Dennis Gill, Friend and Gentleman.


Dennis Gill, Comp and Linotype Operator (Retired)
The Yorke Peninsula Country Times is produced in Kadina, South Australia and is a family owned country weekly newspaper.
It has been in the hands of the Ellis family for quite a number of years.
Nowadays, it is computer typeset, the featured picture above is from the last years of Hot Metal at the Times (in the 1980s).
The Linotype operator pictured above is Dennis Gill, who started his apprenticeship as a Hand and Machine Composing Apprentice with the company way back in 1958.
I have known Dennis for the past 55 years and what a good bloke he is. Dennis originally came from the port town of Wallaroo.
The current General Manager of the YP Times is former Compositor and family member Michael Ellis.

George the Orangutan, Adelaide Zoo.

Remember when we referred to George as a gorilla?
George was an orangutan and was always one of the most popular animals at the zoo, but growing up as kids, we always talked about him as a gorilla.
He was a real character whose favourite possessions were his old hessian bag and an Australian Rules football.
He also used to like a smoke and was known for a couple of other antics including masturbating, peeing at people in front of his cage and throwing his poo into the crowd.
He would throw out the hessian bag in front of his cage and people would throw peanuts, lollies and other treats onto the bag, which he would then drag back in for a feast.

Photograph: George the orangutan with his hessian bag and Australian Rules footy.
Stories abound about George, including one of the night he escaped through his unlocked door and climbed a huge tree within the zoo grounds.
Hoogen, who was his keeper at the time, had to rush to the zoo to talk him down.
George climbed down the tree and hand in hand walked back to his cage.
George died in 1976 and his bones are now housed in the old elephant house near the Elephant Interpretation Centre.
It saddens me now to think back and contemplate the solitary and miserable existence it must have been for George, locked up in a cage for most of his life and unable to mix with his own species.
Thankfully zoos today have come a long way and now take an animal’s psychological health as well as physical well-being into consideration when creating enclosures.
Source: George and Friends at the Adelaide Zoo. | Adelaide Remember When

‘The People’s Weekly’ Moonta.


Photo: State Library of South Australia.
The People’s weekly served the largest of the Yorke Peninsula towns, Moonta, for almost 80 years.
Although, like the other Yorke Peninsula newspapers, it included some coverage for the surrounding towns, the Weekly concentrated mostly on the activities and interests of the people of Moonta.
In 1891 the newspaper claimed to have the largest circulation on the Peninsula, with 1,000 subscribers in Moonta alone, as well as in the other towns. From late 1943 the newspaper’s coverage changed to include more Kadina news.
Throughout its life, the newspaper reflected the importance of the local copper mining industry which was the reason for the existence of Moonta and the other copper towns.
Detailed mining reports were regularly printed in the newspaper up until the last small private mining operations ceased in 1938. A series of interesting letters in 1895 by ‘Inquisitive’ described the working of the mining contract system.
In 1891 major industrial action took place, with a miners’ strike which lasted for 18 weeks.
This was widely reported, gaining the support of workers, newspapers and church groups across the state.
The Weekly was not convinced of the strike action being the best choice (26 September 1891), but nevertheless gave its support to the men.

Horse Drawn Trams of Victor Harbor.

The town of Victor Harbor is located on the coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, about 80 km south of Adelaide, in South Australia.Photo: Drew Douglas.
Victor Harbor was originally home to the Australian aboriginal people, who hunted and gathered in the fertile lands, before the Europeans discovered it in 1802.
Today it is a popular tourist destination, and one of the favorite activities for visitors here is to hitch a ride on the horse-drawn tram over a 630-meter long wooden causeway connecting the nearby Granite Island.
This little island is home to a large colony of Penguins which are a popular attraction on the island.
These penguins shelter on the island during the night, departing in the morning to hunt for fish before returning at sunset.
A team of Clydesdale horses pull the tram, doing a couple of shifts a week each, and the trams run on roller bearings to make it nice and easy for them.
Established in 1894, the horse drawn trams carry approximately 180,000 passengers per year taking 50 passengers at a time.
The tram service is provided by the Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram, one of the very few horse-drawn tram routes remaining in public transit service.
Please Note: The Causeway can no longer support the weight of the tram and the service has been put on hold.
Read on via Horse Drawn Trams of Victor Harbor | Amusing Planet.