The Monotype Room’s Christmas Party, circa 1960.


The Monotype Operators and Casting Attendants pictured really loved having their old style Christmas Piss-Ups at King William Road.
But some present here, for example, a very young John (Mooster) Bryant don’t look quite as happy as they did in previous years.
If you look closely at the back wall there is a poster hanging there that you would not see today.
Have A Go at putting names to faces.
Photo Courtesy of the Korff Family.

Old Guv Legends Luncheon – Friday 16 Feb. 2018.

You are Invited to our next OGL Luncheon

to be held on Friday, 16 February, 2018,

Commencing at 12 Noon.

Venue: West Adelaide Football Club, 57 Milner Road, Richmond.

All are Welcome.

Further Information to Come.

Apologies: Rob and Wendy Powell,

Contact Alex Riley 8370 1911

or Rod Parham 0424 294 450

Who was The Strange ‘Tie Cutter?’

1. Who was the Comp who would befriend all newcomers in the Comp Room?
2. He would gather all the information about their lives, their marriage, their children and their hobbies.
3. He would befriend them, they would think he was a lovely man…
4. After about 3 or 4 months he would cut all ties with them!
5. Some say he never spoke to them ever again.
6. His longest friendship was with Alf Slender (a pleasant Englishman).
For over a year the two families would socialise together. They went to the movies, had picnic days, attended Dances (where Alf played the Drums).
Then, on a Monday morning after a Weekend of joyous family fun, Alf said “Good Morning” to the Mystery Man.
There was absolute SILENCE. For a second time Alf said “Good Morning”.
Our Mystery stranger turned and walked away and never spoke to Alf Slender from that day on.
7. He did this to everyone! People nodded to him in public, he never nodded back! It was as if they were dead to him!
8. I remember him doing it to Leigh “Scungy” McCormack. He did it to me!
He probabably did it to Russell and Nick as well…


Aad Steg-nik vs. Frank Johnson.

Picture Courtesy of Barry O’Donnell: When asked by Grant Hofmeyer for a photo of Aad Stegink, this was the best I could do. Aad is the man arrowed towards the back of the pack. Frank Johnson is the man with the suit and arrow in the front of the machine room staff
During 1974 it became evident that even though the new plant at Netley was designed as a letterpress printing facility, photo litho. would be an emerging printing format.  Wise minds in the South Australian Government had determined that.
Government Printing would co-locate with Lands Mapping at the Netley complex, giving us two Government Printers for a few months.
Aad Stegink arranged with Lands Mapping to do a secondment to the machine area to learn about the offset/litho. printing process until the move to Netley,
Frank Johnson (Machine Room Overseer) only found out about this from the Government Photo-Lithographer.
Frank  Johnson was never very good with remembering staff names and loudly announced to the Machine Room in general,
‘How did Steg-nik arrange a stunt like this?’ 
The rest of the story is history as letterpress was squeezed into a corner with only Ray Belt and John Fletcher running a few machines.

SA versus the Vics: The Croweaters make it Three in a Row, 1985.

Pictured: Russell Wight sticks it up the Vics in a kindly and dignified manner  after the Game.
This will bring back a few memories for the South Aussies who entertained the Vics in 1985.
Once again our Victorian GPD Cricket Club friends visited us on the January long weekend, one of the best weekends that has ever been. As usual, credit goes to that small band of people who worked tirelessly to make it the great success that it was.
The match: Victoria’s 8 for 140 after its 40 overs seemed like a reasonable score, but was made to look like kids’ stuff by Darryl Platten, 71, and Ross Amiguet, 58 not out, passing the required score with 7 overs and 8 wickets in hand, giving the S.A. boys their third win in a row.
The Saturday Night cabaret was a joyous affair, with the beautiful Tina St Clair and Lew Murray’s band for entertainment.
Even the involvement by members of both clubs in a talent contest brought a spontaneous reception by the audience, although one of the contestants “spat the dummy” and threw away his rattle!
Does anyone know who this person was, all these years down the track?
Come Monday, arguably THE best day of the weekend, and members and partners boarded the Show Boat for a trip down the Port River. Kevin Lindblom provided the bawdy entertainment and a great feed was on offer.
Awards won:
Darryl Platten – Man of the Match Pewter.
Lew Morrison – Jeff Morey Trophy for idiotic performances OFF the field and $35 worth of diesel fuel
Bob Allen and his committee were congratulated for giving everyone “a weekend that will live in our hearts forever and ever”.


“The Old Guv.”

oldguv03-scaled1000This is a beautiful shot looking down King William Road towards The River Torrens.
You’ll notice that the the Old Guv is still by itself, no Parliament House yet.
That makes it before 1936 and by the look of the road transport some time before that.
Is that an early version of the City Baths next to the Guv or some other Building?
The picture is from an Adelaide Postcard kindly provided by Kym Frost.