QANTAS: For 100 years, to go from Winton to the world

THE FIRST AIRCRAFTS OF QANTAS.

THE HUMBLE AIRLINE GREW FROM AN ISOLATED COUNTRY TOWNSHIP INTO A COMPANY THAT CONQUERED THE WORLD!

FRANK MORRIS

ONE HUNREDS-YEARS-AGO, TWO YOUNG PILOTS – HUDSON FYSH AN PAUL ‘GINTY’ McGINNESS - STARTED A TINY AIRLINE WITH A BIG DREAM.

REALISING AUSTRALIA’S VAST DISTANCES IN ISOLATED, OUTBACK QUEENSLAND COMMUNITIES, THEY CAME TO THE FACT THAT THIS WAS THE IDEAL ENVIRONMENT FOR A FLEDGLING AIRLINE.

AFTER THE CAPITAL FOR FYSH AND McGINNESS HAD BEEN RAISED, THE PILOTS QUICKLY ESTABLISH THE QUEENSLAND AND NORTHERN TERRITORY AERIAL SERVICES LTD ON NOVEMBER 16, 1920.

CERTAIN FACTORS WERE TO CHANGE WITHIN A COUPLE OF YEARS.

BUILDING AN AIRLINE AND A NATION TAKES A LOT OF CONCENTRATION. OPENING UP MANY ROUTES, AND CRISS-CROSSING QUEENSLAND, QANTAS CARRIED PASSENGERS, MAIL AND EVEN PERISHABLE ITEMS.

OTHER NOTABLE ‘CARGO’ WAS THE PRIME MINISTER, STANLEY BRUCE – THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN PM TO FLY ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS -- WHO WAS STRANDED IN WINTON UNTIL QANTAS CO-FOUNDER, HUDSON FYSH, FLIES HIM OUT.

WITH A STRONG BELIEF IN QUALITY CONTROL AND STRICT MAINTENANCE PRACTICES, QANTAS BUILDS ITS OWN COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT FLEET UNDER LICENCE. IN ADDITION TO THAT, IT WAS FLYING AND MAINTAINING ITS OWN FLEET.

CHIEF ENGINEER, ARTHUR BAIRD, IN 1927, CREATED AN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM FOR THE GROWING AIRLINE.

WHEN AN AIRLINE IS HEADING FOR INTERNATIONAL HORIZONS, IT MUST BE FOREVER SEACHING FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES.

QANTAS FIRST STEP ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPECTRUM WAS IN 1931, BY CARRYING MAIL ON AN EXPERIMENTAL AUSTRALIA-UK SERVICE WITH IMPERIAL AIRWAYS (A PREDECESSOR TO BRITISH AIRWAYS).

THE OFFICIALS SAY YES!

IN 1934, THE QANTAS NAME WAS EXTRAPOLATED TO QANTAS EMPIRE AIRWAYS, REFLECTING ITS OVERSEAS AMBITIONS.

ABOUT 12 MONTHS LATER, IN 1935, QANTAS BEGINS ITS FIRST HISTORIC OFFICIAL INTERNATIONAL SERVICE. THE AIRLINE, BY CARRYING MAIL FROM BRISBANE TO SINGAPORE IN A QANTAS FOUR-ENGINE DE HAVILLAND DH86, THE FIRST QANTAS AIRCRAFT, STARTED ITS JOURNEY OVERSEAS.

TWO MONTHS LATER, THE FIRST OF A ROUTINE OF AUSTRALIANS LEAVE BRISBANE BOUND FOR SINGAPORE IN THE DH 86. FOR INFLIGHT SERVICE, A FIRST OFFICER WOULD CHAT TO THE PASSENGERS AND OFFER SANDWICHES AND A REFRESHING CUP OF TEA POURED FROM A THERMOS.

<< ADAPTED FROM A QANTAS REPORT.

COMING: THE GOLDEN ERA OF QANTAS AIR TRAVEL.

THE FIRST QANTAS AIRCRAFT ON WAY TO SINGAPORE.

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Razzle Dazzle Olympics: World sees a tragedy – “a cold-blooded propaganda”

NEWS OF THE TRAGIC EVENT TRAVEL FAR AND WIDE. Below: THE GAMES GO ON, BUT ISRAELIS QUIT, SAID AN AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER.

FRANK MORRIS

IN THE 1972 MUNICH GAMES, AN ESTIMATE OF 1 BILLION VIEWERS WATCH SPELLBOUND AS TRAGEDY OVERSHADOWED TRIUMPH.

ARAB TERRORISTS INVADED THE OLYMPICS VILLAGE, KILLED 11 ISRAELI ATHLETES IN A FATAL SHOOTOUT.

“The Olympic Games finally lost the battle to disassociate itself from the pernicious influence of world politics on sport,” it was reported.

“The Olympics … became the platform for political propaganda of the most cold-blooded variety.”
American swimmer Mark Spitz’s tally of seven gold medals is unlikely ever to be equalled.

Australia’s Shane Gould made a creditable attempt to emulate Spitz by winning three golds, and establishing three world records, for the women’s swimming events.

Shane Gould became the youngest Australia Gold medallist at these, her only, games. Gould also has a Silver and Bronze.

Australia also won the freestyle 400m, 200 breaststroke and the yachting.

COMING: WHAT SHANE GOULD WOULD SAY TO DAD … AND HER RACING RECORDES.

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Quotes...

BEING INDEPENDENT DOESN’T MEANS THAT YOU DON’T NEED OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE. NOT AT ALL. PEOPLE MAKE OUR LIVES SIGNIFICANT. – MARY CALDBECK-MOORE DEALS WITH ISSUES THAT CONCERN OLDER WOMEN, FROM BEST YEARS, 1995.

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FILM GREATS: Some highlights of films from 1960s – Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

THREE AGES OF JAILBIRD LANCASTER.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

THIS IS AN ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE OF ROBERT STROUD WHO HAS SPENT MORE TIME BEHIND BARS IN THE USA THAN ANY PERSON ALIVE IN THAT TIME.

HE HAS BEEN IN PRISON IN SINCE 1909. HE HAS SPENT 43 YEARS IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT. DURING THIS TIME, HE HAS DONE PIONEER RESEARCH IN BIRD DISEASES AND PENOLOGY, WRITING TWO BOOKS – ONE ON BIRDS, THE OTHER ON PRISON.

IN HIS PORTRAYAL OF STROUD, LANCASTER HAS TO UNDERGO VIVID CHARACTER AND MAKEUP CHANGES TO SPAN THE HALF CENTURY OF STROUD’S LIFE IN PRISON; FROM A VIOLENT RUGGED YOUTH TO A GRIZZLED TIRED OLD MAN.

WHERE THERE IS STROUD THERE IS VIOLENCE. IT WAS NIGHT WHEN HE SHOT A MAN IN ALASKA FOR BEATING HIS GIRL FRIEND. LATER ON, HIS HOT TEMPER STARTED A PRISON FIGHT AT MCNEIL ISLAND AND FOR THIS OFFENCE HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO LEAVENWORTH.

THERE, HE KILLED A GUARD AND BEGAN TO SERVE HIS MANY YEARS OF SOLITARY INCARSENTATION.

“LANCASTER IS AT HIS BEST PLAYING ROBERT STROUD, THE CELEBRATED CONVICT”, NOTED ONE REVIEWER. “LANCASTER’S MEASURED AND EFFICIENT DIRECTION BY FRANKENHEIMER, PERFECTLY ILLUMINATE STROUD’S PERPLEXING PERSONALITY”.

THE FILM ALSO DOES JUSTICE TO THE HARSHNESS AND MONOTONY OF PRISON LIFE.
CAST:

BURT LANCASTER, KARL MALDEN, THELMA RITTER. EDMOND O’BRIEN, TELLY SAVALAS, BETTY FIELD, NEVILLE AND HUGH MARLOW. ACADEMY: LANCASTER, BEST ACTOR; TELLY SAVALAS, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR; THELMA RITTER, BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS. DIRECTOR, JOHN FRANKENHEIMER; SCREENPLAY, GUY TROSPER; BOOK, TOM GADDIS.

FILM GREATS WILL BE A PERMANENT FEATURE.

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Carol Odell, children’s author, tracks down Skippy the bush kangaroo!

SKIPPY LOVED THE STARS TO SMOOCH TO HIM. Below: ZOOT NEWSPAPER, MAY, 1970.

CAROL ODELL

SKIPPY LIKED TO BE GIVEN STAR TREATMENT.

Adapted by Frank Morris

FOR MANY YEARS, SKIPPY THE KANGAROO HAS MADE PERSONAL APPEARANCES THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND.

She has travelled in a special crate on planes, ships and trucks. She has been given film star treatment all the way and loved every moment of it. Now, wearing a pale blue jewelled collar, she entertains her fans at home in Waratah Park, Sydney.

Her pointed ears and twitching black nose peer eagerly over the top, as she looks around. Skippy loves an audience. She hops gracefully from one to another, washes her pretty face with her tiny front paws, waits to be patted and stroked.

The larger the group of boys and girls the better her performance! Her coat is soft and furry … and her ears standing up straight as the listens for every “hullo.”

At night she sleeps in an open enclosure. She can lie under the gum trees … and forage for grass and leaves.

RUGGED COUNTRY

Waratah Park is real Skippy country. Many of Skippy’s cousins live there too. There are also emus, possums, koalas, dingoes, wombats and many other native animals.

When you walk thought some of the enclosures, the animals are so tame that they stand and look at you. It is exciting to be inside Ranger Head-quarters where Matt and his family lived.

Lit by brilliant arc lights … you can actually stand on the set and imagine the films being made.

In this beautiful bushland park, you can look across miles of rugged country that hasn’t for hundreds of years. Birds call to one another; wildflowers bloom and the native animals live unharmed.

<< Adapted from Whatever Happened to Skippy? by Carol Odell.

Frank Morris comment: I knew Carol Odell to say hello to when she was children’s book reviewer for The Australian. However, I got to know her a lot better when I was introduced to her by the co-publisher of ZOOT, the children’s magazine, in 1972. There, English-born Carol was basically the heart and soul of this magazine. She reviewed books, wrote a toy column and did special features as well as have her photograph taken with the lucky prize-winners. She once said: “I feel that a childlike, not childish, attitude to life is the secret of happiness.” Carol Odell died in October 2013. She was 92.

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Great War: The man with the face of a hero!

KIRKPATRICK AND HIS DONKEY.W

FRANK MORRIS

John Simpson Kirkpatrick, the Man with the Donkey, was an Englishmen with all the “qualities “of the legendary Aussie. He set out from county Durham bound for Australia in 1910.

In 1915-16, on the cliffs of Gallipoli, he found the donkey left in a hut, and trod the beast up and down Shrapnel Valley, exposed to sniper’s fire, carrying wounded men to the beach.

Simpson and his donkey were killed by shrapnel fire. His was the face of a hero. 

COMMENT: PLEASE STAND TO ATTENTION AT 11 AM ON ANZAC DAY, APRIL 25 IN REMEMBRANCE OF JOHN SIMPSON KIRKPATRICK AND OUR FALLEN SERVICEMEN.

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SKIPPY, THE BUSH KANGAROO …

CONTINUED...

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON MAY 7.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 21 April 21

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