This photograph of Harry Houdini, held by the State Library of Victoria, appeared in The Australasian on 19 February 1910. Houdini (or Ehrich Weisz as he was known to his mother) was about to jump, handcuffed, into the Yarra River in Melbourne off Queen’s Bridge.
A month later, his aeronautical exploits were being reported in the Sydney Morning Herald (22 March 1910). His claim to be the first successful aviator in Australia was later challenged. This item at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney is a starting point to the discussion and mentions a short flight by Colin Defries on 9 December 1909 which went unrecognised at the time.
Harry didn’t stop there. This poster, again from the State Library of Victoria, showed that Houdini’s capacity for self-promotion was equal to his escapology and aviation exploits.
From the Sydney Morning Herald again on 2 May 1910.
HOUDINI IN THE AIR.
A SENSATIONAL JOURNEY.
RECORD FLIGHT AT ROSEHILL.
Houdini made a record flight in his aeroplane at Rosehill Park Racecourse yesterday. A crowd of several hundreds had gathered, and shortly after half-past 12 they were rewarded for their patience with the sight of the weird-looking machine circling gracefully round the track at a height of nearly 160ft.
Houdini made a successful start, and his plane, driven by the powerful 60-80-h.p. E.N.V. motor, leaped to a height of about 20ft. It then dipped, and rushed towards the ground at a rate bordering on 40 miles an hour. The public gasped, while a number of women screamed, for it seemed as if the aviator were rushing to certain destruction. A neat turn of the lever controlling the planes, however, altered its direction to a nicety, and the machine soared gracefully skyward, until an altitude of 150ft was reached.
But his difficulties were not over. The machine rose until at a height of 200ft it turned and met the wind full in the face. It quivered, and fell swiftly towards the ground, as the engines had stopped. It looked as if Houdini’s last moment had come. The crowd was dumbfounded, but when only a few feet from the ground the plucky aviator managed to start his engine again, and the plane rose once more. Houdini then circled round the race track twice, finishing up by sailing over the grand stand and dropping easily to the ground on the opposite side.
It was a splendid flight. A better demonstration of modern aeronautics could not have been provided, and the public cheered heartily, many rushing to seize Houdini by the hand when he reached the earth.
“That’s my fourteenth fly in Australia,” Houdini mentioned as he landed, “and I am satisfied.” He was carried shoulder high by the excited crowd. The machine, which was practically uninjured, excepting a slightly bent tube, is now to be dismantled, as Houdini is taking it with him to America.
On 13 March 1922, this funeral notice for Steven Polkinghorne appeared in the Charters Towers press.
A month later, this respected member of the Towers Concert Band was remembered by his fellow players.
One of these framed photographs is now housed in the Zara Clark Museum in Charters Towers. It is accompanied by this story.
“At a picnic at the weir, Steve was boating with friends when a lady’s hat was blown into the water. Steve tried to rescue the hat but when he swam back his friends, as a prank, rowed away. It is believed that Steve tired, or had a cramp, and drowned.”
From The Albany Advertiser of 10 July 1941, advice for loved ones regarding communication with prisoners of war. The information in this article uses all of the information required on a B.33 Red Cross leaflet to be sure (as much as was possible) that the soldier received mail from home. The image of the B.33 leaflet comes via this site about Signaller Frank Larkin curated by his son John Larkin.
The Arnott’s Biscuit company used actual children to advertise the goodness of its Milk Arrowroot biscuits. In a campaign that ran for over 60 years, mothers sent photographs of their children to Arnott’s who selected babies for the promotional ads. The history page of Arnott’s website includes details of the campaign in which those selected won a few shillings and a tin of Milk Arrowroot biscuits.
From the Daily News (Perth) 11 January 1937, this photograph of a counter to keep track of the number of balls bowled in an over of cricket. The umpire J D Scott had been appointed to the test arena in November of the previous year. (The Advertiser 26 November 1936). This counter is made for 8 ball overs.
Via Wikipedia, here’s a chronology on which countries played what number of balls bowled per over until it was standardised for test cricket.
Since 1979/80, all Test cricket has been played with six balls per over. However, overs in Test cricket originally had four balls per over, and there has had varying number of balls per over around the world up to 1979/80, generally the same as the number of balls per over in force in other first-class cricketin that country.
Balls per over
- 1880 to 1888: 4
- 1889 to 1899: 5
- 1900 to 1938: 6
- 1939 to 1945: 8 (though not in the “Victory” Tests)
- 1946 to date: 6
- 1876/77 to 1887/88: 4
- 1891/92 to 1920/21: 6
- 1924/25: 8
- 1928/29 to 1932/33: 6
- 1936/37 to 1978/79: 8
- 1979/80 to date: 6
In South Africa
- 1888/89: 4
- 1891/92 to 1898/99: 5
- 1902/03 to 1935/36: 6
- 1938/39 to 1957/58: 8
- 1961/62 to date: 6
In New Zealand
- 1929/30 to 1967/68: 6
- 1968/69 to 1978/79: 8
- 1979/80 to date: 6
- 1954/55 to 1972/73: 6
- 1974/75 to 1977/78: 8
- 1978/79 to date: 6
For those unfamiliar with the game of cricket (assuming you’ve read this far), here’s a ‘helpful’ explanation. (Benalla Ensign 10 June 1954)