“Job Satisfaction”.

I was at a Mass Meeting of union members back in the 1980s when the Big Boss came down to address the Workers. The printing company was planning to “work in teams,” and “work smarter, but not harder. ” Yeah Right! After spending quite some time preaching on the merits of the new system and […]

Dear Editor, “My Confession.”

I have been the victim of a whispering campaign for the past 44 years. The Fire I want my old workmates to know that I didn’t start the Fire in the Electricity Area of the Old Government Printing Office way back in 1970. BUT, I did alert everyone by running through the Machine Room, screaming […]

“The Leaking Loo”.

Nick Penn and Ashley (Mork) Williams were the two most jealous and envious men ever to “work” at Netley. These two henpecked home hubbies were not allowed to join the Cricket Club and they were green with envy when a trip was coming up. So they both decided to Sabotage one of our trips to […]

Reflections by Sojar.

by Sojar, When I started at the Guv, the tradesmen and apprentices on the Jobbing Floor I can recall were Bruce Lockier, John Buckby, Vic Byford, Charlie Hewett, Jack Van der Schanns, Ted “The Red” Sobolowski, Alex Riley, Jeff Brand, Bruce Kutcher, Jack Wells, Ray Stagg and Dennis Bradley. In addition there was one of […]

Cyril Day.

Cyril Day operated Miehle 1. Each morning at 8 am Cyril would cut out his Innersoles for the day from strawboard. Next job was to oil the press which was done by Cyril and an apprentice each doing NEAR side or OFF side of the press. Miehle 1 was a smaller Model which could take […]

Jack Mundey,1970s Green Bans Activist.

Photo: Jack Mundey being hauled off by the police during the Green Bans Campaign. (Fairfax) Jack Mundey became a national figure in the early 1970s when as Secretary of the NSW Branch of the Builders’ Labourers Federation (BLF), he led the union’s famous ‘green bans’ campaign. This extraordinary conservation campaign redefined the development of Australia’s […]

Charlie Chaplin, Actor and Activist.

Photo: Charlie Chaplin in “The Great Dictator” (1939). Aged 50 years. A strong opponent of racism, in 1937 Chaplin decided to make a film on the dangers of fascism. As Chaplin pointed out in his autobiography, attempts were made to stop the film being made: “Half-way through making The Great Dictator I began receiving alarming […]

Fred Howlett.

Fred Howlett was a lovely bloke who wouldn’t hurt a fly! He was also one of the most nervous blokes I’ve ever known. He was on long term medication for a severe nervous disorder and was also a heavy smoker. At least every 10 minutes of his day, he would stop in mid track to […]

Saint Mary MacKillop.

Mary Helen MacKillop (1842-1909), known in life as Mother Mary of the Cross, was born on 15 January 1842 in Fitzroy, Melbourne, the eldest of eight children of Alexander McKillop and his wife Flora, née McDonald. Her parents had migrated from the Lochaber area in Inverness-shire and married soon after they reached Melbourne. After a […]

The Monotype Staff Loved Christmastime.

Photo: Bloody Hell not another Christmas Picture from the Mono Casters and Typesetters. I’m starting to think that very little work was done in that Room. They just hung around for 12 months waiting for their next Christmas Party. They didn’t socialise either, bloody snobs. No ladies are to be seen either. But, there are […]