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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

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