The Curse of the Chinaman.

At the Old Guv when a certain Overseer had no time for a new tradesman or their work ability, he would go to their Leading hand and try and talk them into agreeing with his opinion of that person. They should be got rid of or be moved on to another area away from him. […]

Language from the Old Guv.

“wacka” A juicy rumour so important that an instant crowd of workers would gather on hearing the wacka alert whistle. No good ever came out of spreading a “wacka.” “Like blowflies around a lump of shit” The Dago’s masterly description of a “wacka” crowd gathering and hovering around like eager to hear the latest gossip. […]

Cath, Daphne and Max Gill’s Salad Roll.

Cath Wing collapsed while making sandwiches in the Old Guv Canteen in King William Road. Michael “Bulldog” Byrne related this story to me recently at The Bunyip, in Gawler, where we work. He actually witnessed this incident back in the early 1970’s. While making the lunch orders Cath Wing collapsed on the Canteen floor, clutching […]

‘Best Buddies.’

  It is no secret that Don Woolman (Flash) and Brian Hartshorne (Grubby) are Best Buddies. At a recent Old Guv Luncheon Don agreed to be interviewed by Brian about his time at the Old Guv.  Grubby – Now Don let me say this, in my opinion you were the best Government Printer we ever […]

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 […]

‘Allan Orrock was Here’

“Foo was here” is an Australian graffiti signature of popular culture, especially known for its use during World War I, but also became popular among Australian schoolchildren of post-war generations. Foo is shown as a bald-headed man (sometimes depicted with a few hairs) peering over a wall (usually with three fingers from each hand appearing […]

Great Shot of ‘Old Guv’ in Adelaide, 1905.

Image: A Wonderful and detailed picture of the Old Guv supplied by David “Gunna” Copley. Well, at least we know he took something from The Guv when he left. Right Click to see the Image larger. Seriously though we may take the piss out of Copley for being a flashy, suave bullshit artist who wouldn’t […]

Who was at the Monotype Room’s Christmas Party, 1966?

The Monotype Operators and Casting Attendants pictured really loved having their old style Christmas Piss-Ups at King William Road. Sitting (L to R): Bill Wallace, Burk Stone, Bert Tinkler, John Bryant. Standing (L to R): Ralph Hannant, Kevin McBride, Peter Reeve, Ted Burkett, Graham Braybrook, Alex Crawford, Neil Cross, Cecil Dodd, Hector Korsten. Hidden: David […]

Poor Old Howard got ‘Screwed’.

Poor old Howard Nillson, the Intertype Mechanic lived around the corner from me in Myrtle Bank. While his wife sat on her arse inside, Howard would be working away in the garden. When she wanted Howard she would lean out the window and yell, “Howard, I want a cup of tea!” or “Howard, I want […]

The Secret Life of ‘Possum Whisperer.’

The Photograph above shows a wise middle-aged gentleman with his young protege basking in the sun and lolling around on the grass near the Old Guv. The people in the photo are Harry Kinder, a polite well dressed Englishman and excellent Compositor. Sitting close by is Alex Riley, a young toffy nosed lad and child […]