Monthly Archives: May 2007

The Ghosts of My Friends

The Ghosts of My Friends is a kind of autograph book that was published around the turn of the 20th century. The directions inside it state: ‘Sign your name along the fold of the paper with a full pen of … Continue reading

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Graham, Panda and Joff

This photograph of Graham Kennedy and Panda Lisner in a buggy and Joff Ellen on a horse was taken by C.P. Goodall of Ballarat in the late 1950s or very early 1960s. On the back of the photograph Mr Goodall … Continue reading

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Collins Architects and Builders Diary 1961

Whenever I come across a used autograph book, diary or journal going cheap, I usually buy it. This Collins Architects and Builders Diary of 1961 appears to have belonged to a delivery van driver, whose run took in the NSW … Continue reading

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S.H. Courtier

‘Here’s a problem you might work out in your spare time. It is something I want to use in a story that is buzzing in my mind and I can’t get on with it until I solve the problem. The … Continue reading

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The Happy Show’s Sylvester the Sock and Ian Williams

Does anyone know what happened to Ian Williams? I’d love to track him down. This is another offering from Faye Marsden’s autograph book. SOCK PUPPET A sock puppet is a puppet made from a sock (or similar garment) which is … Continue reading

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S.H. Courtier’s Final (Unfinished) Novel

This is the first page of the science fiction novel S.H. Courtier was working on when he died in 1974. It is interesting that he couldn’t quite nail its title.

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The Tarax Show’s Joffa Boy

Joff Ellen (20/5/15 – 30/12/99) was an Australian entertainer, actor and comedian. He was most famous for his appearances on the television show ‘In Melbourne Tonight’ from 1958 to 1962 employing a variety mix of song-and-dance, comedy sketches and other … Continue reading

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The Glass Spear by Sidney Hobson Courtier

I am currently reading and researching S.H. Courtier (1904-1974), a very fine, but much neglected, Australian mystery writer. His books are well worth reading. Pictured is the cover of his first novel, THE GLASS SPEAR (1950).

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The Tarax Show’s Bernard the Magician

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