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

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

VALE REST IN PEACE, BRIAN JACKSON.

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

ROBIN ORDELL AS FATTY FINN.

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

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

ERIC READE     ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAIN CAST

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

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

FILM GREATS: Comment …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMING: THE 100TH ANNIVERARY OF THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE.

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

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

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

FRANK MORRIS

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

Ruth continues:

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

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

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

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

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

Ruth continues:

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

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

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

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

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

Jack worked for six weeks.

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

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

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

During this period, we joined the Labor Party.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruth concludes:

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

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

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

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

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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Oooops!

MORE GINGER MEGGS COMING UP.

THE NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON AUGUST 13.

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

Cathy’s Holiday …

HOLD THOSE HORSES.

WAVING TO THE VISITORS.

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

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

THE FLYING BOAT CAPENTARIA SERVED IN THE BATTLE ZONES.

QANTAS PREPARES TO ENTER THE JET AGE

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

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

<< BACKGROUND FROM QANTAS’ NEWS ITEMS.

COMING: THE GOLDEN DAYS OF RADIO.

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

BEGINNERS, GEAR UP!

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

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

WHEN IS BEST TIME TO LEARN?

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

THROUGH SEPTEMBER IS IDEAL.

WHAT ABOUT EQUIPMENT?

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

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

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

WHAT IS THE RIGHT GEAR TO WEAR?

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

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

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

HAPPY SKIING!

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

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

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

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

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruth continued:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruth continued:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEXT: Australia was told that it was at war.

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

POLO TEAM CAPTAIN PETER BENNET.

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

Born in 1926 and died in 2012.

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Humour: Enrichment – there’s more to come!

NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON JULY 30.

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

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

THE ARTIST IN HIS ROOM.

A LONG CANOPY OF TREES.

 

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

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

BUT WHAT A STEP TO TAKE!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Margaret Olley – life and art are rolled into one

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

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

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A BMX BIKE IN ACTION.

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

FRANK MORRIS

SURFING

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

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

HE WAS UNDISPUTED ASSOCIATION CHAMPION FROM 1924 THROUGH TO 1928.

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

BMX FREESTYLE

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

CLIMBING

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

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

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

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

GENERAL STRIKE: MINERS DOWN TOOLS.

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

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

FRANK MORRIS

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

Ruth continues:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From that day on the depression worsened, said Ruth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FINAL.

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

YOUR NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL BE ON JULY 16.

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

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

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

FRANK MORRIS

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

SKATEBOARDING

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

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

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

KARATE

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

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

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

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

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

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

IN 1831, THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE SYDNEY HERALD.

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

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

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRIME MINSTER ROBERT MENZIES KNEW NO BOUNDS!

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

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

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

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FOODFROLICO: Good manners are everyone’s best friend!

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

SOME MORE GOOD MANNERS …

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

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

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

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

ONE MORNING I WAS AWAKENED BY THE SOUND OF MARCHING.

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

Ruth continued:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Later he married and came to live at the house.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONTINUED.

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

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

YOUR NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL BE ON JULY 2.

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

Vale Alan Garside: His wish did come true!

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

FRANK MORRIS

A TOKEN OF APPRECIATION.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IT WAS A DREAM COME TRUE!

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

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

JOHN LANDY CLIPPED ON THE POST.

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

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

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

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

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Read all about it: Notorious criminal was brought to task

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He died that same day. It was in 1927.

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Coming: Ace Reporter, Mason Knight, is back!

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

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

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

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

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

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

TWO NATIONS WANTED TO DESTROY EUROPEAN LIFE FOR EVER.

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

Ruth continued:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They thought mother was wonderful!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruth continued:

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

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

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

My teacher’s comment stunned me.

“Most improbable,” she snapped.

The war raged on.

NEXT: RUTH PHILPOT MAKES THE JOURNEY AFTER THE WAR.

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

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SKIPPY the bush kangaroo! …

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

THE END.

GRAND YEARS NEXT APPEARANCE WILL BE ON JUNE 18.

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

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

PEARL TURTON AS A PIN-UP CHAMPION.

PEARL TURTON … ALWAYS A SMILE.

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

PEARL TURTON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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INSIDE COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS …

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

COMING: INSIDE COMMUNITY PAPERS.

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

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

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

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruth writes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GREY STEET, NEWSCASTLE-ON-TYNE.

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

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

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

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Skippy, the bush kangaroo …

CONTINUE...

YOUR NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON JUNE 4.

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

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

A WALLFLOWER PORTRAIT OF GINGER AND HIS CHARACTER-FRIENDS. CREATOR BY CHATFIELD. Below: J. C. BANCKS, THE CREATOR.

THE INSPIRATION BEHIND GINGER MEGGS’ NAME!

FRANK MORRIS

ROS RUSSELL, A SOCIAL COLUMNIST IN THE ADVERTISER AND THE DAUGHTER OF LLOYD DUMAS AND HIS WIFE, DAISY HALL, GAVE BANCKS AN UNFAMILIAR NAME.

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

Bancks had named the cartoon Ginger Smith. But, after he had a 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 34 countries. Featured in the panel is a slightly modified Ginger drawn by James Chatfield.

Chatfield is the fifth artist to draw the cartoon. Various changes have been made to Ginger Meggs in the last couple of years. It also appears on Twitter and Instagram.

Meggs speaks on a mobile phone and acts like a modern Australian kid.

Chatfield 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).

Bancks created the strip at the behest of the great editor, Monty Grover.

AFTER MANY CHANGES, GINGER MEGGS SURVIVES TO BECOME THE LONGEST-RUNNING CARTOON IN AUSTRALIA.

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.

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

The comic was renamed from Us Fellas to 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. Ros Russell in 2010.

GINGER MEGGS 100TH YEAR. MORE TO COME.

COMING: Art Beat; How are you sleeping; Espresso on parade.

… AND LOTS OF FUNNY CHARACTERS, LIKE TIGER KELLY!

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

A QANTAS SUPER CONSTELLATION IS THE START OF THEIR INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVEL.S

THE GOLDEN ERA OF AIR TRAVEL WOULD CHANGE PEOPLE’S ATTITUDE.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

THE STRONG DEMAND FOR INTERNATIONAL AIR TRAVEL AND MAIL SERVICES LEADS QANTAS TO PURCHASE, IN JUNE 1938, TWO ‘GIANT’ SHORT S23 EMPIRE FLYING BOATS.

AROUND THE SAME TIME, THE AIRLINE MOVES ITS HEADQUARTERS TO SYDNEY; AND, EXPECTING ITS CUSTOMERS APPROVAL, HIRES ITS FIRST AIR STEWARD.

THE WAR NOT ONLY ACCELERATES TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS IN AIRCRAFT DESIGN AND SPEED, BUT ALSO IN THE AREA OF CHANGED ATTITUDES TOWARDS TRAVEL.

PEOPLE ARE NO LONGER PREPARED TO TAKE AN ETERITY TO REACH A DESTINATION, BUT QANTAS CAPITALISED ON IT.

QANTAS RENEWS THE KANGAROO ROUTE BETWEEN SYDNEY AND LONDON BY USING A COMBINATION OF LANCASTRIAN AND HYTHE FLYING BOAT SERVICES IN 1945.

IN 1953, QANTAS INTRODUCES ITS ECONOMY CLASS ON THE KANGAROO ROUTE, THE DREAM OF MAKING AIR TRAVEL ACCESSIBLE TO ALL AUSTRALIANS.

IN 1947, QANTAS PURCHASES THEIR FIRST PRESSURISED LONG-RANGE LOCKHEED CONSTELLATION. THE SERVICES FOR THIS AIRCRAFT BETWEEN AUSTRALIA AND THE UK WERE COMMENCESD ON DECEMBER 1.

FAST AND LUXURIOUS, THE CONSTELLATION OFFERS 38 PASSENGERS THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE IN FIRST CLASS AIR TRAVEL WITH SLEEPING BERTHS AND “SILVER SERVICE” ATTENTION.

IN RECOGNITION OF THE GROWING POPULARITY OF AIR TRAVEL, QANTAS INTRODUCES ECONOMY CLASS ON THE KANGAROO ROUTE IN 1953.

THE FOUNDERS DISCOVER THAT THEIR GOOD FORTUNE HAS COME TRUE.

IT WAS THE DREAM OF MAKING AIR TRAVEL ACCESSIBLE TO ALL AUSTRALIANS THAT HAS BECOME A REALITY.

IN 1958, QANTAS EMBARKS ON ITS FIRST ROUND-THE-WORLD SERVICE WHEN TWO SUPER CONSTELLATIONS DEPART MELBOURNE AT THE SAME TIME – ONE TO LONDON, THE OTHER EASTBOUND TO THE UNITED STATES.

BY 1959, IT WAS QANTAS TURN TO ENTER THE JET AGE.

<< ADAPTED FROM A QANTAS REPORT.

COMING: THE SUPER JETS, THE SPIRIT OF THE FUTURE ON JUNE 4.

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Quotes …
“THERE’S ALSO A GROWING SECTOR OF AGED, FRAIL, DISABLED AND TERMINALLY ILL PEOPLE BEING CARED FOR IN THE DOMESTIC ENVIRONMENT”.
WRITES FRANK MORRIS, TAKING CARE OF THE CARERS, BEST YEARS, IN 1997.
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Forgotten Australia: Old B&W films transferred into glorious colour

NED KELLY IS CAPTURED BY POLICE. “I’LL DIE THE WAY I CHOOSE”. Below: HE WAS SHOT IN THE KNEE.

FRANK MORRIS

NED IN ARMOUR, STUMBLED OUT, WROTE JOHN MANIFOLD, IN LONDON, IN 1948. MANIFOLD CONTINUED:

OUTSIDE THE GLENROWAN HOTEL IN JUNE 1880, “HE WORE HIS PLOUGHSHARE ARMOUR AN IRON BREASTPLATE AND ARMOUR TO HIS THIGH, BUT ONE CAME UP FROM BEHIND HIM AND SHOT HIM IN THE KNEE”.

NED, ON FURTHER OBSERVATION, “IT WAS SEEN THAT HE WAS ONLY ARMED WITH A REVOLVER … HE SEEMED BULLETPROOF”, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD REPORTED.

“SERGEANT STEELE NOTICED THE FELLOW WAS ENCASED IN ARMOUR AND AIMED AT THE OUTLAW’S LEGS, THE FIRST SHOT … MADE NED KELLY STAGGER; THE SECOND BROUGHT HIM TO THE GROUND, WITH THE CRY, ‘I AM DONE; I AM DONE’”.

NED KELLY WAS A FOLK-HERO. HISTORICALLY, NED MAY LIE IN HIS FELON’S GRAVE. “KELLY WILL GO MARCHING ON AND IS LIKELY TO … UNTIL AS LONG AS THE AUSTRALIAN STORY LASTS”, SAID THE MELBOURNE HERALD IN 1948.

“THIS IDOLISATION OF KELLY INFURIATES SOME PEOPLE WHO SEE … A CATTLE-THIEF, COP KILLER, BUSHRANGER AND BANK ROBBER”, THE NEWSPAPER SAID.

HOWEVER, AUSTRALIAN’S ARE CONCERNED FOR THE LESS FORTUNATE OF THE COMMUNITY, THE NEWSPAPER CONCLUDED.

<< AUSTRALIA IN COLOUR, SBS.

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Short Story: Bruno and Alice – I’ll see you next fall, she said

I LOOK AT HIM AND THOUGHT THAT I KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT YOU.

MY FEET SHOT OUT FROM UNDER ME AND I CRASHED TO THE BATHROOM FLOOR!

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

LATE LAST YEAR, I MET A MAN NAMED BRUNO.

The more I think about it now the more I am sure that something will come of it. I could tell from the way he treated his great-grandchildren that he was both kind and patient.

But you know men!

No matter how “visible” I tried to make myself through summer and into the fall, he never caught on that I was interested. I’m not shy, so I decided to ask him out myself. I lived in a retirement apartment not far from his house. Our Friday card nights are pretty wild affairs.

So last week I asked him to be my guest. He accepted.

I prepared for the big occasion with a hot bath. Reading for hours while soaking in luscious bath oil has always been one of life’s little pleasures. When I was ready to get out, I stood up and reached for the towel on the rack opposite the bath.

It was just too far away.

BRUISES GALORE! NOTHING WAS BROKEN, JUST BRUISES.
I WAS STARTING TO WONDER WHAT THIS MAN WAS ALL ABOUT...
IF I WAS TO GET TO KNOW THIS MAN AT ALL!

My feet shot out from under me and I crashed down onto the bath ledge, landing with all my weight on my hip; then I rolled again and fell onto the bathroom floor.

I was in agony. It seemed like the longest time. I couldn’t find the energy to move at all. I was afraid I’d broken some bones and wondered who would find me naked on the bathroom floor.

And crikey, my rent is due next week!

I struggled to reach the mobile phone I always bring into the bathroom. I bring it for safety purposes, just like I am in now; and I hate to miss a phone call. I managed to phone Mrs Lund next door. We keep each other’s keys – just in case.

She came right in and helped me out. She also brought over a rubber bath-mat and told me who could install a grab-rail near the bath.

I was okay. Nothing has actually broken, just bruised.

But I can say, I sure wasn’t in any shape for an evening of cards, let alone a date! In fact, I was starting to wonder if I’d ever get to know this man at all.

<< Public Health of Canada. Words and use of phrases changed to suit Australia.

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Quotes …
(IN 1997) LEADING COMMENTATOR ADELE HORIN CLAIMED THAT AGED CARE IN AUSTRALIA “IS WHERE CHILD CARE WAS A DECADE AGO. MANY PEOPLE ARE WORRIED SICK ABOUT THEIR FUTURE”. OH, SO TRUE. SAYS FRANK MORRIS IN BEST YEAR NEWSLETTER, 1997.
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Skippy, the bush kangaroo …

CONTINUES.

GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON MAY 21.

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

QANTAS: For 100 years, to go from Winton to the world

THE FIRST AIRCRAFTS OF QANTAS.

THE HUMBLE AIRLINE GREW FROM AN ISOLATED COUNTRY TOWNSHIP INTO A COMPANY THAT CONQUERED THE WORLD!

FRANK MORRIS

ONE HUNREDS-YEARS-AGO, TWO YOUNG PILOTS – HUDSON FYSH AN PAUL ‘GINTY’ McGINNESS - STARTED A TINY AIRLINE WITH A BIG DREAM.

REALISING AUSTRALIA’S VAST DISTANCES IN ISOLATED, OUTBACK QUEENSLAND COMMUNITIES, THEY CAME TO THE FACT THAT THIS WAS THE IDEAL ENVIRONMENT FOR A FLEDGLING AIRLINE.

AFTER THE CAPITAL FOR FYSH AND McGINNESS HAD BEEN RAISED, THE PILOTS QUICKLY ESTABLISH THE QUEENSLAND AND NORTHERN TERRITORY AERIAL SERVICES LTD ON NOVEMBER 16, 1920.

CERTAIN FACTORS WERE TO CHANGE WITHIN A COUPLE OF YEARS.

BUILDING AN AIRLINE AND A NATION TAKES A LOT OF CONCENTRATION. OPENING UP MANY ROUTES, AND CRISS-CROSSING QUEENSLAND, QANTAS CARRIED PASSENGERS, MAIL AND EVEN PERISHABLE ITEMS.

OTHER NOTABLE ‘CARGO’ WAS THE PRIME MINISTER, STANLEY BRUCE – THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN PM TO FLY ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS -- WHO WAS STRANDED IN WINTON UNTIL QANTAS CO-FOUNDER, HUDSON FYSH, FLIES HIM OUT.

WITH A STRONG BELIEF IN QUALITY CONTROL AND STRICT MAINTENANCE PRACTICES, QANTAS BUILDS ITS OWN COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT FLEET UNDER LICENCE. IN ADDITION TO THAT, IT WAS FLYING AND MAINTAINING ITS OWN FLEET.

CHIEF ENGINEER, ARTHUR BAIRD, IN 1927, CREATED AN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM FOR THE GROWING AIRLINE.

WHEN AN AIRLINE IS HEADING FOR INTERNATIONAL HORIZONS, IT MUST BE FOREVER SEACHING FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES.

QANTAS FIRST STEP ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPECTRUM WAS IN 1931, BY CARRYING MAIL ON AN EXPERIMENTAL AUSTRALIA-UK SERVICE WITH IMPERIAL AIRWAYS (A PREDECESSOR TO BRITISH AIRWAYS).

THE OFFICIALS SAY YES!

IN 1934, THE QANTAS NAME WAS EXTRAPOLATED TO QANTAS EMPIRE AIRWAYS, REFLECTING ITS OVERSEAS AMBITIONS.

ABOUT 12 MONTHS LATER, IN 1935, QANTAS BEGINS ITS FIRST HISTORIC OFFICIAL INTERNATIONAL SERVICE. THE AIRLINE, BY CARRYING MAIL FROM BRISBANE TO SINGAPORE IN A QANTAS FOUR-ENGINE DE HAVILLAND DH86, THE FIRST QANTAS AIRCRAFT, STARTED ITS JOURNEY OVERSEAS.

TWO MONTHS LATER, THE FIRST OF A ROUTINE OF AUSTRALIANS LEAVE BRISBANE BOUND FOR SINGAPORE IN THE DH 86. FOR INFLIGHT SERVICE, A FIRST OFFICER WOULD CHAT TO THE PASSENGERS AND OFFER SANDWICHES AND A REFRESHING CUP OF TEA POURED FROM A THERMOS.

<< ADAPTED FROM A QANTAS REPORT.

COMING: THE GOLDEN ERA OF QANTAS AIR TRAVEL.

THE FIRST QANTAS AIRCRAFT ON WAY TO SINGAPORE.

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Razzle Dazzle Olympics: World sees a tragedy – “a cold-blooded propaganda”

NEWS OF THE TRAGIC EVENT TRAVEL FAR AND WIDE. Below: THE GAMES GO ON, BUT ISRAELIS QUIT, SAID AN AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER.

FRANK MORRIS

IN THE 1972 MUNICH GAMES, AN ESTIMATE OF 1 BILLION VIEWERS WATCH SPELLBOUND AS TRAGEDY OVERSHADOWED TRIUMPH.

ARAB TERRORISTS INVADED THE OLYMPICS VILLAGE, KILLED 11 ISRAELI ATHLETES IN A FATAL SHOOTOUT.

“The Olympic Games finally lost the battle to disassociate itself from the pernicious influence of world politics on sport,” it was reported.

“The Olympics … became the platform for political propaganda of the most cold-blooded variety.”
American swimmer Mark Spitz’s tally of seven gold medals is unlikely ever to be equalled.

Australia’s Shane Gould made a creditable attempt to emulate Spitz by winning three golds, and establishing three world records, for the women’s swimming events.

Shane Gould became the youngest Australia Gold medallist at these, her only, games. Gould also has a Silver and Bronze.

Australia also won the freestyle 400m, 200 breaststroke and the yachting.

COMING: WHAT SHANE GOULD WOULD SAY TO DAD … AND HER RACING RECORDES.

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Quotes...

BEING INDEPENDENT DOESN’T MEANS THAT YOU DON’T NEED OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE. NOT AT ALL. PEOPLE MAKE OUR LIVES SIGNIFICANT. – MARY CALDBECK-MOORE DEALS WITH ISSUES THAT CONCERN OLDER WOMEN, FROM BEST YEARS, 1995.

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FILM GREATS: Some highlights of films from 1960s – Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

THREE AGES OF JAILBIRD LANCASTER.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

THIS IS AN ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE OF ROBERT STROUD WHO HAS SPENT MORE TIME BEHIND BARS IN THE USA THAN ANY PERSON ALIVE IN THAT TIME.

HE HAS BEEN IN PRISON IN SINCE 1909. HE HAS SPENT 43 YEARS IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT. DURING THIS TIME, HE HAS DONE PIONEER RESEARCH IN BIRD DISEASES AND PENOLOGY, WRITING TWO BOOKS – ONE ON BIRDS, THE OTHER ON PRISON.

IN HIS PORTRAYAL OF STROUD, LANCASTER HAS TO UNDERGO VIVID CHARACTER AND MAKEUP CHANGES TO SPAN THE HALF CENTURY OF STROUD’S LIFE IN PRISON; FROM A VIOLENT RUGGED YOUTH TO A GRIZZLED TIRED OLD MAN.

WHERE THERE IS STROUD THERE IS VIOLENCE. IT WAS NIGHT WHEN HE SHOT A MAN IN ALASKA FOR BEATING HIS GIRL FRIEND. LATER ON, HIS HOT TEMPER STARTED A PRISON FIGHT AT MCNEIL ISLAND AND FOR THIS OFFENCE HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO LEAVENWORTH.

THERE, HE KILLED A GUARD AND BEGAN TO SERVE HIS MANY YEARS OF SOLITARY INCARSENTATION.

“LANCASTER IS AT HIS BEST PLAYING ROBERT STROUD, THE CELEBRATED CONVICT”, NOTED ONE REVIEWER. “LANCASTER’S MEASURED AND EFFICIENT DIRECTION BY FRANKENHEIMER, PERFECTLY ILLUMINATE STROUD’S PERPLEXING PERSONALITY”.

THE FILM ALSO DOES JUSTICE TO THE HARSHNESS AND MONOTONY OF PRISON LIFE.
CAST:

BURT LANCASTER, KARL MALDEN, THELMA RITTER. EDMOND O’BRIEN, TELLY SAVALAS, BETTY FIELD, NEVILLE AND HUGH MARLOW. ACADEMY: LANCASTER, BEST ACTOR; TELLY SAVALAS, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR; THELMA RITTER, BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS. DIRECTOR, JOHN FRANKENHEIMER; SCREENPLAY, GUY TROSPER; BOOK, TOM GADDIS.

FILM GREATS WILL BE A PERMANENT FEATURE.

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Carol Odell, children’s author, tracks down Skippy the bush kangaroo!

SKIPPY LOVED THE STARS TO SMOOCH TO HIM. Below: ZOOT NEWSPAPER, MAY, 1970.

CAROL ODELL

SKIPPY LIKED TO BE GIVEN STAR TREATMENT.

Adapted by Frank Morris

FOR MANY YEARS, SKIPPY THE KANGAROO HAS MADE PERSONAL APPEARANCES THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND.

She has travelled in a special crate on planes, ships and trucks. She has been given film star treatment all the way and loved every moment of it. Now, wearing a pale blue jewelled collar, she entertains her fans at home in Waratah Park, Sydney.

Her pointed ears and twitching black nose peer eagerly over the top, as she looks around. Skippy loves an audience. She hops gracefully from one to another, washes her pretty face with her tiny front paws, waits to be patted and stroked.

The larger the group of boys and girls the better her performance! Her coat is soft and furry … and her ears standing up straight as the listens for every “hullo.”

At night she sleeps in an open enclosure. She can lie under the gum trees … and forage for grass and leaves.

RUGGED COUNTRY

Waratah Park is real Skippy country. Many of Skippy’s cousins live there too. There are also emus, possums, koalas, dingoes, wombats and many other native animals.

When you walk thought some of the enclosures, the animals are so tame that they stand and look at you. It is exciting to be inside Ranger Head-quarters where Matt and his family lived.

Lit by brilliant arc lights … you can actually stand on the set and imagine the films being made.

In this beautiful bushland park, you can look across miles of rugged country that hasn’t for hundreds of years. Birds call to one another; wildflowers bloom and the native animals live unharmed.

<< Adapted from Whatever Happened to Skippy? by Carol Odell.

Frank Morris comment: I knew Carol Odell to say hello to when she was children’s book reviewer for The Australian. However, I got to know her a lot better when I was introduced to her by the co-publisher of ZOOT, the children’s magazine, in 1972. There, English-born Carol was basically the heart and soul of this magazine. She reviewed books, wrote a toy column and did special features as well as have her photograph taken with the lucky prize-winners. She once said: “I feel that a childlike, not childish, attitude to life is the secret of happiness.” Carol Odell died in October 2013. She was 92.

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Great War: The man with the face of a hero!

KIRKPATRICK AND HIS DONKEY.W

FRANK MORRIS

John Simpson Kirkpatrick, the Man with the Donkey, was an Englishmen with all the “qualities “of the legendary Aussie. He set out from county Durham bound for Australia in 1910.

In 1915-16, on the cliffs of Gallipoli, he found the donkey left in a hut, and trod the beast up and down Shrapnel Valley, exposed to sniper’s fire, carrying wounded men to the beach.

Simpson and his donkey were killed by shrapnel fire. His was the face of a hero. 

COMMENT: PLEASE STAND TO ATTENTION AT 11 AM ON ANZAC DAY, APRIL 25 IN REMEMBRANCE OF JOHN SIMPSON KIRKPATRICK AND OUR FALLEN SERVICEMEN.

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Prince Philip, husband of the Queen, died at 99

THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, PRINCE PHILIP, HAS DIED AGED 99, SAYS BUCKINGHAM PALACE. PRINCE PHILIP PASSED AWAY IN HIS SLEEP "PEACEFULLY" AT WINDSOR CASTLE AT 12.01 PM ON FRIDAY. OUTSIDEWINDSOR CASTLE THE MOOD IN LOCKDOWN-HIT LONDON IS SUBDUED. -FM.


Forgotten Australia: Old B&W movies transfer into glorious colour!

THE DANCING MAN, FRANK McALARY.

FRANK MORRIS

WHO WAS THAT DANCING MAN WHO WAS AS SMOOTH AS SILK? HE WAS A BUDDING LAWYER WHO ENDED UP HAVING A DISTINGUISHED CAREER AS A SYDNEY BARRISTER.

HIS NAME? FRANK McALARY.

McALARY ‘DANCED’ ON FILM, WAS LEAPING, HIS HAT ALOFT AND FROLICKING DOWN A SYDNEY STREET AT THE END OF WORLD WAR 11 ON VP DAY 1945.

HE RECALLED LATER ON THAT THE AFFAIR BECAME ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S MOST CELEBRATED CASES OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY.

THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT DECIDED TO ISSUE A COIN ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY TO MARK THE END OF THE WAR. THE MINT ELECTED TO PUT THE IMAGE OF THE DANCING MAN ON ONE SIDE OF THE DOLLAR COIN WITHOUT IDENTIFYING HIM.

CHESTER PORTER, ONE HIS ASSOCIATES, REMARKED, THAT “BLIND FREDDY COULD SEE IT’S FRANK McALARY”.

“IT WAS VERY SPONTANEOUS”, HE SAID. “CHESTER PORTER, MYSELF AND TWO OTHERS … WERE STANDING ON THE EDGE OF THE CROWD AND A CINESOUND TRUCK WAS GOING ALONG FILMING.

PORTER SAID ‘GIVE ‘EM A SHOW, FRANK’”.

<< PART OF FRANK McALARY TIMELINES OF 2010 WAS USED IN THE COMPILATION OF THIS ARTICLE.


RAAF: 100TH ANNIVERSARY AND STILL GOING STRONG

THE FIRST WIRRAWAY WAS THE FOUNDATION OF AUSTRALIA’S AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY.

THE SPITFIRE MADE THE LUFTWAFFE WARY OF ITS DOMINANCE IN THE SKY. Below: BRITISH-MADE DE HAVILLAND’S MOSQUITO, WHICH SERVED AUSTRALIA VALIANTLY IN ACTIVE SERVICE OVERSEAS.  THE MOSQUITO WAS ALSO MANUFACTURED BY DE HAVILLAND, AUSTRALIA.

THE ONLY DOMINION TO CREATE ITS OWN AIR FORCE IN WORLD WAR 1.

FRANK MORRIS

THE CENTRAL FLYING SCHOOL WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1914 AT POINT COOK, VICTORIA. BUT BUSINESS AT THE SCHOOL WAS TO BE INEVITABLY SMALL.

IN THOSE DAYS, FEW PEOPLE HAS MORE THAN A PASSING INTEREST IN WHAT APPEARED TO BE A MERCHANICAL ABERRATION OF MINOR SIGNIFICANCE.

THE SCHOOL BEGAN WITH A SIX-MAN STAFF, WHICH CONSISTED OF TWO PILOT INSTRUCTORS, TWO MECHANICS, A COOK AND A CARETAKER: AS WELL AS THREE PLANES – TWO DEPERDUSSINS AND A BRISTOL BOXKITE.

IN WORLD WAR 1, WE WERE TO SEE A REMARKABLE GROWTH IN AERIAL POWER. BUT THE SCHOOL WAS THE ONLY PERMANENTLY ESTABLISHED AIR BASE IN THE COMMONWEALTH UNTIL 1921.

THIS WAS LATER TRANSFERRED IN 1948 TO EAST SALE, VICTORIA WHERE IT WAS MAINTAINED AS THE ORIGINAL UNIT OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE.

“LAGGED BEHIND …”

AUSTRALIA BECAME THE FIRST DOMINION TO CREATE ITS OWN AIR FORCE IN WORLD WAR 1. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE RAAF BETWEEN THE WARS WAS SLOW.

“WAR CLOUDS WERE GATHERING”, WRITES A.K MACDOUGALL IN AUSTRALIA’S AIR FORCE: THE STORY OF THE RAAF. “IN 1935 NAZI GERMANY RENOUNCED THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES, WHICH HAD DISARMED HER; THEN CREATED AN AIR FORCE, THE LUFTWAFFE.

” THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH BEGAN TO REARM. BRITISH AIRCRAFT DEVELOPMENT HAD LAGGED BEHIND THAT OF THE AMERCIANS. AS EARLY AS 1933, THE US ARMY CORPS WAS FLYING ALL-METAL BOEING BOMBERS AND SINGLE-WING FIGHTERS”.

THE BRITISH HAWKER DEMONS WERE FLOWN BY THE RAAF IN 1930s. THEN CAME THE BREAKTHROUGH.
IN 1936, THE RAF ORDERED THEIR FIRST STEAMLINED “ALL-METAL MONOPLANES FIGHTERS – THE HAWKER HURRICANES AND SUPERMARINE SPITFIRES – WHICH WERE CAPABLE OF SPEEDS EXCEEDING 500 KM/H.

THE ROLL-OUT OF THE SPITFIRE AND HURRICANES BY THE RAF WAS INDICATIVE OF HOW BRITAIN WAS READY. IN 1940, DURING THE PROACTIVE BATTLE FOR BRITAIN, THE SPITFIRE ITSELF WITHSTOOD THE CONSTANT BARRAGE OF THE LUFFWAFFE, GERMANY'S PRIDE AND JOY.

BACK HOME, IN 1939, THE RAAF UNVEILS THE FIRST OF ITS AIRCRAFT FOR PUBLIC SCRUTINY-- THE WIRRAWAY.

THE WIRRAWAY FIGHTER/TRAINER, AN ABORIGINAL WORD MEANING ‘CHALLENGE’, WAS DEPLOYED IN A NUMBER OF COMBAT ROLES. THE PLANE WAS RETIRED IN 1959. THE WIRRAWAY HAS BEEN CREDITED AS BEING “THE FOUNDATION” OF AUSTRALIA AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY.

THE BRITISH DE HAVILLAND FACTORY PRODUCED THE FIGHTER BOMBER THE MOSQUITO IN 1940s. IT WAS ONE OF THE FASTEST OPERATION AIRCRAFT IN THE WORLD. THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN MOSQUITO WAS DEVILERED TO RAAF MARCH 5, 1944. ONLY 212 WERE BUILD.

AT THE OUTBREAK OF WORLD WAR 11, THE FORCE HAD 310 OFFICERS AND 3179 FROM OTHER RANKS. THERE WAS RAPID GROWTH AND DURING THE WAR, IN NOVEMBER 1944, THE RAAF COULD BOAST 20,691 OFFICERS AND 144,674 FROM OTHER DIVISIONS.

LARGEST IN AUSTRALIA!

AFTER THE WAR, THE RAAF SUPPLIED THREE SQUADRONS OF MUSTANGS TO THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH OCCUPATION FORCE IN JAPAN. THE SQUADRONS PLAYED A HUGE ROLE IN THE BRITISH CAMPAIGNS AGAINST MALAYAN TERRORISTS AND WAS DEPLOYED WITH UNITED NATIONS FORCES IN KOREA.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACQUIRED THE FLYING BASE AT HAMM COMMON – NOW RICHMOND – IN THE 1920S. IT WAS FIRST USED IN JULY, 1925. NEEDLESS TO SAY, RICHMOND IS ONE OF THE LARGEST HEADQUARTERS IN AUSTRALIA, WHICH HOUSES THOUSANDS OF RAAF OFFICERS, AIRMEN AND AIRWOMEN FROM ALL OVER THE NATION.

ALTHOUGH THE RAAF IS THE YOUNGEST OF OUR SERVICES, ITS DAZZLING RECORD OF INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE ACHIEVEMENTS RELECTS THE VITAL PART OF THE AIR POWER AND SPACE EXPLORATION FOR GENERATIONS TO COME!

<< TUCKER & COMPANY HISTORICAL FIRSTS PROVIDED BACKGROUD TO THIS ARTICLE.


Clipper Days: Cutty Sark --The lone survivor of the tea clipper era

LOOKING MAJESTIC: THE CLIPPER SHIP CUTTY SARK.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

CLIPPER SHIPS SPREAD THEIR SAILS AND SET FORTH FOR THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD. THE NAME, CUTTY SARK, WILL EVER RING A BELL WHEN THE LAST WINDJAMMERS HAVE GONE TO THEIR LONG REST. WHEN OIL HAS DISPLACED COAL, HER RECORDS AND CUTTY SARK FAME WILL LIVE FOR EVER. WHEN CUTTY SARK TURNED SEVEN, SHE FINISHED A SEVEN DAYS’ SPRINT WITH A TALLY OF 2163 MILES, A DAILY AVERAGE OF 362 MILES. SEVERAL TIMES, SHE OUTDISTANCED STEAMERS. IN 1873, CUTTY SARK WAS BEATEN BY THERMOPYLAE, WHICH WAS FASTER IN HEAVY WEATHER, THAN IN LIGHT”. IN 1889, THOUGH, SHE BROUGHT SHAME ON AN ORIENT LINER WHEN SHE BEAT THE RMS BRITANNIA UP THE COAST. “WHAT A SHIP?” SIGNALS THE BRITANNIA. “WELL, DONE CUTTY SARK”.  YES, INDEED! IN THOSE DAYS, THE CLIPPERS WERE THE RACEHORSES OF THE DEEP. LAUNCHED IN 1869, AND 963 GROSS TONS, SHE WAS HAILED AS THE “MOST FAMOUS CLIPPER OF ALL TIME”. SHE LIES IN FALMOUTH HARBOUR.

<< From Clipper Days, The Sydney Mail, May 1936.

COMING: The Flying Cloud had a female as navigator.


Razzle Dazzle Olympics: Durack and Wylie, first women to compete for Australia

FANNY DURACK, AUSTRALIA’S FIRST EVER OLYMPIC SWIMMING CHAMPION.

SHE BEAT MINA IN THE STOCKHOLM DASH BY SECONDS BUT MINA WENT ON TO FAME!

AUSTRALIAN MINA WYLIE, DURACK’S CLOSET RIVAL, WAS STRICTLY OUTCLASSED.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

MINA WYLIE AND FANNY DURACK WERE THE ONLY WOMEN TO COMPETE FOR AUSTRALIA AT THE STOCKHOLM OLYMPICS IN 1912. BUT FANNY NOTCHED A MARK IN SPORTING HISTORY. SHE BECAME THE FIRST EVER WOMAN OLYMPIC SWIMMING CHAMPION.

Fanny won the Gold medal in the 100 metres freestyle, the only women’s event held. In the 100 metres pool, built specifically for the Games in Stockholm Harbour, she clocked 1min. 22.2 sec when defeating Australian Mina Wylie, her greatest rival, by 3.2 sec.

Previously she won a heat, breaking the World record held by Daisy Curwen, from England, by 0.8sec. Swimming 1min 16.2secs in 1915, Fanny retained that record for eight years.

Fanny, who hailed from Sydney’s Haymarket, broke twelve World record between 1912 and 1918 in distances ranging from 100 metres to one mile. She dominated women’s swimming for a longer period than anyone else.

Her best times were: 100 yards 1 min 06 sec, 100 metres 1min 16.2 sec; 220 yards 2 min 56 sec; 300 metres 4 min 43.6 sec; and one mile 26min 08.sec.

Fanny extensively promoted women’s swimming with world tours, demonstration the trudge and the Australian crawl stroke. She took on and beat all comers the world over for eight years in the formative stages of women’s swimming.

She was honoured in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1967. She was born in 1894 and died in 1956.

THE DAY SHE MET FANNY

Mina, coached by her father at his Coogee Baths, first gained recognition at Australia’s inaugural Ladies Championship, Brisbane. In 1903, she won the Championship for the 60 yards dash for aged 13 years.

Two years later she held the Australian record for 100 yards in the then amazing time of 1min 5 secs. Mina maintained her top status in Australian swimming over many years, becoming adept at the various strokes.

In 1920, she met Fanny Durack in a 100 yards event at Sydney Domain Baths and came out a clear winner. She had learnt a few things since going down to Durack at the Stockholm Games.

Mina, in 1922, held the Australian Championship in all styles of swimming. But Fanny became the first Aussie to receive the highest monument – the Royal Life Saving Society Award.

In 1974, Mina was honoured by gaining a place in the International Hall of Fame. It’s been 100 years since Mina Wylie, from Coogee, NSW, and Fanny Durack won right to swim.

The two women had an exhibition, including photos, memorabilia, Mina’s silver medal and one of her swimming costumes which was held at Maroubra, NSW.

Mina was born in 1891 and died in 1984.

<< ADAPTED FROM THE HALL OF CHAMPIONS, SPORT HOUSE, SYDNEY.


The Great war: Popular song says Australia will be there!

SITTING ROUND THE TABLE SINGING A PATRIOTIC SONG!

FRANK MORRIS

AUSTRALIANS, AT THE OUTBREAK OF THE 1914-18 WAR, SANG A POPULAR AND PATRIOTIC SONG THAT CAPTURED ALL THEIR ENTHUSIASM.

“AUSTRALIANS WILL BE THERE!” -- THE SONG WAS SUNG BY EVERYBODY.

RALLY ROUND THE BANNER OF YOUR COUNTRY, TAKE THE FIELD WITH BROTHERS O’ER THE FOAM, ON LAND OR SEA, WHEREVER YOU MIGHT BE, KEEP YOUR EYE ON GER-MAN-Y’.

AUSTRALIAN’S FLOCKED IN THEIR THOUSANDS TO JOIN THE ARMY TO ASSIST GREAT BRITAIN, SAID AN AUTHOR.

THE COST WAS HORRIFYING: 300,00 AUSSIES WENT, 60,000 DIED; 155,000 WOUNDED.


SKIPPY, THE BUSH KANGAROO …

YOUR NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL BE ON APRIL16.

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The Big Fight: Vic Patrick v Freddy Dawson – Australia’s greatest sporting moments!

FREDDY DAWSON DODGES THE LETHAL RIGHT HAND FROM PATRICK, SIMILAR TO THE ONE WHICH “KNOCKED ME THROUGH THE ROPES”. Below: FREDDY DAWSON – RANKS WITH THE BEST.

THIS TIME, VIC PATRICK ON HIS KNEES TAKING THE FINAL COUNT.

“PATRICK HAD ME DAZED, SAID DAWSON. “THE PUNCH THAT KNOCKED ME THROUGH THE ROPES WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST I’VE EVER TAKEN”. DAILY MIRROR, SEPT 2, 1947.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

AUSTRALIAN LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION VIC PATRICK’S BOXING CAREER HAS ENDED.

This is the dramatic sequel to Patrick’s sensational knockout in the 12th round by American negro Freddy Dawson at the Sydney Stadium last night.

News of Patrick’s retirement was relayed to the Daily Mirror by Mrs Patrick from the champion’s screened bed at St Vincent’s Hospital today.

“We have decided the Vic will never fight again and he is going away for a long holiday,” Mrs Patrick said.

Patrick was admitted to hospital suffering from concussion and face lacerations after the knockout. The result of an X-ray proved that the skull had not been fractured.

Vic was too ill to be interviewed. But he later spoke to pressmen in the presence of his wife and two daughters, Vicki and Anne.

His face was badly swollen. Both eyes were cut, the left being completely closed.

He denied the story in a morning paper that he was shrieking during the night and that a priest had visited him. A priest also said that the story was not true.

After Dawson had KO’d him in the 12th round, Patrick was “out” for a full minute after referee Joe Wallis completed the count.

PATRICK WAS DAZED

Vic was carried to his dressing room and later ordered to hospital for observation by the Stadium Medical officer.

After the fight, Dawson said he had never lost to a “white boy” … but was close to being out on two occasions last night.

“Patrick had me dazed and I could not see him at all after one of his lefts hit me on the jaw”, said the American.

“The punch which crashed me through the ropes and down for six in the 11th round was one the hardest I have ever taken”.

Dawson said that his grimaces at Patrick late in the contest were not “showing off”, but part of the strategy.

PATRICK WAS HIS KNEES

“I was not taking him cheaply as the crowd thought “, he said. “I wanted him to lead, so that I could slip the punch and counter”.

After a flurry of well-directed counter-punching Patrick fell to his knees.

The epic fight, on September 1, 1947, had Patrick winning on points, when Freddy Dawson fell through the ropes in the round 11. But the tide was beginning to turn for Patrick.

Then it was Patrick’s turn, on his knees, taking the final count against Dawson. Battered, bloodstained but not disgraced, Patrick was assisted from the ring after the sensational fight and removed him to St Vincent’s Hospital for observation.

One of Patrick’s seconds, Billy Smith, stood by to help the beaten champion.

Dawson saw Patrick laying on the stretcher and anxiously inquired how he was. Patrick replied: “I’m OK. I think the people saw a good fight”. Dawson said, “Don’t let it get you down”.

The result of this bout hit the sporting public of Australia like a bombshell. It was just beyond belief that Patrick had been knocked out.

It was more than just the defeat of the Australian Champion. It was Vic Patrick.

Frank Morris comment: I heard the bruising fight in Sydney in 1947. I was eleven. I heard the crowd whistle and cheer as Patrick sent Dawson crashing through the ropes – he was half in, half out. With rapid succession Dawson came back and hit Patrick, and he went down and then got up; but Dawson retaliated, and Patrick went down for the final count. “Dawson counter-punching was purely a gem” said a newspaper at the time. Michael Clarke, a virtual dictionary of boxing facts, who witnessed the fight, said, “Australia was in mourning”.

<< Adapted from Daily Mirror, September 2, 1947.

VIC PATRICK WAS BATTERED BUT NOT DISGRACED. PHOTO: DAILY MIRROR.
COMING:
I received a letter from the parents of a 12-year-old would-be fighter.


THE BIG FIGHT: Razzle Dazzle Olympics -- Carruthers and Madigan – ‘no’ to defeat

CURRUTHERS LACES VIC TOWEEL WITH A LEFT HAND JAB. IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE END. Below: THE PROGRAM OF THE BOUT. FROM VIC TOWEEL’S ARCHIVES.

BOTH FIGHTERS CAME UP WITH A ‘SURPRISE’ IN THEIR TIMELY BOUTS!

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

BOXER JIMMY CARRUTHERS WAS UNBEATEN AT THE 1948 LONDON OLYMPICS. BUT ONE THING STOPPED HIM GAINING A MEDAL: HE HAD SUFFERED A SERIOUS AND PAINFUL CUT ABOVE THE RIGHT EYE.

But Carruthers was a dyed in the wool boxing champion.

He became Australia’s first official world boxing champion with a shock one-round knock-out of South Africa’s Vic Towel in Johannesburg on November 15, 1952.

In only his 19th professional fight he took the world bantamweight crown, giving Toweel no chance to recover from a pre-determined onslaught in the opening round.

The 23-year-old Sydney southpaw defended his title successfully four times before announcing his retirement in 1954. He was the first world champion in any division to quit the ring without a defeat, or even a draw – a perfect record in 19 fights.

DECISION HOTLY DISPUTED

He made a brief and unsuccessful comeback seven years later, winning two of his four fights. Carruthers (centre) in his successful Australian Bantamweight Title fight with Ellery Bennett in 1951.

He was born 1929 and died in 1990.

On the other hand, Tony Madigan had been flying the boxing kite higher and higher.

Madigan won two Empire Games gold medals as a light heavyweight in Cardiff in 1958 and Perth in 1962. He scored an Olympic Bronze medal in the same division in Rome in 1960.

In his semi-final in Rome, he dropped a hotly-disputed points decisions to the young American called Cassius Clay, the eventual gold medal winner.

TOUGH ENCOUNTER

Clay was to become better known as Muhammad Ali.

The year before, in 1959, Madigan, after winning the New York V Eastern States Golden Gloves Championship, had also lost on points to Clay in the final of the International Golden Gloves in America.

Madigan’s efforts against Clay were all the more impressive when you consider he was already turned 30 and was the elder of his opponent by 12 years when they fought in Rome. He won the light-heavyweight International Diamond Belt, virtually the world amateur championship in 1958 and 1959.

In 1954 he was the Amateur Boxing Association Light-Heavyweight Champion of Britain.

He represented in three Olympics in 1952, 1956 and 1960 the three Empire Games in 1954, 1958 and 1962. 
Madigan also played first grade Rugby with Randwick Club in 1950 and 1951. He was born in 1930.

<< Hall of Champions Publication; Frank Morris.

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SURF’S UP: The 1960s board-builders and their fancy nameplates!

Below: JOE LARKIN. HE MADE EVERYBODY LAUGH.

FRANK MORRIS

JOE LARKIN HAD THE DISTINCTION IN 1964 OF BEING THE ONLY RECOGNISED CUSTOM BOARD-BUILDER IN QUEENSLAND.

IN A 1964 ISSUE OF SURFABOUT, WELL-KNOWN AND RESPECTED AT HIS JOB, JOE LARKIN, RAN AN ADVERTISEMENT IN WHICH HE SAID, “THE DISCRIMINATING SURFER LIKES A BOARD THAT IS TRULY CUSTOM BUILT AND PERFORMS WELL”.

BEFORE MOVING TO QUEENSLAND 2 ½ YEARS AGO IN THE 1960s, JOE LEARNT HIS TRADE MAKING HOLLOW – PLYWOOD TYPE – PADDLE BOARDS AND THEN GRADUATED TO SHAPING MALIBU BOARDS.

IN FACT, JOE INFORMS US THAT HE ACQUIRED HIS FIRST BOARD AT NINE AND SHAPED HIS OWN BOARD AT 15. “AND I’VE BEEN BUILDING SURFBOARDS EVER SINCE.

LARKIN WAS ONE THE LEADING SURFING IDENTITIES IN AUSTRALIA. HE WAS A THINKER. HE KNEW HIS STUFF. HE HAD A POLISHED SENSE OF HUMOUR.

HERE’S SURFER ANDREW McKINNON ON THE LARRIKIN LEGEND: “JOE HAS PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN THE AUSTRALIAN SURFING INDUSTRY.

“HE PUT QUEENSLAND ON THE SURFING MAP. AS IT TURNED OUT, HE HELPED TO BREED WORLD SURFING CHAMPIONS. HE’S A CLASSIC JOKER WITH A HEART OF GOLD. HE STILL MAKES ME LAUGH”.

JOE WAS INFLUENTIAL AND MODEST. HE PASSED AWAY IN 2017.


Skippy The Bush Kangaroo …

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GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON APRIL 9.

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