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

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

SELECTED BY FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

WAS THIS THE END OF THE WORLD 75 YEARS AGO?

FRANK MORRIS

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

IT WAS AUGUST 6, 1945.

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

IT WAS STILL EARLY MORNING.

THE SIRENS BEGAN TO BLAZE THEIR DEADLY SOUND.

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

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

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

THE YOUNG PROPLE WERE TRANSFIXED. THEY COVERED THEIR EYES.

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

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

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

THERE WERE BODIES ALL OVER THE PLACE.

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

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

EACH CLUCHING THEIR HEINOUS WOUNDS.

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

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

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

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

THE CITY WAS IN MOURNING.

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

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

HIROSHIMA WAS THE UNLUCKY CITY.

A FEW DAYS LATER IT WAS NAGASAKI’S TURN.

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

THE WORLD HAD CHANGED DRAMICALLY.

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

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

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

Australia could never forget the times it was attacked.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Japan surrendered.

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

But dropping the bombs was inhuman.

THE MOST DEVASTATING PERIOD IN JAPANESE HISTORY.

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

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

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

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 21.

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

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

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

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

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


FAMOUS WOMEN: Final. The brilliant career of Miles Franklin

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until recently, no one seemed to take them seriously.

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

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

The skateboard boom had erupted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Let’s Laugh …

GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON AUGUST 7, 2020.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

The rain has drifted,

The cloudless heaven shines softy.

The air is still, the sea is calm.

I hummed away.

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

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

He made himself comfortable.

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

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

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ABOUT US IN 1973 …

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

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

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

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

I interrupted the storyteller.

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

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

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

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

But it wasn’t over yet.

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

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

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

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ABOUT US IN 1974 …

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


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

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

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

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

MISTER NOOSTI    

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LET’S LAUGH!

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

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

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

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

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ABOUT US IN 1974 …

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


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

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

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


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

FRANK MORRIS

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

Below: ALL GARBED UP WHEN NURSING IN LONDON.

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ABOUT US IN 1974 …

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


NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL APPEARS ON JULY 24.

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

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

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

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

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

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

<< Advertising: The Australian Way, 1988.

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


LET’S LAUGH …


 


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

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

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

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John struck upon a plan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

<< Living World Magazine, 1970.

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


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

CHIPS RAFFERTY GAVE COLUMN 8 GOT ITS COMEUPPANCE!

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


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

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

GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON JULY 10.

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

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

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

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

FRANK MORRIS

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

CRANE SPENT 28 YEARS TRYING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

PART OF THE ORIGINAL ALBION FLEET.

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

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

William Arnott died, age 74, in 1901

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FRANK MORRIS

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


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

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

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FLASHBACK TO 1930: Airship R101 bursts into flames over France

THE GIANT RIOI ON ITS FLIGHT TO INDIA. Below: THE DAILY SKETCH WAS JUST ONE OF WORLD NEWSPAPERS THAT CARRIED THE TRAGIC TRIP. 

A SECTION SHOWS THE PASSENGERS WERE RELAXED AND CONVERSING. ONLY A FEW SURVIVORS WERE LEFT TO TELL THEIR VIVID STORIES.

R101’s BLOWS UP AND THE GIANT CRASHED IN FLAMES.

DIRIGIBLE BLOWS UP. 42 PEOPLE LOST. TRAGIC END TO BRITISH AIRSHIPS AND THE END OF A GLORIOUS ADVENTURE TO INDIA.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

LONDON, Sunday: The giant airship R101, which was making a flight to India, blew up and burst into flames over the French town of Beauvais.

The Sunday papers had long gone to press and all England was enjoying an hour’s extra sleep owing to the length of the summer time, when there was a startling flash from the tape machines.

They stated that there was an explosion on the R101 and this message was followed immediately by the Paris announcement that an explosion occurred at 2.30am while the dirigible was a few miles from Beauvais.

This was obviously the route of the R101, which Londoners, a few hours previously, were trying to see through rain clouds.

The next message said that alarm was caused in Paris by an unconfirmed report that the airship had blown up but there were no details.

An anxious hour was passed before a Paris news agency reported from Beauvais tersely explaining that R101 had exploded. Another hour had passed. At 5 am came the terrible news that the R101 had crashed in a blaze of flames.
Only seven of the 53 aboard were saved and the rest were burnt to death.

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MILESTONES TO FREEDOM …
IN APRIL, 1963, WAS THE OZ TRIAL, IN WHICH RICHARD WALSH IS SENTENCED TO SIX MONTHS’ JAIL FOR PUBLISHING AN OBSCENE CARTOON IN OZ MAGAZINE. OZ WAS A SATIRICAL JOURNAL WHICH LAMBASTED THE VALUES OF THE MENZIES ERA. THE SENTENCE CAUSED PUBLIC OUTCRY AND WAS OVERTURNED IN 1966.
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The R101 was the biggest airship in the world. It left Cardington with floodlights gleaming on the silver of her massive frame. The flight was recognised as the most momentous in the development of the airship in the history of aviation.

Confidence was indicated among the passessgers as well as by Lord Thomson and Sir Sefton Branckner, both experts on aviation. They both lost their lives.

The flight was regarded as the forerunner of a regular airship service between Britain and India.

Although the flight from Britain to India was not as spectacular as the trans-atlantic voyage of the R101 … but interest in it was greater than any previous airship venture.

R100 and R101 were constructed on an entirely different principle. This trip used heavy fuel in the engine, which was as important moment in an aviation, was considered not only an advantage in eliminating carburettors but more economical than petrol.

The speed of the R101 was 75 miles an hour, with five motors in operation.

Whether the privilege of being allowed to smoke on board was conducive to the disaster, will not be established until a full investigation.

The airship crashed and burnt immediately.

<< Adapted from The Northern Daily Leader, October 6, 1930, Tamworth, NSW.


The big fight: Tommy Burns – top drawcard brought excitement to the ring!

FRANK MORRIS

Tommy Burns, regarded as one of Australia’s greatest drawcards, would pack out the stadium whenever he appeared.

Burns, known as “a glamour boy who drew a crowd”, passed away in February, 2011. 

He was 88.

Burns fought many famous fights at the Sydney Stadium, two of which were for Australian Welterweight Titles -- against Vic Patrick, 1946, and Hockey Bennell -- in early 1947.

“In his time Burns had 77 fights, won 61 and drew seven,” said Ron Murphy, a boxing writer. “He was inducted into the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004.”

Burns met Vic Patrick for the Australian Welterweight Title. Patrick retained the title by winning with a knockout in the ninth round.

Said Murphy: “Burns offered no excuses. ‘I never wore a hat but I will buy one so that I can raise it to Vic Patrick.’” Burns learnt a lot is his fight with Patrick.

In 1947, Burns pounded Hockey Bennell to the floor in their contest for the vacant Welterweight Championship.
Burns won by a TKO in round four.

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MILESTONES FOR FREEDOM …
IN JANUARY, 1964, THE BEATLES RELEASED, I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND, WHICH SOUNDS ‘INNOCENT’ ENOUGH. BY NOVEMBER 1968, THE ‘INNOCENT’ LYRIC HAD BEEN SUPPLANTED BY THEIR WHY DON’T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD.
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Some pundits predicted that his next fight was “probably his greatest” ever. American O’Neill Bell, showed what a capable gloveman he was, ducked under several long rights from Burns.

If they had connected it would have been good night Bell. Burns won by a knockout in the eleventh round. It was Burns finest moment. “I could have beaten any boxer in the world,” said Tommy Burns.

Burns took off six months from boxing and with his film-star look and sight on for acting in the Sons of Matthew for Charles Chauvel.

He lost his title in 1949 to Kevin Delaney, and then he retired. He took several jobs and then he came back to boxing. 

He retired again for the last time and spent his time travelling the club circuit showing fights and answering questions.

Burns was christened Geoffrey Murphy; this was changed to Reg Burns; then Tommy Burns, after the heavyweight who fought in Sydney in 1908.

PICTURE: And effective operator, a young Tommy Burns show what he’s made of.

COMING: Vic Patrick was Australia’s greatest-ever lightweight, having won the Championship of Australia from 1941 to 1948, and the national Welterweight Title from 1942 to 1946. He met Freddy Dawson who, later, turned in an epic fight, easily ranks as the best imported boxer to visit this country. The fight was in 1947. The defeated, Vic Patrick, was on his knees when he took the final count.


THE GOLDEN YEARS OF LEAGUE …

NORM PROVAN AND ARTHUR SUMMONS IN THEIR ‘WORKING CLOTHES’ EMBRACE FOR THE PICTURE OF A LIFETIME WHICH HAS BECOME AN ENBLEM OF THE NFL.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

ARTHUR SUMMONS, ‘THE GLADIATOR’, WAS THE DIMINUTIVE FORMER AUSTRALIAN CAPTAIN, COACH AND DUAL INTERNATIONAL, DIED AT 84 AFTER A BATTLE WITH CANCER IN MAY. HE WAS IMMORTALISED AND A CENTREPIECE ON THE NRL PREMIERSHIP TROPHY ALONGSIDE NORM PROVAN. IT EPITOMISED ALL THINGS LEAGUE STANDS FOR. THE PICTURE WAS TAKEN BY JOHN O’GREADY AFTER THE 1963 GRAND FINAL MUDBATH AT THE SCG.


FLASHBACK: That INCREDIBLE Weekly is a real goer!

GEORGE WARNECKE, WHO HELP FOUND THE JOURNAL, LOOKING FOR NEW FEATURES FOR AUSTRALIAN WOMEN. Below: VIGILS 1939 COVER SHOWING THREE SERVICEMEN READY FOR ACTION.

FRANK MORRIS

THE WEEKLY CHEERS UP A LOT OF AUSTRALIANS!

Despite a tenuous beginning during the worst of times, The Australian Women’s Weekly has survived since 1933.  The man behind the journal was George Warneck, part founder and first editor-in-chief.

When its first edition rolled off the presses 93 years ago, the Weekly magazine seemed to radiate confidence. It became another symbol of hope during the depths of the Great Depression.

Another indication that better times could be the ahead was the recently opened Sydney Harbour Bridge – “the graceful arch”. Both events happened when Australians needed a lot of cheering up.

The Depression worsened from the start of 1931 to become the bitterest and bleakest period of deprivation in Australian’s history; the greatest economic disaster the nation has seen, a time of severe social turmoil and stagnation.

The Weekly was the greatest show in town. The women, after all, were like bees to a honey jar.
Within three years the magazine soared from 92,000 copies to 360,000, and it continued to climb at a rocketing rate.

Women found The Weekly is an extremely interesting journal to pursue and often (to puts it mildly) more so than most Australian similar magazine.

In the early days, readers used to become ‘hooked’ on famous Mandrake. Created by Lee Falk and Phil Davis, the full-page step was introduced to the Weekly on December 1, 1934, seven months after it was launched.

The first glossy square-back quarto issue with its pages perfect-bound was released on December 1, 1979.

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MILESTONES TO FREEDOM …
IN MARCH 1964, MARY McCARTHY’S THE GROUP WAS BANNED IN VICTORIA BUT THE OBJECTIONABLE PASSAGES ARE READ INTO VICTORIA’S HANSARD, ON SALE FOR 4d … IN JULY 1965, LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER AND LOLITA ARE RELEASED BY THE COMMONWEALTH CENSOR. IN MELBOURNE, LADY CHATTERLEY, INITIALLY, SOLD AT THE RATE OF ONE EVERY TWO MINUTES.


FAMOUS WOMEN: Part 1. The brilliant career of Miles Franklin

FRANK MORRIS

AT AGE 20, MILES FRANKLIN WROTE WHAT WAS DESCRIBED AS “THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN NOVEL”, MY BRILLIANT CAREER, PUBLISHED IN 1901. HENRY LAWSON, ANOTHER ICON, ENTHUSIASTICALLY HERALDED THE BOOK AS BEING “BORN OF THE BUSH”. LAWSON WROTE, “THE BOOK IS TRUE TO AUSTRALIA”. A.G. STEPHENS, THE EMINENT CRITIC, SAID “SHE LOOKS AT THINGS, ABSOLUTELY, FROM AN AUSTRALIAN POINT OF VIEW”. IT WAS CRITICAL ACUMEN AT ITS MOST INCISIVE. FRANKLIN’S STAUNCH NATIONALISM STAYED WITH HER ALL HER LIFE. SHE WAS WRITING ABOUT IT WITH UNBRIDLED FERVOUR A MONTH BEFORE HER DEATH. HER PRIZE-WINNING CHRONICLE ABOUT AUSTRALIAN LIFE, ALL THAT SWAGGER, HAS BEEN ACCLAIMED AS HER “BEST BOOK”. SHE ESPOUSED AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE WITH A PASSION. IN RADIO BROADCASTS, UNIVERSITY LECTURES, OVER THE LAST 20-ODD YEARS OF HER LIFE, SHE EXPOSTULATED “WITH BURNING CERTAINLY”. IT’S A PASSION THAT LIVES BEYOND THE GRAVE. MILES FRANKLIN WAS BORN IN 1879 AND DIED IN 1954.

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VALE: REMEMBER LEAVE IT TO BEAVER ON AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION BACK IN THE 50s AND 60s? ACTOR KEN OSMOND, WHO PLAYED EDDIE HASKELL, HAS DIED. HE WAS 76.

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GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON JUNE 12.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 28 May 20

ROAD CCCCRASH: Behaviour on the road has a lot to do with death toll

DAUGHTER IS PLEASED THAT HER MUM PASSED THE TEST. Below: YOUNG-OLD AS COMPARED TO 75-YEARS-OLD.

COMPLACENCY AND DRIVER DISTRACTION ARE DEFINITELY A COCKTAIL FOR ANY ROAD CRISIS. FRANK MORRIS REPORTS.

OK. Let’s face it, you can’t lay the full blame on the vehicle in a crash. So, it must be you -- the driver.

More the 1200 lost their lives in car crashes in 2019. In 2018, it was 1135; and 1225 in 2017.

A crash is more likely to be reported if it involves a truck and a 4WD, but what factors caused the crash? They are less likely to rate a mention.

However, once optimism comes in to play: people just don’t believe it will happen to them.

Another dangerous pitfall is driver distraction.

Text messaging when you’re driving is illegal, stupid and dangerous with a capital D. 

Learning skills is one of the objects in a safe driving course. Developing and applying appropriate driving behaviour is the end goal.

Make some enquires about having a post-licence training course, developed on the principles of low-risk driving.

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WHERE YOU LIVE …
ADAVALE, QUEENSLAND, ORGINALLY CALLED ADA’S VEIL, WAS BECAUSE IN 1879 A WOMAN WAS TRAVELLING WITH HER HUSBAND TO TINTINCHELLA LOST HER VEIL DURING THE CROSSING OF BACKWATER CREEK. IT WAS CHANGED TO ADAVALE WHEN THE RAILWAY REACHED THE TOWNSHIP.
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Truck traffic is still at the crux of many of our road accidents. However, it appears that the volume of trucks on our roads is not the problem but it’s driver behaviour.

Large trucks were only involved in only 10 per cent of road fatalities, according to a 2003 survey. 0f those, 67 per cent were not the fault of the truck driver.

Motorists were up in arms over the way, they believe, a truckie will force them into “dangerous situations”.

Here’s what you can do. Every time you hit the road follow this checklist and help to save lives.

Always wear your seatbelt.

Reduce blind spots by checking the position of your mirrors, head restraint and seat before starting the engine.

Concentrate! It sounds obvious but it’s easy to forget you’re using a potentially lethal weapon. Limit distractions by keeping your mobile out of reach so you’re nor tempted to answer it.

The road is there to share – watch out for cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

If you’re feeling tired, don’t fight it. Stop and take a break.

Remember: there’s no such thing as safe speeding.

If you’re buying a car, it pays to get the safest one you can afford.

<< NRMA Open Road, 2006.

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WHERE YOU LIVE …
ALBION PARK, NSW, IS PART OF SAMUEL TERRY’S GRANT LOCATED ALONGSIDE THE MACQUARIE RIVULET. IN 1838, AFTER TERRY’S DEATH, THE PROPERTY WAS TAKEN OVER BY JOHN TERRY HUGHES WHO OWNED THE ALBION BREWERY. THIS LATER BECAME TOOHYEY’S BREWERY. ALBION IS AN OLD NAME FOR BRITAIN AND WAS ORIGINALLY SUGGESTED AS THE NAME FOR SYDNEY. –FM. BACKGROUND: AUSTRALIAN PLACE NAMES.


Some old favourite Aussie movie stars of the silent era!

JESSICA HARCOURT (RIGHT) AND EVA NOVAK STAR IN FOR THE TERM OF HIS NATURAL LIFE. Below: EVA NOVAK GETTING THE EYE FROM AN ERRANT SEA DRIFTER.

Australian leading film star of the silent days, Jessica Harcourt, dies in Sydney in 1988.  Frank Morris

Harcourt, who was 84, was always billed as “the beautiful Jessica Harcourt” on posters publicising her films.

She played Sarah Purfoy in the 1927 film of For the Term of His Natural Life, the third version of Marcus Clarke’s classic novel.

Produced by American Norman Dawn at a cost of $120,000, the film broke box-office records Australia-wide for a local production.

The film was further distinguished for two other reasons: it starred Hollywood actress Eva Novak in the leading role; and the author’s daughter, Marion Marcus Clarke, who played the hero’s mother.

This powerful production of Dawn’s For the Term of His Natural Life is just one of the more than 40,000 film and television productions preserved by the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra.

When For the Term of His Natural Life was trotted out for the movies, it gave particular praise for George Fisher who played Rufus Dawes and Arthur McLaglen’s role as Gabbett.

“The film, preached The Argus, “marked a new enterprise in the production of motion pictures in Australia”.

As far as the McLaglen role was concerned, “he played Gabbett, an escaped prisoner who killed his four companions, with disconcerting starkness”.

COMING: Leading Hollywood actress Eva Novak almost stole the show.


Lego Master: Final. With Kjeld Kristiansen, what you see is what you get!

KRISTIANSEN, ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO BUILD IN LEGO. Below: FOUR BRIGHT SPARKS BUILD OWN PROJECT WHILE KRISTIANSEN LOOKS ON.

KRISTIANSEN BUILT HIS WALL OF LEGO.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

The company began as a wooden toymaker, then drifted into plastics, and settled firmly into building bricks. The end result was the familiar famous Lego.

Its bricks have eight studs which fit into endless numbers of their counterparts, in what seems an infinite number of ways. The key invention, which is attributed to Kjeld’s father, happed in 1958.

The ways the studs and tube coupling systems work make it easy to track down any Lego configuration possible. The name derives from an abbreviation of the Danish phrase LEg GOtd, which means “play well”.

As competition has grown the organisation has fought hard to maintain its rights to the basic Lego building notion. A legal department oversees a variety of infringement suits brought by the group in various countries around the world.

The best protection, however, stems from the fast-developing product lines. The systems have been increasingly combined with mechanical and electronic devices.

Over the past 40 years, from the day Lego was available, 300 million children have played with the bricks. In

January, 1997, the group launched Lego Scala aimed at “big girls”, meaning those five years old and above.

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WHERE YOU LIVE …
NOT FAR FROM APOLLO BAY, VICTORIA, A HOLIDAY RESORT SOUTH-WEST OF GEELONG, TAKES ITS NAME FROM THE BAY WHICH CAPTAIN LOUTIT NAMED AFTER HIS SCHOONER.  APOLLO BAY, IN THE DAYS OF SETTLEMENT, WAS CALLED MIDDLETON; THEN IN 1874 WAS CHANGED TO KAMBRUK, AN ABORIGINAL WORD FOR “SANDY PLACE”. BY 1952, IT WAS CALLED APOLLO BAY. – FM.
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In addition to the core business, the enterprise has opened Legoland parks, of which there are two: at home in Billund and in Windsor, close to the British royal family’s castle.

A third park was slated to open in Carlsbad, California, in 1999.

Kristiansen says that the parks work because “in general they are based on skills, not thrills, and on participation more than diversion.

“There are no white-knuckle rides, and we want everyone who goes to learn something”.

Other diversifications include a licensed line of Lego children’s wear, Lego books, watches, bed linen and computer games.

Kristiansen continues to be a local boy: straight, honest and true.

After you have talked to him you realises that want you see is what you get.

<< Master builder … by Hale Richards, The European, April 24, 1997.

Frank Morris comment: There are several more Legoland Parks in 2020. Florida, Malaysia, Dubai, Japan and Germany.  Global revenue 5.16 billion euros in 2019.


OZ SPOT: Doctor Livingstone I presume!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

In 1889, the explorer Henry Stanley, famous for finding Dr David Livingstone in Africa, received praise for his latest successful expedition, to relieve Mehmed Emin Pasha, a governor in the Egyptian Sudan. The expedition greatly increased Western knowledge of the “Dark Continent”. The Herald said it would be good for the locals too. “The ignorant savage soon awakes to the knowledge … the white people from far-off lands will take a keen interest in his material and religious welfare”. – FM.

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VALE FOR MAN WHO SAVED OUR HERITAGE
The word ‘greenies’ was once used to describe conservationists. And then a strange thing happened. The NSW Builders Laborers Union, under the leadership of Jack Mundey, steps in. Jack Mundey died in May aged 92. He introduced bans on building work which threatened the national heritage. This was a first in industrial action. Some sites saved thanks to Jack Mundey and his green bans: Kelly’s Bush, Eastlakes, The Rocks, The Botanic Gardens, Centennial Park/Moore Park, Woolloomooloo, Victoria Street, Surry Hills. And there were others.

Next Grand Years will be published on 29 May 2020.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 14 May 20

LEGO MASTER: With Kjeld Kristiansen, it’s what you see is what you get

KJELD KRISTIANSEN LED THE COMPANY ON THE GREATEST GLOBAL EXPANSIONISM IN ITS HISTORY. THE LEGO BOX IN 1957 FEATURING KJELD AND HIS SISTER.

IN 1997, WHEN THIS ARTICLE APPEARED, THE LEGO GROUP WAS ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST TOY MAKERS. TODAY, IT HAS BECOME A LEADER IN THE LEGO INDUSTRY.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS.

Meeting the president and chief executive of the Lego group, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, of the world’s fifth largest toymaker, one is struck by his boyish quality.

Not a big man, his body still has a boy’s slim lines. He has been in charge since 1979; the business was founded by his grandfather Ole Kirk Christiansen.

It was developed into a major enterprise by his father Godtfred Kirk Christiansen. But it was Kjeld who is responsible for the group’s global expansion and its huge growth in product variety.

The Lego group is a big business that has been built out of very small components. This is a major enterprise in Billund, a tiny Jutland town.

There is a certain missionary zeal to the company.

Speaking of his products, Kristiansen says: “There are a lot worse things a child can do to prepare for life than build with Lego components.

“I believe using our products can lead a mind down orderly paths into new areas of thought and imagination. They are tools that unlock the mind”.

Yet, there is a gentle feel to the corporate hegemony. Legoland Hotel is an agreeable inn for visitors, which itself mergers into the group’s corporate headquarters.

The place seems remote from the tense atmosphere of most corporate headquarters.

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ABOUT US IN 1970s …
IN 1972, ‘IT’S TIME’ THEME BEGUN FOR THE ALP. THE ALP ISSUED PHOTOGRAPHS OF FEMALE MODELS WEARING ‘IT’S TIME’ TEE SHIRTS AND THE POLITICAL THEME WAS WELL ON ITS WAY … PMU (PICK ME UP) MARKET THE FIRST CHUNKY SOUPS … WAS IT WYNN’S, PENFOLD’S OR LINDEMAN’S WHO INTRODUCED THE WINE CASK? – A PLASTIC BAG OF WINE IN A CARDBOARD BOX WITH A TAP.
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Part of the serenity stems from another insulator: the group is closely held.

(An) assertion of the financial virtues of yesteryear is accompanied by a winsome grim and few waves of his omnipresent pipe.

Kristansen is such a formidable smoker that once he was elected Denmark’s “pipe smoker of the year”, an honour he takes with considerable amused pride.

The Lego chief executive is, in a way, his own ultimate consumer. He grew up with the product. A Lego box from around 1957 features Kjeld and his sister on the cover. As he recalls: “My father was not a man to throw money away on child models”.

Every four years, there is a … Lego Olympics. A contest which is won by a child who builds the most imaginative and technically “well-constructed” device.

The senior manager of corporate communications said “Kjeld wanders around discussing with the contestants how they did this or why they built that.

“These children know an expert when they see one. This is the Lego builder of Lego builders!”

Frank Morris comment: A British gentlemen, Hilary Fisher Page invented the brick and NOT Ole Kirk Kristiansen, the founder of the Lego Group. Page, who was in born in 1904, died before he could discover Lego has ‘borrowed’ his invention. Ole patented the now famous interlocking Lego blocks in 1949.

NEXT: FINAL. The Lego Masters.

<< The European newspaper, April 24, 1997.


Newspapers close down: The Mercury north-west and The Illawarra Mercury down south

THE MASTHEAD OF THE HUNTER RIVER GAZETTE.

INSIDE A COUNTRY NEWSPAPER. Below: THE FIRST OF THE MAITLAND MERCURY.

THE MAITLAND MERCURY, WHICH WAS THE OLDEST COUNTRY NEWSPAPER IN NSW, AND POSSIBLY AUSTRALIA, AND THE ILLAWARRA MERCURY, BOTH BORN IN 1800, DIED TOGETHER.

FRANK MORRIS

NSW goes to press. It was Thomas Strode who paved the way and a salute goes out to him. He went on to found an integral part of Australian history.

The Hunter River Gazette “appeared suddenly” outside Sydney in 1841 – Strode may be saluted for launching the first country newspaper in NSW.

He continued in the next six months performing miracles with the Gazette until the partnership with the editor embroiled him and the paper in yet another quarrel with the judiciary. Strode arranged for a dissolution to take place.

He discontinued the Gazette “ungraciously” in June 1842.

Strode and his newspaper were written into the history books, although his newspaper had only a short life. But Maitland was too important to be without a newspaper, a scribe once remarked.

The first issue of the Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser was soon manifest on January 7, 1843.
But for the profits that came from advertisements relating to the colony’s first general elections it would have sunk without trace.

Less than six months or so after the closure of The Gazette the Mercury was printed on the same equipment formerly used for the ceased newspaper.

An 1890 engraving of The Maitland Mercury shows the whole building but now only the left-hand section of the building remains as a paper store. The Mercury was not a “direct” descendant of The Gazette.

The Mercury still holds the distinction of being the oldest continuing country newspaper in NSW. It is true that The Hunter River Gazette lasted only six months, which was not long compared with its successor, The Mercury.

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ABOUT US IN 1970s …
IN 1972, WOMEN JOURNALISTS GET EQUAL RIGHTS WITH MEN AT THE JOURNALISTS CLUB IN SYDNEY AFTER A SIT-IN AT THE CLUB … PAUL HOGAN, A RIGGER FOR THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE, DOES A WINFIELD CIGARETTE ADVERTISEMENT WHICH STARTS THE IDEA OF OCKER-IMAGE APPEAL.
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Even after 167 years of publishing, The Maitland Mercury carries the imprimatur of being the oldest country newspaper in the State.

In the south, there is the Illawarra Mercury, which was established by Thomas Garrett and a partner in 1855. The first issue was 8 large pages in that October.

It was, initially, published as a weekly, then increased to twice weekly in 1929. Then the Depression struck, forcing the newspaper to revert to a weekly.

In 1950, it was published as a daily; this led to a change-of-name to the Illawarra Daily Mercury until 1954. In 1979, the newspaper dropped “Daily” from its masthead and it joined the class of the other ‘metropolitan’ daily papers.
It amalgamated with the Bulli Times and Port Kembla Pilot in 1949; and the South Coast Times in 1968.

In 1981, the paper invested in a new off-set press that allowed it to bring life to you in full colour; and other implements that enhance its newspaper production.  It was also the first newspaper in Australia to install the state-of-the-art Itex 210K scanner.   

Fairfax, a major shareholder in 2012, relocated reproduction and other strands of sub-editing and page layouts of the paper to New Zealand.

FLASHBACK: A COLLECTOR HOLDS UP THE ‘MOON DAY’ SOUVENIER EDITION OF THE 1963 ILLAWARRA MERCURY.

<< Airlines Magazine, November, 1991; and The Influential Communicator for background.


OZ SPOT: Ali “has Parkinson’s disease”

ALI: “I AM THE GREATEST”.

IN 1984, A NEWSPAPER REPORT SAID THE FORMER WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION MUHAMMAD ALI HAS “MINOR SYMPTOMS” OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE. RESULTS OF THESE TESTS LAST WEEK IN NEW YORK WERE SHOWN TO A DOCTOR TRAVELLING WITH THE BOXER IN EUROPE HAVE BEEN REVEALED. BIRGITT WOLFF, WHO INTERVIEWED DR MARTIN ECKER AND ALI QUOTED ALI AS SAYING “I ALWAYS FEEL TIRED BUT DON’T FEEL PAIN AT ALL. I DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT IS”. – FM.

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON MAY 15.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 29 April 20

THE OVERLANDERS. RAVE UK REVIEWS. SEE OZ SPOT.

 


From The Papers: Keeping up with the headlines in The Labor Daily of the 1930s

BOLT FROM THE TRUE BLUE. Below: THE AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPERS ARE AWAYS LOOKING OUT FOR STORIES.

LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT SAVE LIVES.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS.

“If you take care in small ways, you will avoid big accidents” was the advice given last night by Mr Alan Davis in a broadcast address from 2KY (Sydney radio station) arranged by the Safety League of NSW.

“Very rarely can your recall an accident caused through the neglect of important safety rules as nearly always they are caused through neglect of seemingly small precautions”, said Mr Davis.

He instanced the fact that although a workman would not put his hand deliberately near the teeth of a circular saw; accidents occurred where men and women were drawn into rapidly moving machinery through a flapping sleeve or other loose clothing.

“A board left lying around with a nail stuck in it seems a very trivial matter, and you may observe it a hundred times and avoid standing on it.

“Then some unfortunate fellow steps on it and get a badly punctured foot, develops lockjaw and dies,” said Mr Davis.

The moral, he declared, was to remove nails from any boards or other material lying around for both the workman’s own sake as well as for his comrades.

“It behoves every one of us to take precautions in small ways to conserve the lives of our fellow workers as well as ourselves” said Mr Davis.

The Safety League will continue this series of talks from 2KY at 7.40 tonight.

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VALE OF A RESPECTED MINER …

THE DEATH HAS OCCURRED AT MOUNT KEMBLA OF MR JOHN LENARD, 67, A HIGHLY RESPECTED MINER, WHO HAS RESIDED ON THE MOUNTAIN FOR OVER 15 YEARS. MOUNT KEMBLA MINERS PRECEDED THE HEARSE TO THE KEMBLA HEIGHTS CEMETRY, AND THE MANY FLORAL TRIBUTES INCLUDED ONE FROM THE LOCAL MINERS’ LODGE. DECEASED IS SURVIVED BY ONE SON, JOHN.


From The Papers: Boxing -- “Sawn offs” of the ring game!

AUSTRALIAN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, AMBROSE PALMER, WHO BOXES AMERICAN LEO KELLY AT THE SYDNEY STADIUM ON MONDAY WEEK.

BABE MARINO’S DEBUT BUT HE DOES NOT CONSIDER HIS SHORTNESS A DISADVANTAGE.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS.

The short stature of Babe Marino, the Pacific Coast middleweight champion, who makes his Sydney Stadium debut against Tommy Jones on Monday night.

Marino recalls that several of the world’s leading middleweights and heavyweights of the past were “sawn offs”.
Australia’s own Les Darcy, Mickey Walker, the “Toy Bulldog” Stanley Ketchell and Joe Wallcott, who knocked out heavyweights with ease; they were all under 5ft 7in.

Tommy Burns was the shortest man to hold the world’s heavyweight championship. Sam Langford, the “Boston Tar Baby”, who defeated all that cared to meet him; Myer Grace, who, with Fred Henneberry, shares the distinction of being the only man to have knocked out Jack Carroll.

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ABOUT US IN 1890 …
THE SPORTING LIFE, USA, RECEIVED THIS SPECIAL CABLE FROM LONDON. IT READ: JACK BURKE, THE IRISH LAD WHO RECENTLY ARRIVED FROM AUSTRALIA, CALLED AT THE SPORTING LIFE OFFICE TODAY AND ISSUED A CHALLENGE TO FIGHT JACK DEMPSEY, THE MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION OF AMERCIA, FOR FIVE HUNDRED POUNDS A-SIDE.
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Lou Brouilliard, ex-world’s welter and middleweight champion … and one of the finest-built men in the fighting game today, are all under 5ft 6in.

Marino does not consider his shortness a disadvantage. He weaves into the attack to get close enough to hammer away at the body of his opponent.

Trading punches is his speciality. If Jones cares to mix it, a fine battle will be witnessed.

Jones is in the field with challenges to any boxer at a weight limit of 11st. 9lb. Having defeated most of the welterweights, he has turned his attention to the middles.

With the exception of Jack Carroll and Ron Richards, Jones has scored a knockout on every opponent he has met in Australia.

<< The three stories are from The Labor Daily, March 27, 1936. NEXT:  Lego Master: He built his own wall of Lego.


SURF’S UP: The 60s board-builders and their fancy nameplate!

FRANK MORRIS
DEWEY WEBER, HOBIE AND OTHER FAMOUS USA NAMES HIT THE AUSTRALIAN MARKET IN THE 1960s. WEBER WAS A DEFINITE LEGEND OF THE AMERICAN SURF. WEBER, WHO WAS KNOWN FOR HIS RIDING PROWESS, MADE HIS INTRICATE WALK UP AND DOWN THE BOARD, THUS GIVING HIM THE NAME “LITTLE MAN ON WHEELS.” HE STARRED IN A NUMBER OF BUD BROWNE SURF MOVIES. WEBER BACAME THE SYMBOL OF THE UNITED STATES SURFING ASSOCIATION. HE LATER BECAME A MOVIE ACTOR. WEBER BOARDS, WITH THE FAMOUS LABEL, WERE AVAILABLE IN AUSTRALIA FROM 1965.


The Great War: Who was the oldest recruit in the Anzac’s?

WILLIAM SCHMUTTER IS POSITIONED AT THE RIGHT PLACE – OUTSIDE THE RECRUITMENT OFFICE. Below: IN A CROWDED GATHERING OF RECRUITS, HE WOULD BE HARD TO FIND.                                                                                                                                                                               

SHE FOUND IT A BIT CONFUSING. WILLIAM WAS BORN IN 1859, AND THAT WOULD MAKE HIM OLDER THAN HE SHOULD BE.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Like many brave Australians during WW1 William Schmutter was eager to do his part for his country. He lied about his age in order to be eligible to enlist.

However, unlike many young Aussie’s, William did not change his date of birth to make himself older, he did the opposite.

Kate Mills, an avid family researcher, was not aware her family had any military history, until she accidentally stumbled upon on an old photograph through her research.

Kath uncovered a large family photo showing her great-great grandfather, William, sitting at the centre of a group of family members wearing a military uniform.

This snap-shot was taken just before he went off to war in 1916.

She found this a bit confusing. William was born in 1859, which meant he was almost 60 years old. She was aware that the Army did not accept recruits of that age; Kate was faced with a new family mystery.

Armed with photographic evidence, she focused on searching for military records about her great-great grandfather. She probed for William Schmutter in the military records, but uncovered nothing.

She became more dedicated to unravelling the truth. She searched high and low for variations of names. Eventually, his appeared under the name William Smutter.

Jackpot!

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ABOUT US IN 1914 …
WHEN WW1 BROKE OUT WILLIAM BIRDWOOD, IST BARON BIRDWOOD OF ANZAC AND TOTNES, WAS MADE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND FORCES IN EUROPE. AS SECOND-IN-COMMAND OF THE GALLOPOLI LANDING AT ANZAC, BIRDWOOD NAMED THE COVE, HIS COURAGROUS LEADERSHIP EARNED HIM UNIVERSAL RESPECT AMONG AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS. EVEN MONASH ADMIRED HIS ABILITY. – FM.

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The reason for dropping the ‘ch’ in Schmutter was possibly to anglicise his name.

Here’s another puzzling discovery?  William was, she soon discovered, had listed his age at 44 years and 4 months at the time of his enlistment.

Why would someone make themselves younger to enlist?

A number of theories have been floated around. Yet, ultimately, the secret of why he lied about his age to enlist is buried with him?

There is no doubt that he was a brave soldier who served overseas as a driver for two years. He was injured and transferred to a hospital in France, then England.

William Smutter was eventually discharged on April 8, 1918.

In the end, for whatever reason, William chose to lie about his age and be able to join his fellow countrymen overseas. He is an ANZAC of which we can all be proud.

<< Kath Mills supplied the story. Ancestry.com.au


OZ SPOT: Local film a hit overseas!

IN 1946, THE LONDON PRESS HAVE HAILED THE AUSTRALIAN FILM, THE OVERLANDERS, AS A SUPERB PRODUCTION, WHICH HAS GIVEN AUSTRLIA A PLACE IN THE FILM WORLD. NEARLY ALL THE MORNING NEWSPAPERS DEVOTED THE BULK OF THEIR WEEKLY FILM REVIEW SPACE TO THE MOVIE WITH NO ADVERSE CRITICISM … CRITICS USED THE PHRASES SUCH AS “SUPERLATIVELY GOOD”, “TOPNOTCHER” AND “THRILLING INTEREST” ARE TYPICAL. PRIME MINISTER, MR BEN CHIFLEY, SAID, “I FEEL THAT THE OVERLANDER WILL HELP PUBLICISE AUSTRALIA THROUGHOUT THE WORLD”. – FM.

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FROM THE PAPERS: Rediscovering Australia’s past through the pages of our newspapers

The Australian Labor Daily 1936. NEXT issue.


SHORT STORY: The Black Rabbit discovered a Mulberry Tree – the only one in La La Land!

A MULBERRY TREE: ITS THE ONLY ONE IN LA LA LAND.  Below: I FEEL LIKE DANCING AROUND IT, BLACKIE SAID.

FRANK MORRIS

JOLLY IS A HAPPY WORD. HE FEELS IT IN HIS BONES.

The Black Rabbit was feeling marvellous. Jolly marvellous.

“Absolutely, stupendously jolly marvellous!” he yelled. “That is a jolly happy word,” he said.

He could feel it in his bones.

What he could see of La-La-Land, it looked perfectly fine, too.

As he looked over La-La-Land, from his front porch, he saw that every animal was leaping around.

They must be caught up in a kind of merriment.

I wonder whether it’s something in the grass.

“How ex-tra-ordinaaaary!,” he said, with a modicum of goodly mirth. "How ex-tra-ordinaaaary.”

The Black Rabbit felt like leaping too.

He tried it. He leapt very high.

He tried it again. He leapt even higher.

He thought he might try it again. He did. He leapt so high he thought he would never come down.

He plummeted down to earth and rolled all the way to the river.

“How ex-tra-ordinaaaary!” he said.

“Those animals must be in peak form”, he muttered to himself.

With all that leaping around the Black Rabbit began to feel tired himself.

Fatigued, in fact.

He looked at the other animals and they were still leaping.

All of a sudden he stopped walking and yelled out, “Where am I, where am I. I know La-La-Land like the back of my hand, but this is ridiculous.”

He looked up-the-hill, down-the-hill and to the left and right

He sighted the Mulberry Bush. Only one. Oh, and four rabbits popped out.

The rabbits were bright-eyed and full of smiling. Each rabbit was standing around the bush holding a piece of multi-coloured tape.

And then they were off … singing and dancing.

“How ex-tra-ordinaaaary!” he said, in a rather high voice.

Next, the rabbits were singing in front of a wash tub, with a new verse to the same song.

“How ex-tra-ordinaaaary!” he said, in a higher voice than last time.

The four rabbits were busy hanging their clothes on the line to dry.

And all were singing a verse of the same song.

When they finished, the four rabbits darted into their house.

They emerged minutes later with a pile of school books, some wrap and string. And off to school went the four rabbits. All were singing, quite happily, “going to school on a cold and frosty morning.”

Next moment, he was alone. “I wonder how long they’ll be,” he thought.

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ABOUT US IN 1953 …
THE AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR MEN IN AUSTRALIA HAS RISEN FROM 50 TO 70 SINCE 1903, SAID THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH, SIR EARLE PAGE. FOR WOMEN IT INCREASED FROM 52 TO 72. HE SAID INFANT MORTALITY HAD DROPPED FROM ONE IN 8 BIRTHS TO ONE IN 40. IN 1903, THE PRINCIPAL CAUSES OF DEATH WERE DISEASES OF DIGESTIVE ORGANS, TUBERCULOSIS AND HEART DISEASE. TODAY, 2020, IT’S MAINLY IS HEART DISEASE, DEMENTIA AND CANCER. – FM.
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I hopped back to the Mulberry Bush and tried to emulate the rabbits singing and dancing.

I tried singing.

I tried skipping and hopping to the same tune.

The next thing I knew I was doing it. I was doing it … singing and dancing.

“How ex-tra-ordinaaaary!” he said in a voice that would have drowned out all of La-La-Land.

At last, just over the hill I heard the four rabbits heading for home.

They were singing and dancing.

“This is the way we come out of school on a cold a frosty morning,” all four rabbits sang.

I ran to meet them. And I joined in.

They laugh at me. I laugh back.

All five of us were singing and dancing. “Here we go round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush early in the morning …”

They were out of sight.

“I got my wish”. “How ex-tra-ordinaaaary! How ex-tra-ordinaaaary!” was the familiar tone that I heard echoing from on high.

<< Grand Years.

 


AUSSIE OLD TIME FILM STARS: Let’s peek in the larder and see what we shall find!

LOTTIE LYELL WAS AUSTRALIA’S FIRST SILENT SCREEN STAR. HER LARGE, EXPRESSIVE EYES BECAME HER TRADEMARK.

THE ROMANTIC STORY OF MARGARET CATCHPOLE, MADE IN 1911, IS ONE OF THE OLDEST AUSTRALIAN FEATURE FILMS. DIRECTED BY RAYMOND LONGFORD, AND STARRING LOTTIE LYELL AS THE GIRL TRANSPORTED TO NSW FOR HORSE THEFT, EXPLAINS AUTHOR AND FILM CRITIC JUDITH ADAMSON. THE LONGFORD AND LYELL DUO WAS TO BE A FORMIDBLE COMBINATION. HE WAS AN ACTOR IN ALFRED ROLFE’S FILMS OF STAGEPLAYS THROUGHOUT 1910, THEN WENT ON TO BECOME AUSTRALIA’S MOST FAMOUS SILENT DIRECTOR. LEADING LADY WAS, OF COURSE, LOTTIE LYELL, HIS PRODUCTION PARTNER. A NEWSPAPER SAID “THIS EXCELLENT AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTION CONTAINED EXCITEMENT AND ROMANCE. -- FM.

<< Australian Film Posters, 1906-1960, Judith Adamson, 1978.

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ABOUT US IN 1923 …
DIABETES SUPPLIES OF INSULIN WOULD BECOME MORE PLENTIFUL AND CHEAPER, A STATEMENT THAT MADE THE WORLD STAND UP AND CHEER. IT WAS WELCOME NEWS! DR FREDERICK BANTING, WORKING IN MacLEOD’S LABORATORY, MADE CERTAIN DISCOVERIES AND TOOK THEM TO MacLEOD. THE RESULT WAS INSULIN TREATMENT. MacLEOD TOLD AN AUDIENCE IN BRITAIN … THAT THE PRICE WOULD DROP TO 25 SHILLINGS A WEEK. – FM.


John Frost Newspaper Collection: Final. Headlines you’ll never forget!

POSSE KILLS BONNIE AND CLYDE. THE ELUSIVE DUO WERE SHOT DEAD AS DESPERADOES. Below: THE DEATH OF MADAME CURIE.

FROST IS A MAN WHO LOOKED FORWARD TO THE PAST.

ELAINE WILLIAM        Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

John Frost’s love of his newspaper collection had continued even throughout a seven year spell in the army that spread from 1939 to 1946.

While on active duty in Normandy, Frost says he “had a rifle in one hand and an eye on collecting newspapers.” Any local papers he found were sent home.

On one occasion he had … no leave from the army for more than 12 months; his mother wrote to her son complaining about the growing pile of foreign newspapers.

When Frost left the army, it took 18 months for him to sort out the publications.

He has many types of newspapers that have become war-time treasures. The local German paper called the Lubecker Zeitung, published on May 1, 1945, reported Hitler’s suicide with the words “Unser Fuhrer Gefallen” (Our leader has fallen).

The report of the assassination in Sarajevo, of the Crown Prince of Austria, in the Neues Wiener Tagblatt, of Sunday, June 28, 1914, is another example of this world-respected collection of newspapers.

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ABOUT US IN 1971 …
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHES THE AUTRALIAN FILM COMMISSION TO ENCOURAGE AN AUSTRALIAN FILM INDUSTRY … JEANS DESIGNED EXCLUSIVELY FOR WOMEN COME ONTO THE MARKET … ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT INTRODUCED TO AUSTRALIA FROM CHINA … PHOTOGRAPHS OF GOUGH WHITLAM SHOW THAT HE IS NO LONGER USING HAIR OIL AND IS, PERHAPS, BLOW-DRYING HIS HAIR.
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One of Frost’s personal heroes is Winston Churchill. Frost has every major political event in Churchill’s life.

Newspapers of the war time, are an extra-special category of papers because of Frost’s own experience as a Normandy veteran.

Still, events such as the deaths of film stars Marilyn Monroe and Rudolph Valentino also have their place among the extra-famous personalities.

Along with more light-hearted moments with articles of the famous and not-so-famous, like the one of Freddie Starr. One tabloid front page headline records the dubious behaviour of British comedian, Starr, who was accused of eating a pet hamster.

Frost has been described as the man who looks forward to the past. He enjoys this graphic summary.
Also, he looks forward to the future and the news of important events. I had been with Frost a few minutes when the news came through of the sudden and tragic death an hour earlier of a man who was tipped to become Britain’s next prime minister.

The future is never far away!

<< Adapted from an article, Headlines we never forget! Elaine William; Frank Morris also supplied some extra words.

FROM A HIGH PEAK, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND PROFESSOR MORIARTY WRESTLE AND STUMBLE TO THEIR DEATH.

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ABOUT US IN 1972 …
MacDONALD’S BURGERS COME TO AUSTRALIA TO OPEN ITS FIRST OUTLET AT THE SUBURB OF YAGOONA, NSW. (KENTUCKY ARRIVED IN 1968) … THE LONDON ECONOMIST SURVEY LISTS THAT AUSTRALIA IS THE FOURTH-BEST PLACE TO LIVE AFTER US, CANADA AND SWEDEN.


ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MANAGEMENT …

BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT VIRUS PROBLEMS, GRAND YEARS WILL PUBLISHED EVERY TWO WEEKS. NEXT ISSUE: APRIL 17.

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

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