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From The Papers: Keeping up with the headlines in The Labor Daily of the 1930s

BOLT FROM THE TRUE BLUE. Below: THE AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPERS ARE AWAYS LOOKING OUT FOR STORIES.

LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT SAVE LIVES.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS.

“If you take care in small ways, you will avoid big accidents” was the advice given last night by Mr Alan Davis in a broadcast address from 2KY (Sydney radio station) arranged by the Safety League of NSW.

“Very rarely can your recall an accident caused through the neglect of important safety rules as nearly always they are caused through neglect of seemingly small precautions”, said Mr Davis.

He instanced the fact that although a workman would not put his hand deliberately near the teeth of a circular saw; accidents occurred where men and women were drawn into rapidly moving machinery through a flapping sleeve or other loose clothing.

“A board left lying around with a nail stuck in it seems a very trivial matter, and you may observe it a hundred times and avoid standing on it.

“Then some unfortunate fellow steps on it and get a badly punctured foot, develops lockjaw and dies,” said Mr Davis.

The moral, he declared, was to remove nails from any boards or other material lying around for both the workman’s own sake as well as for his comrades.

“It behoves every one of us to take precautions in small ways to conserve the lives of our fellow workers as well as ourselves” said Mr Davis.

The Safety League will continue this series of talks from 2KY at 7.40 tonight.

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VALE OF A RESPECTED MINER …

THE DEATH HAS OCCURRED AT MOUNT KEMBLA OF MR JOHN LENARD, 67, A HIGHLY RESPECTED MINER, WHO HAS RESIDED ON THE MOUNTAIN FOR OVER 15 YEARS. MOUNT KEMBLA MINERS PRECEDED THE HEARSE TO THE KEMBLA HEIGHTS CEMETRY, AND THE MANY FLORAL TRIBUTES INCLUDED ONE FROM THE LOCAL MINERS’ LODGE. DECEASED IS SURVIVED BY ONE SON, JOHN.


From The Papers: Boxing -- “Sawn offs” of the ring game!

AUSTRALIAN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, AMBROSE PALMER, WHO BOXES AMERICAN LEO KELLY AT THE SYDNEY STADIUM ON MONDAY WEEK.

BABE MARINO’S DEBUT BUT HE DOES NOT CONSIDER HIS SHORTNESS A DISADVANTAGE.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS.

The short stature of Babe Marino, the Pacific Coast middleweight champion, who makes his Sydney Stadium debut against Tommy Jones on Monday night.

Marino recalls that several of the world’s leading middleweights and heavyweights of the past were “sawn offs”.
Australia’s own Les Darcy, Mickey Walker, the “Toy Bulldog” Stanley Ketchell and Joe Wallcott, who knocked out heavyweights with ease; they were all under 5ft 7in.

Tommy Burns was the shortest man to hold the world’s heavyweight championship. Sam Langford, the “Boston Tar Baby”, who defeated all that cared to meet him; Myer Grace, who, with Fred Henneberry, shares the distinction of being the only man to have knocked out Jack Carroll.

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ABOUT US IN 1890 …
THE SPORTING LIFE, USA, RECEIVED THIS SPECIAL CABLE FROM LONDON. IT READ: JACK BURKE, THE IRISH LAD WHO RECENTLY ARRIVED FROM AUSTRALIA, CALLED AT THE SPORTING LIFE OFFICE TODAY AND ISSUED A CHALLENGE TO FIGHT JACK DEMPSEY, THE MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION OF AMERCIA, FOR FIVE HUNDRED POUNDS A-SIDE.
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Lou Brouilliard, ex-world’s welter and middleweight champion … and one of the finest-built men in the fighting game today, are all under 5ft 6in.

Marino does not consider his shortness a disadvantage. He weaves into the attack to get close enough to hammer away at the body of his opponent.

Trading punches is his speciality. If Jones cares to mix it, a fine battle will be witnessed.

Jones is in the field with challenges to any boxer at a weight limit of 11st. 9lb. Having defeated most of the welterweights, he has turned his attention to the middles.

With the exception of Jack Carroll and Ron Richards, Jones has scored a knockout on every opponent he has met in Australia.

<< The three stories are from The Labor Daily, March 27, 1936. NEXT:  Lego Master: He built his own wall of Lego.


SURF’S UP: The 60s board-builders and their fancy nameplate!

FRANK MORRIS
DEWEY WEBER, HOBIE AND OTHER FAMOUS USA NAMES HIT THE AUSTRALIAN MARKET IN THE 1960s. WEBER WAS A DEFINITE LEGEND OF THE AMERICAN SURF. WEBER, WHO WAS KNOWN FOR HIS RIDING PROWESS, MADE HIS INTRICATE WALK UP AND DOWN THE BOARD, THUS GIVING HIM THE NAME “LITTLE MAN ON WHEELS.” HE STARRED IN A NUMBER OF BUD BROWNE SURF MOVIES. WEBER BACAME THE SYMBOL OF THE UNITED STATES SURFING ASSOCIATION. HE LATER BECAME A MOVIE ACTOR. WEBER BOARDS, WITH THE FAMOUS LABEL, WERE AVAILABLE IN AUSTRALIA FROM 1965.


The Great War: Who was the oldest recruit in the Anzac’s?

WILLIAM SCHMUTTER IS POSITIONED AT THE RIGHT PLACE – OUTSIDE THE RECRUITMENT OFFICE. Below: IN A CROWDED GATHERING OF RECRUITS, HE WOULD BE HARD TO FIND.                                                                                                                                                                               

SHE FOUND IT A BIT CONFUSING. WILLIAM WAS BORN IN 1859, AND THAT WOULD MAKE HIM OLDER THAN HE SHOULD BE.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Like many brave Australians during WW1 William Schmutter was eager to do his part for his country. He lied about his age in order to be eligible to enlist.

However, unlike many young Aussie’s, William did not change his date of birth to make himself older, he did the opposite.

Kate Mills, an avid family researcher, was not aware her family had any military history, until she accidentally stumbled upon on an old photograph through her research.

Kath uncovered a large family photo showing her great-great grandfather, William, sitting at the centre of a group of family members wearing a military uniform.

This snap-shot was taken just before he went off to war in 1916.

She found this a bit confusing. William was born in 1859, which meant he was almost 60 years old. She was aware that the Army did not accept recruits of that age; Kate was faced with a new family mystery.

Armed with photographic evidence, she focused on searching for military records about her great-great grandfather. She probed for William Schmutter in the military records, but uncovered nothing.

She became more dedicated to unravelling the truth. She searched high and low for variations of names. Eventually, his appeared under the name William Smutter.

Jackpot!

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ABOUT US IN 1914 …
WHEN WW1 BROKE OUT WILLIAM BIRDWOOD, IST BARON BIRDWOOD OF ANZAC AND TOTNES, WAS MADE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND FORCES IN EUROPE. AS SECOND-IN-COMMAND OF THE GALLOPOLI LANDING AT ANZAC, BIRDWOOD NAMED THE COVE, HIS COURAGROUS LEADERSHIP EARNED HIM UNIVERSAL RESPECT AMONG AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS. EVEN MONASH ADMIRED HIS ABILITY. – FM.

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The reason for dropping the ‘ch’ in Schmutter was possibly to anglicise his name.

Here’s another puzzling discovery?  William was, she soon discovered, had listed his age at 44 years and 4 months at the time of his enlistment.

Why would someone make themselves younger to enlist?

A number of theories have been floated around. Yet, ultimately, the secret of why he lied about his age to enlist is buried with him?

There is no doubt that he was a brave soldier who served overseas as a driver for two years. He was injured and transferred to a hospital in France, then England.

William Smutter was eventually discharged on April 8, 1918.

In the end, for whatever reason, William chose to lie about his age and be able to join his fellow countrymen overseas. He is an ANZAC of which we can all be proud.

<< Kath Mills supplied the story. Ancestry.com.au


OZ SPOT: Local film a hit overseas!

IN 1946, THE LONDON PRESS HAVE HAILED THE AUSTRALIAN FILM, THE OVERLANDERS, AS A SUPERB PRODUCTION, WHICH HAS GIVEN AUSTRLIA A PLACE IN THE FILM WORLD. NEARLY ALL THE MORNING NEWSPAPERS DEVOTED THE BULK OF THEIR WEEKLY FILM REVIEW SPACE TO THE MOVIE WITH NO ADVERSE CRITICISM … CRITICS USED THE PHRASES SUCH AS “SUPERLATIVELY GOOD”, “TOPNOTCHER” AND “THRILLING INTEREST” ARE TYPICAL. PRIME MINISTER, MR BEN CHIFLEY, SAID, “I FEEL THAT THE OVERLANDER WILL HELP PUBLICISE AUSTRALIA THROUGHOUT THE WORLD”. – FM.

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GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON MAY 1.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 16 April 20

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