Cathy’s Holiday …

HOLD THOSE HORSES.

WAVING TO THE VISITORS.

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

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

THE FLYING BOAT CAPENTARIA SERVED IN THE BATTLE ZONES.

QANTAS PREPARES TO ENTER THE JET AGE

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

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

<< BACKGROUND FROM QANTAS’ NEWS ITEMS.

COMING: THE GOLDEN DAYS OF RADIO.

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

BEGINNERS, GEAR UP!

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

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

WHEN IS BEST TIME TO LEARN?

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

THROUGH SEPTEMBER IS IDEAL.

WHAT ABOUT EQUIPMENT?

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

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

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

WHAT IS THE RIGHT GEAR TO WEAR?

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

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

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

HAPPY SKIING!

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

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

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

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

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruth continued:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruth continued:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEXT: Australia was told that it was at war.

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

POLO TEAM CAPTAIN PETER BENNET.

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

Born in 1926 and died in 2012.

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Humour: Enrichment – there’s more to come!

NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON JULY 30.

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

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