Way back when, Wednesdays


Recently the Australian media has criticised our Olympians performance in Rio as they only won 29 metals, instead of the expected 45. Most of us have been brought up with the adage that it’s not winning that is important but competing in an event. The actual saying was coined by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Olympics “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”

Perhaps little Dawn Starick said something like that to her pet goat in March 1970, when they did not win a ribbon at the Golden Grove and Yatala Vale show. Along with “Never mind, I love you, you are still the most beautiful goat in the world.” I think they deserve a prize, even if it for Dawn being brave enough to stand up and compete with adults. At least they were rewarded by a photograph in the Leader Messenger on 24 March 1970. In the hot Adelaide weather it seems that little girls dressed pretty much the same as they do now.

Nowadays onlookers would have posted their smartphone photographs of this cute scene on Instagram or filmed it for YouTube. Newspapers use digital technology and desktop publishing software to produce each edition.

In 1970 a photographer from the Leader Messenger would have taken this image with a single lens reflex (SLR) camera. The film would then have been exposed on photo paper and in a tedious process set alongside typeface. A process camera operator then made the page into a large photographic negative, which was made into a metal printing plate, which in turn was mounted onto a printing press.