Graham Hall.

Graham was born in St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America on 19th August, 1917.
His parents Harry and Ruby had travelled there in 1914 and were unable to return when WWI commenced. His father had planned to study for the Church of Christ ministry but did not finish his study as he needed to work to support the family.
In 1921 when Graham was four, the family returned to Adelaide. He excelled at primary school and won a college scholarship but after a short time, due to family hardship, he left to find work.
In 1932, a government job seemed very secure, and the offer of an apprenticeship with the Government Printing Office was a prize indeed.
Graham won the Delmont Medal, the award given for Best Printing Apprentice in his final year of apprenticeship.
In 1941, aged 23, he enlisted as a full time army recruit, and in January, 1942 he married Jeanette Greenslade, his girlfriend of three years.
After some training in South Australia, he was posted to Victoria and then later, to Townsville.
Although he was not posted overseas, he regularly traveled on ships between Australia and New Guinea as a Sergeant with the S.I.B. (Special Investigation Branch) Maritime Group, who were formed to provide guards and escorts for vulnerable service supplies.
It was dangerous work, as the wharfies and seamen resented the presence of military police on board.
Jeanette always managed to find accommodation close to his place of deployment throughout the war years, and in December 1945, their first daughter was born in Sydney. Graham was discharged from the Army in Sydney in 1947.
That same year he returned to the Government Printing Office and also attended the School of Art under the Soldiers Retraining Program where he studied drawing and painting. Their second daughter was born in Adelaide in 1950.
At times Graham did consider other job offers, but seemed to enjoy the company and general atmosphere of ‘The Guv’ too much to leave.
Graham had a well developed sense of humour, and was also the master of wonderful and exaggerated stories, mostly about his own exploits.
He was a teetotaller for his entire life, which at times created difficulties for him, especially while serving in the army; but he never changed his stance on alcohol.
He retired from the Government Printing Office at 60 years of age around 1979. At various times, he was a proof reader, compositor on the Gazette, and finally a Planner. There were many technological changes in the Printing Office towards the end of his working life and Graham was always keen to keep up with them.
Always a avid reader he especially liked science fiction and also spent many hours of his life playing and administrating tennis, and he continued playing until aged 84. Like many of his generation, he was a great handyman, making furniture as well as painting many beautiful landscapes for the family homes.
His family regard him as having been a wonderful and supportive son, husband, father and grandfather; wise and dependable in any adversity. Graham always said that he had enjoyed a full and fortunate life.
He passed away on the 4th Sept 2003 after a two year illness with cancer.
The Toff

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