Sounds of Cockatoo – Mouth Organ & Mandolin

Top left and right: Cockatoo Railway Station & The Tourist Track. Bottom left and right: Cockatoo Creek and Bell’s Mill. Middle insert: Fern Gully. (1921) “From down along the creek came the sound of mouth organs and mandolins.” COCKATOO. (The Age, Melbourne 31 January, 1925) 'Is all the luggage strapped in?' 'Where in the world … Continue reading Sounds of Cockatoo – Mouth Organ & Mandolin

Known Unknowns

Act I. Back in 1973 at the Shep's household in the not so beachside side of Parkdale (east of Nepean Highway) we had an elderly guest at the table for Christmas lunch, someone we had never met and all the way from the United States of America. This would be the first time the condiment … Continue reading Known Unknowns

Crackajack Cold Case

"The efforts of the police to discover some clue which may lead to the identification of the two bodies found on Friday in the shaft of Rushworth gold mine, formerly known as the Morning Star, have been continued throughout yesterday and today. The most promising piece of evidence so far has been a Crackajack mouth … Continue reading Crackajack Cold Case

No Pud!-NFSCD #12

Seasons greetings Riff Raffers. Now for the final something completely different with an added teaser for what's planned in 2020. Hopefully on the twenty fifth you'll have some Christmas Puddin' with Nanna's extra slug of brandy and find a few sixpences to buy a mouth organ. Ch SD PS: Had a great night at Benoit's … Continue reading No Pud!-NFSCD #12

Larry’s Lesson-NFSCD #11

Happy new month Riff Raffers. Our penultimate NFSCD, #11! Larry Adler was a phenomenon worldwide and he took Australia by storm when he toured in the late 1930's. He was even a good mate of our Don Bradman. Here's some sound advice from the little master and a few caricatures to boot. Ch SD PS: … Continue reading Larry’s Lesson-NFSCD #11

Level Playing Field-NFSCD #10

Happy New Month Raffers! Now For Something Completely Different from 1938 an ex-Diatonic Aussie Champion with a gripe, but with an idea. I wonder who it was. Was it Percy? I'm declaring my bias here-nothing beats a diatonic and a chordal vamp! (If you hadn't already guessed). I must question if there is any need … Continue reading Level Playing Field-NFSCD #10

Run Rabbit Run-NFSCD #9

Happy new month. Lock up your grandmothers! (The Herald, Melbourne, Monday 2 March 1936) Here is the rest of the information contained within this article. A grandmother appealed to the City Court today to stop her grandson playing a mouth-organ. Stanley Gorman, a young rabbit-trapper, who came to the City from Yarram for a week-end … Continue reading Run Rabbit Run-NFSCD #9

Hound Dog-NFSCD #8.5

G'Day Raffers, The Dawg Blawg has been posting for twelve months and we celebrate with a special NFSCD #8.5 commemorative edition with a story of a dog singing to the ten hole tin can and we follow up tomorrow with an early release of a feature article, 'Chromatically Chromonica Chronologically'. Today's edition brings back fond, … Continue reading Hound Dog-NFSCD #8.5

Fräulein’s Fancy-NFSCD #8

Pinch & Punch. Time for a new NFSCD and a happy birthday to my equine friends. This month we see a mysterious letter placed in a brand new mouth organ box arriving at the wrong destination. I'm putting it out there that Gerda's surname may mean she's related to the Herolds of Meinel-Herold, however it … Continue reading Fräulein’s Fancy-NFSCD #8

Lip Protector-NFSCD #7

Happy new month Riff Raffers, Now for something completely different number seven. This was advertised mid to late 1930's. Not much to add really, except,"Oh really!" Mick would've loved it well at least liked it, yes he would. (Sydney Morning Herald, 9th July 1938) Ch SD PS: Just in case you were in early on … Continue reading Lip Protector-NFSCD #7