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 […]

Paul Raby.

Paul Raby was born in 1939 in the United Kingdom. Paul was not a Ten pound tourist when he came to Oz. The Aussie Government charged him an extra Two pound for the fare. One pound extra for each of Paul’s ears. He started at the Old Guv in 1955, as a Printing machinist and […]

George Sparnon.

The late George Sparnon didn’t laugh a lot but one day I found out what a dry sense of humour he had. It was a Friday Morning at the Old Guv. I was working on the Railways Weekly Notice. George was Foreman or Overseer at the time and stopped at my frame enquiring how I […]

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 […]

Found Him…

Image Credit: Photograph by Peter Plowman. Our old mate comrade Victor Potticary is now a resident at Calvary Flora McDonald Nursing Community, Cowandilla. Looking at this photo taken by Comrade Peter Plowman one may think that Vic loves arts and crafts. I can assure you that he doesn’t. But if it was a book by […]

Have a safe and Happy Christmas.

To the OG Legends… Where have I been you may ask? In hospital, this time for a Lung Operation at Ashford Community. My apologies for not having contacted you. On Christmas Eve, I find myself recovering at home and on oxygen. I’m OK and want to thank my son Danny for his care, patience and […]