Ron Hamence.

img119Ron 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 during his time with us he was a wonderful character who loved his mates and a few beers.

He was also a wonderful cricketer who played District Cricket for West Torrens and Sheffield Shield Cricket for South Australia.

In 1948, he became part of Don Bradman’s 1948 side “The Invincibles”.

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Pictured on the boat bound for England in 1948 is Ron Hamence with his good mate Ernie Toshack (fast-medium bowler).

Ron often recalled that he and some of the cricket side on the ship-board journey to England frequently had a sing-song in the adjacent cabin to Captain Don Bradman with Arti tapping on the wall after each song finished and calling out ‘What do you think of that one, “Braddles” (Bradman)?’.

Bradman was not amused.

Ron Hamence played in 19 of the matches in 1948, and was extremely unlucky to miss out on a test game.

His top score was against Somerset with 99 runs. He finished with a tour average of 32.33.

Between 1935 and 1950 Ron Hamence made 5,285 runs for South Australia at an average of 37.75 including 11 centuries.

His highest score was 173 against New South Wales.


Pictured: Neil Hallett (Ron’s son-in law), Luke (Ron’s great grandson) and Lyn Hallett (Ron’s Daughter) who sadly passed away in late 2015).

Rod Parham

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 became affectionately known as “Wingnut”. He fancied himself as a Tenor just like Pavarotti but sounded more like Tiny Tim. Paul’s signature tune was “I talk to the trees, but they don’t listen to me”.
“And they still don’t” says an Anonymous friend”. Paul used to sing at the “Cheer Up Hut” near the Adelaide Railway Station where best friends Porky Dell, Reg Hartshorne and Bob Downs an’ kiss my Arse would throw objects at him, heckle him and suck lemons in protest.
Paul was in the chorus of the Brompton-Bowden Light Opera company and appeared on Channel 7′s “Stairway to the Stars” (B&W).
Just before Paul was to do his number he was sent off to see Cora Dove in the Make-Up Room.
Cora tried unsuccessfully to pin Paul’s ears back with sticky tape so that he wouldn’t frighten little children when he finally made his big appearance.
We know that this story is true because Salvos don’t tell lies. Do they Porks?
At the old Guv, Paul had his locker behind Miehle 5. One day whilst out to lunch Paul left his size 17 work boots behind and they were grabbed by “Nigger” Johnson.
Frank quickly nailed them to the Miehle 5 walk board much to the delight of the returning printing machinists.
It is claimed that Paul pushed the Cricket Club bus by himself when it broke down in the Adelaide Hills but we think that is a bit of Barry O’Donnell bullshit.
He played soccer as a Goalie for Windsor Athletics but according to Bob Downs an’ kiss my arse was “hopeless”. The same went for Aussie rules until his career was cut short by a swift kick in the “knackers”.
Paul is married to Glenise and has three adult daughters.
Paul Raby, Printer, Wingnut, “tenor” and 12 pound tourist you are a “Legend”.

George Sparnon.

001_5-1jpgscaled696The 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 was. Fastened to the wall just above my frame was an open metal pipe.
Suddenly, while George was talking to me, water and thousands of pieces of monotype began to spew out of the pipe all over my work frame and all over me.
I looked up to the Jobbing Room window and there they were Mulcahy, Chook and Ramsay laughing their heads off!
I turned and looked at George who was still standing there and he said,
“The weather bureau forecast rain but didn’t say anything about hailstones.”
And he walked off…

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 Marx or Engels he would be right in there. One of the best blokes ever is our Victor.
Catch up with Victor at Calvary Flora McDonald, 206 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Cowandilla.
Thanks to Peter Plowman for the information.

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 very hard work.

So to all of you Have a safe and Happy Christmas.

Rod Parham 0424 294 450

Don Woolman Update.

Don and Thalia Woolman.
Hi Rod,
Dad has made a turn for the better. We have been able to take him outside which has been lovely to get him some fresh air and sunshine.
He will be up to seeing more visitors now and should be able to start getting out of bed over the next week or so.
He is at Flinders Medical Centre (public), Ward 5C Room 4 where visiting hours are 8 am – 8 pm.
The main switchboard number at the FMC is 8204 5511 and they can put calls through to the ward/room Dad is in.
Mum is doing okay. She has been staying with me and my sister while she adapts to the unfortunate change of circumstances.
Sandy Woolman

The Latest on Don Woolman.

Hi Rod,
Just an update on Dad since last week. 
They have started to try and graft skin back onto his right foot.
He has several surgeries still to come to put plates and screws in to hold the fractures in both ankles.
Unfortunately, he was meant to have two surgeries last week but they were cancelled.
The plan is for one longer op. today to pin his left foot.
He has lost his toes on the right foot and they need to do more skin grafting on this leg to see if it will heal.
The surgery takes a lot out of Dad and they have to allow enough time between sessions for his body and spirits to recover. 
It is going to be a long and slow road ahead for Don. 
I will let you know how the next surgery goes. 
Kind Regards,
Sandy Woolman

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 an egg sandwich!” and so on.
One Sunday morning Howard was on the roof cleaning out the gutters.
She leaned out the window and screamed, “Howard, turn the roast over now!”
Howard scuttled down the ladder, turned the roast over and then scuttled back up the ladder on to the roof to finish the gutters.
You would think that coming to work would be relaxing for Howard. but No!
Most lunch times Howard would be running all over Adelaide paying bills for Jack Findlay.
Jack (who was Howard’s foreman) would also sit on his arse eating his sandwiches, get up, have a stretch and stroll over to the Lunch Room.
Meanwhile poor old forgotten Howard with sweat pouring off his cheeks was trudging drearily through the streets of Adelaide.
The late Warren Pietsch

John ‘Dingo’ Manfield, Legend.

John was born on 5 May, 1936 in Croydon. He was the last of five children (Olga, Dorothy, Bill and Frank). His father was Head Bird Keeper at the Adelaide Zoo and the family lived in a small cottage in the zoo grounds.
Because he was born in South Australia’s Centenary Year he was given a bank book and two shillings and six pence, that money is still in a sock hiding underneath his bed.
His first school was St. Cyprians in North Adelaide and after one year he moved to Christ Church Primary School. He spent two years at Adelaide Tech and at the age of 15 was apprenticed as a hand compositor at the Old Guv.
He was nicknamed “Dingo” by Frank Lock. John spent a number of some years on the Comp floor working with people like Fred Hardwicke, Ron Hammence  and Jack Wells.
After he finished his apprenticeship he earned a reputation as a bit of a “tightarse.”
He pursued apprentice Kevin “Dago” Stack-Neale for years for a penny change that he claimed that Dago owed him from the 1950s.
Kevin repaid that penny plus a halfpenny (interest) at the OGL Luncheon on 24 February.
Living at the zoo was a great life and he was never short of friends. He helped his Dad with the bird collection and when a bird died his dad’s taxidermist friend would stuff them and then John would box them up and send them to the Bremen Museum in Germany. The Museum rewarded him with a free Leica camera. He keeps that under his bed as well.
The family were often non paying guests of Wirth’s Circus who pitched their big top near the Morphett Street Bridge.
On one occasion the family were having their evening meal when Lola the Chimpanzee walked in. John’s dad calmly rose from the table and took Lola by the hand back to her enclosure.
Cricket was his favourite sport. He played a few games with Adelaide C grade whose coach at the time was test bowler Clarrie Grimmett. He also studied at the Adelaide College of Music and was chosen to perform solo in a concert at the Adelaide Town Hall.
During the performance a side door was opened and the music blew off the stand but John finished without a mistake.
John with good friend Don “The Flash” Woolman frequently met at the 50/50 dances at the Bay Town Hall where Frank Buller’s big band was playing. He travelled by tram to the dance and Don would drive him back to the Zoo in his tiny Austin 7.
At the age of 27, John left the Old Guv and entered the newsagency business. He spent 42 years in the industry.
John’s first newsagency was at North Adelaide which he started in 1963 and then in 1976 moved to McLaren Vale where he built three shops.
In 1967 he met Antonia (Toni) an Italian lady who owed him a whole 20 cents for newspapers.
However, knowing that he would never give up asking for the 20 cents she paid the debt. This gave John the opportunity to ask her for a date.
They were engaged in December and married n 1968. Marrying a Sydney girl was a big plus for the Dingo as it meant holidays in Sydney and not having to pay for accommodation.
He joined Rotary and after completing 25 years was made an honorary life member. He served as President of his Parish Council and as President of the Cardijn College Parents and Friends group.
At the age of 78 while out walking John who was a mad golfer fell resulting in a severe shoulder injury so he joined the Willunga Bowling Club with wife Antonia.
Together they now enjoy cruising around Australia and the South Pacific . They have been to the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Sicily where Antonia visited the graves of some of her ancestors.
On the occasion of Dingo’s 80th birthday, daughter Josephine and the entire family spent a memorable weekend at Bungaree Station.
John Dingo Manfield, you are a true Old Guv Legend.
Alex (The Toff) Riley

Legend Trevor Roberts

Trevor Roberts was born 1 May, 1951 in Yallourn in the Latrobe Valley.
Trevor’s parents were Frank and Thelma Roberts. His siblings were brother Doug and sister Glenda (deceased) and younger sister Lois.
He went to school at Geelong West, Colac and Ballarat West primary schools and then Currumburra and Preston Technical schools. 
Trevor started his composing apprenticeship at the Salvation Army Citadel Press, Victoria. After six months he transferred to Adelaide working for Alan J Weatherall Pty. Ltd. as a compositor.
Trevor began his career at Government Print on 23 August, 1976 and retired on 15 September, 2017. His last eight years were as parliamentary services officer at Riverside.
He married Barbara Raymond on 1 July, 1972, three children followed -Timothy, Craig and Todd.  Has three daughters in law and nine grandchildren.
Coached cricket and football for Para Vista Primary School. Managed under 14 and under 16 cricket sides at East Torrens Cricket club as well as managing the mini league at North Adelaide Football Club.
Trevor and Barbara successfully ran the canteens at North Adelaide for 7 years including  5 canteens and two BBQs and also fundraising for various different youth groups.
Life after work for Trevor and Barbara includes cruising the oceans and going to Tuesday night Bingo. They enjoy watching their grandchildren playing football, netball, cricket and calisthenics.
Trevor enjoyed his time at the ‘Guv’ until the last two years at Riverside which were challenging and stressful.
Trevor Roberts you are indeed an Old Guv Legend.