESIGNED TO PROTECT BOTH THE OPPONENT’S HEAD AND THE FIGHTER’S HANDS DURING A BOUT.

I don’t recommend that any youngster deserves such encouragement.

“Boys will be boys. You could leave it up to him, he’ll either ignore it and it will go away.

“There’s a myriad of things you can do. Think about it. ‘What happens when he gets older?’ I wrote. ‘Wait till he is 15 years and you’ll see if he has changed his mind’.

<< This was part of a syndicated article on The Chuck Wilburn tragedy in 1976.

FRANK MORRIS COMMENT: Keith spent some time at the gym. He was in good physical condition. He had a go as an amateur lightweight and failed each time. He gave the fight game away.

THE BATAVIA TRAGEDY: It was inevitable that there would be bloodshed

GRAND SHIP: THE BATAVIA WAS THE NEWEST AND MOST MAGNIFICENT SHIP OF HER TIME.

AS THE TIDE FELL, SURF POUNDED THE BATAVIA WHICH STARTED TO BREAK UP.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

Francisco Pelseart, a fined-boned, small man, inclined to the arts, whereas Jacobsz was a big, hard-drinking, brawler. Confined as they were for so long, and having to work closely together, it was inevitable there should be clashes.

It has also been suggested that while Jacobsz fancied the beautiful Lucretia van de Mylen, she much preferred the company of Pelsaert.

In any event, while the ships were victualling at Cape Town for the final run to Batavia, Jacobsz and Zwaantie Hendrix went on a drunken orgy which drew complaints from the other captains. Pelsaert threatened Jacobszwith demotion and public disgrace.

In his fury, the skipper sought the company of Jeronimus Cornelisz. From that moment on, the Batavia was doomed to bloodshed.

Cornelisz, a former apothecary in the city of Haarlem, emerges as the ringleader and blood-thirstiest of the murderers. He and his conspirators had already decided to seize the ship and her cargo, which included a considerable sum of money and jewels, and they intended to embark on a career of piracy.

They intended feeding on other ships of the rich Indies fleet. They planned their move for the time when Batavia turned north for the run to Batavia.


OPEN ROAD: 100 YEARS: IN THE ARTICLE, WOMEN AT THE WHEELS, OPEN ROAD SAID, ”WE PUBLISHED OUR SHARE OF THE DIZZY AND HELPNESS FEMALES BEHIND THE WHEEL. HOWEVER, WE HAVE LONG REVERSED THIS POSITION”.

The Dutch by this time found it much quicker after leaving Cape Town to run East with the prevailing winds and currents to the coast of the Southland, as Australia was then called, before turning north.

Inevitably, with navigation as uncertain as it was, and knowledge of Australia’s coastline as skimpy, some ships were wrecked off the coast.

And so, on the morning of June 4, 1629, the Batavia ran aground on the Houtman Abrolhos, or Rocks, at high tide.

As the tide fell, the surf pounded the ship and it started to break up. With the coming of daylight, a number of low, miserable islands were seen and boats were launched.

The scenes that ensued later reflected no credit on anyone.

Men fought and pushed into the boats, trampling underfoot women and children; while below decks soldiers and gunners were looting the cargo and broached the wine. Some boatloads got ashore, others drowned; and still others stayed with the stricken vessel.

This latter group included Cornelisz and Jacobsz; and on one of the islands Pelsaert and a group of seamen were gathering supplies to stock the biggest ship’s boats for the 1500 mile trip to Batavia.


OPEN ROAD: 100 YEARS. “NRMA HAS BEEN CONSCIOUS OF THE FACT THAT THE GOOD ROADS MAGAZINE WAS NOT OF A LITERARY STANDARD. BUT, RATHER, WITH OPEN ROADS IT IS BEFITTING OF THE DIMENSIONS AND INFLUENCE OF THE NRMA”.

Another group of seamen outfitted a second boat for the attempt; while the confusion among the survivors increased.

Forty-eight hours later, after Batavia went aground, Pelsaert and Jacobsz sailed; followed a day later by the second boat, leaving behind a disorganised and ill-equipped group of survivors. It’s hard to believe that their motives were as worthy as Pelsaert later claimed.

He said: “Decided and resolved to do our utmost duty in order to help our poor companions in dire distress. In token of the truth has signed with our hand and have sworn this June 8. 1629.”

In doing their “utmost duty” they left behind 250 people “being in the utmost misery, and likely to perish shortly from thirst and hunger.” Of the 250, seventy were on the wreck; and the 180 on the island had water for two days at the most.

Eventually, the survivors started to die …

<< The “Batavia” tragedy; Australian Studies, Victoria.

Next: Then the killing began. First to die were the strongest, murdered stealthily and at night.

THE NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 22.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 06 October 21

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 TURNED OUT 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

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