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GOLD! Victoria and NSW were two of the richest places on the globe until the discovery of the ‘yellow stuff’

Adapted by Frank Morris

LOTS OF GOLD!

WHAT PART DID THE DISCOVERY OF GOLD PLAY? WERE THE REPONSES EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT?

How could such wealth and an acute level of destitution co-exist, particularly in Victoria? The main sources of economic wealth – gold, commercial agriculture and grazing – reinforced the social inequalities in wealth distribution.

On November 11, 1850, it was announced that the long and sometimes bitter struggle by the residents of the Port Phillip District of NSW for separation had at last borne fruit.

The news was greeted with joy in Melbourne.

Major gold discoveries came within a fortnight of Foundation Day in Victoria. Gold created as many problems as it did benefits.

The discovery of gold in Victoria and NSW during the hectic “roaring fifties” ushered in a decade of unparalleled activity and prosperity. The scope and immensity of these boom years is quickly and graphically demonstrated by a few comparative statistics.

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IN 1904, THE OLYMPICS WAS STAGED IN ST LOUIS, MISSOURI, TOGETHER WITH THE WORLD FAIR – BUT IT WAS NOT A SUCCESS. WAS IT THE CASE WHERE THE WORLD EVENTS WON’T MIX?
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The stream of immigration, which poured into Australia, doubled the population in five years; from 400,000 in 1850 to 800,000 in 1855.

Three years later, the million mark was reached.

Imports into Victoria jumped from $2 million to $24 million between 1850 and 1855 tells a vivid story. In Victoria alone, gold to the value of $2 million was produced in 1851, increasing to $28 million in 1856.

The total yield for Australia during 1851-1860 was $210 million, of which $186 million came from Victoria. Banking received a tremendous impetus during these exciting years.

At the beginning of the decade ten banks were operating. But during the next few years eight new ones were established, the most important being the English, Scottish and Australian Bank in 1852 and the National Bank in 1858.

By 1860, there were seventy-one branch offices compared with only nine branches at the same time 10 years ago.
The immediate effect of the gold discoveries upon the banks was that huge sums of money were needed to exchange for the gold bought.

To meet this demand, banks began to issue their own bank notes which, up to this time, had not been issued on any large scale.

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IN 1906, THE OLYMPICS RETURN TO ATHENS. THESE WERE KNOWN AS THE INTERCALATED GAMES – OR INTERIM – BECAUSE THEY WERE CONSIDERED “UNOFFICIAL” BY THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPICS COMMITTEE (I.O.C).…………………………………………………………………………………………...........................................................…

In Victoria, notes in circulation increased from $282,000 in 1851 to more than $4 million three years later. There was also a great demand for small change, but this could not be met.

The supply of the British coins in use was inadequate; and there were no facilities for minting money. The traders, therefore, began to issue their own copper and bronze token coins, instituting a widely accepted currency, which held public favour for many years.

During the main years of the gold rush the pastoral industry and the agricultural sector suffered. Further expansion and investment in land was forestalled by the gold rush; some runs were even lost as a result of gold finds.

NSW pastoral industry had reached its peak capacity during 1860s, due mainly to land restrictions … New land was opened for settlement during the 1870s, and many people took up selection, hoping to become self-sufficient.

In Victoria, by 1881, there was a dramatic structural shift in the economy. Gold mining, the mainstay of economic life in the 1850s, was no longer the major activity …

But after the gold rush had exhausted itself in both colonies, by 1881, Melbourne population was one-third of Victoria, and Melbourne was recognised as the financial capital of Australia.

SOURCE: From Australian Teachers/Eureka Stockade Package; R.A. Gage, Poverty Abounding Charity Aplenty, Hale & Iremonger, Sydney.

Below: Shapes and sizes … who gives a damn. As long as it’s real!

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RAZZLE DAZZLE OLYMPICS …
IT’S 1908, AND THERE WAS BITTER RIVALRY IN STORE BETWEEN BRITISH AND AMERICAN TEAMS AT THE LONDON OLYMPICS. MEANTIME, THE FINNS AND THE RUSSIANS FOUGHT AMONG THEMSELVES. ICE SKATING IS ADDED TO THE GAMES. THE AUSTRALIAN RUGBY FOOTBALL TEAM TOOK OUT AUSSIE’S ONLY GOLD MEDAL.


VALE: Tim Fischer wrote about “an end of steam” in his final book

TIM FISCHER

HUFFING AND PUFFING …

FORMER NATIONAL PARTY POLITICIAN TIM FISCHER, WHO DIED ON AUGUST 22, WILL HAVE A STATE FUNERAL IN ALBURY, NSW.

There is real possibility the ‘through’ steam locomotive operation will end between Brisbane and Toowoomba, with tourist steam trains banned.

Both proposals for the Inland Freight Rail direct from Brisbane to Melbourne, go through a proposed 7.6-kilometre tunnel under the Great Dividing Range near Toowoomba, intended to greatly ease grades and build efficiencies.

It is envisaged this will be a dual-gauge tunnel with plenty of height clearance to allow double stacking of containers.

With this super tunnel opening, the existing steep main line through Helidon and Spring Bluff will most likely close; although there is a strong case to be made for keeping open the section from Toowoomba down as far as Spring Bluff, especially for the annual flower and garden activities each spring.

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FANNY DURACK BECAME AUSTRALIA’S FIRST FEMALE GOLD MEDALLIST AT THE 1912 STOCKHOLM OLYMPICS. THE 800m RELAY TEAM ALSO GAINED GOLD. MORE THAN 2500 ATHLETES FROM 28 NATIONS WERE TAKING PART.…………………………………………………………………………………………...........................................................…

Owing to ventilation problems, trains will not be permitted to operate under steam through any tunnel more than 7 kilometres long, although they could be towed through at middle-range speeds by diesel-electric locomotives.

Essentially, this signals the end of the occasional steam train special travelling up and down the range between Brisbane and Toowoomba.

It reflects progress, but once again, it will come at the expense of the magnificent sight of a steam locomotive chugging up steep grades and trailing a lovely flume of smoke. – Adapted by Frank Morris.

SOURCE: Steam Australia: Locomotives that Galvanised The Nation.

Below: Tim Fischer gives a full hand of thanks to Ghan on a recent journey.

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RAZZLE DAZZLE OLYMICS …
IN 1916, THE GAMES WERE CANCELLED BECAUSE OF WORLD WAR 1. INSTEAD OF NEWS PICTURES OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES, WE HAD FIRST PHOTOGRAPHS OF VICTORY ON THE BATTLEFIELD! – FM.


Ginger Meggs – 97 years young, and is drawing in the fans!

FRANK MORRIS

US FELLERS, THE START OF GINGER MEGGS!

THE INSPIRATION BEHIND GINGER MEGGS’ NAME.

Ross Russell was a social columnist for The Advertiser, and the daughter of Lloyd Dumas and his wife, Daisy Hall.

Russell was once asked by cartoonist Jimmy Bancks, a great friend, what was her name. She told him it was “Rosslyn Ginger Mash”.

Bancks had named the cartoon Ginger Smith. But, after he had detailed conversation with Rosslyn, he changed it to Ginger Meggs.

Ginger Meggs made his debut in the first coloured comic section of the Sunday Sun (Sydney) to appear in an Australian newspaper on November 13, 1921. The strip, known as Us Fellers, was drawn by “a promising young artist” J.C. Bancks.

The strip, currently appearing in Australian papers, is syndicated overseas to more than 120 newspapers in different languages in 34 countries. Featured in the panel is a slightly modified Ginger drawn by James Challfield.

Challfield took over from James Kemsley, who had drawn Ginger since March 18, 1984. Kemsley died of motor neurone disease in 2007. Other artists to have the strip include Vivian (1953-1973) and Piper (1973-1984).

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BELGIUM, 1920, STAGES THE POSTWAR OLYMPICS AT ANTWERP. THE EFFECTS OF THE WORLD WAR MADE PERFORMANCES ONLY FAIR TO MIDDLING. THERE WERE ABOUT 3000 ATHLETES FROM 29 NATIONS. OLYMPIC FLAG AND MOTTO FLEW FOR THE FIRST TIME. – FM.
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Bancks created the strip at the behest of the great editor, Monty Grover.

The early strips featured the adventures of “a beguiling little girl” called Gladsome Gladys. He was tired of the restriction imposed by the character and decided to develop one of the supporting ‘players’ – a tear-away kid called Ginger. Ginger came into prominence in December 1921.

And in 1922, Gladsome Gladys had vanished from the panel.

The comic was renamed Ginger Meggs in November 1939. In 1951, Bancks decamped from the Sunday Sun after 29 years and transferred to the Sunday Telegraph and later to the Sun-Herald (Sydney).

Bancks died in 1952.

SOURCE: Ross Russel died in 2012.

Below: Ginger Meggs and his ‘family’ of Australia artists.

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Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 30 August 19

VIETNAM WAR: The End. The living-room war -- television brought new conflict into our lives

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

GETTING READY!

NIGHTLY WE COULD SEE THOUSANDS MARCH FOR “PEACE” IN THE STREETS OF AUSTRALIA AND AMERICA. AUSTRALIA’S INVOLVEMENT BEGAN WITH 30 MEN IN 1962 AND FINISHED IN 1972 AFTER 50,190 AUSTRALIANS HAD SERVED.

By 1972, all Australian combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam, and after the election of the Labor government in 1972, the last advisers were also discontinued.

Counting the cost of the number of men that were killed was hard for incumbent politicos to take.

Over the ten years, they were involved in Vietnam the Australians lost 424 killed and 2369 wounded. Altogether 50,190 men serves in Vietnam, 15,542 of whom were conscripted.

Many casualties did not emerge until later. Illnesses arising from tropical diseases and the effects of chemical defoliants started to come to the fore.

Given this record, one must ask if it was worth it. In military terms, the whole episode was a failure.

As we all know, the South Vietnamese army proved incapable of turning the tide; and in 1975, Saigon was occupied by the armies of North Vietnam. In social terms the effects of the war were disastrous.

Australian society was divided by the war. One side calling the others ‘commies’ and the other imperialists.
Young men were placed in jail for the refusing to enlist and ‘draft dodging’ became a common offence.

Most importantly, the Vietnam War was the first conflict in its history that Australians felt ambivalent about.
What’s happening in America?

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RAZZLE DAZZLE OLYMPICS …
IN THE 1880s, BARON PIERRE DE COUBERTIN INTRODUCES THE IDEA THAT THERE SHOULD BE A WORLD SPORTING FESTIVAL – ALL SPORTS – TO THE PEOPLE OF THE GLOBE LIKE THOSE OF ANCIENT GREECE.  IN THE 1890s, SOME OF EUROPE’S ROYALTY AND A GREEK TYCOON, EXPRESS INTEREST AND MONEY IN THE IDEA. – FM.
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In 1961, reporters W.E. Garrett and Peter White went to Vietnam to report on how “South Viet Nam Fights the Red Tide”.

This piece, published three years before Congress passed the Resolution … authorising presidential action in Vietnam and four years before a large-scale commitment of US troops, accurately and eerily warned of what was in store.

While Garrett’s photographs were of the conventional travelogue variety, White’s text was conspicuously grim.

”Quietly and relentlessly, without the world hardly aware of it yet, the rich country in the south was slipping ever deeper into a calculatedly cruel civil war.

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RAZZLE DAZZLE OLYMPICS …
THE FIRST MODERN OLYMPIC GAMES WAS STAGED AT ATHENS IN 1896. THE KING OF GREECE PRESENTS WINNERS WITH A GOLD MEDAL AND AN OLIVE BRANCH. AUSTRALIA’S EDWIN FLACK WAS A MEMBER OF NEARLY 300 ATHLETES FROM 13 NATIONS TAKING PART. FLACK BECOMES THE WORLD’S FIRST DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST, WINNING THE 800M AND 1500M FINALS. – FM.
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“From dusk to dawn, the Viet Cong ruled nearly half of South Viet Nam”, wrote White.

Further on in the article, White wrote: “What will happen to Vietnam!” The person replied: “I hope for a miracle to save us.”

White ended his article this way: “As our old primers say: Man is born good, but life makes him bad.”

It is estimated that between August 4, 1964 and January 27, 1973, 8,744,000 Americans saw service in Vietnam.

Nevertheless, on April 30, 1975, South Vietnam surrendered to the communists.

SOURCE: Australian Two Hundred Years; The National Geographic Magazine.


SHAPES & SIZES: The fast clipper ships! They ruled the world with their speed and sailing prowess

This is the Flying Cloud, it was one of the winged messengers of man. The clipper ships from the 1830s through to the 1860s were also the loveliest of them all.

The Flying Cloud made a brilliant run in 1851 from New York to San Francisco in 89 days, sailing 17,597 statute miles at average of 222 miles each day.
 

COMING: Clipper Days – the winged messengers of man!


FLASHBACK: Cabbie was his name, but finding fame was not easy!

FRANK MORRIS

‘CABBIE’ WAS A GRADUATE OF HARD KNOCKS!

"‘CABBIE’ WAS A SPITTING IMAGE OF A MATE OF MINE”

He lived in Mortdale but he moved round a lot. But to set the record straight: I’ll introduce him as Sydney cartoonist John Neal.

Well, Neal is as knockabout as some of the characters that come off his drawing board.

And Cabbie, his latest protégé, is no exception.

In the short time that Cabbie’s weekly adventures have been played out, his popularity has soared.

An RSL driver told Front Lines (a column I used to write for the newspaper) that Cabbie “was the spitting image” of his best mate.

“We’re thinking of starting a fan club,” another driver said.

Neal was amused but not surprised at Cabbie’s new-found fame. “I had an idea he’d make a name for himself someday.”

Neal describes Cabbie as a “street-wise little bloke” who become the victim of situations, no matter what the circumstances.

“But Cabbie is a graduate from the school of hardknock and he keeps bouncing back for another serve,” Neal said, with a slight smile.

Since leaving school at 14, Neal’s occupations have been many and varied – printer, journalist, truckies’ labourer and part-time parrot shooter.

He started taking cartooning seriously during a stint in the Army. His work was soon in demand, and his interpretation of military life began to appear in Army publications throughout Australia and in Vietnam.

In 1970, he won the Bicentenary Award for a cartoon depicting the problems and aims of the Australian Aborigines.

For many years he drew Bert the Boardman for Surcharge, a newspaper published by the NSW Water Board Salaried Officers Union.

Bert’s antics actually averted several industrial disputes and he was finally nominated for a Walkley Award – Australian journalism’s Oscar – before he punched the Bundy clock for the last time in 1980.

In the late 1970s Neal breathed new life into the famous comic-duo Bluey and Curley for the Sydney Telegraph, following in the footsteps and Les Dixon and the late Alex Gurney.

The comic finish when Neal went on strike with the journalist’s on the newspaper. He returned to journalism.

I will always remember my mate, John. My association with John Neal goes back 33 years. 

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AT THE CLUB …
COMING SOON! CLUBS ARE ONE OF THE GREATEST HARBINGERS OF ALL-ROUND SONG AND DANCE TALENT IN AUSTRALIA. I PENNED OVER 2500 AT THE CLUB COLUMNS IN EIGHT YEARS.
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We worked together as journalists on freelance projects as well. Neal was not an only colleague but a friend and good mate too. He was generous to a fault. But Neal preferred to be known as a “knockabout cartoonist” rather than a journalist.

In an interview before he died, he explained himself: “The whole point of the exercise was to gives people a good laugh and at least for a while forget their hassles.”

John Neal’s “new chum” was called Cabbie.

Like Neal, Cabbie was a typical knockabout Aussie. This is one different, though: he’s a taxi driver. You can laugh at him. Laugh with him. It made little difference to the number one standover man.

John drew the popular Bluey and Curley strip during the late 1970s, so he knew what “having a laugh on us” really meant.

The devil has his way, in more than one.

I recall a conversation with John in which told me he experimented with the devil.

He was going to sign his name “O’Neal” -- using the devil’s “6” to form the “O”. He used “the devil’s influence” right through the Cabbie series, but nothing much seemed to happen.

“How’s the devil going in your life,” I asked.

He looked at me. Nothing had happened, so it must be working. We left it at that.

John Neal died in June, 1997. He was aged 54.

Below: Les Dixon, Eric Jolliffe and Jim Russel – all leading cartoonist. John followed Les Dixon in doing Bluey & Curely for the last time.

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RAZZLE DAZZLE OLYMPICS …
IN 1900, THE SECOND OLYMPIAD, DESPITE GREEK PROTESTS, WAS HELD IN PARIS, FRANCE. SWIMMING, FOR THE FIRST TIME, APPEARED ON THE CALENDAR. AUSTRALIA’S FRED LANE TOOK OUT THE GOLD FOR THE 200M OBSTACLE RACE. – FM.
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Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 23 August 19

MEN’S HEALTH: Men ignored doctors’ advice many years ago. It’s a bad decision, say experts!

FRANK MORRIS

MORE MEN THAN WOMEN REFUSE TO GO TO A DOCTOR.

THAT WAS A LONG, LONG TIME AGO. THE POINT IS, IT’S STILL HAPPENING. 

This is what I wrote in 2001:

The first Australian survey by AGB McNair into prostate disease over 10 years ago, showed that one in three men aged over 50 had at least one symptom of the disease.

Hard on the heels of this alarming report, the medical profession issued a stark warning – ignore it at your peril.

The upshot, it seems, the penny didn’t “drop loudly enough”. In 2001, ten thousand of the men will be, nationally, diagnosed with cancer; most of them aged over 50. Twenty-five percent, one in four of this group, will die.

“They had ignored the warning”, experts would say.

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THE GREAT AUSSIE FIRST …
WESTERN FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT, WILFRED BURCHETT, IN 1945, WAS THE FIRST NEWSMAN TO ENTER HIROSHIMA AFTER THE ATOMIC BOMB WAS DROPPED. – FM.
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Here is some timely advice from the Men’s Health Week: “In the mental health realm, we encourage men to seek help when something in wrong.”

Men’s Health Week, ACT, recommends that “to improve men’s health is a two-way street involving men, women and their families – and the health services.”

When it comes to mental health problems, research shows men are more likely to die by suicide than women.

With statistics even higher for men living in “rural and remote communities”.

Gerrit Williemse, psychologist at Marathon Health, says “stereotypes that suggest men bottle-up their emotions and handle things alone are completely unrealistic and damaging”.

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THE GREAT AUSSIE FIRST …
NATIVE-BORN HORSES WERE SHIPPED TO INDIA FOR USE BY THE BRITISH ARMY IN 1846. THE HORSES, KNOWN AS ‘WALERS’ – A TERM COINED IN CALCUTTA. ORIGINALLY IT MEANT THEY WERE NEW SOUTH WALES BRED, AND WERE CHOSEN BECAUSE OF THEIR STAMINA, PATIENCE AND COURAGE. -- FM.
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He says the real strength “is telling someone you trust that you aren’t doing well; it’s asking your mates if they’re okay.”

“Men aged 18 to 34 with heart problems, are more than twice as likely than their female counterparts to have four or more risk factors of heart disease”.

Tony Stubbs, ACT CEO of the Heart Foundation, says “Over 30 percent of men in Australia have high cholesterol and almost 75 percent are overweight or obese.

”Walking is a great way for men to reduce these risk factors.”

SOURCE: mensheathweek.org.au; prostate Cancer Foundation – prostate.org.au/

Below: Gentleman make an appointment with the receptionist for a check-up.


AUST v. ENGLAND: Star of the past 70 years. They were the nation’s back-stop!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

McCABE AND BRADMAN HEAD OUT IN BRIGHT SUNSHINE FOR THE START OF 1933 TEST SERIES.

Stan McCabe was a genius. McCabe was the brilliant and graceful right-handed batsmen who played three of the most glorious innings in Test cricket.

Without doubt, McCabe was one of Australia’s finest batsman.

In 1932, adventurous by instinct he made a most audacious and classic 187 n.o (25 fours) in Sydney against the blast and fury of Jardine’s English bodyline attack.

Three years later, 1935, in Johannesburg against South Africa, showing his characteristic precision of timing, he made 189 no, in 195 minutes (29 fours); his first 100 in only 91 minutes.

His most enchanting innings displaying skill, power and courage, was in the Nottingham Test in England in 1938.

He saved Australia with an innings of 232, reaching the double century in an amazing 225 minute; his last 127 runs in 80 minutes.

In 39 Tests, Stan scored 2748 runs (6 centuries) at an average of 48.21. He took 36 Test wickets with deceptive medium pacers, and held 42 catches, mainly at second slip.

In 37 Sheffield Shield matches, 24 as Captain of NSW, he made 3031 runs at an average on 55.10. No doubt World War 2 robbed him of more great innings.

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HERE’S A WORLD FIRST …
IN 1968, THE FIRST HUMAN HEART TRANSPLANT WAS PERFORMED IN SOUTH AFRICA. A SECOND TRANSPLANT WAS DONE IN 1974, BOTH PATIENTS DIED. – FM.
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SOURCE: Hall of Champions. Sports House, 157 Gloucester St, Sydney.

BELOW: Stan McCabe. Stood the blast and fury of a Jardine bodyline attack.


Come on? Taste the dried fruits of Australia! Final.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

FEEL LIKE A DRIED APRICOT, OR DRIED PEARS, OR …

IT REQUIRES 6KG OF FRESH TREE FRUITS TO PRODUCE 1KG OF PRUNES, SUN-DRIED APRICOTS, PEACHES AND PEARS.

APRICOT

Although the botanical name suggests Armenia, it is generally agreed that the apricot originated in China … 2205BC.

Apricots were introduced to Europe via the silk route through the Far East, and then through the Mediterranean area by the Arabs.

In early times, the apricot was grown on a considerable scale in Upper Egypt where the fruits were dried for sale throughout Europe.

Dried apricots have the most concentrated dietary fibre of any fruit.

They are also a valuable source of iron and provide potassium, carotene, niacin and important B complex vitamins.

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GREAT KIWI FIRST …
GO NZ! ANYONE FOR PAVLOVA? THIS RICH SWEET DISH OF MERINGUE AND MARSHMELLOW TOPPED WITH WHIPPED CREAM AND FRUIT, AND ORGINATED IN NZ; NAMED AFTER THE CELEBRATED RUSSIAN BALLERINA ANNA PAVLOVA, WHO TWICE TOURED NZ IN THE 1920s.
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PRUNE

During the reign of Henry VIII, it was advised to ‘gather damson plums and dry them in the sun or a hot oven; in this way they could be kept for a year.’

In earlier centuries, plums were dried on racks in small caves.

The Australian prune is a hybrid of the cherry plum and sloe or blackthorn, probably originating in the Caucasus region where forests of wild plum trees existed thousands of years ago.

Many other species of wild plum grew across Britain, Europe and Asia.

Prunes are an important source of dietary fibre, potassium, iron and carotene. They also contain valuable calcium and B complex vitamins.

Prunes, like all dried fruits, contain absolutely no fat or added sugar.

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PEACH

As the Romans found the peach growing in present-day Iran, the former country of Persia, they designated it ‘persica’.

In fact, the peach is a native of China -- like the apricot. It travelled the same silk route, it is recorded that peaches were being cultivated in China as early as 2000 BC.

As a compact and highly nutritious food, dried peaches were chosen as the fruit for Neil Armstrong and his team on their expedition to the moon in 1969.

They are a very good source of dietary fibre, potassium, iron, carotene, niacin and other B complex vitamins.

PEAR

The wild pear originally grew in large forests in Europe and Northern Asia.

There’s historical evidence of hybridisation of several Pyrus species and this may have contributed to the development of the cultivated Pyrus communis.

There is little evidence of use by early man, but the pear’s natural flavour and beauty were recognised in Roman times when they were eaten and painted frequently.

Dried pears are excellent source of dietary fibre and potassium; they contain small quantities of iron, calcium, carotene and B complex vitamins.

SOURCE: Australian Studies Magazine.

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IN THE NEWS – 90 YEARS AGO …
DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS, GAY SEABROOK VOICED MINNIE MOUSE SINCE SHE BECAME THE HIT OF THE TOWN. BUT THE FIRST GIRL WHO DID THE VOICE WAS A STAFFER WHEN MINNIE ONLY SAID A FEW WORDS. WHEN MINNIE BECAME MORE INVOLVED, SHE NEEDED LONGER DIALOGUE, AND MORE FEELING. THAT’S WHERE GAY SEABROOK TOOK OVER. MINNIE MOUSE WAS A SUCCESS. – FM.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 16 August 19

GRAND YEARS WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK

Stay tuned everyone

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Many thanks

Frank Morris

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 09 August 19

1933 Australia v. England: Bodyline Bowling – It’s a menace to the game

FRANK MORRIS

STAN McCABE PUT A MARK ON HIS GLORIOUS INNINGS BY PLAYING A BALL OFF LARWOOD, ENGLAND’S MOST CONTROVERSIAL BODYLINE BOWLER.

ENGLISHMAN JARDINE INTRODUCED SOME OF THE FIERCEST TACTICS THAT HE KNEW THE LAWS OF CRICKET WOULD ALLOW!

English cricketers left nothing to chance when they came to Australia in 1932.

The blue-collar cricketers set out to recover the Ashes after suffering a humiliating defeat in the 1930 Test series in England.

Nothing but nothing was going to stand in their way – not even the magic bat of Don Bradman.

Bradman’s tremendous success during the 1930 tour had convinced the English selectors that new leadership was needed if the Ashes were to be brought back to England.

When the third test got under way in Adelaide in January, 1933, spectators didn’t realise that they were about to witness one of the most controversial sporting events of the century.

Spearheaded by Douglas Jardine, the English introduced some of the fiercest tactics the laws of cricket would allow.
Their main strategy was the infamous ‘bodyline’ bowling – a constant delivery of short-pitched fast balls which aimed at the batman’s head and shoulders.

“The batsman was like a bear in a cage being pelted with stones by naughty children,” writes historian Nic Van Oudtshoorn.

The tactics were not only frightening and difficult for the batsmen, but caused injury.  To play the ball meant the risk of being caught.  Not to play it meant the greater risk of being hit.

The Australian Captain, Bill Woodfull, was felled by a fast ball near the heart.  Bert Oldfield had his skull fractured.

Jardine’s terror tactics erupted in a public outcry.  There was fighting and riots, and Australian dockworkers boycotted British ships.

“Bodyline bowling is a menace to the game…and unsportsmanlike,” protested Australian cricket official, Mr W.Jeanes.

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IN THE NEWS …
IN THE UNITED STATES, RUSSI TAYLOR, THE WOMAN WHO VOICED MINNIE MOUSE FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES, HAS DIED AT 75. THE CAUSE OF HER DEATH IS NOT YET KNOWN. MISS TAYLOR MARRIED THE MAN WHO SUPPLIED THE VOICE FOR MICKEY MOUSE, WAYNE ALLWINE FROM 1991. HE DIED IN 2009.
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Below: This is not cricket, its war, says Larwood.

Grimmett: There’s hope for the English team now the bodyline is dead, said Neville Cardus

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

CAPTAIN DOUGLAS JARDINE IS OUT AND THE BODYLINE EVENT IS OVER!

“Jardine’s retirement is a great loss,” says Neville Cardus. “Australians know my attitude on bodyline – I do not regret one word I have written or said on that subject.

“I oppose bodyline for two reasons.

“Firstly, because it will not go down with the public, who do not want to watch an attack directed at the batsman’s body.  Australian crowds are not singular in this respect – the Oval, Old Trafford, and other crowds similarly would resent bodyline.

“Secondly, is that bodyline spoils the beauty of cricket as a spectacle; it is an ugly form of attack.  Some pessimists said that bodyline will kill cricket, but cricket, real cricket, has killed bodyline.

“Nevertheless, this does not affect my admiration for Jardine’s cricketing qualities.  He was a great skipper before bodyline was known, and he will remain a great skipper when bodyline has been forgotten.

“It is tragic that a captain of Maclaren’s and Jackson’s class should drop out, for Jardine is a captain worthy of the Australians.

“I disagreed with his tactics, but if his retirement was due to those tactics then it merely adds another damning line in bodyline’s epitaph.

“I believe Wyatt will succeed Jardine as captain.  Valentine is still too young, but Wyatt is Woodfull’s English counterpart.  Perhaps both lack genius and inspiration, but they know cricket on and off the field.

“Woodfull’s personality and character have done much to dissolve bitterness, and I believe that the fact that he opposed bodyline greatly influenced the MCC attitude towards it,” said Cardus.

Apart from the obvious choices amongst the players who visited Australia and India, Mr Cardus believes that J. Iddon (Lancashire) may force his way into the Tests.

Cardus declared that the more he studies the Australian team the more he respects its ability.

AUSTRALIA V. ENGLAND FOR THE ASHES, 2O19. WE WISH ALL THE AUSTRALIAN PLAYERS THE VERY BEST IN THEIR CURRENT BID FOR VICTORY.

Below: Harold Larwood describes himself as “the hangman”.


GREAT KIWI FIRST: America Cup’s – NZ wins classic with “flawless” sailing!

FRANK MORRIS

THIS WAS A DRUBBING.

BY 1995, NEW ZEALAND HAD WORKED THEIR MAGIC.

For 132 years the Americans have proved their invincibility by whipping challenger after challenger to keep one of the world’s oldest and best known international trophies, the America’s Cup.

It seemed that the baroque silver ‘mug’ was to be permanently encased at the New York Yacht club.

Writing in a major publication on the Cup’s history, Sir James Hardy, who helmed two Australian challengers, said “One might have felt that the America’s Cup looked unattainable such was the consistency and thoroughness of the Americans.

After several campaigns beginning in 1967, the Australians struck it lucky. In 1983, Australia II had a four to three victory over Liberty.

The Americans weren’t invincible, after all. Challengers came from near and far. The New Zealanders worked their magic for the first time in 1995, by impressively snatching the Cup in Black Magic I from Dennis Connor’s Young America, 5-0, at San Diego.

The Kiwi victory was described as “a team effort from stern to stern”.

In 1999, the world’s best sailors descended on Auckland Harbour to decide who will challenge Team New Zealand for the 2000 America’s Cup. In the end, Italy’s Prada team proved no match for the Kiwis. The Italian challenger, Luna Rossa, was thrashed by New Zealand 5-0.

Writes Time magazine of the victory: “There were echoes of 1995…the same winning margin and with the same crushing flair”. With their flawless sailing, Team New Zealand made history too.

That win made New Zealand the smallest country ever to compete in the Cup and only the second to take it from the US, Time reported.

Could the Kiwis do the unthinkable again in 2003?

As it turns out, the Kiwis were defeated soundly in the series.
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THE GREAT AUSSIE FIRST …
IN 1955, ROBERT TUDAWALI, OF JEDDA FAME, BECAME THE FIRST ABORIGINAL FILM STAR. JEDDA LEAVES HER NICE SAFE EXISTENCE … WHEN KIDNAPPED BY AN OLDER STRANGER. “TADAWALI’S STUNNING PERSONALITY ADDS TO THE FILM ABOUT LIVING FULLY AND TAKING THE CONSEQUENCES”. – FM.
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HOME-CARE A-Z: A case of depression – it slowly gets on top of you!

“LOUISE”    

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

I UNDERSTAND THE SAYING: I WAKE AND FELL INTO DARKNESS.

THIS STORY IS TAKEN FROM HER OWN EXPERIECE WITH DEPRESSION.

Here I am, in my early fifties, living on my own. Never before have I been afraid.

I was aware, at this stage, that my sleep was being interrupted, and it worried me. It was beginning to breakup into short, sleeping modules.

I wake up at 1.30 am; then 3.30 am; And then 5.30am. And the darkness. It was a black cloud pervading my being.

Thing worsen. For a time the darkness lifts by noon, and I can forget those terrible early hours without sleep. I dread going to sleep, to face that wakeful night. Now I understand the saying: “I wake and fell into darkness”.

I visit two different doctors … and I act with preconceived … indignation and horror … at the thought of taking hormones and antidepressants.

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THE GREAT FIRST …
IN 1917, THE SURF WAS AUSTRALIA’S “WORLD FIRST SURFING” MAGAZINE. AFTER 20 ISSUES, IT FOLDED IN 1918. THE GREAT WAR WAS TO BLAME. THE SURF WAS POSSIBLY ONE OF THE FIRST IN THE WORLD TO FOCUS PRIMARILY ON SURF-RIDING AND BEACH ACTIVITIES. – FM.
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Surely, I need to assert – yes -- my will power. And –yes -- my positive thinking!

My decision is to try hormones. But their effect is negative. I become more and more depressed. Each day – darkness. And something new appears: anxiety. I have nothing to worry about specifically, and yet I feel anxious all the time.

Soon, my stomach starts to be painful; burning after every meal. I have not slept through the night for a couple of months. Another trip to the doctor and then to a specialist, but this time they reveal incipient ulcers.

Then follows three months of the elimination of foods. Nothing seems to help. Every day is ridden with pain. Soon I am having almost no variety of foods. My anxiety level increases. I experience some horrible thoughts that cross my mind. Even the house haunted me.

When I looked back over the months, the matter is well and truly out of hand. I feel I am getting worse. But, stubbornly, I still refuse to consider taking medication. My nights are a horror of sleeplessness. People are kind in offering me advice on what to do.

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THE GREAT AUSSIE FIRST …
IN 1934 ACTRESS, JOURNALIST AND NOVELIST MARY MARLOWE, WHO HAD HER OWN SESSION ON RADIO, WAS THE FIRST TO INTRODUCE “INFORMAL” INTERVIEWS ON THE MEDIUM. – FM.
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Now, I go to a psychiatrist. My resistance to antidepressants remains firm. My depression has lifted a little during the early stages of my appointments. The need for antidepressants seems small.

Then, a lot has started to happen. I would wring my hands in agitation. I cannot make a simple decision. I cannot concentrate. Afraid of doing anything, even getting on a bus. Being alone causes complete panic.

I finally decided to try antidepressants, but it takes time to find the right level. There was a lot of grief in the early periods.

Now, my brain is starting to function correctly. My stomach pains lessen; and I can eat a variety of foods again. I have hope that I will be well again.

Depression, I am told, is a chemical imbalance in the brain. For months, I resisted this view. But slowly change occurs. My anxiety lessens.

The psychiatrist, who showed such patience and understanding and compassion, taught me to have tender regard for all with mental health problems.

The experience of depression has brought me a deeper understanding for anxiety, depression and mental illness.
SOURCE: Adapted from the International Mental Health, America.

Below: My condition taught me how to value good health.

COMING: Home Care, A-Z – Australians are sleeping less than they used to; how much sleep do we really need?

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COMING FEATURES …
SURFER PEARL TURTON, FANTASTIC VOYAGE, HEADLINE HUNTER JOHN FROST, ROAD CCCCRASH, CHANGING MEN, HISTORIC HOTELS AND VICTORIA AFTER THE GOLD BOOM.
NEXY WEEK: Come on! Taste some of Australia’s dried fruits!

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 02 August 19

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