How to put the fun back in politics

From The Argus, 18 September 1937:

U.A.P. Candidate Faces the Music — and Plays it

Mr. T. W. Mitchell, the United Australia party candidate for Benambra at the State Election, faced the music in a double sense when he reached Koetong, a small former mining town in the Upper Murray district, to deliver his policy speech. He found a band and guard of honour to welcome him.

As a tribute to his Scottish ancestry, the band was kilted; but the only sporrans that could be obtained in the district were the straw envelopes from beer bottles.

Each bandsman had a musical instrument of some kind and did his best to play and the guard of honour presented arms with shotguns.

Not to be outdone, Mr Mitchell dived into the boot of his car and produced a ukulele.  He played a selection with the band before inspecting the guard.

When the time came for him to speak, Mr Mitchell had for his audience almost every man, woman, child and dog in the district.

Mr Mitchell is well known in the Upper Murray district. He owns a station near Corryong.

Beat that Mr Plushbottom!

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Nurse and ukulele: grounds for divorce… (NZ, 1930)

The New Zealand Truth reported 18 September 1930 (page 8) that a woman wanted to divorce her husband for his alleged misbehaviour with a nurse who had been brought in for a week to help him recover from pneumonia. He says he never did, she says she always suspected him.

Here’s a snippet from the court proceedings:

Mr Shorland: You’ll admit to a trivial flirtation with Nurse Gibbard?

— No. I’ll not admit that.

Did you ever kiss her? — No.

You just had musical evenings with her? — That’s all.

Did you have many of these evenings? — My wife invited her twice. I should say that she was there two or three times. She came one afternoon just when I was getting about. She came at my wife’s suggestion and brought her ukulele and music with her at her request.

You play some instrument? — I play the piano.

Your wife does not play or sing, so why should she have invited the Nurse Gibbard to the house? — She likes music.

His wife said that the nurse “seemed to be a bright, lively sort of girl … She had no friends, and my husband suggested that we invite her around to our house.” It was when the wife followed husband and nurse to the park that the trouble started, apparently.

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