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

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

THE INSPIRATION BEHIND GINGER MEGGS’ NAME!

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

Bancks had named the cartoon Ginger Smith. But, after he had a detailed conversation with Rosslyn, he changed it to Ginger Meggs.

Ginger Meggs made his debut in the first coloured comic section of the Sunday Sun (Sydney) to appear in an Australian newspaper on November 13, 1921. The strip, known as Us Fellers, was drawn by “a promising young artist”, J.C. Bancks.

The strip, currently appearing in Australian papers, is syndicated overseas to more than 34 countries. Featured in the panel is a slightly modified Ginger drawn by James Chatfield.

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

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

Chatfield took over from James Kemsley who had drawn Ginger since March 18, 1984. Kemsley died of motor neurone disease in 2007. Other artists to have the strip include Vivian (1953-1973) and Piper (1973-1984).

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

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

The early strips featured the adventures of “a beguiling little girl” called Gladsome Gladys. He was tired of the restriction imposed by the character and decided to develop one of the supporting ‘players’ – a tear-away kid called Ginger.

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

The comic was renamed from Us Fellas to Ginger Meggs in November 1939. In 1951, Bancks decamped from the Sunday Sun after 29 years and transferred to the Sunday Telegraph and later to the Sun-Herald (Sydney).

Bancks died in 1952. Ros Russell in 2010.

GINGER MEGGS 100TH YEAR. MORE TO COME.

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

… AND LOTS OF FUNNY CHARACTERS, LIKE TIGER KELLY!

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

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

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

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE FOUNDERS DISCOVER THAT THEIR GOOD FORTUNE HAS COME TRUE.

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

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

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

<< ADAPTED FROM A QANTAS REPORT.

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

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

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

FRANK MORRIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

<< AUSTRALIA IN COLOUR, SBS.

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

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

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

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

LATE LAST YEAR, I MET A MAN NAMED BRUNO.

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

But you know men!

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

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

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

It was just too far away.

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

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

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

And crikey, my rent is due next week!

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONTINUES.

GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON MAY 21.

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

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