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An early model valve radio. We called it 'the wireless' when we were kids

Radio Days, When Wireless Was King.

“In the days before TV, South Australians were spellbound by radio”. I wrote that column in Boomer magazine in the Advertiser March 3rd last year. Stan James of Aldgate wrote a few weeks later with his own wonderful memories of those halcyon days. Here’s what Stan wrote; “Bob Byrne’s comprehensive cover of radio days before […]

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Beach Girl quest 1969 Ch 9

The Innocent Times of the Beach Girl Quests

Remember when there were ‘Beach Girl Quests’ at Glenelg, Brighton and Semaphore beaches during summer? Below is a photo from the 1954 Beach Girl Quest at the bay which attracted a crowd of some 25,000 people! Entrants to the quest were judged on more than just beauty, according to the organisers, but also on poise, […]

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Garbage truck 1970s

Remembering the Days of the ‘Garbo’

Every Christmas and New Year, it was a tradition to leave some beers out for the garbos….. I’ve just put up the garbage and it got me remembering back to a time when we had 3 or 4 garbos running up and down the street, dressed in footy shorts and singlet, banging and clanging the old […]

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Source Radio 5AD.  Popular radio personalities on Radio 5AD in 1964 included Eldon Crouch, Bob Francis and

Stacks of Wax and Platter Chatter

Adelaide Radio in the Late 50s and Early 60s The era of the radio dee jay emerged in the late 1950s. Television had just arrived in Adelaide and radio, which had been the dominant entertainment medium, suddenly found itself without its core audience. Until then, the staple diet of the wireless had been drama, light […]

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Photo from Pinterest. We might have thought it looked very 'cool' back then but now it's "ouch"!

Fashion in the 70s. Magnificent or…….?

In 1973 ‘The News’ Adelaide’s afternoon newspaper, took a look back at Adelaide in 1923 and compared the fashion and shopping in the city fifty years on. After another 40 years it makes fascinating reading to see how things changed and how much they have changed again; “In 1923 the scene was in and around […]

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Photo from Carols by Candlelight.  The first Carols was held in Elder Park in 1944. 50,000 people turned up for that first event, one person in ten in SA at that time

The Legend of Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight this year at Elder Park promises to be a fantastic event, continuing the tradition that commenced in Adelaide 70 years ago. The legend behind Carols by Candlelight dates back to the 19th century, when Cornish Miners in Moonta are said to have gathered on Christmas Eve to sing carols, lit with candles stuck […]

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Photo from Wikipedia. Number 96 was a last ditch effort to save the Channel 10 network from bankruptcy.

Remember When No. 96 was on TV?

Remember when Number 96 was the biggest show on Australian television and every night we would tune in to Channel 10 for the adventures of Abigail, Dorrie Evans and Herb, Arnold Feather and Flo? It was a great time for Australian television, although legend has it that the show was not so much born out […]

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Photo from Wikipedia Commons. Double Decker Trolley Bus 1940s showing the front and rear entrances. Love the old advertising for Alaska Ice Cream, The Perfect Food!

Adelaide’s Last Double Decker Buses

With the arrival in Adelaide last month of the new double decker bus, I thought it timely to remember our first lot of double deckers and share some memories of the days when the old double decker trolley buses and diesels serviced various parts of the city. Double deckers first made an appearance on our […]

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Bev Harrell publicity photograph 1968. Source: Milesago: Australasian Music & Popular Culture 1964-1975.

Some Local Music and Local Venues

Remember Bev Harrell, The Twillights, Masters Apprentices, and Jimmy Barnes with Cold Chisel? Do you recall the Hi Fi Club, Princeton Club, The Palais on North Terrace, or the Octagon at Elizabeth? Remember Big Bob Francis in his gold suit or Ron Tremaine’s pop music magazine about the local pop music scene, Young Modern? Here […]

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the "Channel 10 Christmas Appeal". Stars from around the network would fly into Adelaide for the weekend live broadcast from SAS10 studios in Gilberton.

The TV Telethons. Donations and Fun.

Cast your memory back to a time when we had local television that cared about the community and every year would hold a charity fund raiser which included local TV and radio personalities, musicians, singers, performers and members of the public. There was the Channel 10 Christmas Appeal, Channel 7 Good Friday Appeal and Channel […]

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