Born 5 June, 1935 in Sunshine, Victoria to John and Minnie Belt. His Mum and Dad were originally from Wales and had emigrated to Australia in 1926.
John who was one of 14 children had been a coal miner in South Wales and like most miners was starting to feel the effects of being underground amongst the coal dust.
Minnie his Mum told Ray when he was young that he was their “little Ray of Sunshine.”
He has always been very sorry that he disappointed his Mum, because he is not known by his mates to be a man of “happiness.”
His Dad ended up a Quality Inspector for Civil Aviation and Minnie worked at Bushells in Melbourne before commencing home duties.
Ray first attended school in Brunswick and completed his education at Moreland Central School.
He commenced an apprenticeship in Printing Machining with the Salvation Army Printing Works, East Melbourne where they printed the weekly “War Cry’’ for the whole of Australia on a Marconi Rotary Web.
Ray married Chris from Murray Bridge on 1 February, 1958. They had met through the Salvation Army in Melbourne where Ray was highly renowned for playing with his horn.
Two weeks later they were living at Clearview in the house they still occupy. They have two children Rick (52 y.o.) and Sheralyn (49 y.o.).
Ray’s Printing career in Adelaide reads like “Gone with the Wind”. Myer Printing, Victoria Square, (12 months), R M Osborne (for 12 years,seemed like 20), W.R. Grace, Flexo., Port Adelaide, (12 months).
Ray started at The Old Guv in KWR on 26 June, 1972. In those early days he remembers asking a comp who George Sparnon was and this being a topic of conversation amongst the comps for the next 6 months.
Ray was an excellent Association Representative, not afraid to speak his mind in debate.
Ray left the Old Guv on 1 October, 1993 along with a lot of other package people. He then spent 7 years working for Ernie Orel at Finsbury Press, finally retiring on 6 July, 2002.
Raymond Belt is a nice man who is known to be a fussy eater, although he loves cornish pasties (just beware) after he has gobbled one up.
Ray you are a Legend.
Photo: A great capture of the Machine Room at the Government Printing Office, King William Road, Adelaide (circa 1910). Note the hazardous ceiling belt drive system for the presses.
Our Final Luncheon for 2018 will be held on Friday, 16 November, 2018.
commencing 12 Noon at the
West Adelaide Football Club, Richmond.
Salad Bar Provided for those who love being Healthy.
Attending: Alex Riley, Rod Parham, Jenny and Gary Easther, Ian Pedler, Keith Oxley, Faye McConnell, Ann and Keith Heilman, Conrad and Norma Rogers, David and Thelma Korff, Marilyn and Dave Harding, Brian Hartshorne, Dennis Duthie, Ellen Krueger, Judy and Kevin Stack-Neale, Dennis and Jeanna Grover, Charlie Korff and Ruth, Rob and Wendy Powell, Eunice Wright, Ray Belt, Jack and Helen Flack, Tony and Elaine Fitzsimmons, Mike Burnett, Geoff Michell, Vic Potticary, Trevor and Barbara Roberts, Bob Downs,
Apologies:Jude Marks, Don Woolman, David Mathews, Helen Dobie, David and Wendy Walker, Marianne Hunn, Garth Mugford, Wayne and Angela Brown,
For Bookings ring
Alex on 0419 035 970.
Rod on 0424 294 450.
or Reply to this Email.
A Photo of the Adelaide City Baths taken in 1919 (SA Collections).
The Old Government Printing Office was right next to the old Adelaide City Baths in King William Road.
Both the City Baths and the Old Government Printing Office buildings have been gone for many years now.
A Slim and Great Aussie Swimmer, Dawn Fraser.
Adelaide entertainer and celebrity Big Pretzel in Vietnam, 1966.
Photo: The Crazy Horse Striptease Revue, Hindley Street, Adelaide in the 1970s where Big Pretzel danced.
When the weather was hot and it was Ladies and Girls day at the City Baths I am sure there would have been typesetters, comps and binders hanging their leering and sinful heads out of the ground floor window and lusting after the semi nude female talent on display below in the pool.
During the 1950s the centre of attraction was a young and fit Dawn Fraser who was training for the Olympics and was Sunbathing with her mate the equally young “Big Pretzel” a legendary singer, dancer and striptease artist.
A Photo taken by Paul Korff of the City Baths being pulled down.
It was probably out of one of the Guv’s windows that the late Paul Korff (Monotype Operator) who took the above picture peered down the lane just in time to see his wonderful little car which had just been stolen disappearing around the corner and down King William Road. Gone.