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John Frost. Newspaper collector: Part 2. Headlines we never forget!

THE UNSINKABLE TITANIC SINKS ON FIRST VOYAGE. THE TRAGEDY MADE HEADLINES ALL OVER THE WORLD. Below: THE MAN THE NAZIS MOST HATE, WINSTON CHURCHILL, INSPECTING A BOMBED LONDON AREA AND CHECKING ON THE DAMAGE.

HIS ORGANISATION COLLECTS EVENTS WHICH WILL BECOME HISTORY. NEWSPAPERS RECORD EVERYTHING. FROM THE DAY A COMEDIAN WAS ACCUSED OF EATING A HAMSTER TO THE CORONATIONS AND DEATHS OF KINGS AND QUEENS.

ELAINE WILLIAM       Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

In the leafy northern suburbs of London is a modest semi-detached dwelling which houses Britain’s only historical newspaper loan service.

It controls one of the most remarkable collection of newspapers in the world, over 60,000 British and overseas newspapers and periodicals plus more than 100,000 press cuttings of events dating from 1640.

The newspapers cover the death and coronation of every British monarch since 1751 and the election of every American president since 1832.

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JOHN, HOLD THE FRONT PAGE …
LINDA MOONEY, UK, REPORTS: FROST REMEMBERED THE CRASH OF THE R101 AIRSHIP. IT WAS ITS MAIDEN VOYAGE TO INDIA AND CRASHED WITH THE LOSS OF 48 LIVES, INCLUDING THAT OF THE AIR MINISTER. MY MOTHER GAVE ME A PENNY. A FEW MOMENTS LATER I WAS BACK FOR A SUNDAY EXPRESS, WHICH COST 2d. FROM THAT DAY, I WAS HOOKED ON NEWSPAPERS THAT COVERED A MAJOR CRITICAL EVENT. CONTINUED.
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There are thousands of papers which covered the Second World War, and reports of other major conflicts – American Civil War, Boer War, Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands and Middle East Wars.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Major disasters like the Titanic sinking in 1912 and the Waco cult siege of 1993 are represented, together with a rare colour newspaper of 1909.

This rarity contains news of French aviator Bleriot’s historical flight over the English Channel.

Frost collects not only British national papers but also local papers that can give a different appeal; oftentimes, it’s a more personal viewpoint on worldwide events.

“We like to get the newspapers from where it happened”, he once said.

In l969, major American newspapers had the day that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. The Daily Express and the majors carry the story, and other newspapers from Armstrong’s home town.

What started as a hobby for Frost, is now gradually being taken over as a “proper” business by his son Andrew. As a child, Frost was fascinated by headlines.

As a ten-years-old kid, his first newspaper covered the crash of the R101 airship in 1930. This crash led to the UK abandoning the development of airships for decades.

<< Adapted from an article Headlines we never forget! Elaine William, 1994. Frank Morris some extra words. John Frost died in 20??.

Next: Final. Headlines you never forget!

JOHN’S PILE. AMONG THESE IS THE PRIDE OF THE COLLECTION. IN THE RIGHT-HAND CORNER IS A COPY OF THE LUBECKER ZEITUNG WHICH REPORTED HITLER’S SUICIDE A SHORT TIME AFTER IT HAPPENED.

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JOHN, HOLD THE FRONT PAGE …
LINDA MOONEY, UK, REPORTS: IN HOLLAND AND BELGIUM, WHEN HIS DIVISON CAPTURED LUBECK JUST TWO DAYS AFTER HITLER’S SUICIDE, JOHN MANAGED TO BAG THE BLACK-BOARDED, ONE-PAGE EDITION OF THE LUBECKEN ZEITUNG. THE PAPER REPORTED THE DEATH OF THE FUHRER.  JOHN SAID IT WAS THE “PRIDE” OF HIS COLLECTION.


THE POKIES: My father is a gambler. What’s the next step?

WARNING: NEARLY NINETY PER CENT OF AUSTRALIANS PLAYED THE POKER MACHINES OVER THE LAST THREE MONTHS. MANY OF THEM ARE SERIOUS GAMBLERS. Below: THE CASH YOU LOST ON THE POKER MACHINES WAS A SECRET UNTIL YOUR PARTNER FOUND OUT.

THERE’S AN ADAGE ABOUT THE POKIES: THE MORE YOU SPEND, THE MORE YOU LOSE. YOU CAN’T WIN! YOU CAN’T WIN!

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Ms X is concerned that her recently widowed father is spending his time and money playing the pokies which, one day, “will be the ruin of him,”

“My mum and dad were always close,”.  “They did everything together. Sadly, she passed away quite  suddenly six months ago.”

Ms X continues: “For awhile I thought my dad was coping pretty well, still getting out and keeping quite busy. He lives about an hour away.

“Recently, when I visited, he’d been out and I let myself in and waited for him to return. Just last week I noticed there was a pile of red bills stuffed at the back of a drawer. When I asked him he became defensive, angry and quite hurtful.

“He said I know nothing about what he is going through. Later, I called one his friends; he told me dad was spending hours on end at the local club playing the poker machines.

I'm very concerned about his gambling habit.  But after his uncharacteristic outburst, I don't know what to say to him.  Can you advise me where I should start?

The Carers Aid said many people spend a few dollars on the pokies - and that's harmless.

As it appears your father's joining the 160,000-200,000 other Australians who have become addicted to the promise of a big win.

But, quite simply, you lose more than you win. Sadly, no one can rein him in. The back-log of bills worries him. What started out as fun with the pokies has gone too far.


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

FRANK MORRIS

BEATRICE EINSIEDEL WAS A VERY SPRIGHTLY 80-YEAR-OLD WHEN SHE WAS INTERVIEWED BY AUTHOR ERIC READE IN THE SEVENTIES. SHE USED THE NAME OF BEATRICE DAY. SHE REMEMBERED PORTRAYING NERO’S WIFE IN THE FILM, SOLDIERS OF THE CROSS. THE FILM WAS MADE IN 19OO, CLAIMING TO BE THE WORLD’S FIRST FULL-LENGTH FILM. MOST THE FILM WAS SHOT ON THE TENNIS COURT, NEAR A SALVATION ARMY HOME FOR GIRLS, AT MURRUMBEENA, MELBOURNE, CLOSE TO WHAT IS NOW KNOWN AS CHADSTONE SHOPPING CENTRE. THE FILM WAS DIRECTED BY JOSEPH PERRY WHO WAS DE MILLE BEFORE HIS TIME. THE FILM PORTRAYS THE CHRISTIANS BEING PELTED WITH ROCKS AND STONES AND JUMPING OFF A HIGH PIT INTO BURNING LIME. A POWERFUL POINT IN THE DRAMA IS WHEN OTHER MARTYRS WERE THROWN TO THE LIONS AND THE BURNING OF POLYCARP -- A CHRISTIAN BISHOP -- AT THE STAKE.

<< Background from Eric Reade The Australian Screen.


LATE NEWS …
THE 2020 OLMYPIC GAMES IN TOKYO HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL THE SAME TIME NEXT YEAR. GRAND YEARS WILL KEEP YOU POSTED. ALL FEATURES THAT TIED IN WITH THE GAMES WILL RESUME NEXT YEAR.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 26 March 20

NRMA: Thriving on 100 years of service and moments of profound change!

FORMER PRIME MINISTER BECOMES FIRST PRESIDENT OF NRMA.  

THE FIRST PATROLS, PART OF NRMA’s ORIGINAL FRONTLINE TO HELP STRANDED MOTORISTS. Below: THE 100 YEARS EDITION OF THE OPEN ROAD.

NRMA HAS ASSISTED THE COMMUNITY THROUGH THE DEPRESSION, EMPLOYED VETERANS OF WORLD WAR 1 AND 2, HELPED MOTORISTS WITH PETROL RATIONING DURING THE WAR YEARS, AND BACKED THE NATION’S FIRST ANTI-DRINK DRIVING RULES AND SUPPORTED LAWS THAT MADE SEATBELTS COMPULSORY. AND MANY MORE.

FRANK MORRIS

The first president of the NRMA changed an entire industry and brought kindness and courtesy to the new-found organisation.  His name was John Christian Watson who, at 37, became the Australian Prime Minister. 

“Many values J.C. Watson instilled over his two decades as president remain today,” says an article in the Open Road.

“His organisation was initially all about roads … he broadened its scope to include insurance, road trips, motor camps and tourism. He ended up making the NRMA one of the most powerful motoring clubs in the world”.

In December 1927, a member wrote to Open Road with the idea that J. C. Watson should be dubbed “Good Roads” Watson.

When he died at 74, on November 18, l941, Watson was given a state funeral.

It was when Watson was involved he introduced touring as the ‘must do’ parameter so that during the 1930s, and for this reason, the NRMA set up a touring office to guide people on their road trips.

One person who led the charge was A. W. Scott, who was employed under the NRMA “policy” of hiring returned servicemen.

He was a lieutenant aboard the HMS King George, according to the 1924 Open Road, at the Battle of Jutland. He took up flying and crashed somewhere in France.

In 1924, Scott was hospitalised because of war injuries. After he convalesced, he was “promoted to the touring office where he would manage the expanding market”.

Scott made it a practice to provide a regular feature, made up of weekly road bulletins, and given to the Sydney press. The weekend last minute information was broadcast by all of the radio stations.

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ABOUT THE OLYMPICS …
IN WINNING THE 80m HURDLES AT 17, THE PETITE MAUREEN CAIRD BECAME THE YOUNGEST OLYMPIC GAMES GOLD MEDALLIST IN TRACK AND FIELD. SHE BECAME THE “GOLDEN BABY” OF THE AUSTRALIAN PRESS. SHE CELEBRATED HER 17TH BIRTHDAY BY DEFEATING THE 80M WORLD RECORD HOLDER IN A PRE-OLYMPICS MEET. MAUREEN CAIRD FINISHED WITH CHEST PUFFED OUT IN THE 80m HURDLES FINAL IN RECORD TIME. PAM KILBORN WAS SECOND.
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“For motorists itching to explore, the maps and information about roads he traversed were invaluable” the NRMA noted.

As editor at the time, Scott’s occasional driving companion, A.C.C. Stevens, said he … had resourcefulness in all sorts of ticklish situations.”

Scott’s work as a patrol had clearly not been wasted.

Intrepid Scott said, “I have taken the Essex Six over roads on which no car has even been before …”

Taking over from Scott, was a gentleman who made many drivers feel far more comfortable with a Gregory’s street directory tucked away in their glovebox.

Cecil Gregory came from the Daily Telegraph as a journalist to join the NRMA as the touring and publicity manger to cater for members’ demands.

As well as being a cartographer, Gregory was the skilled editor of the Open Road for five years.
The touring office was described in Open Road as “the hub of travel” where staff gave information on the spot. By the late 1930s, the touring office issued more than 400,000 strip maps, 24,000 itineraries and 7000 letters to members a year.

And this was the time when the NRMA’s “love affair” with road trips was only just beginning.

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ABOUT THE OLYMPICS …
IN 1896, AT THE FIRST MODERN OLYMPIC GAMES AT ATHENS, EDWIN FLACK BECAME AUSTRALIA’S FIRST INTERNATIONALLY “RECOGNISED” ATHLETE. HE WAS OUR ONLY COMPETITOR. FLACK WON THE 800m FINAL AND THE 1500m FINAL. A FEW DAYS LATER, HE ALSO LINED UP FOR THE MARATHON, HIS FIRST ATTEMPT AT A LONG DISTANCE RACE.
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Frank Morris comment: The urbanisation of Australia began in earnest in the 1920s. Population had hit the 5.4 million mark; the capital cities were spreading out; new suburbs were sprouting up – and that meant lots of new streets. The motor car numbers were on the rise, over 22,000 were registered in Australia. People needed some expert guidance on how to negotiate the urban labyrinths. When Cecil Gregory left the NRMA, he decided to use the ‘Gregory’ name on the comprehensive street directory. The first edition was in 1934. It wasn’t the “first of its kind”, but it was the most popular. Hence, ever since Gregory’s became a household name “where’s the Gregory’s” is a familiar catchcry.

THE LEGEND OF THE PATROL. THIS PATROL IS CAUGHT IN THE BOG, A FURTHER STATEMENT ABOUT THE STATE OF ROADS IN NSW.

Material is an adaption of 100 YEARS OF THE NRMA; Frank Morris Comment comes from the Power of the Book, MMS.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
1964 AND TOKYO PLAYS HOST TO THE “HAPPY GAMES” AND JAPAN SPENDS $2 BILLION ON MAKING IT ALL HAPPEN. THIS IS THE FIRST GAMES IN AN ASIAN COUNTRY AND ALSO WHERE AUSTRALIA’S DAWN FRASER WINS THE 100m FREESTYLE FOR HER THIRD TIME IN SUCCESSION IN AN OLYMPIC CONTEST. CONTINUED.
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KOALAS: A time for action -- when we think of the grim situation that awaits them!

“THE BUSHFIRES HAVE HIT OUR COMMUNITIES HARD AND WILDLIFE HAS SUFFERED; BUT THERE ARE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP.” THAT IS A STATEMENT FROM NRMA GROUP CEO, ROHAN LUND IN THE CURRENT ISSUE OF OPEN ROAD. SEND YOUR DONATIONS TO WILDLIFE AND OTHER CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS IN YOUR STATE.


MASON KNIGHT: YOU BE THE REPORTER. DON’T LEAVE MASON KNIGHT TO TAKE ALL THE CREDIT!

EVERYBODY’S FRIEND, UNTIL: MASON KNIGHT, ACE REPORTER HERE. I’M ABOUT TO NAIL THE RUTHLESS GANG! Below: KNIGHT WATCHED FROM THE SIDE AS THE BULLETS FLEW.

FRANK MORRIS

I got in the front door and the phone rang. “It’s Mason Knight here!” Then dead silence. “Bernie Squires, your favourite editor. I just …” Knight coughed. “… I just wanted you to know that four crooks, headed by McCann, are meeting at Towong Shopping Mall early in the morning. So be there!” Squires rang off.

Squires must think the four crooks are going to explode, thought Knight. They just as well might, you know, he thought. Four murderers with guns are down there for a reason, he thought again.

I’ll bet they are going there to gun down someone else, according to my favourite editor. Knight ran the story through his head. He could be a bastard at times, thought Knight.

Knight gleefully put his hatted figure on the unmade bed. He then went to sleep. In no time at all, he was awake. Knight lifted his sprawled figure off the bed, gave his face a wash in cold water, and a quick shave. He was already attired.

He marched to the car, a maroon 1936 Buick sedan, and was off. Knight headed straight to Towong Shopping Mall, stopped the car, and ran to an escalator coming in the opposite direction. He rode up and down before he spotted the four bandits.

Earlier on, the four men started a serious argument that resulted in a fatal shooting of one man by the others. All of the others ran away after the shot, but were eventually rounded up by police and brought to headquarters.

Knight took in all the action, including the fatal gunshot. He took in who was killed and by whom. The police brusquely rounded up the gang and an innocent man, not one of the crowd, who was unfortunately among the suspects.

Knight saw who the murderer was, who the victim was, and who the innocent man was.

McCann, the boss of a powerful gang, was an escaped convict. He was the first one found by the police. Evans, who stood behind the murderer when he fired the shot, was sure that Barker had done it. Barker, who had just met the murdered man and knew he controlled a gang, wouldn’t dare tell on the killer.

Carter is a pal of McCann’s and a cousin of the murdered man. He hated the murderer whom he had known for four years. Gates was in Melbourne with his girl the evening of the murder and hadn’t seen Carter for two years. He was arrested in Sydney two days later.

Mason Knight made his presence felt among the police. He introduced himself to Police Inspector McCraddock. They talked for a while, got the nitty gritty of the shootout and even eventually asked Knight for his solution.

Knight then stated: Evans was neither the murderer nor the victim, as he stood behind the murderer when the shot was fired. Barker could be neither, since he had just met the murdered man and wouldn’t dare tell on the murderer.

Gates must have been the killer. He could have been in Melbourne the evening of the murder and still committed the crime and fly from Melbourne to Sydney. There is nothing to indicate Carter’s presence at the scene so he must had been the innocent man.

McCann must have been the victim since all the others are obviously alive.

Knight was happy to receive a “well done” by some of the police. Even the Inspector joined in. “That’s the beauty of these cases,” the Inspector said. “You know what the guys ate for breakfast.” Said Knight: “Better still, you’ll be able to read my account in tonight’s Inquirer.”

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THE MYSTERY OF THE HANSOM CAB …
THIS MOVIE IN 1911, WAS ADAPTED FROM THE FIRST NOVEL WRITTEN ON CRIME IN 1886. THE INTEREST IN THE CRIME WAS NEVER ALLOWED TO FLAG. THE MYSTERY IS CLEVERLY HIDDEN UNTIL THE LAST FEW MINUTES. DEALING IN MURDER AND A MISSING WITNESS, THE COURT SCENES ARE EXCELLENT. THE MELBOURNE ARGUS REVIEW CUTS RIGHT TO THE POINT, THE MOVIE IS “WELL ACTED AND PHOTOGRAPHED.” THE MELBOURNE HERALD SAID “THIS APTLY DEMONSTRATED A HIGH STANDARD OF FILM-MAKING.”
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MASON KNIGHT’S 1936 BUICK.

<< Grand Years, 10.

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

CHESTY BOND: Who were the people that created this “Super Man”?

TWO CHESTY BOND STRIPS. TOP, SHOWS CHESTY IS ALL SET TO WIN THE WOODCHOPPING CONTEST…

 

… HIS SECRET IS OUT!

THEY HELPED CREATE A COMIC AS AN ADVERTISEMENT. BY AND LARGE, IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST-READ “COMICS” OF THE PERIOD!

FRANK MORRIS

Chesty Bond is now 82-years young!

To gaze at him you would swear blind he doesn’t look a day over 30. The square-jawed icon, with his thatch of blond hair, rippling muscles and chiselled chin, had the enterprise of Atlas who had just lifted the world and carried it on his massive shoulders.

The two men responsible for this human dynamo were Ted Maloney, who worked at the ad agency J. Walter Thompson, and Syd Miller, who was one of Australia’s finest commercial artists.

Maloney achieved a lot of success in the advertising business. In his spare time, he was one of Australia’s best-known cooking experts. He received his share of fame as co-author of the cookery book Oh For A French Wife which was published in 1952. The book was a classic soon after its release.

He wrote several other cookery books as well as regular columns on wine and food for newspapers. The other half of the combination was Syd Miller, contributor to some of the leading publications in Australia.

Miller knew of Maloney from way back. The both were acquainted with each other when they worked in the advertising department of Smith’s Weekly. In 1938, when Miller was freelancing he met Maloney, who was now employed at J. Walter Thompson.

To his surprise, Maloney was working on the million pound Bonds account and, after much palaver, Maloney and Miller “were together again.”

Chesty Bond was created by Miller and Maloney and made his debut in the comic section of the Sun newspaper on August 10, 1938. This was Maloney’s dream, to have the newly-charged image character up against the best.

Chesty appeared five times a week and was the first advertising strip of its kind in the world.

But let’s go back to when it all stated.

“Popeye had inspired the idea for Chesty,” recalled Maloney. “Popeye had his spinach so Chesty got his strength from Bond’s singlets.”

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THIS IS 1970 …
FOR THE FIRST TIME AN ABORIGINAL DANCE COMPANY TOURS AUSTRALIA – PROFESSIONALLY … THE REVIEW, A SERIOUS WEEKLY, IS STARTED BY GORDON BARTON IN MELBOURNE … SYDNEY’S NIMROD THEATRE OPENS … EARTH DAY MARKS THE BEGINNING OF A CONCERN WITH ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES.
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Miller had to forego the history adventures series where Bond’s athletic singlets were being used in ‘historical’ situations. The ‘comic strip’ idea seems to hit the nail on the head. He started scribbling immediately to create a strip that would be successful.

“The true Chesty Bond was strong man, not your lumpy weight-lifting type,” Miller said. “He was kind, likeable and good-looking but he was not a male model. He was definitely Australian but acceptable everywhere. He was the heroic straight man.”

Chesty would be an Australian strong-man. Better still, he was made to feel transcendingly powerful whenever he wore his Bonds singlet. Miller scribbled a few heads and then one with a jaw. Chesty’s eyes changed to slits when he was facing danger.

The official Chesty Bond was born.

“During the war, Chesty battled with Hitler, Hirohito, enemy submarines, planes, spies and ships,” Miller said. “He also gave Bonds cotton cut-offs to ambulances, hospitals and volunteer defence forces.”

A prominent retail executive said “Chesty has widespread appeal right across the community. He is well loved. He represents more than just the blond bronzed Aussie. I think he appeals to all Australians, no matter what race or creed.”

Over the years, he went from tabloid cartoon to real-life TV star.

That’s Chesty Bond.

<< Grand Years 2006.

CHESTY HAS A PRESENT FOR PEGGY. AND CHESTY-LOOK-ALIKES MARCH IN THE STREET WITH CHESTY BOND.

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THIS IS 1971 …
VITAMIN SALES BEGIN TO CLIMB, UP 66 PER CENT … NATIONAL TIMES IS ESTABLISHED … AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS FUNDING DOUBLED BY PRIME MINISTER JOHN GORTON … BRA-LESS FASHION FOLLOWS BRA-BURNING DEMONSTRATION IN THE UNITED STATES … CASSETTE RECORDINGS BECOME COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE … ABC CHILDREN’S PROGRAM, THE ARGONAUTS, GOES INTO DECLINE.


Drivers were greeted as heroes!

THE TALBOT LEFT ADELAIDE IN MARCH 1909 AND REACHED DARWIN 51 DAYS LATER.

FRANK MORRIS

Henry Dutton and Murray Aunger left Adelaide on November 15, 1909. The two men were bound to cross Australia. They were soon to find out that such a drive wasn’t just a pipedream. Dutton could cruise at 70kph. The arrival of the Talbot, the first motor car, in the tiny township of Alice Spring caused an uproar. Horses bolted and Aborigines had to climb the nearest tree to escape the monster. When excitement had calmed down the intrepid motorists were greeted as heroes; and refreshments were served. It took them 51 days to reach Darwin, the end of the odyssey. The faithful old Talbot, rescued from the outback, is still in running order. It’s now in Birdwood Mill Museum, South Australia. – FM; a newspaper report on the drive.


HISTORY REPORTED: Ulrich Ellis will be remembered as a founder of Australian Country Party

THE AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY PARTY IS DESIGNED FOR LOOKING AFTER THE COUNTRYITES. Below: ULRICK ELLIS.

AS A JOURNALIST AND HISTORIAN HE WAS A HOUSEHOLD NAME TO A WIDE GENERATION, BUT NEVER FAMOUS!

FRANK MORRIS

Everyone extols and admires fame but too few ever achieve that status. Over the last 150 years or so Australia has produced only a modicum of internationally recognised writers and a handful of Noble Prize winners.

The variety of our literature is quite remarkable for a country that only, a little more than a decade ago, celebrated “the bicentenary of white man’s history.”

Who is Ulrich Ruegg Ellis?

Born in Queensland in 1904, Ellis, a journalist and historian, was neither a household name nor famous. But, he had the privilege of being listed in the Notable Australians Who’s Who for having “achieved a level of expertise which make them notable and respected Australians.”

His older brother, M.H. Ellis, who was born in 1890, was a journalist, author and historian, whose biographies of Macquarie, Greenway and Macarthur, were acclaimed for standard and quality of historical research.

If nothing else, Ellis will be remembered by researchers and other historians as the author of A History of the Australian Country Party, which was published in 1963. It has become a classic in its own right.

His other books, New Australian States (1933) and The Country Party: A social and political history of the party in NSW (1958), were a constant reminder that change was in the air.

Between 1932 and1970, Ellis wrote stringent pamphlets and political, constitutional and development resources and scores of articles on political and water conservation and irrigation in Australia.

He was also a major contributor to the 1958 edition of The Australian Encyclopedia.

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THIS IS 197I …
GORDON BARTON BUYS THE OLDEST AUSTRALIAN PUBLISHER, ANGUS & ROBERTSON … AUSTRALIAN OPERA’S ATTENDANCE FIGURES (PER HEAD OF POPULATION), FOR THEIR FIRST FOURTEEN-WEEK SEASON, EXCEEDS FIGURES FROM OVERSEAS … WILLIAM McMAHON REPLACES JOHN GORTON AS PRIME MINISTER … CINEMA ATTENDANCES BEGIN TO RISE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE FIFTIES, WHEN TELEVISION WAS INTRODUCED, CAUSED THEM TO DECLINE.
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On the political front Ellis was associated with Sir Earle Page – leader of the Country Party, treasurer and deputy prime minister -- as an adviser for nearly 40 years. He served as Page’s political secretary from 1928 to 1936.

Ellis moved to another government sector when Page took over as Prime Minister as a “temporary arrangement” on the death of Joe Lyons in 1939. There was a great deal of personal vitriol between Page and Menzies at the time.

After three weeks, Page resigned and Menzies formed the UAP ministry and became prime minister.

Ellis was responsible for establishing the first Tourist Bureau in Canberra and served as its founding chairmen from 1937 to 1940.

He then had a stint by joining Sir Arthur Fadden’s department as head of publicity. Fadden, who was described as “a genial man”, was well like by both his political friends and foes. He became leader of the Country Party in 1940.

The next year, he was installed as prime minister for five weeks. He later became Treasurer. He resigned from all political positions and retired from Parliament in 1958.

Ellis, who later went on to spearhead the New England State Movement as chairman and patron successively from 1960, left his mark in his own special way.

He died in 1981.

Fame and celebrity had passed him by.

[Adapted from a lengthier article on Ulrich Ellis which ran in The Australian Book Collector, 2000.]

<< Adapted and rewritten from a lengthier article on Ulrich Ellis.

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THIS IS 1971 …
CANNED BEER TAKES OFF IN PREFERENCE TO BOTTLED BEER … AUSTRALIAN PIANIST, ROGER WOODWARD, IS ACCLAIMED INTERNATIONALLY … END OF REST AND RECREATION LEAVE (R & R) FOR US SERVICEMEN IN AUSTRALIA AS THE VIETNAM WAR WINDS DOWN … CHIPS RAFFERTY HAS DIED. HIS LAST FILM WAS WAKE IN FRIGHT.

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

PEARL TURTON: Final. Queen of the surfers – a young woman who turned heads!

PEARL TURTON (CENTRE) ON THE WAY OUT TO BLITZ THE FINAL AT THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL TITLES AT AVALON IN 1963. Below: PEARL ON THE COVER OF TEENAGERS WEEKLY.

NOTHING COULD STOP PEARL RIDING THE WAVES NOW THAT SHE HAD A CONTEST TO WIN! IT WAS TO BECOME A FORERUNNER IN AUSTRALIA SURFING.

RON TURTON           Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

In 1963, the Interstate Surf Meet was to be run under international conditions over two days at North Avalon with senior and junior men’s and a ladies division.

This event became the forerunner of the Australian titles so it was a pretty big deal.

Pearl surfed on her heavy 9’2” Scott Dillon. She could really toss it around. Of course, with no legropes, and, if you wiped out, you swim to shore then paddle back out through the white-water; you start all over again.

You had to be fit! Anyway, in the ladies demolition derby, with countless surfers competing, Pearl prevailed and overnight she became very famous.

The pretty little 16 old became a household name. The phones didn’t stop at our house. Pearl was featured on nation television, on top-rating Bandstand rock and roll show.

They filmed it outdoors one week and they interviewed Pearl in a bikini. Absolutely, this was unheard of in those days.

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IT’S ABOUT OLYMPICS ….
1960, ANCIENT RUINS HAVE TO BE REVOVATED AND IT COSTS THE ITALIANS HEAPS OF MONEY -- $30 MILLION – TO STAGE THE ROME OLYMPICS. THE GAMES BECOME THE MOST WIDELY TELEVISED AND EXPENSIVE EVENT IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AT THE TIME. CONTINUED.
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She was on the cover of the popular Everybodys magazine and the cover of Teenagers Weekly, a liftout-section of the Australian Women’s Weekly, which was the national top-selling magazine.

She started writing the Ask Pearl section in a surfing magazine*, with girls from all over Australia and New Zealand sending in questions for Pearl to answer.

Pearl only competed one more time after that. It was at Bondi.

When the soon-to-be iconic movie The Endless Summer came along, Pearl was asked to be a part of it when Robert August and Mike Hynson did the Australian section of the film.

She had a ball being filmed for many hours surfing with the boys.

When the movie was released in Australia, it was shock horror! All it shows is a pretty young girl looking like she’d never ridden a board at all.

That’s all.

And it didn’t show any of her good shots, or how polished her surfing was; and it didn’t even mention that she was the reigning National Champion. Sad, as it’s still widely regarded as the best surfing movie of all time.

We’d loved to have seen the rest of the footage and to have known what happened to it. I think this was all just such a rollercoaster ride for a young girl.

Pearl is still proud of the beautiful trophy these days. I think she probably appreciates it more now than she did way back then.

Frank Morris comments: The journal was Surfabout Magazine from the mid-1960s. The column, Pearl Turton Speaks to the Girls, to be published in March.

<< Adapted from Pacific Longboarder, Vol. 19, Number 1.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT OLYMPICS …
IN 1960, AT THE ROME OLYMPICS, THE AUSTRALIAN CONTINGENT “BROUGHT HOME THE GOLD” TO GIVE EVERYONE SOME ENJOYMENT! ATHLETICS: WHEN HERB ELLIOTT WON THE 1500m WITH A WORLD AND OLYMPICS RECORD-BREAKING RUN AGAINST THE ODDS. SWIMMING: JOHN DEVITT, 100m FREESTYLE, MURRAY ROSE, 400m FREESTYLE, D. THIELE, 100m BACKSTROKE, 1500M FREESTYLE, JOHN KONRADS. DAWN FRASER, 100m FREESTYLE. ALSO EQUESTRIANS, INDIVIDUAL EVENT: L. MORGAN AND THE 3-DAY TRIAL, DESPITE BILL ROYCROFT WITH A BROKEN COLLARBONE.


HISTORIC MYSTERY: The lad who would inspire The Man from Snowy River

CLIFF CRANE ON THE VERGE OF DISCOVERING THE MYSTERY RIDER THAT INSPIRED THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER. Below: BANJO PATERSON: WHEN HE WROTE HIS FAMOUS POEM.

FRANK MORRIS

The secret has been solved!

Researcher Cliff Crane on the ABC has revealed a factual account about the mystery, after 25 years working on the puzzle, of who was the rider that inspired Banjo Paterson’s poem, The Man from Snowy River, written in 1895.

According to Crane, it was not a man or woman but a young lad, aged 11, from in Binalong, NSW, who performed a god-fearing ride you only see in comic books.

“It was a death defying ride”, Crane told James Valentine.

He says the source of the mystery was contained in a newspaper article published in the 1900s that indicated to Crane he was on the right path.

Crane said Paterson would end up writing this epic work. This effort demonstrated the genius behind the man who would write that monumental poem.

Banjo Paterson, was just 9 at the time, witnessed an event that he found so hard to forget and Paterson would harbour this ‘secret’ until his death.

He saw the lad galloping bareback on a brassy looking young colt which bolted and descended down a rugged hill covered with undergrowth.

At the end of the ride, the horse veered and crashed into a tree and the lad, Edward Hall, was thrown to the ground. He died hours later.

Valentine asked Crane about the woman or girl who was the rider. “That certainly was a bit of teasing”, Crane replied.

Paterson wrote the famous poem, The Man Snowy River, 15 years after his mate was killed.

The Bulletin published The Man from Snowy River in 1890, but anonymously. It later used the author’s name. “It lays claim to be Australia’s most famous poem, a critic said.

In l895, the poem was published by Angus & Robertson and became their first best-seller.

<< The photo of Cliff Crane is the property of the St George and Sutherland Leader, Kogarah, NSW. Picture by John Veage.

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COMING: AT THE CLUB. STARS, OLD AND NEW, AND HOW THEY ENTERTAIN THE CLUB THRONG. PERMANENT FEATURE.


VALE: The one and only Bob Cooper, surfer, dies after battle with cancer

COOP “EL PARALELO”AT RINCON IN 1965. Below: BOB COOPER.

FRANK MORRIS

The prominent and influential Bob Cooper, who was surfing’s original beatnik, died on Sunday, February 16, after a long bout with cancer, on the Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

He was 82.

Cooper was one of the most skilled shapers and surfers who had a major input in surfing history on both sides of the Pacific, says Pacific Longboarder News Wire.

He was a gentle, wise and a distinctive sort of character who was a guiding light to many persons of the surfing industry.

Sidney Robert Cooper was born 1937 in Santa Monica. He was one of the core crew surfing at pre-Gidget Malibu and Rincon in the 1950s.

He surfed at Malibu in 1952 and Rincon the following year. He was a contemporary of early innovators and radicals among whom was Leroy Grannis who developed into a great surfing photographer.

In 1959, Cooper visited Australia and in worked in our fledgling surfing industry with Gordon Woods and Barry Bennet where he freely shared his California ideas on production techniques.

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ON THE WAVES …
SAYS WILMER C. MORRIS IN AN INTRODUCTION TO THE DUKE: A GREAT HAWAIIAN, DUKE KAHANAMOKU TAUGHT ME TO SWIM WHEN I WAS FIVE YEARS OLD AT MY GRANDFATHER’S HOUSE AT PU’ULOA, THE ENTRANCE TO PEARL HARBOR. I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO KNOW THE KAHANAMOKU FAMILY ALL MY LIFE.
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He was generous in sharing his knowledge, particularly to the younger generation.

He surfed many beaches in California over the years. There was hardly a beach he did not know about. He returned there many times to regather with surfing buddies and old friends. And to surf.

Cooper opened a Cooper Surf Shop at Coffs Harbour, NSW, and eventually sold up some years later. He moved to Noosa where he surfed, made boards and made countless friends.

He was visited by admirers from around the world.

In Surfabout Magazine in 1965 (Vol. 1, No. 5), there was an article by Peter Rae called On Surfari. Rae said, “Bob Cooper showed me the wonderful sights of California”. Rae was to quickly learn what makes California ticks.

Rae ended his piece by highlighting an incident that involved Cooper surfing at Malibu. He writes:
“The third ride was Bob Cooper’s at Point Conception. Bob paddled out, still dry, and waited for his wave. He picked up a six-footer, made his turn. And as the approaching tube came up, crouched through it.

“He disappeared for about three seconds, then reappeared with only his right shoulder and head wet – the perfect tube”.

The Pacific Longboarder News Wire ended with a poetic yet familiar saying: His was a life lived large.

COOP WITH JOE LARKIN, THE QUEENSLAND SURFBOARD BUILDER. THEY WERE FOREVER FRIENDS.

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ON THE WAVES …
WILMER C. MORRIS, CONTINUED: DUKE WAS PHYSICALLY IMPRESSIVE, HE WAS A MAGNIFICENT POLYNESIAN. HE WAS HANDSOME, MAGNETIC, WITH AN AURA THAT DREW ALL EYES WHEN HE ENTERED A ROOM. HIS 20 YEARS OF OLYMPIC COMPETITION DID MORE TOO PUT HAWAI’I “ON THE MAP” THAN ANYONE BEFORE OR SINCE.
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ON THE WAVES …
WILMER C. MORRIS, CONTINUED: SOME OF MY CHERISHED MEMORIES ARE OF LEANING AGAINST A CANOE, WARMED BY AFTERNOON SUN, LISTENING TO PAOA REMINISCE ABOUT GROWING UP IN KALIA; SIMPLE STORIES TOLD WITH EMOTION. CONTINUED.D

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

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