The Courageous Sophie Scholl, 1921-1943.

Sophie Scholl, the daughter of Robert Scholl, the mayor of Forchtenberg, was born on 9 May, 1921. The family moved to Ulm and in 1933 Sophie joined the Hitler Youth. At first she was enthusiastic but, influenced by the views of her father, she became increasingly critical of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi government. Sophie’s […]

‘Lollies from the Good Old Days.’

by Bob Byrne, I remember Columbines that came in a long blue packet and each lolly was individually wrapped in a blue silver paper. Jaffas (See Image Above) were made by a company called Sweetacres and came in a cardboard box. They were ideal for rolling down the aisle of the local picture theatre during […]

Old Guv Wayzgoose, Port Elliot., 1894.

Having the Annual Wayzgoose outing at Port Elliot in 1894 would have required quite an effort on the part of the Old Guv workers and bosses back in those times. They were still working a 48 Hour working week (up until 1927) when it became 44 Hours a week, I would think that there must […]

The Old Guv Wayzgoose, Port Victor 1890.

A Beautiful example of the work that went into the production of the 1890 Wayzgoose Programme. It is interesting to note that they went to Port Victor which I read as Victor Harbor. It was their Tenth Wayzgoose with the first Official Wayzgoose being  held at Clarendon in 1881. The Wayzgoose or Printer’s Picnic was […]

Charles Darwin’s Polar Bear.

“Polar Bear”, artist unknown, ca. 1870s. As any good high school student should know, the beaks of Galápagos “finches” (in fact the islands’ mockingbirds) helped Darwin to develop his ideas about evolution. But few people realize that the polar bear, too, informed his grand theory. Letting his fancy run wild in On the Origin of […]

Adelaide: City of Churches, Wowsers & Sly Grog

Header image:  Three men enjoy a drink outside an hotel (1926), via State Library of South Australia B 59771/8 Nearly a century before lockouts had Hindley Street partygoers fuming, South Australia’s restrictive liquor laws were earning us an unfortunate reputation as the home of the Wowser. Famously overturned by the Dunstan Government in 1967, restrictions […]

‘Revenge of the Killer Bunnies’.

The great white hunters from KWR led by the intrepid Ken “Bare-Handed” Davis, Graham “The Guide” Mutrie and Barry “Gunman” Basford, descended on a property at Langhornes Creek to denude it of its rabbits. After the dust and gunsmoke had settled the score was: Rabbits Shot Dead, Zero – Wabbits caught with a Crab Net, […]

The Surprising Origins of Tarot.

Above: Cards from a Tarot de Marseille deck made by François Gassmann, circa 1870. Photo courtesy Bill Wolf. The Empress. The Hanged Man. The Chariot. Judgment. With their centuries-old iconography blending a mix of ancient symbols, religious allegories, and historic events, tarot cards can seem purposefully opaque. To outsiders and skeptics, occult practices like card […]

Fort ‘Blunder’ was built in 1816 in the Wrong Place.

The War of 1812 ended in a draw between the United States and Britain. But it could have ended badly for the United States, particularly in the second half of 1814. So after the war, President Madison vowed to strengthen the country’s military capabilities. In both the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, […]

‘I still Walk to Work, Frank.’

A Wonderful Bloke was Takis … Takis Lavithis lived in a cottage in Halifax Street in the City. He would walk to work at The Old Guv everyday. When the news came that we would moving to Netley in about two years, Takis had to put up with Frank Lock’s jibe, “You won’t be walking […]