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they have only won 2 premiership cups - 13 were awarded retrospectively

Big Ramifications

I hope they have the bit where Dane Swan bashed the sh1t out of a 45 year old cleaner.

[Jeez he's been given a free ride on that one.]


He's been up his mum and his legless sister and he thinks he's killed his old man!

Marshall Stacks

Ray Gabelich. Darren Millane.

Big Ramifications

Just got the "Pies and Molls" pun. Here's some great "moll" trivia for yo'all...

Was killing time in a library and grabbed a random book with lotsa pictures and it happened to be a book of Aussie fashion since the late 1700s. Forward by Maggie Tabaret IIRC [who else?]

A ganster moll back in Colonial days was called a doonah [doona?]. Wondering if that's where we pinched our special Aussie term for duvet? And I'll be buggered if I can find any reference of the term on the 'net.

This makes me scared.

I thought the 'net was all-knowing.

STOP PRESS: According to the Wiki for duvet, doonah is a bastardisation of a Swedish term from the IKEA catalog!


I was skeptical about the IKEA connection and was going to say that I first heard about doonas in the 1970s. I never realised IKEA had been going since the 1940s.

Professor Rosseforp

Biggers, one of my pet peeves in proofreading is the substitution of "forward" or even "foreward" for what should be a "foreword". Both errors are found in many nicely-published books.
Never heard of a moll being called a doonah, but will keep an eye out for it.

Big Ramifications

Just so I don't send you on a wild goose chase, Prof, a doonah was described in the book as the female partner of a larrikin - NOT described as a gangster moll. I made the bold assumption that larrikin in the traditional Colonial Australian sense = gangster, therefore doonah = gangster moll.

You know I'm right.
ps: I realised after my "just got the Pies and Molls pun" comment 6 days ago that I am in the wrong thread. I might be so bold as to add a link...

Big Ramifications

w00t! I finally hit pay dirt by dropping the word "doonah" from the search terms, and stumbled across a Banjo Patterson poem that references "donahs."

Coulda sworn the book I read had it as "doonahs."

This was interesting.

The male larrikin, or street rowdy, is a common figure in late-colonial Australian history. His female counterpart is much harder to find. Rather than presenting us with images of female larrikins, many commentators tell us that the closest equivalent to the male larrikin was the prostitute, or that adolescent girls only participated in the larrikin subculture as 'donahs' (meaning 'moll' or 'girlfriend'). These commentators mostly reach this conclusion from reading the Bulletin and the fictional work of its contributors. This over-reliance on the Bulletin is problematic because its images of the larrikin and 'donah' in the 1890s were heavily influenced by Cockney vaudeville routines. In this article, I offer alternative evidence to show that there were adolescent Australian girls who acted as larrikins in their own right rather than simply as girlfriends or sexual conveniences to the boys. These girls held prize fights, got drunk on street corners, participated in attacks on police...


There you go, Biggy, I swapped it for you.

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