Old Guv Legends Christmas Luncheon – Friday, 17th November, 2017.

The Old Guv Christmas Luncheon

will be Celebrated on Friday, 17th November, 2017 from 12 Noon onwards

at the West Adelaide Function Centre, 57 Milner Road, Richmond.

Attending so far: Peter Plowman, John ‘Mooster’ Bryant, Alex ‘The Toff’ Riley, Rod ‘Puppet’ ‘Honky Tonk’ ‘Brother’ Parham, Jenny and Gary Easther, Bob Downs, Kevin Stone, Esther and Michael Harris, Candace Parham, Seamus Parham and Bek, Rob and Wendy Powell, Ray Belt, Ian ‘Meggsy’  Grunert, Graham ‘Sleepy’ Mutrie, Dennis ‘Big Den’ Grover, Ellen Krueger, Brian ‘Grubby’ Hartshorne, Barry O’Donnell, David and Marilyn Harding, Conrad and Norma Rogers, David and Wendy Walker, Jack and Helen Flack, Eunice Wright, Sue Thomas, John and Toni Manfield, Darryl and Claire Stone,

Apologies: Garth Mugford, Tony and Elaine Fitzsimmons, Coralie Hills, Keith Oxley, Don Woolman, Judy Marks. John and Di Chapman,

Salad Bar Available

RSVP No later than 10th November, 2017 to Alex Riley 0419 035 970 or Rod Parham 0424 294 450.

The Old Guv’s Riflemen circa 1960-1980.

Above Photo: Graham “Sleepy” Mutrie takes aim
If you have read the October 1971 issue of the Old Guv’s “Topical Points” you could be excused for thinking it was a copy of Australia’s “Guns and Ammo”.
At that time rifle shooting was a big thing at the Guv with a number of “elitist” shooting groups all over the building.
But the group that was run out of the “Intertype Room” was the one that everyone fought to get into.
The leader of that pack was our very own Father Christmas, the late Jack Findlay. People like David Lascelles, and others who could afford the club fee were also members.
Membership was by invitation only, so how did a Binder make the side.
Well, the late Des Brown must have been a good rifle man because he won the Bonython Trophy for being able to shoot a running man at 300 yards.
Brian “Grubby” Hartshorne won the Pat Garrett Trophy for the Best In the Back Shot at 5 yards.
Grubs was brilliant at that, but then he had a good master in Jack Findlay, of course, who won the Clint Eastwood Sniper Trophy for 20 years running.
Jack Findlay’s mentor was the late Les “The Bull” Hawes, Government Printer. “A nice man” according to our Grubs.
The Bull trained as a sniper by practising on an Old Guv “shitboy” known only as “The Toff” as he reluctantly swept up the bay leaves on the King William Road footpath outside of the Old Guv.
Then there is the crazy story of the Machine Room Duck Hunters, that’s to come…

Bonsai Exhibition, 28 October, 10 to 4 pm McLaren Vale.

David Walker, Retired Printer and Lawnmower Man has advised that a Bonsai Exhibition is to be held in McLaren Vale on Saturday, 28 October, 2017 at the McLaren Vale Institute, 10 am to 4 pm.

David for those who don’t know is a skilled and successful Bonsai Plant Grower and would like any Old Guv worker who’s interested to come along.

Contact David on 0422 788 831.

Rod Parham

Life of Riley: “I had a crap 2016 and it cost Money.”

Last year Bridgewater in the Adelaide Hills was hit with a hail storm accompanied with the worst winds in 20 years.
The mercury plunged to around 0.9 degrees around 11.00am.
In the past 12 weeks 553mm of rain has fallen up here.
We had four trees lopped at the top and branches were strewn about like feathers and some acted as spears entering the soft ground by up to 100 to 150mm.


The hail lasted around 20 hours before melting. Our power supply was off for approximately 14 hours.
Fortunately, the Rileys have a combustion wood heater, but no fan.

Boo Hoo!

The Toff      

Mooster, Russell, Eight Ball & the DCA Club.

How many of our former Netley employees could confess to spending many hours at the now demolished DCA club, the current site of IKEA.
Lots I would think.
It was the favourite watering hole for Johnny Bryant (Mooster) for decades and he regularly invited his many friends at the Guv to join him on Friday nights for a long session of booze at cheap prices.
Colin Rawlings used to frequent the DCA club regularly and the end of year deli shows were held there on several occasions.
In the 1980s, members of the Netley Printing Office even fielded teams in their 8-Ball competition on Wednesday nights.
Johnny Bryant played for various teams for years, whilst Mike Pearson, Doug Long and Rob Davies formed the nucleus of a team, which I think was called the DOTOPS. Robert Padfield even played for a period of time.
Rod Stone, Russell Wight, Lewis Murray along with a few relatives played one season as TYPE HIGH and after a change of name to RCs, took out the Division 2 premiership and then defeated the Division 1 Premiers to take the overall title.
They were great nights.
Russell Wight is often reminded of the night that Rhonda Wilson beat him to the delight of everyone there.
Rhonda was a great friend and neighbour of John and Margaret Bryant, and probably only ever won one game in her whole career.
Another highlight was the night Mike Pearson only had to pot an absolute certainty on the BLACK to win the game.
He started to celebrate a little too early so Rod Stone picked up the cue chalk and dropped into his beer just before took his shot.
It worked, Mike missed an unmissable shot, and we went on to win the game. Mike’s wife was livid. Winners are grinners.
An unconfirmed story suggested that the day the demolishers moved in to knock down the old DCA club, they had to prise Johnny Bryant off the stool at the bar.

Working with Wooden Type “Pass the Watering Can.”

During my apprenticeship (1950 to 1955) most comp apprentices had to spend some time in the railways poster area which was behind the canteen on the Jobbing floor in King William Road. Also, there were racks of standing formes in double demy chases.
In setting the type for the posters a wooden poster setting stick was used which catered for the larger wooden type and the longer lines. Good fun when you’re trying to come to grips with hand setting 6 to 12 point type, Intertype and monotype.
I can remember one particularly hot summer when some of the standing chases full of wooden type pied because of the heat shrinking the wooden type, wood furniture, etc. No air conditioning in those days. If you wanted air conditioning it was a matter of opening the hopper windows in the middle of the building.
To overcome the problem of the formes falling apart the idea was to lift the formes onto the stone and if they did not pie during the lift, undo the brass quoins slightly and apply water to the type and furniture.
The normal method was to apply a little water with a sponge in a similar fashion when handling a galley of monotype. Sponge fights were common with apprentices on a hot day.
A rather novel idea was to use a watering can and then mop up the excess water. After the exercise, the forme was locked up and put back in the rack. It was the apprentice’s job to then mop up all of the water on the surface of the stone, dry it and then apply a coat of oil to prevent rust.
It was amazing how rust would appear after the event on some occasions.
Incidentally what happened to the wooden type prior to the fire sale at Netley?
I can remember cases of wooden type, some of it unused, stored in cabinets in the comp room.
When the cases of wooden type came up for auction at the fire sale the auctioneer pulled out a case and guess what; it was empty; as were all of the others.
Don (The Flash) Woolman