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Apollo Stadium. Memories of Live Music Bands

JUST the mention of Apollo Stadium to almost anyone who lived in Adelaide in the 1970s will have them reeling off the international musical superstars they saw perform there over the decade. Some of the biggest names on the planet strutted their stuff to sellout audiences on the makeshift stage in a building originally designed […]

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The Milk Carton Regatta

The Milk Carton Regatta was Adelaide’s answer to Darwin’s Beer Can Regatta and was first staged at the Patawalonga in 1980. Along with the Birdman Rally it was staged, sponsored and broadcast live by Channel 10. Thousands of people would turn up each year at the Pat for a fun day out and watch in […]

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Don Dunstan; our most colourful polly!

South Australia’s most colorful pollie ever has to be Don Dunstan. Colorful, yes, (in more ways than one), controversial, clever, and even entertaining, he was twice Premier of South Australia between June 1967 and April 1968, and again between June 1970 and February 1979. Whether it was turning up in Parliament in pink shorts, sacking police commissioners, […]

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Tom the Cheap on Goodwood Road. Typical of the old picture theatres that Tom preferred as they were cheap to fit out

Tom the Cheap

Remember ‘Tom the Cheap’, a supermarket chain that first appeared in Adelaide about the 60s & 70s. According to Wikipedia it was started by Tom Wardle from WA and was probably the introduction of aisle type shopping in Australia. Previous to that groceries were served from behind a counter. Tom’s offered a no-frills service with just […]

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Samorn with a cartload of happy kids and adults enjoying a day at at the Zoo

Samorn, The Elephant in our Zoo

Remember when a day out at the Adelaide Zoo included a ride in the Elephant cart pulled by Samorn the elephant? Earlier this year there were a number of very strongly worded letters to the Advertiser from people outraged by the suggestion that we needed another elephant at the zoo, so our kids and grandkids […]

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School Lunch. What Did You Order for Lunch at School

What Did You Order for School Lunch?

Remember the brown paper bags for school lunch orders? You might have even been a lunch monitor. When I was at school we never had anything as fancy as the printed paper bags, back in the 50s and 60s if we ordered from the school canteen, we wrote on the plain paper bag. When my […]

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Futuro House in the car park behind Deccas Restaurant in Melbourne Street

The Space Ship Building in Melbourne Street

There was some discussion on ABC Radio just recently about the ‘flying saucer’ building that was in Melbourne Street North Adelaide around the 70s and 80s. It was called ‘Futuro’ and was owned by Derek Jolly, entrepreneur and “larger than life” character who was responsible for much of the development of Melbourne Street in the […]

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The action was non-stop and a thrill a minute for the 'pie-eaters'

Friday Night is Speedway Night at Rowley Park

Remember “Friday night is speedway night in Adelaide!”? And the cartoon “Almost everybody goes to Rowley Park on Friday nights” which showed everyone from a grandmother to ambulance drivers and a jockey all making their way into the speedway. Ah yes, the golden era of speedway with Kym Bonython and his company Speedway Pty Ltd. In its […]

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The line-up of on air personalities at 5KA in the mid-60s

Who’s Been Sleeping in My House. The 5KA Story

Last year ABC TV was running a weekly series titled “Who’s Been Sleeping In My House?” The premise of the series was an archaeologist would travel to various old buildings and homes around Australia and find out some of their history. During the term of the programme they did a story relating to a house with a mysterious […]

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