The Man from Snowy River: Hall was just one of a breed

IN THE FILM, WHEN THE RIDE WAS OVER, CLANCY APPROACHED THE RIDER AND SAID, “THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER!”

“HE SENT THE FLINT STONES FLYING … BOTH HIS HORSE AND HE ARE MOUNTAIN BRED”. THIS WAS THE ESSENCE OF HISTORY.

FRANK MORRIS

THE DEATH OF 11 YEAR-OLD EDWARD HALL, OF BINALONG, NSW, SERVED AS A FOUNDATION FOR THE WRITING OF AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE POEM, THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER IN 1890, SAID RESEARCHER, CLIFF CRANE.

CRANE SPENT 28 YEARS TRYING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM.

THE SPECTACULAR IMAGERY WAS WRITTEN BY BANJO PATERSON 15 YEARS AFTER HIS “FAMOUS SCHOOL MATE” WAS KILLED.

PATERSON, A 9 YEAR-OLD, OFTEN CALLED BARTY, AND HIS SCHOOLMATES, WERE CLOSE-UP WITNESSES WHEN EDWARD FELL TO HIS DEATH.

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BANJO PATERSON IN 1993 …
PATERSON’S WORDS. A LETTER BY BANJO PATERSON, WHERE HE DESCRIBES THE COMPOSITION OF WALTZING MATILDA, SOLD FOR A RECORD $27,000 IN MELBOURNE. THE LETTER, RECEIVED FROM A CHILDREN’S BOOK CLUB IN CANBERRA, PATERSON, WROTE THAT HE COMPOSED THE VERSES IN QUEENSLAND AND THAT THE MUSIC WAS BASED ON A SCOTTISH FOLK SONG. HE PUT THE WORDS TO THE SONG.
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HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED: EDWARD WAS RIDING A YOUNG AND BRAZEN COLT, BAREBACK, WHICH HAD BOLTED “HEADLONG DOWN A LONG HILLSIDE COVERED WITH FALLEN TIMBER”. EDWARD WAS THROWN VIOLENTLY TO THE GROUND.

“HE WAS DEAD BEFORE WE GOT UP TO HIM”, PATERSON LATER RECOUNTED. THE PARENTS OF EDWARD HALL WERE HENRY AND ELLEN (HACKNEY).

HENRY SNR WAS A LONG TIME LOCK-UP KEEPER AT BINALONG FROM ABOUT 1860. HE WAS PRESENT WHEN A BUSHRANGER, JOHN GILBERT, WAS KILLED AT BINALONG IN 1865.

COMING: Historic Hotels – how about a hotel with a zoo. The owner boasted “the only one with a zoo in the colony!”

SIGRID THORNTON AND TOM BURLINSON IN THE FILM THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER.


William Arnott: King of the biscuit trade was a ball of muscle

ONE OF THE FAMOUS HORSE TEAMS FROM THE 1865. Below: WILLIAM ARNOTT: HAD A THRIVING BUSINESS.

PART OF THE ORIGINAL ALBION FLEET.

ARNOTT WORKED, SCRIMPED AND SAVED. “I STARTED ALL OVER AGAIN”.

FRANK MORRIS

William Arnott, born in Scotland in 1827, was apprenticed as a young lad and earned half a crown a week (25c). In Australia, the name Arnott is synonymous with biscuits.

Like all factories he opened, every one of them would bear his name. Unbeknownst to him, that was the platform that lead his company to its most famous trademark – Arnott’s.

When the young 20 years Arnott migrated to Australia he baked loaves and pastries for the goldminers until he had enough money to set up shop in West Maitland, NSW, and Newcastle.

Soon he had a thriving business among the coal miners. But disaster struck and his business was ruined in a flood. A few months later his wife died. In seems like enough to stop many men, but not William Arnott.

He worked and scrimped and saved. “I’ll start all over again,” Arnott said.

In 1865, he opened his business in the heart of Newcastle. He married again, and his five sons learnt the baking trade, and later became partners in the business.

By 1870, William’s biscuits were in such demand that he had to build a new factory. But time waits for no man. Now, he was at stage where he could make his plant all-driven by mechanical power.

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HOME-CARE MEANS COMMONSENSE …
THESE SOLUTIONS ARE MEMORY JOGGERS – PURELY AND SIMPLY. COMMONSENSE MUST PREVAIL AT ALL TIMES. FROM THE OUTSET, THE WORKING CARER MUST UNDERSTAND THAT: THE NEED FOR CARE IS UNPREDICTABLE – AND IT USUALLY HAPPENS AT ANYTIME; THERE IS NO TIMETABLE. LET’S FACE IT, A CRISIS DOES STRIKE AT AN AWKWARD, INCONVENIENT, UNPROPITIOUS TIME IN THE CARERS WORKING ROUTINE. CONTINUED.
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When the Newcastle to Sydney railway line opened in 1889, Arnott opened a depot in Sydney. Within five years, with his sons were now business partners; a Sydney factory was opened.

William Arnott died, age 74, in 1901

In 1908, the Homebush biscuit plant, the largest the Southern Hemisphere, was up and running. All his factories would bear his name and Homebush was no exception. It’s was the biggest in the southern hemisphere.

The company, Arnott Biscuits, was so successful as an Australian firm, that it was taken over by the American soup company, Campbell’s, in 1997.

While many varieties of biscuits have been developed over the years, one of William Arnott’s best-selling favourite was Milk Arrowroot.

It still popular in Australia today -- over 100 years since it was first baked.

NEXT: Arnott’s, no substitute for its distinctive image!

COMING: The “agony aunts” speak to the girls about their problems!

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HOME-CARE MEANS COMMONSENSE …
“THE GREATEST FAMILY CONFICT ARISES WHEN OUR PARENTS BECOME OUR DEPENDENTS”, SAYS A LEADING PSYCHOLOIGIST. “IT’S TOUGH FOR BOTH PARTIES”. IF THERE’S A COMMON THREAD THAT’S FLAGGED THROUGH EVERY STAGE OF THE CARER’S WORKING ROLE, IT IS THIS: BE PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED. AND THIS: ABOUT 50 PER CENT OF PEOPLE AGED 65 YEARS AND OVER HAVE A MEDICAL PROBLEM OR DISABILITY. THE CONDITION OF  AGED PERSONS CAN DETERIORATE QUICKLY. THESE ARE THE ‘RED FLAGS’. – FM.
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SURF’S UP! DANNY KEYO -- The 60s board builders and their fancy nameplates!

FRANK MORRIS

DANNY KEYO IS ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S TOP CUSTOM BOARD MANUFACTURERS. BY NO MEANS A NEWCOMER, HE HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE EXPONENT OF THE INDUSTRY FOR MANY YEARS. ONE OF HIS TOP SHAPERS IS MIDGET FARRELLY, THE INTERNATIONAL SURFING TITLE-HOLDER. DANNY BELIEVES THAT HIS BRAND IS ONE OF THE FINEST ON THE MARKET. DANNY HAS MADE IT A POLICY TO ONLY TURN OUT CUSTOM BOARDS. HE FAVOURS TREVARNO GLASS AND THE AMERICAN POLYTRON WATER-BASE FOAM. EACH BOARD HAS DOUBLE-LAPPED SIDES. (THIS PROFILE WAS WRITEN WAS BY FRANK MORRIS 1965.)


RUGBY LEAGUE: 100 years on! Fans will meet and greet old timers as they reminisce the game!

CENTURY-OLD! THE FRONT COVER OF THE FIRST RUGBY LEAGUE NEWS. Below: NORM PROVAN 1976 FRONT COVER OF BIG LEAGUE THE MAGAZINE WHICH REPLACED IT.

FRANK MORRIS

“Rugby league stars come and go like the roar of a crowd. But the golden names live on forever”. They’re the words I wrote to an introduction of the book, Golden Players from the Golden Years, in 1975.

It’s a book that dealt with the ‘golden names’ of league: Dave Brown, Roy Bull, Clive Churchill, Dally Messenger, Reg Gasnier and a dozen or so more players that brought a roar to the crowd every time they stepped on to the field.

The century old magazine, The Rugby League News, stretching back until 1920, is now the “digitised resource that allows you read every issue of the journal right through to 1973 grand final”.

The News, being the official magazine of the NSWRL, was published every week of the season.
Apart from having the official team line-up for each match, the News is packed with team photos, news and gossip.

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HOME-CARE MEANS COMMONSENSE …
EVEN IN MODERATION, THE CIGARETTE HABIT REDUCES THE CHANCES OF ENJOYING A HEALTHY LIFE. EVEN IF YOU’VE BEEN SMOKING CIGARETTES FOR YEARS, IT IS STILL WORTH STOPPING AT ONCE. YOU’LL REDUCE THE RISK OF GETTING LUNG CANCER OR HEART DISEASE. CALL QUITLINE 137848 AND THEY PROVIDE ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE TO SMOKERS WHO REALLY WANT TO KICK THE HABIT.
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In 1935, the News magazine commented on the St George Club, remarking that it was “new club that has made good”.

“Although the first grade premiership had yet to be won by St George, the club has been runner-up in the premiership three times – 1927, 1930 and 1933”.

Every issue features profiles of star players, cartoons and artwork by cricketer Arthur Mailey; as well as ads for pony races and boxing contest featuring Digger Evans.

Tom Brock, the well-known league historian, found notes about the matches he attended, including weather, the quality of the playing surface and the scores. 

Through Trove more 4.5 million pages of historical newspapers, including The Rugby League News, are now fully searchable as part of its digital Excellence Program, an initiative of the NSW government.

Frank Morris: From the 1973 issue, it was a different ball game magazine-wise. It needed change to give a new and exciting look. I joined the magazine in 1976 and introduced some new features to its pages, one which was the Miss Football pin-up. I was told the crowd would not like it. They did.

COMING: Skateboarding – the new Olympic sport. When did the sport get its wings?

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HOME-CARE MEANS COMMONSENSE …
A CRISIS CAN HAPPEN AT ANYTIME. AND IT USUALLY DOES. INVARIABLY IT HAPPENS AT THE WORST POSSIBLE JUCTURE. THIS IS ONE OF THE WARNINGS THAT WILL CROP UP SEVERAL TIMES IN THESE ASSESSMENTS. THE CONDITION OF A PERSON CAN DETERIORATE QUICKLY AFTER A FALL, A ‘MINI’ STROKE OR EVEN A MINOR MISHAP. ARTHRITIS AFFLICTS MANY OF AUSTRALIA’S POPULATION OVER 65. – FM.
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OZ SPOT: Smurf creator, Peyo, dies 1992 and leaves thousands of tiny blue characters behind

PEYO, THE BELGIAN CARTOONIST WHO ENCHANTED CHILDREN WITH HIS TINY BLUE CHARACTERS KNOWN AS SMURFS, DIED IN BRUSSELS ON CHRISTMAS EVE IN 1992. HE WAS 64. JUST OVER A MONTH BEFORE PEYO DIED, (WHOSE REAL NAME WAS PIERRE CULLIFORD), HE LAUNCHED A FEATURE-LENGTH ALBUM ENTITLED THE MONEY SMURFS. PEYO’S BEST-KNOWN COMIC STRIPS ARE THE SMURFS AND JOHAN AND PEEWIT, IN WHICH THE SMURFS FIRST APPEARED IN OCTOBER 1958. IN 1959, THE SMURFS GOT THEIR OWN TELEVISION SERIES. THE MERCHANDISING BEGAN TO ROLL OUT THE SAME YEAR. PVC FIGURINES AS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART UNTIL THE LATE 1970S. THEY WERE OUT TO CAPTURE THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET, SO ITS NOT LONG BEFORE THE SMURFS WERE AWAY. THE SMURFS WON SPECIAL HONOURS AND AWARDS FOR THEIR ROLL IN THE MARKETPLACE. – Adapted by Frank Morris.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 11 June 20

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