Come & Celebrate 100 Years of the October Socialist Revolution.

Come and celebrate 100 years of the Great October Socialist Revolution with us!

Ten days that truly shook the world!

What’s happening? Speakers, Dancers, Singers, an Exhibition, Food and a great door prize.

  • Peter Goers – ABC Local Radio personality.

  • Warren Smith – Federal Assistant Secretary, Maritime Union of Australia.

  • Martin O’Malley – Former Secretary, CFMEU South Australia.

Entry – $15 full waged, $10 low income

Organised by the October Revolution Centenary Celebrations Preparatory Committee

For Tickets and further information –

Ring Bob Briton 0418 894 366.

Bob’s Email Address:

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.

An Invitation and a Chance to say “Thanks” from Derwombat.

Meet me in the West Adelaide Football Club Bar on Friday, 17 November, 2017 from 12 noon onwards and I’ll buy you a Drink, if you’ll let me.

Rod Parham

At the Old Guv Legends Luncheon on Friday, 17 November, 2017, I will be an Old Man aged 70 years old plus one day. I was born on Sunday, 16 November, 1947 at Wakefield Street Hospital at approx. 11.30 in the morning.
My parents were Albert (Bill) Parham and Mabel (May) Parham,
They named me after the British Warship HMS Rodney which had taken part in the campaign to sink the so called unsinkable German warship the Bismarck.

Pictured: That’s me in 1968 (I think). There is no truth in the rumour that I am a distant relative of  little Johnny Howard.
I started work as a Hot Metal Comp apprentice at National Paper Industries on the Port Road in 1965, where I mastered the Ludlow typograph, sweeping up and doing foreign orders for the factory workers.
I finished my last 18 months of apprenticeship working under Alf Freeman and Snow Bennett at the Griffin Press on Marion Road, Netley.
Then it was off to the United Kingdom working at the Kent & Sussex Courier in Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent.
Then some time in New Zealand working for a trade house in Auckland before starting at the Government Printing Office in July, 1973.
After a great time at the Guv, I left in 1983 to work as a Union Organiser with the Printing And Kindred industries Union (PKIU).

Pictured: From a young age and after a childhood incident I developed “Coulrophia” a fear of Clowns.
The Printing Union was a great Union with a real commitment to servicing its members.
All went well until 1995 when we unfortunately amalgamated with the Metal Workers and Vehicle Builders Unions.
It was a disaster and gave me nightmares especially about Clowns (see above) whom I despise.
I can confidently say that my best times at work were spent at National Paper, Griffin Press, the Old Guv and the PKIU.
I have met many wonderful people and made a lot of friends. How they see me is anyone’s guess?
I would like to show my appreciation to you all. No Alex Riley cheap tricks here.
Rod Parham

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

“The OGL Gang.”


Photos from the Old Guv Legends Luncheon, 24 February, 2017.

Pictured above: Left to Right: Pam Palmer, Janet McGuiness, Mike Burnett (how did he get there?), Jenny Easther, Marianne Hunn and Judy Marks (seated).


Pictured: Jenny Easther and Jyll Watson (all the way from Port Hughes).


And finally, the head of Jenny Easther and an old fart trying to take Jenny’ picture (that picture will not be shown as it would only upset the kiddies).

Jenny Watson-Easther and Me.

Pictured Above is a photo of Jenny Watson-Easther and me at the Old Guv Legends Luncheon held on Friday, 24 February, 2017 at the West Adelaide Football Club.
A great woman is Jenny and we all look forward to the day she will join us on a regular basis at our Friday Luncheons.
But first you must retire girl and don’t forget to bring Gary along as well.
Rod Parham