A printer’s devil
Congratulations to the Times for reaching 90 years of age.
I was reading the list of editors in the souvenir wrap and noticed a missing editor. When the Hills offered me a job as a printer’s devil while at school, I left school at 14 to work for the Times in the late 50s.
The editor was Jock Halbert and when I couldn’t find his name in the list I figured I must have been mistaken. Then I read Leon Murray’s letter to the editor, August 10 where he talks about Jock being the editor, I was pleased to see that I wasn’t wrong.
When I was at the celebratory sausage sizzle and cake at Foodland, I was talking to some of the staff about how I was a printer’s devil at the Times once. None of them knew what I was talking about so I thought that I would explain.
First, what is a printer’s devil? It is an apprentice or errand boy in a printing establishment, the name coming from the apprentice being covered in black ink.
I wasn’t an apprentice, although I wanted to be. I think that Brian Barnett would have taken over my job when I left to go into electronics with Roe’s Radio and TV in Tasman Terrace, next door to George’s Gift Shop, now the Pantry.
Below is a list of some of the jobs that I did. Some of these things were mentioned in the articles in the wrap. I worked with some of the people in the photos.
- Melting the lead and making ingots in an electric pot out the back, to feed the linotype machines.
- Making sure that the ingots were kept up to the machines.
- Making proofs of the lead type articles for the proof readers.
- Replacing the type with the corrected lines.
- Delivering the corrected type to the compositor for inclusion in the paper.
- Preparing the large printing press for printing
- Inking, loading the big rolls of newsprint and lubricating.
- Going through the type after printing and removing any old ads and articles not needed in the next issue, melting down the lead.
- Printing of some small jobs
- Stapling booklets and operating the large guillotine to trim up small printing jobs.
We also printed other Southern Eyre newspapers.
Recycling or not recycling
The horrific revelations on the ABC Four Corners program on Monday night August 7 were unbelievably shameful; making a joke of waste management, particularly recycled waste. The program points an accusing finger at people in high places, recycling companies and councils.
With photographic evidence and whistleblower statements it appears waste recycling across the whole of eastern Australia is a myth.
Glass, for instance, is no longer recycled to make bottles, it’s too costly so Australia now imports bottles.
The glass we recycle is crushed and stored in large bales or put into landfill. The program showed a mountain of crushed glass dumped in a paddock destined for wherever.
The program identified unscrupulous operators earning millions of dollars by-passing the regulations.
One operator owns land flanked by the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales.
It seems the operator has turned some of the land into a waste dump and is now polluting the river.
Let us have a statement from the Port Lincoln council. Do they know or care the destination of the waste we recycle? Is it all going into landfill? If so, why is the council charging rate paying residents a separate recycling service charge on their rate notice? Where is the money going? Or is it going into the council’s consolidated revenue?