Monday, August 25, 2014

Winchcombe Place, Teneriffe

Thanks to the many people who took the time to send condolences following the death of my mother. I appreciate the messages of support immensely. It has been a really stressful time for the whole family - my wife lost her father to cancer in February; then Mum was diagnosed with cancer in April and passed away in July; to top it off, this month mrs tff and I have moved out of our abode for a couple of months to allow for some renovations to occur.

Now back to blogging!

Just as an appetiser to get us rolling again, here is an aerial photo taken above Teneriffe in March 1993. The Story Bridge and some of the taller CBD buildings are clearly visible in the background.

But it's the foreground that I am more interested in. 
 
(Photo: BCC-T120-1848.13)

The long building with the white roof is what used to be the Queensland Primary Producers Woolstore No 8, and it is situated on the corner of Macquarie St and Florence St. It is now known as Teneriffe Village, an apartment complex that on its ground floor houses a convenience store, a bottle shop, a bar, four restaurants, a hairdressing salon and a couple more small businesses. You can find an earlier piece on this building here.

Across Macquarie St towards the Brisbane River (bottom, out of picture) is the site of the former Teneriffe Wharves, the area having been cleared to allow for the urban renewal of the area so wonderfully articulated by then Lord Mayor Jim Soorley and Trevor Reddacliff. The vacant site in the lower left is now 135 Macquarie, an apartment complex, and to the right of that now stands Winchcombe Place, another apartment building. 

The middle right of the picture shows another vacant site - it is now 10 Vernon Terrace and contains the extremely popular Italian bistro Beccofino.

This area has been thoroughly transformed in twenty years. The landscape has been softened by the planting of trees; City Council buses "buzz" along here every 10 minutes; another Lord Mayor, Campbell Newman, introduced the CityCycle program that has dotted bike stations along the length of Macquarie St and Vernon Terrace; alongside the Brisbane River (out of shot at bottom of photo) is a heavily-used walkway connecting the Teneriffe ferry terminal to New Farm Park and shortly will continue right through to Toowong again. Regrettably Macquarie St, Vernon Terrace and Skyring St now are connected to Breakfast Creek Rd and the through-traffic has increased dramatically in an area that should be more pedestrian friendly.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Suspension of blog (2)

My mother passed away last week after a courageous battle against cancer.

Her funeral is being held today.

I am temporarily halting the blog again while my family grieves.

 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Kinkabool, Surfers Paradise

Just as Brisbane's skyline has changed over the last few decades, so has that of Queensland's second-most populous city, Gold Coast. In Surfers Paradise particularly, high-rise towers have sprouted like beanstalks to cast their long shadows across the famous beach in the late afternoon.

It was a Melbourne-based Jewish refugee from Europe who was in the vanguard of the change from the fibro beach shack village to a multi-storey metropolis. Stanley Korman arrived in Australia in 1927, an ambitious 23 year-old who rose from early employment as a cleaner to be one of Australia's leading entrepreneurs. After making a fortune in clothing manufacture his company acquired brands such as Rockmans, Roger David and Holeproof.

Not satisfied with this success, Korman moved into property development. Visits to Miami in the USA provided a blueprint for canal development leading to the creation of Chevron Island and Paradise Island on the Gold Coast.

Korman developed the first high-rise apartment block in Surfers Paradise in 1959-60 after having completed the Chevron Hotel and Lennon's Hotel (both now demolished) in the area. Kinkabool is a ten-storey building that stands right in the middle of Surfers Paradise and is now listed on the state's heritage register. Here is a photograph of the Surfers Paradise skyline shortly after the completion of Kinkabool. Its 34 units ranged in price from £3,000 to £5,000.
(Photo: Gold Coast City Council)
     
Korman's belief that tourism would be driven by such high-rise residential accommodation was proven correct. Soon other towers like Iluka joined Kinkabool to attract holiday makers to the Gold Coast. Here is an aerial view taken in the early 1970s when new unit blocks were emerging. Kinkabool is the white building right of centre; and the first of the absolute beachfront unit blocks, Iluka, is on the left of picture. Nothing remains constant in property development terms - Iluka has now been demolished, soon to be replaced by something bigger and shinier.

 (Photo: Gold Coast City Council)

Here is a current picture of Kinkabool.
(Photo: © 2014 the foto fanatic)

And compare the current Surfers Paradise landscape with the earlier photographs. Kinkabool (bottom, centre) is surrounded by massive structures that now dominate the skyline.
(Photo: GCCC; photographer Anthony Rees Halfnine)

But what of Stanley Korman, the original high-rise entrepreneur of Surfers Paradise? The credit squeeze of the early 1960s saw investors in his company lose tens of millions, resulting in charges against Korman for issuing a false prospectus. He was jailed for four and a half months and upon his release he moved to the US to start again in property development, building office blocks, supermarkets and a hotel. He died there in 1988 and his body was brought back to Melbourne for burial.

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tff

Monday, June 30, 2014

Lucas' Papaw Ointment

I once thought that rubbing the extract of the humble papaw into one's skin to alleviate the symptoms of chafing, burns and insect bites was a curious practice. Then I found out that some people are prepared to inject a deadly poison straight into their face in order to smooth out wrinkles. I'll take the papaw any time thanks! And I'm not the only one, it seems - actors, celebrities and models all over the world are praising its healing properties and rejuvenation qualities - Google it and see. Apparently it has no peer as a lip balm.

Lucas' Papaw Ointment can be found at chemists and it comes in tubs as well as tubes that look like this.
(Photo: www.brisbanetimes.com)

This natural remedy has a history that dates back over 100 years, and it originated right here in Brisbane. Its discoverer was a doctor with an interest in botany, Dr Thomas Pennington Lucas, who was born in Scotland, educated in England, practised in Herefordshire and then Melbourne, and came to Brisbane in the mid-1880s for the warmer climate. 
(Photo: wikipedia.com)

Here he practised medicine and studied thousands of tropical plants, seeking natural remedies for disease. His medical practice was initially located in central Brisbane and then moved to South Brisbane near to where the Mater Hospital now stands. In 1890 he purchased a 16 ha (about 40 acres) farm at Acacia Ridge so that he could plant and grow specimens for experimentation. The family moved to the farm and Lucas moved his medical practice back to Adelaide St in the city. By this time his interest in papaws had led him to call the fruit "the world's greatest healing agent". This photograph shows an early advertisement for his papaw ointment. The building to which it is attached may have been on Lucas' property at Acacia Ridge but I cannot be sure.
(Photo: BCC-B120-30692)

The initial success of the papaw ointment and his own conviction that it was a medical marvel led Dr Lucas set up the Vera Papaw Hospital in suburban New Farm in 1911 - it no longer exists, having been superseded by a block of units. A drawing of Vera is now shown on every package of the ointment. The Brisbane Courier of 8 December 1911 carried the following item, and below that is a photograph of Vera Papaw Hospital.
The Papaw Sanitorium.
Dr. T. P. Lucas has purchased Vera, the fine residence at the corner of Moray and Sydney streets, New Farm, adjoining Sir Samuel Griffith's former residence, and is converting it into a sanitorium to be known a the Papaw Sanitorium, where in future he will carry on his practice and also receive patients for special treatment.
(Photo: www.exploroz.com)

Dr Thomas Pennington Lucas died on 15 November 1917, leaving the recipes for all his medical treatments to his wife. In 1919 she sold the business and the hospital in New Farm was sold in 1921. The ointment operation was bought by Lucas' daughter-in-law and then it passed to his granddaughter whose family still operates the business today at a site in Acacia Ridge that is quite near the original Lucas farm.
(Photo: www.google.com)

However that is not the whole TP Lucas story. The first-ever published book that was set in Brisbane was entitled The Curse and its Cure, and it was written by none other than Dr Thomas Pennington Lucas who also wrote a number of other books, both fiction and non-fiction.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Suspension of blog

Dear blog followers

At Easter I learned that my mother has incurable cancer.

I need to rearrange my schedule. My priorities have obviously changed.

For this reason the blog will be suspended until further notice.

tff

Monday, May 19, 2014

Hampton Court, New Farm

Inflation. It's a term used by economists and politicians, usually to justify their own shortcomings.

I'm neither an economist nor a politician, but today's post is about inflation - well, indirectly anyway.

The photograph you are looking at below is of a block of 6 flats in New Farm - Hampton Court.
(Photo: © 2014 the foto fanatic)

These flats were erected around 1927 for dentist and investor William Danaher. Architects Hall and Prentice, who were in demand after designing Brisbane's City Hall, came up with this attractive building that is described as "Interwar Functionalist and Georgian Revival" in the BCC Heritage List and "Art Deco" by real estate agents.

The Courier-Mail carried this article about the flats in March 1949.

(trove.nla.gov.au) 

Yes, that's right! £10,000 for the whole block of flats! The block was turned in at auction for failing to reach reserve and the selling agent valued the building at more like £15,000. Here is a photograph of the building from 1989.
(Photo: BCC-DVD5-44)

I must admit that the estimated value of the building 65 years ago was surprising. I got to wondering about today's value, so I asked the Reserve Bank of Australia to help me. (Not really - I just used their on-line inflation calculator.) This is what it told me.
(www.rba.gov.au)

Allowing for inflation, the agent's valuation of the block of flats - £15,000 in 1949 - was now equivalent to $771,428.57. A significant increase.

But don't forget we are talking about the supposed value of all six flats in this attractive, close to the city suburb.

I checked the real estate pages. The last sale I could find in this block was for a top-floor flat that sold for $620,000 in October 2010. One flat. Given that October 2010 is three and a half years ago, it is possible that one flat could now command the same relative price as the whole block did back in 1949.

On that basis, and assuming that the flats on the higher floors would attract higher prices than those lower down, the price of the whole block would be something in excess of $4 million.

Of course, the RBA Inflation Calculator demonstrates how inflation affects a "basket of goods", not real estate.

But it does get me thinking about current real estate prices. Are they over-valued?

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Grandstand, Bulimba Memorial Park

Amongst the myriad monuments and memorials that sprang up after WWI is the Bulimba Memorial Park on Oxford St at Bulimba. Originally a reserve known as Jamieson Park after an early land-owner of the district, it was opened as the Bulimba Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park on 1 November 1919, dedicated to the servicemen and women of the suburb who went off to the Great War.

The park has played host to many pastimes over the years since. Football teams of all types, cricket clubs, Girl Guides and Boy Scouts, even senior citizens from the area have all found a home here at various times. I played cricket in the park decades ago, and the verdant surrounds are still an attraction for all today. Here is a photograph of the park from 1949 that shows a cricket match in progress.

(Photo: BCC-B54-617)

The grandstand in the background of the image above was funded locally and constructed around 1923. I have a slight connection to the grandstand as it was built by a local tradesman who happened to be my great-grandfather, Fred Pool. At the nearby Balmoral Cemetery is the headstone to Fred's grave that notes him as the builder of the grandstand. It was commissioned by my second cousin Barry as a tribute to his parents and grandparents. Master carpenter Fred lived nearby in Grosvenor St - he had one of the first motor cars in the area. He also built several houses in the district and from what I understand, he was a very busy man.
(Photo: www.gravestonephotos.com)

Here is a picture of the grandstand taken a few years ago when it looked like it needed some TLC. 
(Photo: © Queensland Government; 2009)

I imagine that the park and the grandstand are now looked after by the Brisbane City Council. Here is a recent photograph of the grandstand looking in much better condition.
(Photo: © 2014 the foto fanatic)

When I visited the park on a recent afternoon there were parents and children enjoying all aspects of the attractive area. Toddlers were playing on swings, there were a couple of scratch soccer games happening, kids were simply running because they can.

I believe old Fred would be very pleased.

Edit: The grandstand popped up on my television recently - it is the backdrop to a state government anti-smoking announcement.

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tff


Monday, May 5, 2014

Brisbane beginnings: John Oxley's landing spot in Brisbane

Fifty years ago, when I was a teenager (it doesn't hurt if I say it quickly!), I was a Boy Scout. I belonged to a suburban scout troop in the south-western suburbs of Brisbane, and there I learned about knots (the only knot I can remember now is a reef knot!) and camping (my last attempt at camping was driving a camper-van around Europe in the 80s, and that brings back a series of horror stories!).

Anyway, my local scout troop was part of the John Oxley Scout District that was made up of about a half-dozen suburban troops. The District Scoutmaster determined that we should learn a bit about the intrepid explorer for whom the District had been named and one weekend we were all duly transported to the monument that marked John Oxley's initial landing in Brisbane. That monument stands next to the Brisbane River at North Quay, right where the western arterial road, Coronation Drive, strikes the CBD. Thousands drive past it daily and most would not know that it existed, let alone care. This photograph is undated and was taken by Capt Frank Hurley.
(Photo: National Library of Australia; an23207957-v) 

I don't really recall much about the Boy Scout excursion to the monument. I understood about Oxley sailing up the river and marking a spot suitable for a settlement, but I mistakenly thought that he must have been a Boy Scout and that had somehow assisted him in his travels. Be Prepared and all that.

So I have always been aware of the existence of this monument, even though most of Brisbane (apart from the Boy Scouts in the John Oxley District) seemingly wasn't. The monument was erected in 1928 as a result of research done by the founding president of the Queensland Historical Society, Professor FWS Cumbrae-Stewart. This is a current picture of the monument. Improvements to Brisbane's chronic traffic problems have pretty much isolated it from public view.
(Photo: © 2014 the foto fanatic)

Imagine my surprise when I found out that this monument is probably not accurate and that another monument marking the same event exists in another spot nearly two kilometres away. It's a tad embarrassing when you think about it. A city that doesn't really know about its very beginnings and is prepared to fudge fund two attempts at history.

Here I confess to my own ignorance of the second monument, although I have passed it by car, by bicycle and on foot thousands of times. It is upriver from the first, jammed between Coronation Drive and the Brisbane River, and it looks like this.
(Photo: © 2014 the foto fanatic)

This one has the imprimatur of the Australian Institution of Surveyors (Queensland Division) and was erected for the 1988 bi-centenary, but it owes its existence to research done by historian TC Truman. After a thorough perusal of Oxley's field book, Truman concluded that Oxley's actual landing-spot was further upstream than was thought earlier. Truman referenced a "chain of ponds" that he took to be Western Creek, which used to meander through Auchenflower and Milton to the Brisbane River but is now largely extinct save for some underground drains. The newer site passes the pub test too - the original monument stands at the crest of a 10 metre incline from the river, hardly a practical place to disembark. The latter venue would have been a far more accessible area for Oxley to scramble ashore. Truman's theories were published in a series of articles in The Courier-Mail in 1950.

I suppose it doesn't really matter all that much. As I have noted previously there are reminders of Oxley scattered far and wide in this neck of the woods - everything from roads to libraries and hospitals - and rightly so, too. But who would even know that there were two monuments in two separate spots, each proclaiming the same thing? 

I can tell you who - it is author Matthew Condon who cleared the whole matter up in his book Brisbane, available at your local library.

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Click here for a Google Map to Monument 1.
Click here for a Google Map to Monument 2.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Kiosk and Bandstand, New Farm Park

The bandstand in New Farm Park was constructed in 1915 to a design by AH Foster, the city architect of the time. It was built in conjunction with a kiosk which has since been destroyed by fire. The bandstand was built in July of that year, with the kiosk being built in September. Both were of the Federation Queen Anne style. Here is a glimpse of the kiosk in its sylvan setting a few years prior to its destruction.
(Photo: Brisbane City Council; BCC-C35-961290.20)

The following excerpt from the Brisbane Courier of 30 September 1916 shows how much fun Brisbane citizens could have at a park bandstand.

BAND PERFORMANCES IN CITY PARKS.

Tomorrow afternoon, at 3 o'clock, the Brisbane Excelsior Band will render the following selections in the bandstand at New Farm Park: -March, "Light Guards"; overture, "Rou e et Noir"; suite, "Les Fleurs d'Austialia"; hymns, selected; selections, "Memories of the   Opera"; overture, "Humours of Donnybrook"; march, "Black Fury. " At the same hour, at Bowen Park, the Brisbane Labour and Union Band will play :- March, "Queen of the North" (Lithgow); selection 'Sons of the Sea" (Rimmer); waltz, "Star of Love" (Round); sacred selection, 'Peace and Good Will" (Greenwood); selection, "Songs of England" (Rimmer); intermezzo, , Queen of Dreams" (Lithgow); march, "Bravest of the Brave" (W S Ford).

Here are a couple of photographs of the bandstand, which is now maintained by Brisbane City Council.

1994
(Photo: Brisbane City Council; BCC-C120-9563.6)

2008
(Photo: © 2013 the foto fanatic)

For more information on Australian Bandstands of the Federation era, click here to go to a post at the wonderful blog ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly.

Click here for a Google Map. 

tff

Friday, April 25, 2014

Lest We Forget - Sir William Glasgow

Just recently one of my favourite blogs, ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly, posted a piece on scholar, engineer, decorated soldier and famous Australian Sir John Monash. It got me thinking about one of Queensland's famous soldiers and a Monash contemporary, Sir TW (William) Glasgow. Glasgow is commemorated in this Daphne Mayo sculpture that stands in Post Office Square overlooking Anzac Square in Brisbane. This statue was her last major work, but unfortunately it has been reported that she was not overly happy with the finished product.
(Photo: © 2014 the foto fanatic) 

The Glasgow statue was completed in 1964 and has been moved around a bit - first it was placed in the police reserve on the corner of Ann and Roma Sts at a dedication on Anzac Day 1966. In 1968 it was shifted to a spot near the Roma St tunnel (below).
(Photo: BCC-B54-28702)

Finally in 2008 it was moved to its present spot in Post Office Square facing Anzac Square. This placing is eminently suitable as it overlooks the Anzac Day marches - Glasgow led the Brisbane march for twenty years. In the following photograph you can see the old general standing behind the crowd observing an Anzac Day march past.
(Photo: www.carlajayne.com)

Glasgow the man was a soldier, as well as a grazier, politician and a diplomat. As a teenager he joined the Queensland Mounted Infantry and later volunteered for the Boer War, participating in some of the major actions there. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1901 as a 24 year-old lieutenant.

By the time WWI erupted Glasgow, by then married and the owner of a cattle property in Central Queensland, had been promoted to Major in the Light Horse Regiment that he had formed in the town of Gympie. He left for Egypt in September 1914 as a Major in the 2nd Light Horse, training there until landing at Gallipoli on 12 May 1915. He was involved in brutal action that saw heavy losses at Anzac Cove in August 1915. He participated in an attack on Dead Man's Ridge where 154 of the 200 men he led were killed or injured. Glasgow was the only officer who had not been hit, and he ordered a withdrawal. Glasgow himself was amongst the last to retreat, and he carried a wounded digger back to safety. This resulted in Glasgow being promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and command of his regiment on the following day.

In March 1916 Glasgow was sent to the Western Front as commander of the 13th Infantry Brigade. He subsequently saw action at hell-holes like Messines, Villers-Bretonneux, Flanders, Amiens and the Hindenburg Line. In April 1918 Glasgow and his 13th Brigade excelled themselves at the Villers-Bretonneux second battle, wresting back control of the town from the Germans in a daring night-time raid orchestrated by Glasgow, who by then had risen to the rank of Briadier-General. Monash described the Villers-Bretonneux victory as the turning point of the war, and said this of Glasgow:

"Of strong though not heavy build and of energetic demeanour, Glasgow succeeded not so much by exceptional mental gifts or by tactical skill of any high order as by his personal driving force and determination, which impressed themselves upon all of his subordinates. He always got where he wanted to get - was consistently loyal to the Australian ideal, and intensely proud of the Australian soldier."
(Photo: © Australian War Memorial via wikipedia) 

There is no doubting that Glasgow was a tough commander. He was a disciplinarian who was especially hard on deserters, whom he thought deserved the death penalty. But his own heroism and sense of duty was unquestioned - he was Mentioned in Dispatches 9 times; the French government awarded him the L├ęgion d'Honneur and the Croix de Guerre; he also won a Belgian Croix de Guerre.The successful campaigns that he led saw him awarded a series of Australian/British honours - CMG, CB; and finally KCB (Knight Commander of the Bath) that was published in the 1919 New Years' Honours List. 

Later in that year, after his return to Australia, he ran for and was elected to the Senate. He become a minister in 1926, holding various portfolios until he lost his seat in 1936. In 1939 he became Australia's first High Commissioner to Canada. Here he is, left of picture, welcoming Australia's prime minister Robert Menzies (centre) to Canada in the company of Canada's prime minister, William Mackenzie King (right of picture).
(Photo: Australian War Memorial; P00048.144)

During WWII Glasgow was heavily involved with allies Canada and the United States, and as Australia's representative attended the 1944 Quebec Conferences with British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, US President Theodore Roosevelt and Canadian Prime Minister William Mackenzie King. He was also had oversight of the Empire Air Training Scheme that turned out Australian, New Zealand and Canadian pilots for the European theatre. Glasgow became quite well-known and popular in Canada, and there was even a push from certain quarters to name him as the first non-British Governor-General of Canada as a sort of half-way step towards appointing a Canadian to that post.

In 1945 Sir William Glasgow returned to Australia where he resumed his pastoral interests and served on several boards. He died in Brisbane on 4 July 1955, and was given a state funeral after a service at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church.

Lest We Forget.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Corner Eagle & Charlotte

Today's post is a simple then and now exercise.

The first photograph, below, shows the corner of Eagle St and Charlotte St in the city way back in 1959.

The buildings visible are, left to right, Naldham House, Ryan House and the awning to the Queens Hotel. Out of picture to the left would have been the Eagle St wharf area. 
(Photo: BCC-B54-11876)

Fast-forward 55 years to today's image, below, and there is a quite different streetscape. On the far left of the image is Waterfront Place, a 40 storey building that was completed in 1990 on the site of the old wharf. Next to it you can just see the tower of Naldham House, still there, although dwarfed by taller buildings in the background. It is now the home of the Brisbane Polo Club. The gold building in the centre is AMP Place, 35 storeys, finished in 1978. AMP built this tower as its state headquarters and moved their operations down here from their older building that is now known as Macarthur Chambers. The blue building on the far right of the picture is Comalco Place, also originally built by AMP, and which was completed in 1983 and is 35 storeys high. These buildings are simply known as the Gold Tower and the Blue Tower.
(Photo: © 2014 the foto fanatic)

These buildings and the others in the background of the photographs are a visible example of the changes in Brisbane over the past 50 or 60 years. The arrival of fast elevators and modern construction methods have just about killed off the old three and four storey walkups. 

Unfortunately.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Rock 'n' Roll George

Here in Australia we don't celebrate eccentrics the way some other cultures do, but occasionally there comes along one who is too hard to ignore. One like Rock 'n' Roll George, a bodgie from Brisbane's fifties who was still around being a bodgie decades later. Driving his venerable FX Holden around Brisbane's CBD each weekend, Rock 'n' Roll George became a Brisbane identity. Brisbane may have changed over that time - growing from a country town to a modern city - but Rock 'n' Roll George stayed the same, representing the styles and mores of an earlier era.

George Kiprios, who lived his whole life in the inner-south suburb of West End, became a legend in his own lifetime. As the fifties matured into the sixties and beyond, George continued to do what he always did. Dressed in his stovepipe jeans and winklepickers, and with his hair Brylcreemed into a flat-top, George would start up the car his mother bought for him in 1952, turn the radio on to a rock 'n' roll station - loud - and cruise the city blocks. Here are a couple of photographs of his car, parked in Queen St near Lennons Hotel circa 1980. 
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #27286-0001-0004)

This one has George himself in a familiar pose in front of his car, with the home-made rock 'n' roll plates given to him by friends visible on the front bumper.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #27286-0001-0001)

As with all legends, the truth about George was difficult to separate from the myths. One story has him cruising round and round city streets searching for a girl he once saw leaving a coffee shop in the hope of somehow finding her again. Some people say that he was always up for a chat about cars or sport, while other reports describe him as taciturn and shy.

George never married, forever remaining the teenager driving his car up and down Main St Anytown to show off to mates or to pull a bird. No matter that he aged and that the FX Holden aged; the clothes, the haircut and the music took people back to the fifties in Brisbane, a more carefree time when you didn't need to lock your doors when you left the house. Here is a colour photo of George from the early eighties.
(Photo: brisbanetimes.com.au; David May)

George Kiprios died in November 2009 at the age of 82. The advent of the Queen St Mall in 1982 had put an end to George's city circuits but did not stop the legend.

Rock 'n' roll George lives on in the memories of many. A book has been written about him and is on sale at the Queensland Museum. Like royalty, his car is lying in state at the museum until June this year.
(Photo: © 2014 the foto fanatic)

He even has his own Facebook page - scroll down the page a bit and you'll find a video that is a musical tribute to Rock 'n' Roll George, also containing what is believed to be his only television interview. 

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