Kangaroo Island Creatures.

australian_seal_lionWhen British explorers happened upon Kangaroo Island—south of what today is the city of Adelaide—the animals took them by surprise.
Unlike the wild ‘roos of the mainland, who knew to keep their distance, these creatures were utterly tame and approachable (so much so that the arriving crew reportedly slaughtered 31 for a giant kangaroo stew).
The reason the animals were unaccustomed to humans (and tragically unfamiliar with their bad habits) was because no humans lived there. Aboriginals had once inhabited the island, but they’d abandoned it at least 2000 years prior, for reasons unknown.
pelicans_0After a couple of centuries of life alongside human settlers, the animals here are understandably a little more wary—but the humans, for their part, have gotten a lot more respectful. Which means that today, this one of the most incredible places to get up close and personal with some very interesting creatures out in the wild.
The best way to meet them is to tour with a local company like Exceptional Kangaroo Island.
Experienced guides are familiar with the animals and their habitats—so they can probably find you a tricky-to-spot echidna and point out where a koala is likely to be hiding in the crook of a tree—but they also ensure that you won’t bother the animals in the process.
(And in lieu of kangaroo stew, they serve fantastic lunches that highlight the local produce.)
via Animals to Visit on Kangaroo Island | Mental Floss.

Hidden Emotions of the Modern Man by Karen Waller.

2014-SA-awards-Portr-WallerKaren-107449(pp_w900_h595)Photo: Darren Smith is photographed for Karen Waller’s Vulnerable exhibition to break down the myth that real men do not show emotion.
(Supplied: Karen Waller)
by Brett Williamson
In her latest exhibition, Vulnerable, Adelaide photographer Karen Waller has captured the often unseen emotional side of modern men.
Her photographs capture South Australian men dealing with the memories of grief, depression, anxiety, loneliness, isolation, fear, illness or old age.
“It is really important that we have these images of men, and images of men in particular who are seen to be crying, images of men who appear to be tough but also have the great strength of character to show us that they are also men who are not afraid to show us their emotion,” Ms Waller said.
Ms Waller met her first subject, Darren Smith, through a group of friends.
“I was told that he could be quite emotional and had some stories to tell around grief,” Ms Waller said.
Mr Smith sat in Ms Waller’s studio and they shared unguarded stories of their emotional past.
Wearing a dark singlet, gold chain, multiple earrings and covered in tattoos, Mr Smith was an imposing figure as he sat in the studio.
As he recalled his stories, he began to well up and shed a tear.
Ms Waller caught the image of him amidst the grip of his emotions.
“It’s a beautiful image of a man who looks really tough and who is also a man who is vulnerable,” Ms Waller said.
She was amazed by his courage to display the emotion openly and then allow her to share the image publicly.
By capturing men openly displaying their emotions, Ms Waller hopes to break down the stereotype of the stoic Australian male and openly show that real men do cry.
via Adelaide photographer captures the often hidden emotions of the modern man – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

History of the Old Guv, 1849-1974.

Explanation: I have been asked what was the structure on the right hand side of the Old Guv, in the above picture (the one with the curved roof).
After consulting Grant Hofmeyer, I have been told it was a railway shed and was termed Commodius Freight Accommodation by the Railways. Which means in plain English that it was a Large spacious shed.
The first printing press which landed with the Free Settlers of South Australia in late 1836 was a Stanhope (hand driven) Press, which was located in a crude tent occupied by the Thomas family on the North Bend of the “Paddywallunga” River at Glenelg.
The Stanhope Press was owned by Mr Robert Thomas and Mr George Stevenson, Secretary to Governor Hindmarsh, the State’s first Governor.
The Act of Proclamation and first Government Gazette had been printed in England some six months before the Settlers arrived. The Proclamation Ceremony was held at the Old Gum Tree, at Glenelg in December, 1836.
The Captain of the ship that landed the Stanhope Press felt the metal type on board would make perfect ballast for his crossing of the treacherous Tasman Sea to Hobart.
A frustrated Robert Thomas was finally re-united with his precious cases of metal type  some time after the first landing.
In June, 1837, the second edition of the Government Gazette and Colonial Register was produced. At that time the Printing Office had been moved to Hindley Street, Adelaide.
The first official Government Printing Office was established in 1849 with William Caddy Cox as Government Printer. It was housed in a low single storey brick building behind the Supreme Court Office in Victoria Square.
The original staff  compromised three men, a boy and a horse.
A new Printing Office was built behind Old Parliament House in 1867 (the Old Legislative Council Building) comprising a basement and ground floor. By now the presses were steam driven.
In 1879, William Caddy Cox retired and was succeeded by Emmanuel Spiller as Government Printer. In 1885, a third storey was added to the building.
The Comps. Strike: The records of the Printing Union in South Australia show that a strike occurred in 1876 when a number of men were paid below what was considered to be the basic rate for Compositors at that time.
The Comps. finally returned to work when the State Secretary-General and the Adelaide Typographical Society brokered a deal. Emmanuel Spiller died in 1888, and former Apprentice and Compositor Henry Leader was appointed the new Government Printer.
Leader proved to be a popular Printer, however, he  died in in 1890. Charles Bristow was then appointed Government Printer.

The 1902 Wayzgoose: The Wayzgoose was a Printer’s Picnic generally held on a Saturday for the Tradesmen and Boys. On 1 March, 1902, the drags left  the Office in King William Road and begun their journey to Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills.
The Pubs they dropped into en route were the Eagle-on-the-Hill, Stirling West Hotel, German Arms Hotel and the Union Hotel in Hahndorf.
After a wonderful dinner and a day’s entertainment at Jackson’s Hotel, Mount Barker (including a cornet solo) they finally made their way back to Adelaide leaving Mount Barker at 6 p.m.
Hansard Production: In 1914 the Government Printing Office was given responsibility for the production of Hansard (Parliamentary Debates) which up until then had been done by the newspaper  proprietors in Adelaide.

Three new Intertype Hot Metal Typesetting Machines (English version of the Linotype) were purchased and set up in a newly remodelled section of the Old Guv.
The administration and Office sections were also expanded at that time.
Kent Town: In 1965, a temporary annexe was set up out at Kent Town to  undertake hand binding and ruling work. This operation employed  a number of women and trade bookbinders.
Goodbye to the Old Guv: In late 1973, the Government Printing Office in King William Road  and the Kent Town site were moved to the Netley Complex on Marion Road, Netley  (South Western  suburb of Adelaide).
In 1974 the Old Guv Building which held so many wonderful memories and had stood for over 100 years was brutally ripped down to make way for the construction of  the Adelaide Festival Theatre.
Rod Parham

Peterborough Printing Works Museum.

Peter Plowman and I have returned from yet another visit to the Printing Works at Peterborough.
After that visit it is worth making some observations and constructive suggestions about this valuable resource in the historic town of Peterborough..
There are a few things that still mystify me about the Compliance Rules that cover the running of the Museum Project.
The first is that nothing in the production area should be touched and  be left exactly as it was on the day that the owner left in circa 2000.
Considering that the gentleman who owned the Print Shop was not well at the time and just shut the doors and walked away from his business suggests that the plant was not properly operating when he left.
When you take a hard look at the composing room it all becomes obvious.
There are galley racks full of ‘standing matter’ in an appalling state.
But in the midst of the dust and scattered pieces of lead and wood there is a treasure and it’s the high quality Foundry Type that in the normal course of events would have been ‘dissed’ (distributed) back into their wooden typecases.
This was a normal procedure in the housekeeping of the Composing Room.
Likewise, Peter Plowman has spent many hours cleaning the guillotine and removing 17 years of grime, oil and dust. Peter has also attempted to bring the Heidelberg Letterpress Cylinder up to scratch.
Seriously, the policy of “Hands Off” does not make any sense at all and in the long run will damage the site’s tourist potential for Peterborough.
Both Peter and I hope the Management Committee will review their “hands off” policy and come up with a more practical and workable management plan.
Rod Parham, former State Secretary of  the Printing Union in South Australia.

“The Rex Picture Theatre” Adelaide.


Rex Picture Theatre
Here’s a photo of the Rex Picture Theatre in Rundle Street which closed and was demolished in 1961 to make way for extensions to the Cox-Foys Building.
The Rex apparently replaced an earlier picture theatre called ‘The Pav’ or the Pavillion which was the first theatre in South Australia to show pictures continuously, from 11am until 11pm.
This is going back a bit but does anyone have any memories of the Rex?
See more at Bob Byrne’s website via Adelaide’s Lost Picture Theatres; Part One | Adelaide Remember When.

The 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.
Read on via Horse Drawn Trams of Victor Harbor | Amusing Planet.