Frank Harding, the Final Goodbye.

I never knew Frank Harding the Englishman who worked in the Comp Room at the Old Guv during the 1960s. Evidently Frank was a very nice sort of fellow who was very popular with the Aussie Compositors. Which made him unique as most of the Pommy comps were treated with some suspicion by the Aussies. […]

Old Guv Footy Side,1955.

The Old Guv Men’s football side from 1955 at Rostrevor College Oval. From Left to Right: Rex Wells (Comp), George Sparnon (Comp), Glyn Paul (comp), Paul Raby (Printer), Allan Hitchox (Comp), John Strudwick (Printer), Brian Long (Printer), Laurie Blackwell (Printer), Don Woolman (Comp), Mike Conroy (App. Machine Comp), Allan Swinstead (Comp), Dean Groves (Binder), Alex […]


Porridge “A Breakfast Dish made with oats, very hot water, salt and stirred becoming a sticky mess generally consumed by the lower classes in England and in Australia.” OR “A prison sentence in a British Prison, e.g.”doing your porridge”. Immortalised in the wonderful British TV Comedy “Porridge” starring Ronnie Barker. OR “In South Australia down […]

Sam, me & The Fight.

Rodney ‘Sam’ Lawn was a very strong young man and loved to show off by hanging one-handed from the ceiling in the Old Guv Comp Room. We called him “The cheeky Monkey’ but he said his nickname was “Sam” and it came from his Uncle Sam, a Pollie. It sounded like Bullshit. Friday was Weekly […]

Dawn Fraser & Big Pretzel at the Adelaide City Baths.

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 […]

‘The underground Tunnel’ near the Old Guv.

Did you know there was an old railway tunnel just near the Old Guv? Well there was! As far as I know it was built in 1886 to service the old Exhibition Building and the Exhibition Oval near Kintore Avenue. My grandfather used to always tell me tha…

Printing WWII Food Ration Books at the Old Guv.

Two supervisors (unknown) checking the ration book printed sheets as they come off the press. One of the South Australian Government Printing Office’s main functions during the Second World War (1939-1945) was to provide security and support for all aspects of the Australian war effort. This included printing the Food Ration Books for the civilian […]

Tony Harris, trades Bookbinder.

Tony was born in the county of Surrey in the South of England. He came to Australia in March, 1964 as a “Ten Pound Pom” after answering an advertisement for a trades Bookbinder. His decision to migrate was as a result of stories his father had told him when he was a young fellow. He […]

Hot Metal Hansard Staff 1961.

Photo from Left to Right: Rex (Fritzy) Wells, Glyn Paul, Jim Hosking and the one and only Bruce Lockier. Everyone please note that the compositors in this photograph are wearing a tie with a white shirt. It was the uniform of the day for the mid-century tradespeople. What Bloody Wankers they were back then… Thanks […]

The Man at the Window.

Image: The Adveriser, Adelaide, South Australia taken in 1956. Dear Brother Parham, Stolen Biro and the Bulldog here from the Badlands. We have found a picture of the Old City Baths in King William Road, Adelaide. The picture was taken (we believe) around 1956, with lots of young nubile boys jumping into the water and […]