Gudday…from Derwombat and others.

AN UPDATE for GP Office, GP Department, GP Division, SA Print and Sprint former workers.

Alex Riley reports that we are still on track to hold our scaled down Luncheon get together on Friday, 27 November. 2020, commencing 11.30 am at the West Adelaide Football Club. Richmond. Our guest The Singing Masked Dancer will be in attendance.

Have you ever been in a tunnel and just hearing the echo of your own voice bouncing off the walls. That’s how I feel during the Covid-19 epedemic.
What about you?
Update: Sadly, Don Ledo passed away some two months back. Don worked in the press room. planning and sales.
He was a quiet man,  good worker and after leaving the Guv. lived in the beautiful town of Strathalbyn. RIP.
Wayne and Angela Brown have just returned from Port Germein on the West Coast.
Evidently swearing is compulsory there and Browny soon became a local Legend. They are both well.
Don Woolman is travelling OK and sharp as ever. All the Best Don.
Vic Potticary and wife Audrey are still under lockdown provisions at Flora McDonald Nursing Home and bored ‘sh@*^xss’ but under excellent care.
Jude Marks is missing her boat cruises, but doing pretty well with her horses interstate. Go Lady Jude.
Like all of us Marianne Hunn hasn’t had a great year and she lost her husband Peter several days back after a long illness. Our thoughts go out to Marianne and family.
We report the passing of Richard ‘Dick’ Korff who worked in the Binding Room in the 1950s and 1960s. After Dick left the Guv he started a small binding operation ‘Korff Print Finishing’. Dick was a talented musician  and will be sorely missed by wife Beverley, brother Charlie and families.
And finally we believe that Alan ‘Porky’ Dell was bitten by his neighbour’s large dog. Mystery surrounds the confrontation between man and beast and we are checking as to what actually happened. More to come…
Alex and Rod

‘Lollies from the Good Old Days.’

by Bob Byrne,
I remember Columbines that came in a long blue packet and each lolly was individually wrapped in a blue silver paper.
Jaffas (See Image Above) were made by a company called Sweetacres and came in a cardboard box. They were ideal for rolling down the aisle of the local picture theatre during the Saturday afternoon matinee.
There was gob-stoppers and conversation lollies, all-day suckers and fruit tingles. We used to buy nigger blocks (no offence intended), four in a square and from memory they use to cost 1d.
There was Hoadley’s Polly Waffle and the original Violet Crumble bars, Minties and Fantales came in boxes not plastic or cellophane bags.
There was Wrigleys Juicy Fruit and PK chewing gum in little packs of four pellets and from memory they were tuppence each.

Haven’t had a Polly Waffle for years and Violet Crumble is definitely not the same anymore.
There was sherberts that came in a white packet that had a licorice straw and MacRobertsons made the original Freddo frog, barley sugars, Cherry Ripes and Old Gold chocolate.
Allens had Tootie Frooty and Steam Rollers in those little cylinder packs and they also made packets of Coconut Quivers.
There were Choo Choo Bars and Red Skins, White Knights and Milko, Life Savers came in all sorts of flavours including Musk.
And remember going to the corner shop to buy 6d worth of assorted lollies in a bag?
Read on via Bob Byrne’s terrific blog Lollies From a Bygone Era | Adelaide Remember When

Living in Elizabeth, circa 1960s.

Aah, memories – going to the drive-in movies secreted in the boot of a car, or crawling under the mesh fence in the dark to meet up with a mate who had driven in.
Well, that’s what we did on many occasions to save paying to get in to see a movie on Saturday night! Didn’t you?
The Elizabeth (Shandon) drive-in theatre was a very popular haunt back in the late 1960s.
Apart from the snooker hall in the town centre and the one at Elizabeth Grove, the Octagon Theatre, a couple of coffee houses and a cabaret on Saturday night upstairs in the Elizabeth Ballroom, the nightlife wasn’t all that flash for a teenager.
The entertainment didn’t stop there – we even held séances at friends’ houses or at a graveyard to frighten the bejesus out of ourselves!
I remember taking my HMV Nippergram with its removable lid housing the speaker (wow!) and a stack of 45s to a local hall to spin some vinyl on weekends.
That was nearly a three-kilometre walk each way, but I didn’t mind. Hanging around in our group at the local shopping centre at Elizabeth West also killed a few hours – just talking or kicking a ball around – smashing bottles and rubbishing the area never entered our minds.
That shopping centre had an old black locomotive outside it for many years, which we would climb over, but never deface or try to break anything on it.
I was introduced to snooker at the Elizabeth Grove hall by some new mates I had met on moving from Sydney to Elizabeth.
While watching my first game, a mate potted a red ball. He then asked me for the rest, so I began circling the table getting the rest of the red balls out of the pockets! Much laughter and piss-taking followed, and an explanation of what a “rest” was. I soon caught on.
One mate had a Morris Mini and he would chauffeur us around, although we would chip in some money for the petrol. We would take it in turns being in the front passenger seat – this incurred an extra 30 cents for the privilege!
Many an argument was had over whose turn it was.
Although the entertainment options were minimal back then, we all seemed to have a lot more fun and never seemed to get into too many scuffles. We weren’t perfect angels, either.
Alcohol and some drugs were around (mainly marijuana), but not to the same degree as today.
I can honestly say that no-one in our group ever took drugs, although we did get into the beer more than a little.
Aah, yes, my time in the 1960s held some great memories.
Stolen Biro (Nick Penn)

Photos capture street scenes of South Australia around 1900.

Photo: King William Street, looking north from Victoria Square (circa 1907).
South Australia is a state in the southern central part of Australia.
It covers some of the most arid parts of the country.
With a total land area of 983,482 square kilometres (379,725 sq mi), it is the fourth-largest of Australia’s states and territories by area, and fifth largest by population.

South Australia shares borders with all of the other mainland states, and with the Northern Territory; it is bordered to the west by Western Australia, to the north by the Northern Territory, to the north-east by Queensland, to the east by New South Wales, to the south-east by Victoria, and to the south by the Great Australian Bight.
Although its history is marked by economic hardship, South Australia has remained politically innovative and culturally vibrant.
Today, it is known for its fine wine and numerous cultural festivals and tourism.
The state’s economy is dominated by the agricultural, manufacturing and mining industries.
Unfortunately, in recent years, the State’s large car manufacturing industry has been sent off-shore.
Above we have some fascinating photos from around 1900.
Source: 32 Fascinating Photos Capture Street Scenes of South Australia Around 1900 ~ Vintage Everyday

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 from the UK (similar to 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

“Double Cheese Toasted Sandwich.”

Sweet-Hot-Mustard-Jarlsberg-Grilled-CheeseThe Islington Railway Workshops in Adelaide were certainly full of characters and none more than Brian Cahill a staunch Union man who could eat the leg off a chair.
During winter the Steel Car shop had a series of kerosene heaters that would roar away for most of the day and would attract cold workers to warm up their bodies like bees to a honey pot.
We never had a morning tea break in the 1960s and 1970s and would hide behind a welder’s humpy to stuff a sandwich down our throat and wash it down with a cup of tea secretly brewed from the billy .
Brian being the genius he was decided that he would toast his sandwiches on top of the heater and I can tell you he was pretty bloody good at it too. Cheese and tomato seemed top of his list but his double cheese was even better .
I guess most good things come to a end as poor old Brian found out.
Charlie Hill, the foremen of the shop must have sniffed the wind down in his nice warm office and came roaring down to check out where this lovely toasty smell was coming.
Charlie found Brian’s sandwich on top of the heater happily toasting away. Well, Charlie wasn’t a generous soul to start with and he decided to stand and watch poor Brian’s sanger (sandwich) burn to charcoal.
Meanwhile, Brian was hiding behind the welder’s humpy watching his beautiful creation turning to ashes.
Brian didn’t have a lot of love for Charlie before this tragic event and I can tell you the relationship got progressively worse as the years passed.
Comrade Jim.

Balfours Tea Rooms, Adelaide.

The name Balfours has been associated with Adelaide for more than a century.
For many baby boomers the name brings back memories of a trip to ‘town’ with mum or grandma and a lunch in the tea rooms that remained a fixture in the city until 2004, although it had been sold by Balfours in the late 1980s I believe.
It all began in 1856 when Scottish immigrant James Calder established a bakery and shop on Rundle Street, Adelaide, called the City Steam Biscuit Factory.
He was joined shortly after by his nephew, John Balfour, in 1877 and the company eventually traded under the name Calder and Balfour.
Photo courtesy of San Remo Macaroni Company Pty Ltd Balfours Tea Rooms in Rundle Street.
In the 1890s a new factory was built in Caldwell Street (off Carrington Street) but tea rooms remained in Rundle Street.
Further expansion occurred in the early 20th century, seeing Balfours move to a new factory site, on the corner of Morphett and Franklin Streets.
Balfour’s son-in-law, Charles Wauchope, entered the business in the 1890s and later the company name became Balfour Wauchope Pty Ltd.
Balfours maintained this presence in the city until 2003 when manufacturing was moved to Dudley Park, a suburb in the inner north-west.
Photo from State Library of SA. The Balfour Wauchope Factory was a well known landmark in the city, on the corner of Franklin and Morphett Streets
Please read on via Balfours Tea Rooms in Rundle Street | Adelaide Remember When.

The Pubs of Port Adelaide.

The Port of Adelaide, which was proclaimed in 1837, shares this distinction particularly when the first settlers arrived and sought refreshment and relaxation after many months cooped up in small areas below the decks of slow sailing vessels.
As with any port, alcoholic beverages were in demand by the free immigrants from the United Kingdom in those early days. Port Adelaide was the welcoming arrival point for all who were about to begin a new life in a strange country.
Because of the difficulties faced in the selection of a site for a capital city in the newly proclaimed state of South Australia in 1836 the final decision resulted in a situation where the city and port were 12 kms apart.
Added to this was the difficulty of access to the original proclaimed site by shipping and the dismal conditions of the tidal swamp surrounding it.
Consequently another port was proclaimed four years later at the site of the present Port Adelaide.

It was inevitable that those early arrivals, both immigrants and seamen would seek hospitality in a hotel or inn after so many months in cramped, uncomfortable quarters on a ship.
Early records are vague but there were two sites known to have catered for the needs of the arrivals.
Both the Ship Inn and the Caledonian Inn were in operation at the time, and probably prior, to the date of 1838 when licences were granted. both were probably rough huts because of the lack of building materials and their exact positions are unrecorded, but their licences were closed in 1842 just a little after the new port was proclaimed in 1840.
A new port demanded work and a flow of shipping and that is just what happened as did an increase in the demand for hospitality and comfort which resulted in an ever-increasing number of hotels.
The first hotel at the new site was Port Hotel on North Parade which was licensed to begin operating on March 23, 1839, but was known to have served from October, 1838.
This hotel operated until 1951 when it was closed and demolished to make way for increasing wharf use.
via THE PORT’S PUBS – About Port Adelaide.

Hidden Emotions of the Modern Man.

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).

‘Pole Sitting’ in Adelaide, circa 1950s.


When I was 12 years old my Dad would regularly take me down to the Henley Beach Square at Henley Beach (a seaside suburb of Adelaide).
There I would stand open mouthed, staring upwards at the grown up adults sitting on top of poles.
They were crazy, but why did they do it?
Evidently, pole sitting competitions were all the rage in the United States in the early 1920s.
People were desperate for money and so they sat up on the top of poles to win some lousy competition.
Like most things the craze took another 20 years or more to reach the shores of Australia.
The Square would be packed with families enjoying the summer nights as they wandered from pole to pole.
There was a lot of good natured banter between pole sitters and those gawking up at them.
Because Adelaide was a small city there were a lot of people who knew each other and to me a visit to the square was exciting.