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It's all in the look, right? This band was called Cutaway.

Band photography: a visual language

Seems just about everybody fantasizes at some time or another about being in a band. The limelight. The sense of belonging. Adoring audiences. Sex, drugs, glamour, fame. Or maybe some people just like playing music. I don't know really. I mean, I'd have liked to be in a band too, except I can't sing or play any musical instruments. Not that that stops some people. Anyway, I was thinking about this recently when I was given a couple of big boxes of band photos that used to be in a newspaper library, along with thousands of…

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Read more about the article Around Australia with a caravan, in 1956
Broome, 1956

Around Australia with a caravan, in 1956

In 21st century Australia, when fully outfitted four-wheel-drive vehicles are common in the carparks of urban shopping centres, the idea of setting off on a long journey through the outback conjures up images of snorkels, winches, raised suspensions, solar satellite apparatus and all the rest. It might seem hard to believe how little equipment some people took with them for similar trips in years gone by when roads were infinitely worse than they are today. In 1956 Newcastle couple Bert and Hazel King decided the best thing to do with Herbert’s six months’ long service leave…

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Dalkeith Hilder, Aeropelican founder

Dalkeith Llewellyn Hilder became famous in the Newcastle area for creating the Belmont airstrip at Lake Macquarie and for founding the Aeropelican commuter airline that operated there. But aside from those signature achievements he was a driven man with many business achievements to his name. Speaking of his name, he was seldom referred to as Dalkeith. His family knew him as "Dal", while most other people - including work and business associates - called him "Keith". (Confusingly, his son was named Keith, but people outside his family called him "Bill".) According to a short biography supplied…

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