I never knew Frank Harding the Englishman who worked in the Comp Room at the Old Guv during the 1960s. He left before I started in 1973.
Evidently Frank was a very nice sort of fellow who was very popular with the Aussie Compositors. Which made him unique as most of the Pommy comps were treated with some suspicion by the Aussies.
Why you may ask?
Some of the older Australian compositors thought that some of our English comrades were not actually tradesmen. Nothing was ever proven though.
Back to Frank. He was the poor man who fainted when Dennis Starr ate a large moth that had frightened Frank by wandering into his work frame. Anyway, Frank’s wife wanted to go back to the old homeland and so Frank gave notice.
The following pictures are memories of his departure celebrations.
From Left to Right: Frank Harding (seated) happily entertaining his workmates on the didgeridoo, the late Greg Novice, John Buckby, the late Colin Haines, Steve Palmer and Alex Riley (with hair).
From Left to Right: Bob Allen, Frank Harding, Darryl Stone, Kevin Stone, Alan Crate and the late Reg Hartshorne.Photo courtesy Kevin Stone.
Kevin says, “As far as I recall, we gave Frank his gifts at work – in the comp room – and then went straight over to the old South Australian Hotel, North Terrace to celebrate.