“Lest We Forget” – George Bonney.

Studio portrait of 44 Private (Pte) George Edward Bonney, 32nd Battalion, of Unley, South Australia. George Bonney was born on 23 August, 1876 at Unley. He was the son of William Bonney and Eliza Powell. George married Florence Connor on 24 January, 1900 in Adelaide. Originally a Printing Machinist with the Government Printing Office in […]

Bruce Watts Lockier.

Photograph: Bruce and Joan Lockier. Bruce was born on 24 June 1928 to parents John and Lilian Lockier at a Maternity House in Maylands. His twin sister Nancy was born half an hour before him. Thank goodness she was a twin sister and not a brother. Bruce began his education at Magill Primary School and […]

Ron Lahiff.

Ron Lahiff was a great story teller who could match Yank Hall. He was the only bloke who could say F**k in front off Iris Morgan without her getting offended. He loved his St Agnes brandy and after Ron passed away, the sales and shares plummeted at the distillery. One night after a heavy drinking […]

Fred Hardwicke.

In January, 1966, I left the Comp Room’s shitboy job to start my apprenticeship in the Jobbing Room. My clicker was Fred Hardwicke. The crew consisted of Shorty Moncrieff, Jack Wells, Ray Stagg, Joe Scholberg, David Copley, Rod Stone, Alex Riley and Bruce Kutcher. Fred’s bark was far worse than his bite. If you started […]

Fred Hardwick.

Reprinted from an article that appeared in the 1977 edition of Topical Points. The rather good looking fellow above is Fred Hardwick (a long time ago). Fred who at present is a clicker (leading hand) in the Jobbing Room will retire on 19th April, 1977, after 49 years, 10 months with the Government Printing Office. […]

Ralph Hannant.

Ralph Hannant (deceased) was a Hot Metal Compositor and Monotype Operator. It was my privilege to have known Ralph from the mid 1970s onwards. In my role as the Old Guv’s Association President I dealt with him quite often as he was our Auditor and Returning Officer. Without a doubt he was the best I […]

Allan Dell.

I have known Allan Dell since July, 1973 when on my first day at work Bob Downs ‘anKissMyArse’ warned me that a gentleman Allan (2L’s) Dell battered metal type with gay abandon. “He wears hobnailed boots and then struts his stuff over the type formes,” Bob whispered’. I was horrified. Now I believed that Bob […]

Vale Bruce Watts Lockier.

Photograph: Bruce and Joan Lockier. It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Bruce Lockier on Sunday, 15 March, 2020. Joan Lockier has advised that there will be a Private Funeral and a Memorial Service at an appropriate time. Bruce was born on 24 June 1928 to parents John and Lilian Lockier […]

The Kiddie from Kadina.

Bruce Kutcher was born at Kadina under the shade of the Wombat Hotel. He worked for a small print shop before moving to Adelaide and settling in at the Old Guv. As a jobbing comp, Bruce was well skilled and no job was beyond his talent. He was placed under the watchful eye of Fred […]

Ron Hamence.

Ron being carried by his workmates at the Guv after the announcement of his inclusion in the 1948 Australian Cricket Test Side. ( Photo courtesy of Bruce Lockier). Ron Hamence was a hot metal compositor at the Old Guv and later became a proofreader up until his retirement. Sadly, Ron passed away in 2010, but […]