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One of my favourite past-times is looking
back over the archived editions of The
Southern Cross and seeing what was
newsworthy at that particular time.
Recently I had an excuse to skim through
the bound volume of papers from 1964 as
I successfully tracked down a story about
Fr Eddie Welling's ordination that year (see
page 15) and I was struck by the number
of significant world issues and events that
were recorded in The Southern Cross.
Beatle Mania, the Vietnam War, the
contraceptive pill and the use of English
in the Mass – these were just some of the
topics covered in 1964.
The origins of Project Compassion can
also be traced back to 1964 when the first
coin boxes were distributed during Lent,
and support for those less fortunate was a
common theme throughout the paper.
But what I find most fascinating is the way
the newspaper reflects the social morays
of the day. My favourite, in this regard, is
a story titled "Look natural...but not too
casual"... Miss Australia learnt make-up at
a convent school.
The story includes some tips from the
"lovely Jan Taylor" who was paying her
first official visit to Adelaide since she
was crowned Miss Australia: "For good
grooming, she advises girls to look natural,
but not too casual. She does not like any
sort of exhibitionism, and thinks the stomp
and the twist, if properly done, can make
for good fun among friends at a private
party, but in public – certainly not!"
While the "lovely Jan" might be a bit on the
conservative side, I was pleased to hear
her say "I NEVER dress to suit men. If men
do not like the way I dress or behave, that
doesn't concern anybody but themselves,"
she said firmly. With the sexualisation of
young girls a major issue today, perhaps
we should be taking a leaf out of Jan's
The same issue contains a story about
"something very new in barbecues –
barbecued chicken", referring to this
gourmet cuisine being used as a fundraiser
for the Carmelite Monastery.
How to keep your husband happy – on
Friday, a story about fish recipes – was
another one that caught my eye.
On a more serious note, an “American
negro TV star and nightclub singer” was
interviewed about what it was like to be
able to “walk down the street in Adelaide
without people staring at me” and how he
could get in a taxi without having to see if
it was segregated or not.
Despite the differences, there are some
striking similarities in the content: the
Therry Society celebrated its 21st birthday
(Society's Name is a Tribute to Pioneer
Priest, see similar story page 16); the
Pope visited the Holy Land (different Pope
but same place and same problems); SA
Catholics showed their devotion to Mary
at the Marian Procession (18,000 attended
compared to 3000 in 2014); and there was
a preview story on the SANFL grand final
clash between Port and South (South had
jumped to the top of the ladder after being
'wooden spoonists' the previous two years
– s ound familiar?).
With the many challenges facing the
Church today, it is heartening to realise
that half a century ago there were elements
of the universal Church that needed
changing, and indeed they did. There was
also a vibrant Catholic community full of
people willing to get out and help others,
just as there is today.
Oh and for the record, South Adelaide
defeated Port Adelaide 9.5.69 to 5.12.42 in
the 1964 grand final.
Turning back the pages
Thanks to all those who took
the time to respond to our Good
Friday football survey. There was a
resounding negative response to the
scheduling of AFL football on this
day of the year. Here are some of
the comments received.
I would like to say that I do not support the
playing of football of any level on Good
There is a societal need to maintain
respect for the reason that we honour
Good Friday. It is a fraud to take a holiday
on the back of religious belief and then
have no regard for the significance.
Whether you practice faith or not, it would
fit within the bounds of respect, tolerance
The pressures to relent on this are made
convincing, however the question worth
considering is whether there is a place for
reverence, quiet withdrawal, consolidation
and connection on just one day out of 365
Thank you for publishing The Southern
Cross it is an excellent medium to keep in
touch with faith and church.
Gess Carbone, Paradise
I fully agree with all that you said.
A number of years ago when the idea was
first being mooted by the AFL I remember
ringing 5AA one Saturday morning. At the
time Russell Ebert was on the Saturday
morning panel and he supported the ban.
I made the point that it also precluded any
of the footballers who may want to attend
the afternoon Good Friday Service from
doing so, let alone all the other people
I made the same point about Sunday
Once the SANFL allowed Good Friday
football...then it makes it very hard for the
AFL. However, I think if enough people
objected here in SA, at least our own
teams might resist being scheduled.
Sr Liz Morris rsj, Bordertown
NO to Good Friday Football from a very
strong Crows Supporter.
Helen Alpin, Brighton
We say no to Good Friday Football at any
time of the day.
Helen and Michael Kain, Prospect
NO – As much as I am a football fanatic
(mad Crows supporter!) I would love Good
Friday to continue being the one day of the
year we don't have Friday footy!
Tracy Smith, Somerton Park
As a Southern Cross subscriber I thank
you for the article re Good Friday footy.
The bottom-line of my thrust is that I would
like to keep Good Friday as a solemn day.
This is despite the fact that I am an avid
sports fan – particularly Aussie Rules and
horse racing. I am a member of the West
Adelaide Football Club and a Geelong
Some time ago I put some thought into
what I loosely called "A Strategy to Keep
Good Friday Solemn". I chose to take an
approach which could not be labelled
as a 'Christian thing' – not wanting to
alienate anyone at the outset. Instead
my approach was meant to appeal to all
without exception. It was meant to speak
to a particular common emotion: grief.
Hopefully, not only personal grief but our
I came up with the concept of an annual
National Day of Mourning. I am seeking
feedback as to whether or not it touches a
So as to avoid a blatant "keep Good
Friday sacred" chant, I suggested other
possibilities. For me, apart from believing
the cause to be most worthy, I do have a
"keep Good Friday sacred" mantra.
Bob Lewis, Melrose Park
DEFINITELY NO to Good Friday football of
any description! We have also expressed
our views to "the Crows" and that useless
South Adelaide Football Club.
Monica Green, Old Noarlunga
No to Good Friday football
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