‘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.

Railways Printing, Adelaide.

 The Albion Press
This particular press has ‘strong personal value’ to SA Railways and was in continual use from the time of purchase in 1875/76 until 1975.
It was used to print special runs of printed materials eg parliamentary vouchers, interstate and special tickets, invitations and pre-Federation materials.
SA Railways received State Supply authority to do work for the Post Master General because of their ‘strict audit system’, this meant the printing of postal stamps and money orders.
During the Depression years food vouchers were also printed.
A gold painted eagle on the top of the press disappeared between the time (2 weeks) the Railway Commissioner gave permission and the press’ removal to the AGSA.
Examples of the work done on this press have been transferred to the Australia Post Museum in Melbourne.
The Stanhope Press
Frank McDonnell, railway advisor to the HTSA, retrieved this information from a retired print operator employed with SA Railways.
Karl Woltynski, who I used to visit regularly in my role as a Printing Union Organiser was a Polish born citizen, went to Germany and learned printing at 14 years of age.
He came to Australia in 1948 and worked with SA Railways until he retired in 1985.
He was a guard and porter before working as a printer.
Rod Parham