Sad tale of an Afghan Hound and a Wabbit.

WARNING: If you trust your best mate. Think Again. What if, you had a mate that you worked alongside for years. What if, after work and on the weekend you socialised with that mate and his family. What if, your mate won a 2 week Pacific cruise in a Lottery draw, and What if, your […]

Mooster, Russell, Eight Ball & the DCA Club.

How many of our former Netley employees could confess to spending many hours at the now demolished DCA club, the current site of IKEA. Lots I would think. It was the favourite watering hole for Johnny Bryant (Mooster) for decades and he regularly invited his many friends at the Guv to join him on Friday […]

Holiday in Hell in a ‘Sardine Sedan.’

John Freebairn and Robert Padfield, who worked in the Comp. Room were the best of mates, Their wives got on famously as well. The two families would have barbecues together at each other’s house and celebrate their birthdays when they came around. John and Robert even played Golf together (poorly) at Kooyonga Golf Course where […]

‘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 […]

The Workers Upstairs.

Ann Hall and Michael Francis were both from Photomechanical. Ann Hall left Adelaide for Canberra in the early 1990s and went on to greater things in the publishing industry. Mike Francis ended up working downstairs on the comp. floor on a difficult and grumpy Pyrofax platemaker. Not sure what happened to him in later years, […]

‘Fletch’ versus ‘Wingy’.

The Old Guv’s Production Manager at Netley Ron “Ankles” Fletcher awoke from a dream one morning that was just so “beautiful”. For that night he had dreamt that he was the Grand Imperial Wizard of Freemasonry and before him on the Stone of Sacrifice was one Cathy Wing. Now Cathy was a Tea Lady and […]

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 […]

The Cricket Team in 1992.

Photo courtesy Tony Fitzsimmons But what Team? And, who’s playing in the side? What year is it? Many questions that need answering… Thanks Rod P.S. I can see Hooley-Dooley or is it Dooley-Hooley there!

Who was the strange ‘Tie Cutter?’

1. Who was the Comp who would befriend all newcomers in the Comp Room? 2. He would gather all the information about their lives, their marriage, their children and their hobbies. 3. He would befriend them, they would think he was a lovely man… 4. After about 3 or 4 months he would cut all […]