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Human interest and entertaining tales of yesteryear with respected journalist Frank Morris

19 May 22

George Howe: He started the first newspaper in the nation

There was nothing of the usual pomp over the launching of the Sydney Gazette that March day, 1803, only in the Governor’s room. The only surprise on people faces was that they had a ‘news-sheet’.  It was 16 years ago, March 5, 2003, that a special event at the site of ...

09 May 22

At the Club: Flashback 1960s – Country music on the up

In the mid-1960s, Heather McKean, was present when country music was “taken to the people”. In the 80s, it was “on the way up”.  The popularity of country music in Australia has surged to an all-time high over the past few years according to Heather McKean, chairperson of Country Music Australia. ...

09 May 22

Up in the Air: Time is right for the power driven machine

Australia awoke to the real importance of aviation – the heavier-than-air power machine that made its appearance in 1910. The first flight in Australia by a heavier-than-air power driven machine was made on March 18, 1910, by American escapologist Harry Houdini who off took from Diggers Rest, near Melbourne, in a ...

21 April 22

Phar Lap, the champion, died after he won the major race in US

These two words stopped people in their tracks, and they wept. People knew it was the mighty horse, Phar Lap. The classic “HE’S DEAD” poster, in its meaningful ways, stands out loud and clear. In 1932, ninety years ago, a US government official declared that Phar Lap was poisoned by spray ...

21 April 22

THE GREAT WAR: The story of a horse that was one in a million!

Bill the Bastard had a steely look in his eyes as if he were waiting for somebody. When, suddenly, a trainee trooper ‘bit’ the dust. He waggled his head and walked away.  This is the story of a lifetime. It concerns a horse. The bravest horse you’ll ever know. Bill was ...

07 April 22

Did you know? It’s the Easter Bilby!

This is how one bilby led to other bibbies some year later. This is what took place. In the late 1980s, I was the editor of several in-flight magazines when I, of all people, first met the bilby, a rabbit-ear marsupial who looks much like a rabbit. These critters were ...

07 April 22

Les Misérables: A “bloody” repression and a great musical

The insurrection of the 5th and 6th of June 1832 – celebrating 190 years since this great and historic event took place. The war ended with a bloody repression.  The musical in Melbourne, 1988 … The spectacular and powerful production of Les Misérables more than lives up to its pre-publicity as “not ...

24 March 22

Radio’s Golden Days: When wireless started “radio fever” begun to rise

The first actual broadcast to the public-at-large was made by 2SB on Wednesday 23, 1923. The wireless had been a long-time coming. Meanwhile, the expectant populace were getting edgy. Charles Maclurcan came up with a solution.   Maclurcan had a sixth sense when it came to radio and sophisticated programming. Other folk, ...

24 March 22

Bushrangers: Michael Howe and his gang were all villains!

Michael Howe, who was said to be a past-master in every class of bushranger law, has a habit of leading police up the wrong path. And he adopted the same characteristics to dodge any police throughout the colony.  In Thomas Well’s biography, Michael Howe: The last and worst of the bushrangers of Van ...

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