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Up, up away! Take a balloon ride anywhere in Australia

GOING SEAWARD! BALLOONING OR EVEN A PARACHUTING RIDE WILL TAKE YOU SKYWARD. YOU’LL AMBLE OVER THE SEA, LAKES OR RIVER COMPLEXES IN AUSTRALIA – IT CAN BE ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE. IT’S A MIXTURE OF MONUMENTAL, COLOSSAL AND STUPENDOUS, ROLLED INTO ONE. YOU’LL HAVE TAKEN ONE THE GREATEST TRIPS IN THE WORLD. YOU’LL TALK ABOUT IT FOR YEARS. IT WILL BE WORTH IT. FM.


A Short Story: Bruno and Alice – One Woman’s Poison

THIS MAN WAS NO STRANGER, THOUGHT ALICE. WE OFTEN SHARED A GARDEN SEAT BUT HAD NEVER SPOKEN!

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

As a rule of thumb, if you’re attracted to a man and want him to take an interest in you, then I suggest you should try not to poison his descendants.

I learned that lesson last summer. A gentleman who lived in the neighbourhood strolled by my apartment building with his two great grandchildren in tow. This man was no stranger. We had often shared a bench down at the statue-garden but had never spoken.

In fact, the last time I had seen him I asked after his health and was brushed off like I had asked for spare change.

But here he was in front of my ground-floor apartment with two beautiful little grandkids, and I thought I’d take another shot at showing him that I was interested. I waved hello and asked him if the toddlers might like a cool drink.

He accepted and ambled across, introducing himself at last. “My name is Bruno.”

I sat the little ones at the kitchen table with some juice. And, as they were drinking, Bruno wandered into the living room. He was impressed by my wall of bookcases -- nobody reads anymore – and, before long, we were pulling out one volume after another.

We spoke about various things like literature, art and music. We had many similar interests.

Suddenly, Bruno was struck by the silence in the kitchen. He got up from his lounge chair and ducked out around the corner to make sure the kiddies were okay.

I pursued him. The youngest child was standing before the open cupboard under the sink with a bottle of squirt liquid close to her lips.

It was awful. The child was unharmed but could easily have been in real danger. I felt terrible and sputtered something about being older and having to keep all the cleaning supplies within easy reach.

It had never occurred to me, at 70 years of age, to childproof my own home!

Nothing terrible had happened, but the incident was awkward and embarrassing. When he left with the children, I was sure I would never see him again …

<< Canada Public Health.

COMING SOON: HOW DID WE MEET, BRUNO WAS ASKED. WELL, I’II TELL YOU.


Laugh at the Cat …

“HMMM! THAT’S CHRISTMAS”.


REMEMBER WHEN …

IN FIFTY YEARS, THE AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR MEN IN AUSTRALIA HAD ROCKETED FROM 50 TO 70 YEARS, IN 1953. AND, FOR THAT YEAR, WOMEN JUMPED FROM 52 TO 72.

THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH, SIR EARLE PAGE, SAID THAT “IT WAS DUE TO BETTER HEALTH CONDITIONS”.

HE SAID THE PRINCIPAL CAUSES OF DEATH IN 1903, WERE DIGESTIVE ORGANS, TUBERCULOSIS AND HEART DISEASE.

IN 1923, SUPPLIES OF INSULIN WOULD BECOME PLENTIFUL AND CHEAPER, WHICH IS GOOD NEWS FOR DIABETES SUFFERERS.


CCCCRASH: What do you do if you are in a car crash? 

DON’T PANIC. THE COLLISION MAY BE SERIOUS OR JUST A BINGLE.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

Whether it’s just a scratch or a write-off, a collision is not the time to panic especially if you don’t know your rights and obligations.

Here is an easily-to-understand post-crash guide that will assist you in the long run:

Turn on your hazard lights and make sure you are safe. You don’t want to end up in a second collision because another motorist can’t see you.

Ladies – don’t panic. For both genders, if you get of your car without stopping to check for traffic, you risk the trauma of being injured or killed.

Determine where your car is. If it’s on the roadside, stay in your car and keep your seatbelt on. People are sometimes injured and killed while awaiting for assistance.

If anyone is injured, call 000. Call emergency services. Don’t rely on people at the crash site as they may be too distressed and forget to do it.

​Your location details must be noted. If you don’t know the address, provide landmarks. You must record important information, including:

Names and phone number of all people involved in the crash … plus witnesses and the other driver’s licence details.

A quick diagram showing where vehicle occupants were seated. Direction of the vehicles. Which lanes?

The date, time, and weather condition; exchange insurance company information; do not discuss who was at fault to anybody other than police.

You must then report the incident to police. These conditions would apply:

A driver refuses to provide his or her details; a person is injured; any vehicles require towing.

Any damage to property other than the vehicles involved?

Anyone suspects intoxicating drugs or alcohol was a factor.

Major crashes must be reported to police as soon as possible; at least within 24 hours. Failing to do so can impose a penalty notice.

A driver can report any crash to police if he and she feels it is necessary.

<< Other articles on road incidents will follow later. The background  for these articles are taken from Open Road; and Frank Morris.

COMING: Lack of sleep. Four-part series on sleep disturbance among our population!


SPIDERS GALORE! Australia’s most dangerous – and they’re out to get you

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

WITH HIGHLY TOXIC VENOM PRODUCED IN LARGE AMOUNTS, AND LARGE FANGS, FUNNEL-WEBS ARE READY TO INJECT IT. 

THE FUNNEL-WEB SPIDER IS WITHOUT DOUBT THE DEADLIEST IN AUSTRALIA, PERHAPS THE WORLD.

FOUND IN NSW, IN FORESTS AS WELL AS POPULATED URBAN AREAS, THE SYDNEY FUNNEL-WEB BURROWS IN HUMID SHELTERED PLACES.

THEY CAN BE QUITE AGGRESSIVE WHEN THREATENED.

THOUGH JUST 1.5 TO 3.5CM BIG, THE FUNNEL-WEB MALE HAS FANGS THAT CAN PUT A BROWN SNAKE TO SHAME.

THE MALE SPIDER CAN KILL. IT’S BITE IS SIX TIMES MORE VENOMOUS THAN A FEMALE.

ONE IN SIX BITES CAN CAUSE A SEVERE REACTION. THE ANTIVENOM WAS MADE AVAILABLE IN 1981. SINCE THEN, NO FATALITIES HAVE BEEN RECORDED.

THERE ARE ABOUT 40 SPECIES IN AUSTRALIA, BUT ONLY SIX HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO HAVE CAUSED ANY SEVERE PROBLEMS. << Adapted from Australian Geographic, 2014.

GRAND YEARS WILL APPEARED AGAIN ON FEBRUARY 1.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 14 January 21

UP, UP AND AWAY: The next port of call … wherever you decide it is!

HOLIDAYS AS A KEEPSAKE. HANG-GLIDING OR BALLOONING OVER THIS HISTORIC AND SPECTACULAR HOLIDAY COAST IN NSW. IT’S JUST ONE OF THE THRILLING PASTIMES ON OFFER TO VISITORS ON THE COASTLINE IN MANY PARTS OF AUSTRALIA. YOU’LL COME FACE TO FACE WITH THE BLUE SKIES, THE SPARKLING OCEAN VISTAS, WHITE SANDY BEACHES, ROLLING MOUNTAINS AND GREEN RAIN-FORESTS AND MUCH, MUCH MORE. IT PROVIDES HOLIDAYMAKERS WITH A FAVOURITE GET-AWAY-FROM-IT-FANTASY. YOU’LL REMEMBER THIS FOR YEARS.


ERN MALLEY’ AFFAIR: Stewart was “utterly sick” of the whole con job

THE ‘ERN MALLEY’ HOAX: DAVID LEHMAN, HAROLD STEWART AND JAMES McAULEY. 

FRANK MORRIS

REMEMBER THE DASTARDLY DEMEDENKO/DARVILLE AFFAIR IN 1995? FOR MONTHS, THE WHOLE COUNTRY WAS ENRAPTURED BY ONE OF THE BIGGEST HOAXES TO SURFACE IN FIFTY YEARS!

THE POET HAROLD STEWART, WAS ONE OF THE CENTRAL FIGURES IN AUSTRALIA’S MOST CONTROVERSIAL LITERARY SCANDAL OF THE 194OS. HE WAS BORN IN 1916.

IN THE MID 1940s, HE AND TWO OTHER LITERARY COLLEAGUES, INVENTED A POET CALLED “ERN MALLEY” AND HIS “BEWILDERED” SISTER, ETHEL. THE TRIO SET ABOUT WRITING A STRING OF SATIRICAL POEMS, WHICH LAMPOONED THE IDEA OF “DECAY OF MEANING AND CRAFTSMANSHIP IN POETRY”.

WHEN THEY WERE SATISFIED WITH THEIR EFFORTS, THE THREE HOAXERS PARCELLED UP THE BATCH OF POEMS AND SENT THEM OFF TO A LEADING LITERARY MAGAZINE WITH A COVERING LETTER FROM MALLEY’S “SISTER”, ETHEL.

THE MAGAZINE’S EDITOR INSTANTLY “FELL IN LOVE” WITH MALLEY AND “TRIUMPHANTY” PUBLISHED THE POEMS IN A SPECIAL ISSUE CALLED “COMMEMORATING THE AUSTRALIAN POET ERN MALLEY”.

THUS, WAS BORN WHAT WAS TO BECOME KNOWN AS “THE ERN MALLEY AFFAIR”. IT WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST EMBARRASSING LITERARY CON JOBS IN AUSTRALIA.

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TIMELINES: GET RID OF THE FIRE HAZARDS!
A LITTLE THOUGHT AND PREPARATION NOW COULD AVERT A TRAGEDY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
YOU CAN: CLEAR UP AROUND YOUR HOME AND OTHER MAJOR ASSETS … COLLECT ALL DRY TIMBER, DEAD BRANCHES, DRY LEAVES, ETC … MOW AND WATER YOUR LAWN … MAKE A FUEL BREAK AROUND YOUR HOME; CLEAR AWAY BUSHES AND UNDERGROWTH … REMOVE OVERHANGING BRANCHES … CLEAN OUT YOUR ROOF GUTTERING. MORE LATER.
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UNFORTUNATELY, THE WHOLE CRAZY BUSINESS GOT OUT OF CONTROL. WHAT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME QUICKLY SOURED WHEN THE FULL IMPORT OF THE SCANDAL HIT HOME.

IN HIS OBITUARYOF STEWART, MICHAEL HEYWARD WROTE THAT WHEN THE HOAXERS OWNED UP THE EDITOR “WAS PILLORIED BY EVERY NEWSPAPER IN THE COUNTRY”.

HEYWARD SAYS THAT STEWART AND THE OTHER PERPETRATOR, JAMES McAULEY, “HAD TO WATCH FROM THE SIDELINES AS (THE EDITOR) WAS PROSECUTED BY THE POLICE FOR PUBLISHING THEIR HANDIWORK”.

THE EDITOR AND HIS MAGAZINE WERE NEVER ABLE TO LEAVE THE INCIDENT BEHIND.

MANY YEARS LATER STEWART, WHO WAS “UTTERLY SICK” OF THE WHOLE MALLEY AFFAIR, STILL MANAGED TO HAVE A FEW CHUCKLES OVER IT.

STEWART DIED IN JAPAN IN 1995.

<< The Power of the Book, 2001, MMS.

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VALE: AMERICAN ACE PILOT, CHUCK YEAGER, BECAME FAMOUS WHEN HE WAS FIRST TO BREAK THE SOUND BARRIER, HAS DIED. HE WAS 97. IN WORLD WAR 2, HE SHOT DOWN 5 GERMAN PLANES IN A DAY, AND 13 OVERALL.
VALE: FILM DIRECTOR CLIFF GREEN, HAS DIED. HE WAS ONE OF THE MAIN FORCES BEHIND THE MOVIE, PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK.
VALE: JOURNALIST MUNGO MacCALLUM, ONE OF THE SHARPEST POLITICAL WRITERS OF HIS TIME, DIES AGED 78.
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The history of Australian aviation … The journey begins!

FOUR GENTLEMEN STANDING PROUDLY NEXT TO A MACHINE WHICH ONE DAY WOULD BECOME A QANTAS AIRLINER.

A TINY TWO-WING AIRCRAFT TOOK OFF AND CLIMBED THROUGH A CLOUDLESS SKY. IT RETURNED AS AN QANTAS AIRLINER.

THAT WAS 100 YEARS AGO.

QANTAS QUICKLY SPREAD ACROSS THE EMPIRE AND EVOLVED INTO THE WORLD’S NUMBER ONE AIRLINE.  PEOPLE WERE OBSESSED WITH NOTING THAT TRAVEL WAS FOR THEM.

BUT OUR AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY IS EVEN OLDER THAN THAT.
THE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN AVIATION … EARLY NEXT YEAR.


FOODFROLICO: Let’s have a healthy ‘roo burger for dinner!

HMMMM!

FRANK MORRIS

Imagine, if this scene was real? What do you want for dinner, a leading international magazine asked Jeff Israel?

Israel thought about the question deeply. “It is in the air”, Jeff said with his nose pointed upwards. “It smells like, like a hamburger … a hamburger made of kangaroo mince streak”. Israel woke up. He had been in a deep dream. He noticed that each person at the table was happily gulping down a ‘roo burger – to their delight!

Ingredients
1 KG KANGAROO MINCEMEAT
2 LARGE EGGS
1 CUP BREADCRUMBS
1 TABLESPOON GARLIC, CRUSHED          `
1 TABLESPOON FINELY CHOPPED PARSLEY
1 LARGE BROWN ONION, FINELY DICED
¼ CUP WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE
¼ CUP TOMATO SAUCE OR PASTE
2 TEASPOONS DRIED THYME, 1 TEASPOON
TABASCO SAUCE, 1 TEASPOON DRIED OREGANO,
½ TEASPOON GROUND BLACK PEPPER. SMALL
SQUEEZE OF LEMON JUICE.
Burger
WHOLEMEAL BURGER BUNS, ROCKET, TOMATO (SLICED), LOW FAT TASTY CHEESE (SLICED), BEETROOT (SLICED), TOMATO SAUCE OR RELISH TO SERVE.
Method
1- Thoroughly mix all burger mince ingredients together in large bowl.
2- Form mince mixture into 8-12 burgers (using clean hands is best) and cook on a medium heat BBQ plate or pan until cooked through, turning several times. Use a little olive oil to help minimise sticking.
3- Assemble the burger using the wholemeal bun with sliced cheese, beetroot, tomato and rocket.
4- Add tomato sauce or relish to taste.

FUN WITH FOOD. Kangaroo meat is taken from Australian Kangaroos. It was exported to 55 countries and all sections of the globe.


GRAND YEARS IN NZ … It’s coming next year!

NEW ZEALAND HERITAGE!

FRANK MORRIS

Many years ago, NZ historian Allan Sutherland wrote a fine piece on what makes a country tick.

Sutherland said that by measuring the milestones we are “marking the achievement and progress of a country and its people … signifies that we live in a world of changes.

Nothing has altered. It happens in all countries.

There’s one country that is proud of its heritage and that is New Zealand. It’s important for all New Zealanders to realise that they come from a stock that has continued to forge new frontiers.

In war and peace achievers such as Ernest Rutherford, Katherine Mansfield, Charles Upham, Jenny Shipley, NZ’s first woman Prime Minister, Cardigan Bay, the racehorse, Martini-Henri, aviator Jean Batten and many others have earned a permanent place in the books.

Bone up on your trip to New Zealand.

Starts next year.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAAAAAAPY NEW YEAR!
GRAND YEARS WILL START 2021 ON JANUARY 14.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 13 December 20

Up, up and away! Take a balloon ride anywhere in Australia!

BALLOONING FANTASY! IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA, YOU’LL DRIFT EFFORTLESSLY OVER THE WHEAT FIELDS OF THE AVON RIVER IN A BRILLIANTLY COLOURED HOT-AIR BALLOON. THE SPORT OF BALLOONING IS BLOSSOMING WORLD- WIDE. RIGHT ACROSS AUSTRALIA, ENTHUSIASTS WAIT FOR THAT COOL, GENTLE MORNING BREEZE TO INDULGE THEIR FLIGHTS OF FANCY. TO CAP IT IN ONE WORD – MAGIC!


Aboriginal Painting: Our environment through the eyes of the first Australians

ANCIENT MURAL SHOWS FOUR-LEGGED BEASTS RUNNING EVERY WHICH WAY. Below: BULUN BULUN EXPLAINS THE MEANING OF HIS WALL MURAL TO A GROUP OF ONLOOKERS.

How do Aboriginal people ‘see’ and experience the nature of their surroundings?

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

Many traditional paintings are really ‘maps’ which show particular places, ‘tracks’ of ancestral beings, and the important features of an individual’s ‘country’. Any map or painting reflects a way of thinking about places and locations.

Conventional maps, in particular, are a way of organising and making sense out of spatial area; they help one to find particular places or one’s present location. Aboriginal paintings, on the other hand, depict those features of the physical and mythological environment which are of most significance to an Aboriginal.

Such paintings meaningfully organise a particular environment and, at the same time, re-create its coming into being. To understand a traditional Aboriginal painting is, in a very real way, to experience the environment as an Aboriginal does.

Johnny Bulun, an Aboriginal man from Central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, painted this mural on a wall of the Communications Centre in the Foreign Affairs Building in Canberra.

The painting is of Djakaldjirrparr, the ‘country’ to which he belongs, through his father; and his membership in the Ganaldbingu clan. The painting allows us to understand, in a limited way, how Bulun Bulun ‘sees’ and feels about his country.

Actual places depicted in the painting are those that relate to important mythological events, during which the landscape and environmental features were created.

In the upper centre of the painting, for example, is a mountain which rises from the Arafura swamp which is said to have been made by two dog wongarr or creation beings while digging for yellow clay.

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TIMELINES: THE HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
1979
IN MARCH, SWEENEY READ TAKES HIS OWN LIFE.
1980
THE REEDS SELL HEIDE II, MOST OF THE ADJOINING PROPERTY AND PART OF THEIR ART COLLECTION TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT.
1981
HEIDE PARK AND THE ART GALLERY OPEN WITH AN EXHIBITION OF NOLAN’S KELLY SERIES ON NOVEMBER 12. MAUDIE PALMER IS THE INAUGURAL DIRECTOR OF THE MUSEUM.
JOHN REED DIES ON DECEMBER 5. SUNDAY REED DIES ON DECEMBER 15.
THROUGH THEIR BEQUEST THE REMAINDER OF THEIR ART COLLECTION PASSES TO THE NEW MUSEUM.
THE END.
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In the centre of the painting a funeral ceremony is taking place; bones are washed and inserted into the hollow log coffin; while the spirit of the man who had died is ‘sung’ back to his clan well.

In the lower left corner of the painting, is a two headed snake which lies beneath the surface of the clan well. It is variously called the rainbow serpent or lightning snake. In the painting, the snake has swallowed men who threw spears into the water, thinking it was a fish.

Water species, land species and human ancestral beings are shown together in the painting, with fish and kangaroos swimming side by side.

This reflects the Aboriginal belief that all life is really one; that there is no real difference between the creative past and the present; and that all life comes from the waters of the clan well – the spiritual ‘well of life.’

This painting is not simply a ‘picture’ of a place -- Aboriginal people do not ‘own’ land in a European sense. Rather, they are ‘owned by’ and are part of the land itself. An Aboriginal ‘sees’ the land as part of his very being.

His spirit comes from the land, is nourished by the land, and returns to the land at death.

For Bulun Bulun, a painting of his country is a self-portrait; his clan’s identity; it is literally who he is. The very painting of one’s country is a magical and religious act. Perhaps when we see the earth as that which has given us life, sustains us, and provides a meaning for our life, we shall begin to understand what ecology is all about.

Bulun Bulun was born in 1946 and died in 2010.

<< Adapted from Aboriginal Painting; from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.

MARY HAGINIKITAS, AS PART OF HER WORK AS A SUCCESSFUL PAINTER, IS SEEN RECORDING SOME ANCIENT ABORIGINAL ROCK ART.


VALE: JEANNE LITTLE -- Talented entertainer shines through a book about her life story!

JEANNE ALWAYS CAME UP WITH THE GOODS. AUTHOR KATIE LITTLE WITH HER MUM. Below: KATIE’S BOOK ON HER MUM.

THAT HAIR, THOSE HUGE EYES AND THAT BOUNCING PERSONALITY.

FRANK MORRIS

JEANNE LITTLE WAS DESTINED TO BE A SENSATION. HER RAUCOUS VOICE WAS HER CATCHCRY.

“HELLO, DAAAHLING” IN UNDISPUTED AUSTRALIAN VERNACULAR.

KATIE M. LITTLE, HER ONLY CHILD, DECIDED TO WRITE A BOOK EXPLAINING HER UNCONVENTIONAL MOTHER. SHE CALLED IT, CATCH A FALLING STAR. READING IT NOW, IT’S A REAL TEAR-JERKER!

THE AUTHOR SAID SHE WANTED TO GIVE HER MOTHER’S FANS A FIRST-HAND LOOK AT WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE JEANNE LITTLE.

“I GREW UP BACKSTAGE, TAKEN EVERYWHERE WITH HER”, WRITES KATIE. “IN MY MIND, I CAN RETRACE OUR STEPS AS I HELD HER HAND AND FOLLOWED HER INTO THE LABYRINTH OF THE CHANNEL 9 STUDIOS.

“WHILE WE CONTINUED TO LAUGH ALONG”, WRITES KATIE. THE STICK-THIN EMPRESS OF FUN-FASHION”, JEANNE, ALWAYS CAME WITH THE GOODS.

“IT SEEMS UNTHINKABLE TO MANY THAT SHE WON THE ROLE IN THE JERRY’S GIRLS HIT MUSICAL IN WHICH SHE TO HAD SHOW HER SINGING AND DANCING CAPABILITY.

EVERYONE LEAPT FOR JOY – THE SHOW WAS A HIT.

HER ONE-WOMAN PLAY, MARLENE, WAS PLAYED TO SELL-OUT AUDIENCES IN THE UNITED STATES.

SHE THEN SCORED AS A REGULAR PANEL MEMBER ON FOXTEL’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

JEANNE, ON ALL ACCOUNTS, WAS A TALENTED SEAMSTRESS.

“DAD AND I SQUASHED MILK BOTTLE CAPS IN FRONTOF THE TELLY … WHILE MUM SEWED THEM ON”, KATIE WRITES SO AFFECTIONATELY.

“IT WAS HEADLINES AGAIN FOR JEANNE WHEN SHE REVEALED SHE HAD ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE.

“IN 2018, 10 YEARS AFTER DIAGNOSIS, MY MOTHER … IS STILL ALIVE AND PATRON OF THE JEANNE LITTLE ALZHEIMER’S FUND”, KATIE WRITES.

<< CATCH A FALLING STAR, WRITTEN IN 2018, IS STILL AVAILABLE.


VALE: FLASHBACK – To 1985, when Jeanne’s just one of the girls!

GETTING A LEAD ROLE IN JERRY’S GIRLS AS THE “CRAZIEST MOMENT IN MY LIFE”. BELOW: ALL DRESSED UP FOR JERRY’S GIRLS.

FRANK MORRIS

JEANNE LITTLE, THE FORMER MADCAP STAR OF THE MIKE WALSH SHOW, IN A SPECTACULAR NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL?

RIGHT!

JEANNE LITTLE, WHO ONCE DESCRIBED HER WHINING VOICE AS “THE WORST IN AUSTRALIAN” SINGING IS DANCING AND SHARING THE SPOTLIGHT WITH THREE OF THE NATION’S LEADING LADIES.

RIGHT AGAIN.

JEANNE STRUTS HER STUFF WITH JUDI CONNELLI, DEBBIE BYRNE AND
MARCIA HINES IN THE HIGH KICKING JERRY HERMAN MUSICAL, JERRY’S GIRLS.

FOR JEANNE, IT’S “THE CRAZIEST DREAM OF A LIFETIME COME TRUE”.

IN A RECENT INTERVIEW SHE SAID: “MY FIRST REACTION WHEN I HEARD I HAD THE PART WAS ECSTASY MIXED WITH TERROR”.

BUT SHE LOST NO TIME IN “TAKING DOUBLE DOSES” OF SINGING AND DANCING LESSONS.

A GOLD LOGIE WINNER IN 1976, LITTLE’S WHINING VOICE BECAME HER TRADEMARK ON TELEVISION.

“IF YOU THINK MY VOICE IS AFFECTED YOU ARE WRONG”, SHE SAID ONCE. “MY EIGHT SISTERS ALL SOUND LIKE ME”.

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TIMELINES: DON’T LEAVE FIRE HAZARDS NEAR THE HOUSE …
IN AUSTRALIA LAST YEAR WE HAD ONE OF THE WORST BUSHFIRE SEASONS, WHICH WILL BE FOREVER WITH US.
MANY FAMILIES LOST THEIR HOMES TO RAGING BUSH FIRES, 34 PEOPLE DIED.
THE WHOLE OCCASSION WAS DESCRIBED AS ‘CATASTROPHIC’.
BUSHFIRE IS A CONSTANT HAZARD OF THE AUSTRALIAN SUMMER.
DON’T LET YOUR HOME BECOME A VICTIM FACING BUSH FIRE.
A FIRE NEEDS THREE THINGS TO BURN: HEAT, AIR AND FUEL. A LITTLE THOUGHT AND PREPARATION COULD PREVENT A TRAGEDY.
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WHEN THE MIKE WALSH SHOW WAS CHOPPED BY CHANNEL NINE 18 MONTHS AGO, SHE VOWED SHE “WOULD STARVE” THAN GO BACK TO PLAYING THE IDIOT ON TELEVISION.

“ALL THOSE YEARS I PLAYED ON THE MIKE WALSH SHOW, I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE TAKEN THE MONEY BUT NOT GO ON”, SHE SAID.

SINCE THE LATE 1970S SHE HAS BEEN MUCH IN DEMAND FOR PUBLIC APPEARNCES, FASHION PARADES AND OTHER SOCIAL FUNCTIONS, APART FROM HER TELEVISION ENGAGEMENTS.

“I’M WHAT THEY CALL A TV PERSONALITY”, SHE SAID. “WHICH MEANS I CAN’T SING, I CAN’T DANCE AND I CAN’T SPEAK PROPERLY.

NONE OF THESE DISABILITIES PROVED A HINDERANCE TO LITTLE’S CAREER.

SHE WAS VOTED THE MOST POPULAR FEMALE PERSONALITY IN NSW AT THE 1975 LOGIE AWARDS. THE FOLLOWING YEAR SHE COLLECTED THE NSW AWARD AS WELL AS THE GOLD LOGIE FOR THE MOST POPULAR FEMALE PERSONALITY IN AUSTRALIA.

FRANK MORRIS COMMENTS …

THIS ARTICLE COMES FROM MY SYNDICATED SHOWLINE COLUMN IN 1984.

NEXT JANUARY: WHAT JEANNE LITTLE HAD TO SAY ABOUT SHOWBIZ AND HOMELIFE.


LET’S LAUGH WITH THE CAT …

BLIMEY, YOU BEAUTY! SANTA CLAUS IS ABOUT TO TOUCH DOWN


HUMOUR! One-minute mystery … something strange is happening to Mrs Ellison Clarke!

WHO’S THE THIEF? IS IT THE STRANGER … OR HER?

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

“Did you call for help?” Professor Fordney said with a smile. “No – I was too frightened”, replied Mrs Ellison Clark.

“It was terrifying experience,” said Mrs Ellison Clark to Professor Fordney. “The most horrible I’ve ever had. I’ve been completely unnerved ever since.”

Fordney interjected. “Naturally, you have been greatly upset. It’s not to be wondered at. A hold-up is an alarming matter, especially for a woman. I’ll ask as few questions as possible. Will you bear with me?”

While he smiled at her nod of assent, he did not fail to notice the broken nail of the first finger of otherwise beautifully manicured hands. She drew a handkerchief from her elaborate negligee and covered them.

“Well?” she inquired.

“I understand you were standing outside your dressmaker’s at 3pm, waiting for your chauffeur, when a man slipped up to you, inquired the time, and demanded your money and the jewellery you were wearing. Correct?”

“Yes. That’s what happened.”

“Did you call for help?”

“No. I was too frightened.”

“Did you hand over the valuables or did the robber take them?”

“Why, I gave them to him, I was …”

Fordney interjected. “… Is this list correct?” He pulled from his pocket a piece of paper. “Two diamond bracelets, one emerald pendant, a diamond tiara, two emerald earring, $45 cash, and three diamond rings?”

“That is correct.”

"Did they take them?"

“Were you wearing a wrap?”

“No. It was extremely warm.”

“And your wristwatch?” the Professor asked, looking closely at the woman.

“I’m sorry, Mrs Clark, to take action in the case. But, of course, I know the alleged robbery was a frame-up.”

How did he know?

That the “robbery” was a frame-up was obvious to Professor Fordney. No woman wears that type of jewellery at three o’ clock in the afternoon. After confessing that the hold-up was a fake, Mrs Clark, and the man who conspired with her to obtain money from the insurance company for the alleged theft of her jewels, served a prison sentence.

<< Adapted from the Australian Printer, 1904.

MERRY CHRISTMAS DEAR READERS.

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON DECEMBER 14.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 29 November 20

FROG WEEK: Great leap forward as to why frogs behave the way they do!

THERE ARE MORE THAN 6000 SPECIES OF FROGS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.  GREEN TREE FROG,

BLUE MOUNTAINS TREE FROG, POUCHED FROG, CORROBOREE FROG – THEY’RE JUST A FEW OF THE MANY HUNDREDS OF FROGS IN AUSTRALIA

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TIMELINES: THE HEIDE MUSUEM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
1977
SUNDAY DONATES TWENTY-FIVE OF THE TWENTY-SIX PAINTINGS FROM NOLAN’S NED KELLY SERIES TO THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL GALLERY IN CANBERRA.
1978
SWEENEY AND PAMELA MOVED TO FITZROY, THEN SEPARATE.
IN JANUARY, SIDNEY NOLAN MARRIES MARY PERCEVAL (NEE BOYD).
JOHN REED IS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER, HIS HEALTH DETERIORATES.
1979
IN MARCH, SWEENEY REED TAKES HIS OWN LIFE.
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FLASHBACK: Parry’s milk bars rekindle some fond memories!

THE 1950s REMEMBERED!

FRANK MORRIS

WHAT I REMEMBER OF THE 50s IS THE SIMPLICITY OF LIFE. I HAD EVERYTHING. I HAD HUNDREDS OF FRIENDS. I HAD MY BILLYCART, WHICH I USED TO RACE. I WAS A KEEN MARBLE PLAYER.

AND I WAS SENT TO A HIGH SCHOOL WHICH WAS ONLY A COUPLE OF TRAIN STATIONS AWAY.

FOR TWO YEARS, I LED THE LIFE OF RILEY. THEN OUT OF THE BLUE SOMEBODY MENTIONED “PARRY’S MILK BAR”. SO, WE WOULD HEAD OVER THE RAIL-LINE AND MAKE A QUICK DASH TO PARRY’S AND TOSS DOWN A BANANA SPLIT.

I USED TO GO TWO OR THREE TIMES A WEEK UNTIL I LEFT SCHOOL. IF I HAD RAN OUT OF MOOLAH, MY WELL-HEELED FRIENDS USED TO BACK ME UP.

APART FROM RUFFLING UP A FEW KIDS THAT USED TO IRK ME SOMEWHAT (AT LUNCH HOUR), I USED TO DREAM ABOUT PARRY’S.

WELL, PARRY’S IS BACK – JUST LIKE IT WAS IN THE 1950S. BUT MORE ABOUT THAT LATER ON.
IN THE 1940S, ZACHARIAS PANARETOS AND HIS WIFE, USING THE NAME OF JIM PARRY, OPENED UP THE FIRST PARRY’S MILK BAR.

NOEL KELLY, OF THE DEFUNCT ST GEORGE CALL NEWSPAPER, REMEMBERS PARRY’S AS IF IT WAS YESTERDAY.

‘IT WAS STONE’S THROW AWAY”, SAID KELLY. “IT WAS GEM. IT WAS THE ONLY PLACE OPEN ON THE WEEKEND AND LATE AT NIGHT. IT WAS A MEETING PLACE WHERE YOU WOULD GO FOR A HOT STRAWBERRY MILKSHAKE ON A WINTER’S NIGHT”.

BUT KELLY HAS THE DISTINCTION OF BEING THE GREAT, GREAT, GREAT GRANDSON OF THE FIRST FREE GREEK TO ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA. THE GREEK HAD JUMPED SHIP IN 1832. THE PARRY FAMILY WENT ON TO OPEN MILK BARS ALL OVER SYDNEY.

A KYEEMAGH CONTRIBUTOR TO COLUMN EIGHT (THE HERALD) REINFORCED MY MEMORIES ABOUT PARRY’S MILK BARS WHEN SHE WROTE: “IN THE 1960s, MUM WOULD TAKE MY YOUNGER BROTHER AND I TO PARRY’S IN ROCKDALE.

“MY STANDARD ORDER WAS A CHOCOLATE MILK SHAKE POURED INTO A FANCY GLASS FROM THE ALUMINIUM CONTAINER.

“MY BROTHER’S STANDARD ORDER WAS A LIME SPINDER WITHOUT ICE-CREAM … AND NOTHING WOULD PERSUADE HIM OTHERWISE”.

GOOD ON YOU, PARRY’S.

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VALE: Jeanne Little, who was Australia’s own superstar, has died

FRANK MORRIS
THE FLAMBOYANT JEANNE LITTLE, “HELLO DAAAAHLING!”, WHO BURST ON TO OUR TELEVISON SCREENS IN THE MIKE WALSH SHOW IN 1974, HAS DIED IN A SYDNEY NURSING HOME.
SHE WAS 82.

WHILE WE CONTINUED TO LAUGH ALONG WITH HER, JEANNE LITTLE WAS LATER TO PROVE SHE HAD SO MUCH MORE TO GIVE TO AUSTRALIAN ENTERTAINMENT.

IN 1987, SHE SCORED A LEADING ROLE IN THE MUSICAL JERRY’S GIRLS.

AT EACH GIG, SHE BECAME THE EMPRESS OF FUN FASHION. SHE USED SAY THE OUTFITS WERE “PERSONALITY PERSONIFIED”.

FRANK MORRIS WILL REPUBLISH SEVERAL COLUMNS ON JEANNE LITTLE’S PAST SHOWBIZ PERFORMANCES. NEXT.

VALE: “UNKNOWN” ACTOR SEAN CONNERY HAS BECOME THE PERFECT SPY. “DR. NO, THE FIRST FILM, IS THE HEADIEST BOX-OFFICE CONCOCTION OF SEX AND SADISM EVER BREWED IN A BRITISH STUDIO … BRUTALLY POTENT INTOXICANT INTO THE BARGAIN”, SAID RICHARD WHITEHALL IN A 1962 REVIEW.

THE MAN WITH ALL THE CREDENTIALS, SIR SEAN CONNERY, THE FILM ACTOR, HAS DIED AGED 90, PLAYED JAMES BOND, THE BRITISH SECRET AGENT.

HE MANAGED TO TURN THE CHARMLESS PROTAGONIST OF IAN FLEMING INTO A “SCREEN SUPERMAN AND HIMSELF INTO A SUPERSTAR” SAID A LONDON NEWSPAPER.

CONNERY STARRED IN THE FIRST SIX OF FLEMING’S COLD WAR SPY FILMS.

VALE: GERALD STONE, A 60 MINUTES’ TRAILBLAZER, HAS DIED AGED 87. HIS EXPERIENCE IN TELEVISION NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS “UNEQUALLED”.

VALE: GOFFREY PALMER, BEST RECOGNISED FOR HIS ROLE IN AS TIME GOES BY, DIES AT 95. THE SHOW, WHICH FINISHED MANY YEARS AGO, STILL GETS A RUN IN AUSTRALIA.
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FOODFROLICO: Brush up on your table manners: expert speaks out!

DON’T STICK YOUR ELBOW OUT WHEN EATING OR DRINKING. Below: THE PLACE FOR THE NAPKIN IS ON THE LAP. DON’T TIE IT AROUND YOUR NECK.

PLACE YOUR KNIFE AND FORK TOGETHER WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED YOUR MEAL.

FRANK MORRIS

Here are the facts. “Good manners are as important as good grooming behaviour”, said the expert. “This is especially true of good table manners”.

Myself, I loathe bad table manners at any age, but especially in adults. As a journalist, I attended a host of functions, dinners and breakfasts during my tenure.

I am appalled to see this type of ‘tableau’ which sadly mystified me.

I also admit that my table-matters sometimes are not that perfect either. But, you see, I correct them. I remember what I was told as a lad growing up.

Some adults simply don’t know how eat properly; they haven’t been trained.

“Unfortunately, in this day of confused standards, manners are sometimes neglected”, says the expert. Maybe this series of illustrations, done by a person with skill and knowledge, will fill the bill.

MORE FOODFROLICO TABLE MANNERS NEXT YEAR.

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Famous Aussie Women: Mary Gilmore earned her share of glory!

FRANK MORRIS

DAME MARY GILMORE’S MARRI’D AND OTHER VERSES, PUBLISHED BY GEORGE ROBERTSON, MELBOURNE, IN 1910, WAS NOT A COMMERCIAL SUCCESS.

THE AUTHOR’S LATER WORKS, THE PASSIONATE HEART (1918) AND OLD DAYS: OLD WAYS (1934) PUT HER REPUTATION AS A WRITER TO THE FORE. BORN IN GOULBURN IN 1865, SHE SEEMED TO ALWAYS HAVE BEEN AROUND.

SHE DIED IN 1962 AGED 97. IN THE EARLY DAYS AS A SCHOOL TEACHER, SHE TAUGHT IN COUNTRY SCHOOLS AND SYDNEY; IT WAS HERE THAT SHE MET WILLIAM LANE AND WAS “CONVERTED” TO HIS NEW AUSTRALIA MOVEMENT – ONE OF THE WORLD’S FIRST COMMUNES.

SHE SAILED WITH LANE AND OTHERS TO PARAQUAY IN 1895 AND MARRIED A FELLOW-COLONIST.

IN 1902, WHEN THE ‘COMMUNITY’ COLLAPSED, SHE RETURNED TO AUSTRALIA WITH HER HUSBAND AND CONTINUED WRITING. SHE BEGAN EDITING THE WOMEN’S PAGE AT THE AUSTRALIAN WORKER AND WRITING POERY.

<< The Authors (MSS), Frank Morris, 200I.
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BILLYCARTS OF THE CENTURY … I had to make a few changes!

FRANK MORRIS

In the Sunday comic, Ginger said: “I just love summer, Benny, don’t you?” Replied Benny: “It’s okay I guess.” “Okay!? … It’s the best!” said Ginger Meggs. Suddenly, Ginger become idyllic.

“There’s back yard cricket … the beach … watching tennis … and running the billycart down Deadman’s Hill”.
I used to ride it uphill and down dale to where the races were on. My billycart was named Racing Beauty, a ballbearing racer.

The lads were all there. All the billycarts are outfitted with ball-bearings or fancy pram wheels. I raced against a kid who had a speedster called Speedo.

At the start, he left me for dead. Halfway down the hill he hit a bump and he and Speedo parted company. I won the race; I called it ‘Deadman’s Hill’. I soon realised I had to make some changes, ballbearing-wise!

REMEMBER NEXT YEAR, IT’S GINGER MEGGS 100TH BIRTHDAY.

GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR AGAIN ON NOVEMBER 30.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 15 November 20

Melbourne Cup: Why he was Australia’s first master trainer

CROWD CHEERS ON THE MELBOURNE CUP IN 1861.

ARCHER THE MIGHTY.

FRANK MORRIS

ETIENNE DE MESTRE WILL GO DOWN AS AUSTRALIA’S FIRST MASTER HORSE TRAINER IN RACING.

BEHIND ARCHER’S MELBOURNE CUP WIN IN 1861 THERE WAS THE SAGA OF A WONDERFUL HORSE CULTURE THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED.

HIS VICTORIES WITH ARCHER WERE AS SOLID AS THE DAY WAS LONG.

TO PREPARE FOR HIS FIRST CUP VICTORY DE MESTRE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR WALKING ARCHER FROM NOWRA, IN NSW, TO MELBOURNE, A JOURNEY OF 550 MILES.

IT WAS SAID THAT HE COVERED APPROXIMATELY 27 MILES A DAY.  ANYWAY, THAT’S HOW THE STORY GOES.

ACCORDING TO MAURICE CAVANOUGH, IN HIS BOOK THE MELBOURNE CUP 1861 TO 1982, “ARCHER HAD RACED TO THE FRONT AT THE RIVER TURN…AND IN THE RUN HOME ARCHER CLEARED RIGHT AWAY TO WIN THE CUP AS HE LIKED.”

DE MESTRE’S ADVANCED TECHNIQUES IN TRAINING METHODS BROUGHT ARCHER HOME AGAIN WITH A SCINTILATING VICTORY IN HIS SECOND MELBOURNE CUP IN 1862.

HE SCORED THREE OTHER SUCCESSES IN THE MELBOURNE CUP ALONG THE WAY.  THE MIGHTY STAYER, TIM WHIFFLER (1867) CHESTER (1877) AND CALAMIA IN 1878.

“IN HIS OWN WAY, CALAMIA’S WIN IN THE CUP TOLD THE STORY OF DE MESTRE’S RACING CAREER”, SAID MAURICE CAVANOUGH.

“MR DE MESTRE TRAINED COUNTLESS WINNERS, QUITE PROBABLY ARCHER WOULD HAVE WON THE THIRD CUP TOO, DESPITE THE 11.4 ALLOTED TO HIM.  UNFORTUNATELY, A POSTAL MIX-UP OCCURRED WHICH DELAYED ARCHER’S ACCEPTANCE FOR THE RACE.

“MR DE MESTRE, WHO WAS BORN IN NSW IN 1832, LIVED UNTIL 1916. BUT IN THE LATTER YEARS OF THIS LIFE TOOK NO INTEREST IN RACING.”

DE MESTRE’S WINS IN THE CUP MAKE HIM SECOND TO THE LEGENDARY BART CUMMINGS WHO WON 12 TIMES.

THAT’S WHY IT BECOMES THE RACE TO STOP A NATION”.

ARCHER WON THE TWO MELBOURNE CUPS WITH “SCINTILATING RUNS”.

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TIMELINES SPECIAL: THE HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
THE ‘ERN MALLEY’ AFFAIR
THIS IRREVENENT AND LIGHT-HEARTED HOAX WAS IN 1944. 
TWO POETS, JAMES MCAULEY AND HAROLD STEWART, DREAMED UP A MEANINGLESS CONCOCTION OF WORDS AND PRESENTED IT AS POETRY.
THEIR AIM WAS TO DEBUNK THE THEN CURRENT VOGUE OF SURREALISM AND OBSCURANTISIM IN VERSE.
THEY PRESENTED THEIR WORK AS HAVING BEEN WRITTEN BY ONE ‘ERN MALLEY’, A FORMER MECHANIC AND INSURANCE SALESMAN.
THE 16 POEMS WERE SENT TO THE AVANT GARDE MAGAZINE, ANGRY PENGUINS, WHERE MALLEY WAS DESCRIBED AS A “GIANT OF AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE”.
AN ENTIRE EDITION OF THE MAGAZINE WAS DEVOTED TO HIS WORK. CONTINUED BELOW.


PADDINGTON BEAR: He always looked forward to a morning chat!

THESE WERE SOME OF THE CHRONICLES IN PADDINGTON’S HECTIC LIFE.

SELECTED BY FRANK MORRIS

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MADE VISITING HIS FRIEND’S ANTIQUE SHOP IN THE PORTOBELLO ROAD SO SPECIAL WAS THE FACT THAT IT WAS NEVER THE SAME TWO DAYS RUNNING. PEOPLE CAME FROM FAR AND WIDE TO SEEK MR GRUBER’S ADVICE.

IT WAS SOMETHING TO BROWSE THROUGH HIS VAST COLLECTION OF BOOKS, WHICH COVERED PRACTICALLY EVERY SUBJECT UNDER THE SUN. PADDINGTON BECAME QUITE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT ANTIQUES HIMSELF.

HE COULD IMMEDIATELY TELL A PIECE OF THE GENUINE SPODE CHINA FROM ORDINARY RUN-OF-THE-MILL CROCKERY.

HE WOULD NEVER PICK ANYTHING UP JUST IN CASE HE DROPPED IT BY MISTAKE. “BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY,” WAS MR GRUBER’S MOTTO.

THEY WERE NEVER SHORT OF THINGS TO TALK ABOUT. DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS THEY OFTEN HAD THEIR MORNING TEA SITTING IN DECK CHAIRS ON THE PAVEMENT OUTSIDE THE SHOP. HERE THEY DISCUSSED PROBLEMS OF THE DAY IN PEACE AND QUIET BEFORE THE CROWD ARRIVED.

PADDINGTON COULDN’T HELP BUT NOTICE HIS FRIEND USUALLY HAD A FARAWAY LOOK IN HIS EYES WHENEVER HIS SPOKE OF HIS NATIVE HUNGARY. “WHEN I WAS A BOY”, MR GRUBER WOULD SAY, “PEOPLE USED TO DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY. THAT DOESN’T SEEM TO HAPPEN ANYMORE.”

PADDINGTON…DID LEARN WITH MR GRUBER’S HELP… TO PLAY A TUNE CALLED “CHOPSTICKS” ON AN ANCIENT PIANO AT THE BACK OF THE SHOP. IT WASN’T EASY. HAVING PAWS MEANT HE OFTEN PLAYED SEVERAL NOTES AT THE SAME TIME.

BUT MR GRUBER SAID ANYONE WITH HALF AN EAR FOR MUSIC WOULD HAVE RECOGNISED IT AT ONCE.

ON CLOUDY DAYS, WHEN THERE WAS A CHILL IN THE AIR, THEY MADE A HABIT OF RETIRING TO AN OLD HORSEHAIR SOFA AT THE BACK OF THE SHOP. AND IT WAS ON JUST A MORNING.

PADDINGTON ARRIVED RATHER EARLIER THAN USUAL AND FOUND TO HIS SURPRISE THAT MR GRUBER HAD ACQUIRED A NEW PIANO.

IT WAS STANDING IN ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME SPOT AS THE OLD ONE HAD BEEN NEAR THE STOVE.

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TIMELINES: THE HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE.
THE PEOPLE.

1958
DANILA VASSILIEFF DIES OF HEART FAILURE IN THE HEIDE LIBRARY IN JOHN AND SUNDAY REED’S ARMS ON MARCH 22.
THE GCA IS RENAMED THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART OF AUSTRALIA AND AFTER A SPATE OF VARIOUS NAME CHANGES TO THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART AND DESIGN OF AUSTRALIA, THE PRECURSOR TO HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART. JOHN REED IS DIRECTOR.
1960
JOY HESTER DIES ON DECEMBER 4.
1962
SWEENEY’S FIRST COLLECTION OF POETRY, THE SAVAGE URGE IS PUBLISHED.


THERE WAS NO SIGN OF MR GRUBER, WHICH WAS MOST UNUSUAL. SO TO PASS THE TIME PADDINGTON DECIDED TO HAVE A GO AT PLAYING WHAT HAD BECOME KNOW AS “HIS TUNE”, WHEN SOMETHING VERY STRANGE HAPPENED.

AS HE RAISED HIS PAWS TO PLAY THE OPENING NOTES, THE KEYS BEGAN GOING UP AND DOWN ALL BY THEMSELVES!

HE HAD HARDLY FINISHED RUBBING HIS EYES IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE HE WASN’T DREAMING, WHEN HE HAD YET ANOTHER SURPRISE. OUT OF THE CORNER OF HIS EYE HE SAW MR GRUBER CRAWL OUT FROM UNDERNEATH A NEARBY TABLE.

“OH DEAR,” SAID PADDINGTON, “I HOPE I HAVEN’T BROKEN YOUR NEWEST PIANO.”

MR GRUBER LAUGHED. “HAVE NO FEAR OF THAT,” HE SAID. “IT IS WHAT IS KNOWN AS A ‘PLAYER PIANO’ AND IT WORKS BY ELECTRICITY. YOU DON’T SEE MANY AROUND THESE DAYS. I’VE JUST BEEN  PLUGGING IT IN TO MAKE SURE IT WORKS PROPERLY.”

“I DON’T THINK I HAVE EVER SEEN A PIANO THAT PLAYED A TUNE ALL BY ITSELF BEFORE,” SAID PADDINGTON. “WE DIDN’T HAVE ANYTHING LIKE THAT WHERE I COME FROM. BUT THEN WE DIDN’T HAVE ELECTRICITY EITHER.” THIS WAS A SAD ENDING.

<<THIS IS AN ADAPTION OF THE BOOK, PADDINGTON, BY MICHAEL BOND

SEE THE PADDINGTON BEAR ON VIDEO.

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TIMELINES SPECIAL: THE HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
THE ‘ERN MALLEY’ AFFAIR
WHEN THE HOAX WAS SOON UNCOVERED, THE TWO YOUNG POETS RESPONSIBLE ADMITTED THEY HAD PRODUCED THE ENTIRE LIFE WORK OF ERN MALLEY IN ONE AFTERNOON.
A DICTIONARY, WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE AND A BOOK OF QUOTATIONS WERE USED.
THEIR OBJECT WAS TO FIND OUT IF THE PEOPLE WHO WROTE OR PRAISED SO LAVISHLY SOME OF THE CURRENT POEMS, PARTICULARLY IN ANGRY PENGUINS, COULD TELL THE REAL PRODUCT FROM THE CONSCIOUSLY AND DELIBERATELY CONCOCTED NONSENSE.
THE HOAX BECAME WORLD NEWS.  THE FICTITIOUS ‘ERN MALLEY’ ENJOYED BRIEF FAME AT A TIME WHEN LIGHT-HEARTEDNESS WAS SCARCE.

<<BACKGROUND TO THE STORY CAME FROM NORMAN MACSWAIN BIOGRAPHY OF RICHARD HUGHES.

COMING: THE ‘ERN MALLEY’ AFFAIR! FRANK MORRIS TAKES A LOOK AT THE THREE HOAXES.


CHRISTMAS FOODFROLICO: The drink list. Bombay Bramble…it’s new and waiting to be discovered!

THIS IS A SPIRIT THAT BOASTS A FLAVOUR ALL ITS OWN. BOMBAY BRAMBLE…IT’S A NEW FLAVOUR IN COLOURED GINS. IT HAS THE TASTE OF ITS NATURAL INGREDIENTS. BOMBAY BRAMBLE USES FLASH FROZEN BLACKBERRIES AND RASPBERRIES TO CAPTURE THE ESSENCE OF THE FRUIT AT THE TIME OF HARVEST. AND GUESS WHAT? THERE IS NO ADDED SUGAR! FM.

TRY MAKING YOUR OWN BOMBAY BRAMBLE AT HOME TODAY. AND DON’T FORGET YOUR FRIENDS TOO!

BRAMBLE & TONIC

45 ML BOMBAY BRAMBLE GIN
100 ML FEVER TREE MEDITERRANEAN TONIC WATER
GARNISH WITH A LEMON WEDGE

BRAMBLE

60 ML BOMBAY BRAMBLE GIN
30 ML FRESH LEMON JUICE
20 ML SUGAR SYRUP
GARNISH WITH A LEMON WEDGE

WHY GIN? PEOPLE ARE OBSESSED WITH GIN.

FOR ITS VERSATILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY, WHICH CAN ACCOUNT FOR THE RECENT BOOM IN GIN DRINKING ON A WORLDWIDE SCALE.

GIN IS DISTILLED WITH A BEVY OF STRENGTHS, TONES AND TASTES TO ENJOY.

THINK OF DRINKING A GIN THAT GOES WITH THE SEASON?

GIN OVER ICE OR IN A COCKTAIL FOR SUMMER. OR ITS SPICY, EARTHY FLAVOURS IN WINTER. FM

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON NOVEMBER 16.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 01 November 20

GINGER MEGGS: He’ll reach 100 years young, the little rascal!

GINGER MEGGS, NEXT YEAR, WILL BECOME THE LONGEST SUCCESSFUL COMIC IN AUSTRALIA. GRAND YEARS WILL RUN A SPECIAL FEATURE ON THIS OUTSTANDING CHARACTER … THE LITTLE RASCAL. PLUS A STRIP FROM THE 1940S. ILLUSTRATION BY KEMSLEY.


OZ SPOT: ‘THIS IS THE ABC’ – In 1932, the Australia Broadcasting Commission went to air

A FAMILY GATHERING LISTENS TO THE ABC. Below: THE NATIONAL STUDIO OF THE ABC.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

ON FRIDAY, JULY 8, 1932, AFTER 8PM, IT WAS ANNOUNCED BY MANAGER CONRAD CHARLTON THAT “THIS IS THE AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING COMMISSION” NOW ON AIR.

THE TRANSMISSION IS ESTIMATED TO HAVE REACHED SIX PERCENT OF OUR POPULATION OF 400,000 WHICH TUNED IN FROM AS FAR AWAY AS PERTH.

THE THREE MAIN POLITICAL PARTIES WERE LEAD BY LIBERAL PRIME MINISTER JOSEPH LYONS, LABOR LEADER JAMES SCULLIN AND DR EARLE PAGE OF THE COUNTRY PARTY. ALL THREE MADE THEIR OWN SPEECH, WHICH WAS BROADCAST FROM THREE DIFFERENT CAPTITAL CITIES.

IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF A LONG AND FRUITFUL JOURNEY FOR THE ABC.

THE COMMISSION WAS RENAMED THE AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION IN 1983. IT BECAME NOT ONLY A SOURCE FOR NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT; BUT LIFE SAVING BULLETINS SUCH AS BUSHFIRE, FLOODS, ETC.

IN 1934 THE JOURNALIST, P.C. MURPHY, WAS APPOINTED. THEN FOLLOWED THE ABC’s FIRST FEDERAL NEWS EDITOR, FRANK DIXON, IN 1936 AND THE FIRST CANBERRA CORRESPONDENT, WARREN DENNING, IN 1939.

DENNING DID THE BROADCAST FROM THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE PRESS GALLERY.

TODAY, THE ABC OPERATES FOUR NATIONAL RADIO STATIONS, 54 LOCAL STATIONS, AND 5 TELEVISION CHANNELS. TELEVISION BROADCASTING HAD TO WAIT UNTIL 1956.

<< The full version ‘This in the ABC’ was written by RAHS’s Elizabeth Hefferman; Frank Morris provided extra material involving the news area. 

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TIMELINES: THE HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MEBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
1949
THE REEDS RETURN TO HEIDE IN SEPTEMBER. SUNDAY PLANTS THE HEART GARDEN IN MEMORY OF HER LOVE AFFAIR WITH NOLAN.
1951
THE REEDS MEET PAINTER CHARLES BLACKMAN AND HIS WIFE BARBARA, A WRITER AND ARTISTS’ MODEL. THE REEDS BECOME THE FIRST MAJOR COLLECTORS OF BLACKMAN’S WORK. CONTINUES BELOW.


FOODFROLICO: Drink List for Christmas. The success of Prosecco -- the fastest growing sparkling wine

Prosecco is, internationally, now the world’s most popular sparkling wine, since overtaking Champagne in sales. In Australia, over the past two years, Prosecco’s sales have doubled.

Sparkling wines, such as Prosecco, cannot be classified as a champagne. Originally, Prosecco comes from the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy and uses a grape called “Glera”.

The palate is light, fresh and creamy; and fruit is prominent with aromas of white peaches, pear and citrus.
Proseccos are cheaper to make than Champagne. The secondary fermentation occurs in a pressurised tank; the bubbles are captured and the wine is then bottled under pressure.

WINE BOOK REVIEW …

Prosecco, Luigi Bolton.

Prosecco, the name of an Italian village, is a sort of everyman’s champagne. In part, the author explains, how the change came about is a history of the prosecco wine; also an oral history documenting Italian presence in Britain. When Italian cuisine came to them in Britain, so did Prosecco, said the author, all brought to life through a vivid series of portraits on immigrants. The author adds: “A wine merchant recalled his childhood on Saturdays with his father and uncle at the local winery filling up their demi-johns. But as much as the emergence of Prosecco was a cultural import … it was also determinedly marketed by London restaurants and key wine-making families”.

Available in book store. << Spectrum, 2020.

NEXT: THE WORLD OF DRINK … WITH FLAVOURED GIN!


AUTHORS: Zane Grey, US novelist, knew where all the bad men were!  

THE ILLUSTRATIONS FOR ZANE GREY’S BOOKS ALWAYS DEPICTED THE HERO AS TOUGH AS NAILS. Below: ZANE GREY AT THE PEAK OF HIS CAREER.

GOOD GUYS, BAD GUYS! HE KNEW BOTH KINDS AND LIVED TO TELL THE TALE.

FRANK MORRIS

Zane Grey actually stood face-to-face with gunslingers, gamblers and lawmen which were passed on to him by men in the know. Grey went on to hunt mountain lions with Indians and outlaws with the Texas Rangers.

He knew the good guys and the bad guys of the West – Grey knew both kinds. And he lived to tell about it.

Grey sought out men, real men, and what they had to tell him about Wyatt Earp, Jesse James, Captain McNelly of the Texas Rangers and General George Armstrong Custer left nothing to the imagination.

He would play poker with Arizona card sharks. He would talk and walk with the dance-hall girls until their pretty lips would say, “I’ve told you everything”; and cowboys, who had looked into the icy eyes of William Bonney, Billy the Kid.

He got the fair-dinkum facts about the most gruelling episodes in the history of the West, firsthand.

Take a novel like The Border Legion, for instance. It is based on eye witness accounts of how an outlaw army, led by Henry Plummer and Boone Helm, robbed, murdered and terrorised the town of Alder Gulch on the Idaho-Montana border.

In the end, Plummer and Helm were captured and hanged by a group of vigilantes who took the law into their own hands.

Lassiter, from Riders of the Purple Sage, was one of the most feared guns in the West and gambled his life, and the woman he loved, for one last chance at freedom. This has been perhaps the most popular Western ever written.

The book captured the drama and the nuances of the Mormon struggle for existence that ever took place in the bleak and hostile Utah territory.

Hide-hunter Tom Doan, the figure head of the novel The Thundering Herd, rides to rescue a kidnapped girl, but Doan is trapped between rampaging Comanches and miles of stampeding buffalo.

Grey describes in vivid detail the methods used by hide-hunters as well as virtually every aspect of their lives; his realistic accounts of the killing and skinning of the buffalo have never been surpassed.

There’s also Wildfire, Arizona Ames, Maverick Queen, The Vanishing American and The Hash Knife Outfit, and many others, each written with the hell-for-leather realism that makes Grey one of the most popular of all Western scribes.

In his lifetime, Grey originated more than 90 Western novels. His last abode in Pennsylvania has been taken over by the National Parks Service and turned into a museum.

Grey died in 1939. He was 67.

<< Written from the material of The Grey Zane Library, 1976

BAD GUY: WILLIAM BONNEY, BILLY THE KID.

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TIMELINES:  THE HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
1953
THE REEDS, TOGETHER WITH MAX HARRIS AND BARRETT REID, BEGIN A NEW CULTRAL MAGAZINE, ERN MALLEY’S JOURNAL, WHICH THEY PUBLISH UNTIL 1955. CONTINUES NEXT ISSUE.
TIMELINES SPECIAL: ‘ERN MALLEY’, WRITTEN BY NORMAN MACSWAN IN THE RICHARD HUGHES BIOGRAPHY, IN THE MAN WHO READ THE EAST WIND. NEXT.

GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON NOVEMBER 2.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 19 October 20

THE NEWSPAPER RAINBOW: You can have any colour newsprint of your choice!

HOW THE SALMON PINK NEWSPARER STANDS OUT. Below: EVEN SPORTING NEWSPARERS GLOW IN PINK.

PICK A COLOUR. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT SHADE YOU CHOOSE.

FRANK MORRIS

During the 15th century newspaper owners used to wash dye through the newsprint to get a light shade of pink. Coloured newsprint has been mainly a drawcard for the print industry from the early 19 century.

Newspaper owners made the switch to pink to make their paper look different from others.

In 1917 a Sydney editor wanted to make his newspaper, The Surf, a stand-out at the newsagent, so he’s selected a pink newsprint … until it was unavailable to the industry.

In Australia, in the early 1990s, one of the weekend papers printed their masthead in pink to tie in with the Breast Cancer Awareness promotions.

In the 1970s, I can recall that the Sun changed its race guide to yellow. In return, the Mirror came out with a ‘pink’ race guide.

The Mirror ran a 30 second radio campaign ending “… and now with the Mirror you are always in the pink!”
In Britain, a pink newspaper was usually selected by the financial press.

In 1893, the British Financial Times celebrated its 100 years printed on pink newsprint … to separate it from the Financial News. The newsprint was later changed to the familiar Salmon pink.

The Financial Times was not the only daily journal to use pink newsprint; but the honour goes to many of the sporting newspapers such as the Sporting Times, Sport Argus, Sport Globe, etc.

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TIMELINE: HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
IN THE 188Os ARTHUR STREETON, TOM ROBERTS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE HEIDELBERG SCHOOL PAINTED SCENES FROM THE LOCAL AREA AND, IN THE MEANTIME, PAINTED IT INTO HISTORY.

GRAND YEARS CONTINUES ITS YEAR BY YEAR SOJOURN IN THE FAMILY BUILDING, NAME HEIDE, AFTER THE NEARBY TOWNSHIP IN HEIDELBERG, MELBOURNE.

GY’s LAST ENTRY WAS MADE TWO YEARS AGO, WITH JOHN REED AND SUNDAY QUINN GETTING MARRY, IN 1932. SIDNEY NOLAN NEARLY COMPLETED THE NED KELLEY SERIES IN 1946. CONTINUED BELOW.
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The inventive George Newes, one of the outstanding regenerators of magazine and newspaper publishing in the 19th century, printed the Evening Westminster Gazette in sea green newsprint.,

Newes used all his creative powers to retail this to his would-be readers. He said: “Evening newspapers are largely read by people going home in badly lit railway carriages, omni-buses, etc.

“White paper and black ink may do very well for a reader sitting at home if you are on a steady floor and with sufficient light.

“But to try and read it … in what railway companies are pleased to call a light while jolted about in a railway carriage is very injurious to the eyesight”.

LOOT, the weekly classified advertising newspaper in UK, made every edition a new colour – Monday to Friday.

For example, Monday it was gold; Tuesday, red; Wednesday, green; Thursday, blue; and Friday, Pink.

The image of changing colour to pink for the race guide is also a promotional builder.

The Daily Mirror dragged in some 15,000 extra readers from the Sun Golden Guide just by reinforcing to people that “they are in the pink.”

That was in the middle 1970s.

Promoting a colour, such a pink, is not a bad idea. In the Mirror case, there were thousands of extra readers at stake when looking for a viable pink option.

Frank Morris comment: The Daily Mirror spent a hefty bundle promoting the Pink Race Guide. I think, at this stage, the Mirror printed all the advertisements of the race guide in pink.

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TIMELINE: HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
1947
IN JULY, SIDNEY NOLAN COMPLETES THE KELLY SERIES AND LEAVES HEIDE (THE HOUSE) TO TRAVEL THROUGH QUEENSLAND.
JOY HESTER IS DIAGNOSED WITH HODGKIN LYMPHOMA. SHE LEAVE SWEENEY, HER SON, WITH ALBERT TUCKER WHILE SHE MOVES TO SYDNEY WITH NEW PARTNER GRAY SMITH.
ALBERT TUCKER DEPARTS MELBOURNE FOR EUROPE IN OCTOBER, LEAVING SWEENEY IN THE REEDS’ CARE. CONTINUED BELOW.


BOB ROGERS … His last program ended a 78 year radio career

BOB ROGERS … THE “FIFTH BEATLE”.  (BELOW)

FRANK MORRIS

BOB ROGERS, 93, CALLS IT A DAY. ROGERS ENDED HIS BROADCASTING CAREER LASTING A REMARKABLE SPIRITED 78 YEARS.

ROGERS EARNED THE TITLE OF THE ‘FIFTH BEATLE’ WHEN HE TOURED WITH THE WORLD LEADING POP GROUP, THE BEATLES, IN 1964s.

I MET ROGERS ONCE WHEN HE WAS STARTING 20 PLUS YEARS WITH 2CH, BUT LISTENED TO HIM FROM THE DAYS HE INTRODUCED HIMSELF AS “HIDIE HODIE EVERYBOIE! ON 2UE.

ROGERS WAS A GOOD PAL OF JOHNNY O’KEEFE. EVEN THEN, ROGERS REGARDED O’KEEFE AS “AUSTRALIA’S FIRST GENUINE ROCK ‘N ROLL PERSONALITY”.

IN AUGUST 1959, HE WROTE IN HIS COLUMN FOR A KIDS MAGAZINE, THAT “HE’S PROBABLY NOT THE GREATEST SINGER, BUT GUSHES A FRIENDLY PERSONALITY”.

ROGERS FIRST MET ‘THE WILD ONE’ IN THE 1950s AND BECAME A LONG TIME FRIEND.

ROGERS WAS ONE THE O’KEEFE PALLBEARERS AT HIS FRIEND’S FUNERAL WHEN HE DIED IN 1978.

WILL ROGERS MISS ‘HANGING UP THE HEADPHONES’ OR NOT. I PROBABLY WILL, ROGERS SAID. “BUT AT 93, I THINK IT’S TIME”.

“I THINK IT’S TIME!” SAYS BOB ROGERS.


LET’S LAUGH WITH THE CAT …

“WHO IS THE SMARTEST ONE?” ME!


YOUR DOG: Boxer dogs show great strength of character

NO WONDER I GOT OFF TO ROCKY START. MY NAME SAYS IT ALL!

FRANK MORRIS

MATE, I AM A BOXER. FANCY CALLING DOGS A BOXER! SOME EXPERTS SAY THAT THEY SEE SOME TERRIER STRAIN IN MY SMOOTH-HAIRED COAT AND THE WAY I LOOK. I SAY NO. BY AND LARGE, MATE, I AM A BOXER. I AM RECOGNISED AS A BOXER, IT’S THAT SIMPLE.

My name is Beau. I didn’t like at first, but that’s the way things go.

After all that is explained, I feel like a dog who has gone twelve rounds with a bruiser in a rough and tumble fight.
They reckon I’m tough. The answer is … no! I can hold my own, but tough, no.

Mate, I am medium-size dog with basically a fawn shaded undercarriage, white chest and paws and black snout.

The fact that I hail from Germany is a tell-tale sign. I am five years of age – that 25 years in human terms – and feeling good for my age.

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TIMELINE: HEIDE MUSEUM OF ART, MELBOURNE. THE PEOPLE.
1948
SIDNEY NOLAN MOVES TO SYDNEY FROM QUEENSLAND. HE MARRIES CYNTHIA REED ON MARCH 25, CAUSING A PERMANENT ESTRAGEMENT WITH THE REEDS.
IN AUGUST, THE REEDS AND SWEENEY TRAVEL TO EUPOPE FOR A YEAR AND MEET WITH ALBERT TUCKER IN PARIS TO DISCUSS SWEENEY’S FUTURE.
THEY ALSO ARRANGE TWO EXHIBITIONS OF NOLAN’S NED KELLY SERIES IN PARIS AND ROME.
JOY HESTER AND GRAY SMITH RETURN TO MELBOURNE, SETTLING AT HURSTBRIDGE. CONTINUED NEXT WEEK.
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Do I understand the German language? No.

My owner is well read, though. She is a professor of science and, from what I hear, she is very high up the totem pole.

I was dozing in the shade when I heard her tell a friend all about my forbears that I was a descended from a Bullenbeisser crossed with a mastiff-type dog, bulldog and possibly a Great Dane too boot.

Mate, now I know why people get me confused with Great Danes. “What is he?” yells a fella from a truck. “A Great Dane,” was the reply.

“Geeze.” I felt like crying.

In the past, mate, I was told we used to control cattle in the slaughterhouses and were originally bred to be guard dogs. We were there to chase off the villains, rascals and thieves.

But I’m pleased that’s all behind me. On the whole, I love home and the harmonious family atmosphere that goes with it.

My owner takes me on long walks along the beach front where we stay for hours. I am off the leash and meet with my friends, especially a female boxer. That’s my kind of life!

I eat well. I sleep like a kitten. I’m taken to the vet for a check-up. I’m content – yes, that’s the word. No stress, no foibles.

And do you what, mate? I’m the dog who prefers to make love rather than bark!


VALE: HELEN REDDY, THE SINGER, HAS DIED AT THE AGE OF 78. REDDY WAS QUEEN OF 1970s POP. HER HITS INCLUDED I AM WOMAN, DELTA DAWN AND AIN’T NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY.
CONGRATS: ONE OF SYDNEY’S PREMIER ATTRACTIONS, LUNA PARK, IS 85 YEARS YOUNG. ARTIST ARTHUR BARTON CREATED THE SPECIAL MAGIC AT LUNA PARK WHICH OPENED IN 1935.

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 19.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 05 October 20

JACK’S FAREWELL: Twelve months ago the surf at Cronulla was awash with red roses

FROM NEAR AND FAR, FORTY SURFERS WISH JACK HAS A SAFE JOURNEY.

“OF WINDS AND WATER THAT WILL CARRY HIM TOWARDS HIS DESTINY …”

FINE WORDS WERE SAID ABOUT THE WORLD-WIDE PHOTOGRAPHER/JOURNALIST JACK EDEN. THE FORTY ODD SURFERS FROM NEAR AND FAR, EACH HANDED A RED ROSE, TURNED UP TO WISH JACK BON VOYAGE ON HIS LAST TRIP IN A CALM SEA AT CRONULLA. JACK’S SON, JOHN, READ A POEM AT HIS FUNERAL SERVICE WHICH I THOUGHT SUMMED UP THIS SPLENDID OCCASSION. JACK EDEN DIED LAST YEAR ON SEPTEMBER 29. THEN, ON OCTOBER 6, HIS ASHES WERE SCATTERED AND THE SURFERS SAID GOODBYE TO JACK AT CRONULLA BEACH.  FRANK MORRIS.

THE SURFER

Waves churn.
The lone surfer stares,
searching for that one.
Perfection.
Of wind and water
that will carry him
as his board,
glides along
the watery plain
towards his destiny …


FLASHBACK: Jack Eden … His “Surfing Sixties” photo exhibition was a smash hit in Cornwall

SURFING LEGEND, BOBBY BROWN

A LESSON IN LENSMANSHIP.

TRISTAN’S PHOTO GALLERY IN WADEBRIDGE, CORNWALL, UK, IN THE LATE 1990s, TOOK ADVANTAGE OF EDEN’S STATUS AND INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION AS A PHOTOGRAPHER!

MATTEW ARNEY, ALEX WADE, OF UK

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

ITS SUNNY LOCATION AMID THE SURF BEACHES OF NORTH CORNWALL IS A PERFECT LOCATION FOR A COLLECTION OF RARE HAND-PRINTED BLACK AND WHITE IMAGES BY THE “FOUNDING FATHER” OF AUSTRALIAN SURF PHOTOGRAPHY, JACK EDEN.

DESCRIBED AS “THE PHOTOGRAPHIC BIOGRAPHER” OF AUSTRALIAN SURFING HISTORY, EDEN SHOT THE MAJORITY OF THE IMAGES BETWEEN THE LATE FIFTIES TO THE LATE SIXTIES, MAINLY AROUND THE TOP BEACHES OF AUSTRALIA AND HAWAII, FOR HIS MAGAZINE SURFABOUT.

IN THE MEANTIME, HE STUDIED THE ART OF DEVELOPING AND PRINTING TECHNIQUES BY HIS CORRESPODENCE WITH LEGENDARY AMERICAN ANSEL ADAMS.

THIS PEDIOD, “THE SURFING SIXITIES”, WAS A TIME OF GREAT TRANSITION. THERE WERE GROWTH AND EVOLUTION IN SURFING, AS BOTH NEW MATERIALS AND DESIGNS ALLOWED FOR GREAT PROGRESSION IN THE WATER.

AS A RESULT, MORE YOUNG PEOPLE PURSUED A RELAXED AND CAREFREE LIFESTYLE – AT THE BEACH.
EDEN CAPTURED THE ACTION TAKING PLACE ON THE WAVES; AND ALSO THE FASHION, THE CARS AND THE MUSICIANS, AND ATTITUDES OF THAT BLOSSOMING, OF THE AUSTRALIAN BEACH SCENE.

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ABOUT JACK EDEN …
FROM THE MID 1990s, THE JACK EDEN’S SURFABOUT REVISITED COLLECTION WAS ONE OF THE MAJOR EXHIBITIONS TO RECOGNISE THE INPUT OF JACK’S WORK DURING THE SURFING SIXTIES.
JACK’S EXHIBITION STARTED IN PERTH AND WENDED ITS WAY ACROSS AUSTRALIA. OVERSEAS, IT WAS SHOWN AT THE TRITAN’S GALLERY, CORNWALL, ENGLAND. – FM.
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NO WONDER THIS PART OF AUSTRALIA HAS BECOME A NATIONAL FRONTIER.

THE SIXTIES WERE SOMEWHAT PROPITIOUS FOR THE SURFING INDUSTRY. EDEN’S SURFABOUT MAGAZINE OPINED THAT “WE’VE COME OF AGE ON THE WAVES”.

IT WAS SURFING EVOLUTION AND REVOLUTION ALL IN ONE.

EDEN HAS COMPRISED WELL COMPOSED AND ARTFULL AESTHIC ACTION SHOTS, TAKING PORTRAITURE AND PHOTOJOURNALISTIC LIFESTYLE AS SUBJECT MATTER.

HIS PHOTOGRAHY TRULY CAPTURED THE INNOCENCE AND ESSENCE OF SURFING IN THE SIXTIES.
AMONG THE PRINTS ARE CLASSIC IMAGES FROM THE FIRST SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP HELD AT MANLY, AUSTRALIA, IN 1964.

THIS IS THE ONLY TIME THAT ANY OF THESE WORKS HAVE BEEN DISPLAYED IN EUROPE; THEY HAVE EXTENSIVELY TOURED MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA.

<< This story was written in 1999 and published in Grand Years in 2008.

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ABOUT JACK EDEN …
OF THE SURFING SIXTIES, JACK WAS QUITE LITERAL ABOUT THOSE TIMES. “IN THE ERA WE WERE REGARDED AS BUMS.
“BUT FOR SOME REASON A LOT OF THOSE BUMS WERE TOP SURFERS; MANY OF THEM WERE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED. IN THEIR DAY, THEY WERE PRETTY IMPORTANT PEOPLE.
“THERE WERE JUDGES, BARRISTERS, LAWYERS, AND BIG BUILDERS. YOU NAME IT”. – FM.
 


After The Surf: Final.  When Australian’s first surfing magazine bit the dust, the “surfing sixties’ hit our shores!

LEE CROSS AND THE AUSTRALIAN SURFER. Below: LEE CROSS, ALWAYS SMILING.

THE 1960s PROVED TO BE A GROUND-BREAKING DECADE. IT HERALDED THE BEGINNING OF THE SURFING REVOLUTION!

FRANK MORRIS

BACK IN THE 1960s, LEE CROSS WAS AN ARDENT AND CRUSADING BOARDRIDER.

CROSS, JACK EDEN AND BOB EVANS WERE ALL RESPONSIBLE BOARDRIDERS WHO PRODUCED – AT VARYING TIMES -- A NEW GENRE OF PUBLISHING – THE SURFING MAGAZINE.

BUT CROSS WAS FIRST TO EXPLOIT THIS NEW FORM OF PUBLISHING BY PRODUCING THE FIRST TO HIT THE STREET, THE AUSTRALIAN SURFER.

HE PURLOINED, I AM TOLD, THE IDEA FROM AMERICA. THE LOS ANGELES-BASED PUBLISHER, ROBERT PETERSEN, PUBLISHED THE FIRST JOURNAL FOR THE BURGEONING US BOARDRIDING POPULATION CALLED SURFING MAGAZINE.

PETERSEN’S EFFORT WON KUDOS FROM SURFERS ALL OVER THE WORLD.

THE 1960s WAS TO PROVE A GROUND-BREAKING DECADE FOR AUSTRALIA. IT HERALDED THE START OF THE SURFING REVOLUTION.

IN AUGUST 1961, I STOOD ALONGSIDE THE PRINTING PRESS AT A SMALL SYDNEY PRINTERY THAT WAS SPEWING OUT SHEETS OF CROSS’S HISTORY-MAKING JOURNAL, THE AUSTRALIA SURFER.

I WASN’T ALONE. OWNER OF THE MAGAZINE, LEE CROSS, WAS STANDING ON OTHER SIDE. WE ONLY HAD A BRIEF CONVERSATION. THEN HE LEFT.

NOW, LONG FORGOTTEN, ARE A FEW DIEHARDS WHO STILL TREASURE THEIR COPIES OF SURFING MAGAZINES.

CROSS, ONLY 19, AND A KEEN BOARDRIDER, BELIEVED THAT SURFING SHOULD BE GIVEN MORE ENCOURAGEMENT AS A WORLD-WIDE SPORT.

“WHEN PETESTSEN’S PUBLICATION REACHED AUSTRALIA, I RECALLED SAYING ‘WELL IF THEY DO IT … WE CAN DO IT’”, CROSS WAS QUOTED AS SAYING.

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ABOUT JACK EDEN …
MANLY CELEBRATES ITS 40 YEARS OF MALIBU SURFING IN 1996. THE MANLY ART GALLERY & MUSEUM HAD A SPECIAL INTEREST IN THE BEACH AND THE WAY IT TRANSFORMED PART OF OUR COMPLACENT LIFE.
SUFFICE TO SAY THAT THE MALIBU OR LONGBOARD BECAME AN INSTANT HIT ON THE AUSTRALIAN BEACHES. IN 1964, MIDGET FARRELY WON THE FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AT MANLY.
ONE PERSON WHO SAW IT ALL, AND PHOTOGRAPHED THE PERSONALIES, THE CHAMPIONS AND THE CROWDS WAS JACK EDEN. CONTINUES BELOW.
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CROSS DECIDED TO PUBLISH A MAGAZINE WHICH WOULD PROFILE THE BEST SURFING SPOTS, SHOW HOW TO RIDE A SURFBOARD, AND SHOWCASE THE LOCAL CHAMPIONS WITH PHOTOGRAPHS AND ARTICLES.

THE PAGES WERE PEPPERED WITH ILLUSTRATIONS AND JOKES BY ART STUDENT DAVID LETTS WHOSE WIT AND WISDOM BROUGHT ON LOADS OF SMILES.

“ALTHOUGH I FELT A HUGE ERROR IN REDUCING THE PRESSRUN FROM 3000 TO 2000 COPIES”, THE JOURNAL’S EDITOR SAID, “MY ESTIMATE WAS NOT THAT MANY SURFERS WERE ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN THE SPORT AT THE TIME”.

AT SUCH A CRITICAL PERIOD, HE WAS CERTAINLY MISGUIDED.

“THERE WAS NO INTRODUCTION, EDITORIAL OR LETTERS PAGE AT THAT TIME”, SAID THE AUTHOR, PAUL SCOTT, OF A PAPER HE PRESENTED TO GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY IN 2005.

“WHILE AN ADVERTISEMENT THAT URGED READERS NOT TO MISS THE NEXT ISSUE, ISSUE NUMBER 3, WOULD NOT APPEAR”.

WRITER KERRY YATES, OF THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S WEEKLY, ENTERED THE FRAY WHEN THE MAGAZINE WAS UP AND RUNNING.

“CAN I REALLY RIDE A BOARD FROM INSTRUCTIONS IN A BOOK”? WAS ONE FIRED AT CROSS IN KERRY YATES DOUBLE-PAGE FEATURE FOR THE MAGAZINE.

“A SUNTANNED BLOND, THE 19-YEAR-OLD SYDNEY SURFER, CROSS HAD SHOWN ME A COPY OF THE AUSTRALIA SURFER JOURNAL WHICH HE HAD WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED HIMSELF”, SHE WRITES.   

“GRAB YOUR SWIMSUIT NEXT SUNDAY MORNING … AND WE’LL FIND OUT”, CROSS SAID. KERRY YATES SAYS “YES”.

CROSS “TOLD ME A LITTLE ABOUT HIMSELF AND WHY HE WROTE HIS BOOK ON SURFING”. SINCE HE LEFT HIGH SCHOOL … HE WORKED WITH AN WELL-KNOWN ADVERTISING COMPANY.

AMAZING WIT. ‘GOING FAR?” “NO – ONLY A MATTER OF A FEW FEET!” (DAVID LETTS, AUSTRALIAN SURFER, 1961).

HE BRANCHED OUT TO THE UNKNOWN FEAR OF PUBLISHING A MAGAZINE ON SURFING WITH “HELP OF HIS TEENAGE SURFING MATES” THAT WOULD GARNER THE DESERVED PUBLICITY.

“I TRIED AND TRIED TO STAND UP IN ONE ACTION, AS THE BOOK SAID … BUT I CAN’T EVEN DO THAT ON LAND”’ KERRY WROTE.

“AFTER ABOUT 30 MINUTES I LEARNT TO STAND IN A STRICTLY NON-FEMININE FASHION; I COULD STAND UP, I WAS SURE THAT I’D BE A SURFBOARD RIDER ONE DAY”.

IRONICALLY, BY THE TIME EDEN’S SURFABOUT APPEARED ON THE SCENE (THERE WAS ONLY A WHISKER IN IT) CROSS’S TRIAL-BLAZING AUSTRALIAN SURFER HAD FOLDED.

SURFABOUT’S PRINT-RUN WAS 10,000 COPIES ALL OF WHICH EVAPORATED IN A WEEK.

SURFING WAS HOT. THE HARDCORE WEEKEND WARRIOR AND BEGINNER LITERALLY DEVOURED THE INK OFF THE PAGES!

<< ADAPTED FROM THE ARTICLE, HOW WAVES WERE TAMED (UNPUBLISHED) BY FRANK MORRIS.

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ABOUT JACK EDEN …
HIS IMAGES FROM SURFABOUT MAGAZINE REVISITED COLLECTION FORM AN IMPORTANT SECTION OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVE OF GREAT SPORTS.
THIS COMPREHENSIVE IMAGERY OF SURFING HISTORY, COMPILED OVER 1O YEARS, PROVIDES A UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO THE STYLES AND PERSONALITIES BEHIND AUSTRALIAN SURFING.
MIDGET FARRELLY AGREED. “THE LATE FIFTIES AND EARLY SIXITIES WERE ECLETIC TIMES FOR SURFING. GREAT TRANSITIONS WERE MADE IN A SPORT THAT HAD BEEN THE OBSCURE DOMAIN OF THE SURFLIFESAVING MOVEMENT”. – FM.
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NEXT ISSUE OF GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON OCTOBER 9.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 21 September 20

THE SURF NEWSPAPER: The only journal to concentrate on surf-riding activities!

ISABEL LETHAM, REGARDED AS THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN WOMAN TO RIDE A SURFBOARD. HER IMPACT UPON SURF CULTURE WAS UNDENIABLE.

DURING DUKE KAHANAMOKU’S VISIT TO AUSTRALIA IN 1915, THERE WAS A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN SURF “RIDERS” AND SURFBOARDS. HE WON A SWAG OF GOLD MEDALS FOR SWIMMING AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES. BY 1923, THE DUKE HAD BEEN BEATEN ONLY ONCE IN FOUR YEARS -- BY JOHNNY WEISSMULLER. Below: AUSTRALIA’S FIRST, THE SURF JOURNAL.

DUKE KAHANAMOKU CAME TO AUSTRALIA AND BOARD RIDING TOOK OFF, SUDDENLY.

FRANK MORRIS

DECEMBER 1, 1917! THERE WAS THE FIRST WORLD WAR, OR THE EUROPEAN WAR, WHICH HAD BEEN RAGING FOR OVER 2 YEARS. ANOTHER EVENT, ON A MUCH LOWER KEY THAN THE WAR EFFORT, WAS THE LAUNCH OF THE “WORLD’S FIRST SURFING NEWSPAPER” – THE SURF.

"THE JOURNAL PROVIDED SOME FASCINATING INSIGHTS TO THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF BEACH CULTURE IN THE LAST YEARS OF THE GREAT WAR. PRODUCED IN 1917, THE SURF LASTED FOR 20 ISSUES AND FOLDED ON APRIL 13, 1918.

INITIALLY, IT WAS PRINTED ON PINK NEWSPRINT.

THE SURF WAS A UNIQUE AND DETAILED WEEKLY, AND WAS POSSIBLY ONE OF THE ONLY JOURNALS IN THE WORLD TO FOCUS PRIMARLY ON SURF-RIDING AND OTHER BEACH ACTIVITIES.

“IT MUST BE REMEMBERED THAT BEFORE THE 1960s THERE WAS VERY LITTLE IN THE WAY OF YOUTH MAGAZINES AND SURF MAGAZINES THAT WERE TO BECOME IMMENSELY POPULAR”, SAID JOHN OGDEN, SALT WATER PEOPLE”.

“FOLLOWING DUKE KAHANAMOKU’S SURFING DEMONSTRATIONS IN SYDNEY DURING 1914-15, IT WOULD BE EASY TO IMAGINE THE GROWTH OF AUSTRALIAN SURFRIDING WOULD BE SEVERELY LIMITED BY THE NATION’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE WAR”, NOTED ONE RESEARCHER.

“FOR THE ACTIVE AND HEDONISTIC, THE CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT OF SURF-SHOOTING AND SURFBOARD RIDING WAS STARTING TO MAKE THEIR PRESENCE FELT”.

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SURF’S UP …
“ALTHOUGH IT SEEMS THAT ALL YOU NEED IS A BOARD AND A WAVE TO GO SURFING”, A NEWSPAPER SAID RECENTLY, “THERE IS MUCH MORE THAN JUST BALANCING ON A FOAMY CREST”. TOO RIGHT. FIRST OF ALL, YOU NEED A BOARD THAT MAKES YOU, UM, HAPPY. YOU NEED A BOARD THAT HAS BEEN BUILT BY ONE OF THE LEADING CUSTOM BUILDERS IN THE AREA. IF THE MAKER IS PROUD OF THEIR BRAND, AND IT’S POSITION IN THE MARKETPLACE, SO SHOULD YOU BE. – FM.
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HAILED THE SURF NEWSPAPER, “CONTRARY TO EXPECTATION, THE NUMBER OF SURF-RIDERS AND SURFBOARDS CONTINUED TO DRAMATICALLY INCREASE”.

THE NEWSPAPER WAS POSSIBLY WAS OF “THE FIRST IN WORLD” TO CONVERGE “ON SURFBOARD RIDING AND BEACH ACTIVIES” PARTICULARLY WITH THE NATIONAL EXPOSURE OF THE KAHANAMOKU TOUR.

THE SURF NEWSPAPER WAS EARMARKED A “JOURNAL OF SPORT AND PASTIME” AND WAS PUBLISHED BY CON DREW, A KNOCKABOUT JOURNALIST.

CONCENTRATING ON BONDI BEACH, THE LEAD ARTICLE WAS SURF SHOOTER AND SIREN LARGELY WORKED ON BY DREW. WITH THE ARTICLE, THE JOURNALIST NOTES THAT CONTRIBUTIONS WERE PENNED BY THE ‘LADY REPORTER’ AND THE ‘RELIGIOUS REPORTER”.

FROM THE SECOND ISSUE, BASED ON SANGUINE REPORTS OF THE READERSHIPS, THESE ADDITIONAL CORRESPONDENTS SUCH AS COOGEE (BY CORK-SCREW), MANLY AND CRONULLA (BY DARKIE) AND NEWCASTLE (SHOOTER) WERE ADDED.

A FEW HINTS BY FRANK FORAN’S SURFBOARD SHOOTING FOR THE BEGINNERS WAS SIMPLY THIS: “TO STAND ON THE BOARD, CATCH THE WAVE BEFORE IT HAS BROKEN”.

SEVERAL BOARDRIDERS WERE REPORTED BUILDING THEIR OWN BOARDS.

BY IMPLICATION, ARTHUR STONE, OF BONDI, SET A FIRST FOR THE ‘INDUSTRY’ (WAS HE THE START OF THE BOARDBUILDERS?) AND MANUFACTURED THEM FOR  OTHER RIDERS.

“SOME BOARDS WERE EXTREMELY BIGGER AND HEAVIER”, SAID A RESEARCHER. “BIGGERS BOARDS WERE PROBABLY BUILT FOR THE LARGER RIDER. THE EXTREME LENGTH WAS “GREATER THAN 10 FEET”.

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SURF’S UP …
WHEN THE WAVE CURLS OVER CREATING A HOLLOW THAT’S CALLED A BARREL … A PERSON WHO RIDES A BOARD WITH THE RIGHT FOOT FORWARD AND LEFT FOOT BACK IS A GOOFY-FOOT … A LEASH, AKA AS A LEG ROPE, IS USED TO ATTACH THE BOARD TO A SURFER’S LEG … DOING A 360 IS SPINNING THE BOARD RIGHT AROUND IN THE AIR. –FM.
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“IT WAS EMPHASISED THAT HEAVY WEIGHT WAS KNOWN TO RETARD PERFORMANCE.

“THE ONLY REFERENCE TO DÉCOR IS THAT ONE BOARD AT BONDI WAS PAINTED WHITE TO CONTRAST IT WITH THE STANDARD SIMPLE TIMBER GRAIN. THIS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN STRICTLY DECORATIVE BUT THE USE OF PAINT MAY HAVE BEEN THE EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE SEALING OF THE TIMBER OR TO DISGUISE EXTENSIVE REPAIRS”.

THE PAPER WAS THE ENTERPRISE OF EDITOR AND JOURNALIST CON DREW. MOST ISSUES HAD ONE PAGE OF TURF, SAILING, SWIMMING AND CRICKET, THEATRE REVIEWS AND A CONTINUING “HIGHLY DRAMATIC” SERIAL DREW PENNED EVERY WEEK.

THE FIRST EDITION OF THE SURF APPEARED ON PINK NEWSPRINT AND SOLD FOR 1d – ONE PENNY – AND IT WAS REPORTED TO HAVE SOLD OVER 5000 COPIES.

IT WAS ONE OF THE FEW NEWSPAPER PRINTED ON PINK NEWSPRINT IN AUSTRALIA. IN DREW’S CASE, IT WAS BECAUSE IT MADE HIS PAPER LOOK APPEALING.

ACCORDING TO A RESEARCHER, THE PUBLISHER FAILED TO SECURE ENOUGH PINK NEWSPRINT AND THEREFORE THE PRICE WENT UP TO 2d PER COPY. THE COST FOR NEWSPRINT THE WAS GIVEN AS THE REASON.

WHEN THE PAPER FOLDED THE CIRCULATION WAS IN “EXCESS OF 6000 COPIES”.

DREW, OR SOMEBODY ELSE, LATER REINVENTED THE SURF NEWSPAPER AS THE SURF AND SUBURBAN NEWS.

<< Surfresearch.com.au; Frank Morris’s How the waves were tamed!

NEXT: Nothing happened until 40 years later when the ‘Surfing Sixties’ hit our shores!

THE SURF. A SEEMINGLY OVER EMBELLISHED MASTHEAD, IT WAS A BEST-SELLER.

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SURF’S UP …
IN THE LATE 1800’s, US AUTHOR MARK TWAIN (SAMUEL CLEMENTS) BECAME THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL LITERARY LUMINARY TO VISIT AND PUBLICISE NEW ZEALAND.
DEEP DOWN, TWAIN WAS A LITERARY NOMAD. ABOUT THE SAME TIME, HE BECAME ONE OF THE EARLIEST AMERICAN’S TO TRY TO SURF. TWAIN DABBLED IN SURFING WHILE VISTING HAWAII IN 1866.
HE WROTE ABOUT THE ADVENTURE IN HIS BOOK, ROUGHING IT. – FM.

 


SILENT SCREEN: Some old favourite Aussie female stars of the silent era!

NELLIE STEWART AS SWEET NELL IN COUSENS SPENCER’S 1911 PRODUCTION OF SWEET NELL OF OLD DRURY.

FRANK MORRIS

IT WAS MEMORABLE DAY, DECEMBER 2, 1911. THE PRODUCER SAID ONE HIS GREATEST SUCCESSES WAS SWEET NELL OF OLD DRURY STARRING NELLIE STEWART.

IN THE FIRST WEEK, OVER 12,000 PEOPLE HAPPILY PAID FOR ADMITTANCE TICKETS; WHILE NELLIE RECEIVED A RECORD FEE OF 1000 POUNDS PLUS A SHARE OF THE PROFITS.

AS A RESULT, NELLIE PLAYED ROLE OF SWEET NELL FOR ALMOST 12 YEARS ON THE AUSTRALIAN STAGE. NELLIE STEWART WAS FAMOUS AS THE ORANGE GIRL.

EVERYTHING ASSOCIATED WITH SWEET NELL WAS CONNECTED WITH THE THEATRE, A FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT HE KNEW QUITE WELL. NELLIE STEWART, AS IF THE SCREEN WERE A STAGE, WAS AWAYS THERE.

THIS FILM DID NOT IMMORTALISE THE NAME OF DIRECTOR RAYMOND LONGFORD.

IT TOOK THE SENTIMENAL BLOKE TO PROVIDE THE LEGENDARY FAME. DOUBTLESS, LONGFORD FOUND
THIS FILM TO BE ONE OF HIS MOST REWARDING AS A DIRECTOR.

<< Eric Reade: The Australian Screen, Lansdowne Press, Melbourne; 1975, has given me further assistance.


The “Agony Aunts”: Part 1. They speak to the women about their problems!

DOROTHY DIX IN 1896, THE TIME SHE WROTE HER FIRST COLUMN. Below: MARJORIE PROOPS, THE “AGONY AUNT” WHO SERVES A LEGENDARY PERIOD WITH THE DAILY MIRROR (UK).

HOW OFTEN HAVE YOU HEARD THE EXPRESSION, “LET’S CALL DOROTHY DIX”. IT’S BEEN PREVALENT IN GENERAL CONVERSATION AND THE MOVIES SINCE ‘DD’ BECAME A POPULAR FIGURE.

DOROTHY DIX        Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

What would you do if you had a husband who came to you and told you he was tired of you and the baby, and bored to death with domesticity and he wanted you to let him go?

Would you hang on to his coat tails … or would you open the door and shoo him out?

This is the question asked by one of my readers and she pleaded with me to help her decide. She said her husband is a good man, who had always been a kind husband and father, and that she loves him very dearly.

But somehow or other matrimony has palled upon his palate and no longer interests him and he yearns irresistibly for his old bachelor joys.

And, he says, that if she will only give back his freedom he will provide amply for her and the child. And the poor bewildered wife, to whom this strange proposition has been made, doesn’t know what to do.

If it were I, I should speed the parting guest and facilitate his departure. I should say to such a husband, “Take your clothes and go”. And I would do this for several good reasons.

First, because there is no other position in the world as humiliating as for a wife to know that she is holding her husband by a legal bond and not but the tie of affection.

He feels that his home is a prison that he leaves with joy … comes back with loathing of an evening. And that the marriage tie to him is nothing but a fetter that chafes him every minute of his life.

I can conceive of nothing else so terrible for a wife to have to endure as to feel that her companionship is an affliction to her husband. To observe that he looks at her with half-concealed hatred and to know this his one idea of happiness is to get away from her.

Bitter must be the bread she eats and wet with tears her pillow.

Women sometimes have enough courageous hypocrisy to keep up the pretence of loving husbands of whom they have tired, and of whom they would gladly be rid. But no man takes the trouble to try to deceive his wife about his real feelings toward her.

If he is tired of her he yawns in her face. If he has ceased to love her … he tells her of it in a thousand ways that are like many daggers thrust through her heart.

Therefore the woman whose husband wants to go, it is wise to let him go. Love is the champion jail-breaker of the universe. There is this strange thing about love … love is what we want and to hold on to it.

The more slippery it becomes the more eager to hold it when it gets away from us.

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DEAR DEL …
DEAR DEL’S QUESTIONS WERE FULL OF TODAY’S FRUSTRATIONS. THERE WERE SOME THAT WERE SPIKEYAND HONEST. BUT, ON THE WHOLE, LARGELY TRUE TO LIFE. THERE WERE OTHERS THAT MADE HEADLINE NEWS. HER REAL NAME WAS DEL CARTWRIGHT. DEL WAS WITH THE DAILY MIRROR FOR ABOUT SIX YEARS. SHE ASSISTED ME SEVERAL TIMES IN JUDGING OUTSIDE ASSIGMENTS. SHE WAS THE AGONY AUNT I REALLY GOT TO KNOW. -- FM.
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FRANK MORRIS COMMENT

DOROTHY DIX STARTED WRITING FOR WOMEN IN THE 1896. A PROMINENT JOURNALIST AT THE TIME, HER REAL NAME WAS ELIZABETH GILMER.

SHE THEN STARTED TO WRITE UNDER NAME OF ‘DOROTHY DIX’, AND MILLIONS READ HER SYDICATED COLUMNS IN NEWSPAPERS GLOBALLY. THE FIRST PAPER SHE WROTE FOR WAS THE NEW ORLEANS PICAYUNE.

IN 50 YEARS, SHE HAD AMASSED SOME 60 MILLION READERS. THIS COLUMN IS FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, 1912. DIX WAS BORN IN 1861 AND DIED IN 1951.

<< A problem for wives by Dorothy Dix, San Francisco Examiner, 1912.

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DOROTHY DIX …
STRANGE THINGS HAPPENED AFTER THE GROWING SUCCESS OF DOROTHY DIX.34
THE WORLD OF NEWSPAPERS STARTED A SIMILAR COLUMN – OR STOLE THE IDEA --- WITH COLUMNS IN THEIR WOMEN’S PAGES FILLED WITH SUITABLE WOMEN PICKED TO OCCUPY THE ROLE OF “AGONY AUNTS”.
ALL OF THE “AGONY AUNTS” – ESPECIALLY DEAR DEL – ON PAPERS AND MAGAZINES I WORKED FOR WERE OUTSTANDING. – FM.

 


WHO'S QUEEN OF THE CASTLE...

I AM.

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 21.

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WORLD WAR 2: Unforgettable memories of a schoolgirl

JOAN AS A YOUNG WOMAN WHO WITNESSED THE WAR AS A SCHOOLGIRL. Below: OVERSEAS PAPERS ALSO FEATURED THE WORDS ‘WAR DECLARED’ ON GERMANY.

JOAN, IN HER EIGHTIES, AS A SCHOOLGIRL, USED TO EXCHANGE LETTERS AND PHOTOS WITH AN AMERICAN SAILOR. “BUT WE NEVER MET”, SAID JOAN.

THE FRONT PAGE OF THE NEWSPAPER WERE HUGE LETTERS – “WAR DECLARED”.
ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

BORN IN 1930, JOAN McLEOD REMEMBERS INCIDENTAL MOMENTS OF WAR AS SHE WITNESSED IT AS A 9 TO 15 YEAR OLD SCHOOLGIRL. SHE LIVES IN ROCKDALE, NSW. SHE WRITES …

WHEN MEN OF 18 YEARS ENLISTED IN THE ARMY, THEY WERE TO GO OVERSEAS TO FIGHT THE GERMANS WHO HAD INVADED POLAND. THE FIGHTING HAD SPREAD TO OTHER COUNTRIES. WE BACKED ‘MOTHER ENGLAND’.

SOME WOMEN JOINED THE NURSING FRATERNITY. THERE WERE ALSO THE LAND ARMY GROUPS WHO WORKED IN FACTORIES, AMMUNITION, ETC, TO REPLACE THE MEN WHO HAD ENLISTED IN THE FORCES.

EVERYONE WAS ASKED TO BUY ‘WAR BONDS’ TO ASSIST THE ‘WAR EFFORT’ WHERE POSSIBLE. I KNITTED WOOLLEN KHAKI SOCKS. AT HOME, OUR MUM MADE ‘PULL THRU’S’ FOR ARMY RIFLES.

OUR CITIES HAD BEEN EFFECTED BY ‘BROWN OUTS’. WHICH MEANT AT NIGHT ALL WINDOWS, ETC, HAD TO BE COMPLETELY COVERED.

I REMEMBER THE AIR RAID WARDENS WHO CAME AT NIGHT CHECKING WINDOWS – AND LOOKING SKYWARD FOR ENEMY PLANES. CONTINUED BELOW.


Let’s Laugh …

SYDNEY CARTOONIST JOHN NEAL WAS AS BOISTEROUS AS SOME OF THE CHARACTERS THAT COME OFF HIS DRAWING BOARD. AND CABBIE, ONE HIS PROTÉGÉS IS NO EXCEPTION. CABBIE SOARED TO FAME AS SOON AS HE APPEARED. JOHN DREW THE POPULAR BLUEY AND CURLY STRIP FOR A SUNDAY NEWSPAPER IN THE LATE 1970s, SO HE KNEW WHAT “HAVING A LAUGH” REALLY MEANT. – FRANK MORRIS.


WORLD WAR 2: Wilfred Burchett – the best and bravest correspondent I’ve ever known, says Richard Hughes

ATOMIC PLAGUE: “THOSE WHO EXCAPED BEGIN TO DIE”. Below: BURCHETT: “I WRITE THIS AS A WARNING TO THE WORLD”.

BURCHETT’S TERRIFYING JOURNEY TO HIROSHIMA.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

IN THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST 1945, THE MOST TERRIBLE WAR IN HISTORY WAS OVER.

TWO GREAT FLARES OF LIGHT THAT SUBDUED ALL OTHER NATURAL LIGHT AS THE WORLD’S FIRST ATOMIC BOMBS WERE DROPPED PRESAGED THE END.

THE JAPANESE CITIES OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI WERE VIRTUALLY WIPED OUT OF EXISTENCE.

WHEN HUGHES READ THE FIRST EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE DESTRUCTION OF HIROSHIMA, WHICH THE DAILY TELEGRAPH PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 6, 1945, HE PUSHED HARDER FOR PERMISSION TO GO TO JAPAN.

HE ARGUED THAT HE KNEW THE COUNTRY, SOME OF THE LANGUAGE AND MANY OF THE WAR-TIME LEADERS.

HIS APPETITE WAS WHETTED BY THE MAGNIFICENT REPORT TURNED IN BY WILFRED (PETER) BURCHETT, AN AUSTRALIAN THEN WORKING FOR LONDON’S DAILY EXPRESS.

BURCHETT BLUFFED HIS WAY FROM TOKYO TO HIROSHIMA, ARMED ONLY WITH A 45 CALIBRE PISTOL, A JAPANESE PHRASE BOOK, AN UMBRELLA, AND A WEEK’S SUPPLY OF RATIONS.

HE TRAVELLED BY TROOP TRAIN WITH JAPANESE OFFICERS AND TROOPS, UNSMILING IN CASE THE OFFICERS THOUGHT HIM TO BE GLOATING OVER JAPAN’S SURRENDER.

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ABOUT WILFRED BURCHETT …THE WORLD WAS IN SHOCK! BURCHETT WAS NOT REPRESENTING ANY AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER AT THE TIME HE FILED HIS WORDLWIDE SCOOP ON THE ATOM-BOMBED HIROSHAMA. HE WAS A STAFF REPORTER FOR THE DAILY EXPRESS (LONDON), AND HE COVERED THE PACIFIC WAR FOR THAT NEWSPAPER FROM THE START.  CONTINUED BELOW.
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BURCHETT’S TERRIFYING JOURNEY ENDED WHEN HE CLIMBED OUT OF A WINDOW OF THE TRAIN AT HIROSHIMA’S EMPTY SHELL OF A STATION. HE WAS ARRESTED AND HELD FOR ONE NIGHT; BUT AGAIN HE TALKED HIS WAY OUT OF THE DILEMMA.

HE WALKED FOR SEVERAL KILOMETRES INTO THE CITY AND AS FAR AS HE COULD SEE FOR KILOMETRES AROUND THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT ABOVE THE GROUND BUT RUBBLE.

FOR SOME SIXTY-FIVE SQUARE KILOMETRES THERE WAS HARDLY A BUILDING STANDING.

BURCHETT SAID IT WAS THE MOST TERRIBLE AND FRIGHTENING DESOLATION HE HAD SEEN IN FOUR YEARS OF WAR REPORTING.

FIRES WERE STILL SMOULDERING AND THERE WAS A PECULIAR ODOUR; SOMETHING LIKE SULPHUR.

BURCHETT WAS LATER DESCRIBED BY HUGHES AS ‘ONE OF THE BEST AND BRAVEST CORRESPONDENTS I’VE EVER KNOWN”.

<< Excerpts from The Man Who Read The East Wind, a biography of Richard Hughes, Extraordinary Correspondent, by Norman Macswan; 1982; Kangaroo Press, Sydney.

A BUILDING, PARTLY DEMOLISHED, WAS THE ONLY EDIFICE LEFT STANDING IN SIXTY-FIVE SQUARE KILOMETRES.

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ABOUT WILFRED BURCHETT …
BURCHETT’S SCOOP ON HIROSHIMA (“THE ATOMIC PLAGUE – I WRITE THIS AS A WARNING TO THE WORLD”) APPEARED IN THE EXPRESS UNDER THE BYLINE “PETER BURCHETT”, A MIX UP ON THE PART OF THE EDITOR, ARTHUR CHRISTIANSEN, WHO PERSONALLY SUB-EDITED BURCHETT’S STORY. – FM. << FROM AUSTRALIAN BOOK COLLECTOR, FEDRUARY, 2000.
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WORLD WAR 11: Final. Unforgettable memories of a schoolgirl

THIS AFTERNOON AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPERS, LIKE ALL PAPERS THROUGHOUT THE GLOBE, SAID “WAR OVER: OFFICIAL”. Below: THE THREE WHO DIDN’T GET AWAY – THIS ONE BEING HAULED TO DRY LAND.

ADAPTED BY FRANK MORRIS

EVERYONE, INCLUDING THE KIDS, WAS ISSUED WITH A RATION BOOK AND COUPONS FOR DIFFERENT ITEMS SUCH AS MEAT, BUTTER, SUGAR, TEA AND CLOTHNG ETC. I THINK IT WAS THE BASIS OF A MONTHLY ALLOWANCE.

EVERYTHING WAS PRETTY SCARCE. WE HAD AN ARMY TO FEED. SOME PEOPLE DUG AIR RAID SHELTERS IN THEIR OWN BACKYARDS. TO HELP THE MORALE OF OUR SERVICEMEN, WE WERE ASKED WRITE LETTERS.

ALL I CAN RECALL OF THE JAPANESE SUBMARINE ATTACK IN SYDNEY HARBOUR

 WAS THE NOISE, THE SIRENS AND THE SEARCHLIGHTS.

(SPEEDY DEFENCE FROM THE ARMY FOILED THE ATTACK BY 3 MIDGET SUBMARINES. TWO WERE SUNK IN SYDNEY HARBOUR. THE THIRD MIDGET SUB ENDS UP EVENUALLY TWO MILES OR SO FROM THE HARBOUR. – FM.)

I EXCHANGED LETTERS AND PHOTOS WITH AN AMERICAN SAILOR WHO WAS TRANSFERRED FROM MICHIGAN. WE NEVER EVER MET. AMONG THE PHOTOS WAS A COPY OF THE SIGNING OF THE TRUCE WITH JAPAN ON BOARD THE AMERICAN WAR SHIP.

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HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI …
KOKO KONDO, 75, HAS PLEDGED TO FIND THE PERSON WHO DROPPED THE BOMB AND LEFT NEARLY 200,000 DEAD. SHE APPEARED ON THIS IS YOUR LIFE IN 1955. ALSO APPEARING WAS CAPTAIN ROBERT LEWIS, CO-PILOT OF THE ENOLA GAY. KONDO CHANGED HER MIND. HER ENCOUNTER WITH LEWIS MADE HER REALISE THIS. “YOU SHOULDN’T HATE THIS PERSON … I SHOULD HATE THE WAR ITSELF”. – FM.
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AFTER THE USA JOINED THE WAR IN 1942, SYDNEY BECAME INUNDATED WITH AMERICAN SERVICEMEN. THE AUSSIE TROOPS USED TO SAY THE YANKS WERE ‘OVERSEXED, OVERPAID AND OVER HERE!’

THE WORLD CELEBRATED WHEN THE WAR ENDED.

IN AUGUST, 1946, I MET JOE McLEOD WHEN I JUST TURNED 16. HE HAD BEEN RELEASED FROM THE ARMY AFTER SERVING 5 LONG YEARS. HE WAS 24 YEARS OLD AND STILL GETTING ATTACKS OF MALARIA, WHICH HE CONTRACTED IN NEW GUINEA.

HE HAD SCRUB TYPHUS IN NG WHICH NEARLY TOOK HIM OFF. HIS PARENTS RECEIVED NOTIFICATION FROM THE ARMY IN NG THAT THINGS WERE BAD.

LUCKILY, HE PULLED THROUGH. JOE AND I MARRIED IN 1950.

<< This is an adapted letter from Australia at War 1939-1945: Letters and personal anecdotes; Bobby Barter; MSS.


JANE …

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ABOUT ERIC LAMBETH, AUTHOR …
THE BIG-BOOK WAS TWENTY THOUSAND THIEVES PUBLISHED IN 1951. IT WAS A STORY BASED ON HIS SOJOURN DURING WORLD WAR 11. WHEN HE MANAGED TO PRODUCE OTHER BEST-SELLING NOVELS – THE VETERANS, WATERMAN, HIROSHIMA REEF, ETC – HE DID SO WITH UNBRIDLED PASSION, HONESTY AND COMPASSION. HE WAS 48 WHEN HE DIED. – FM.

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GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 4.

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