I met Allannah c.1968. I believe she was going out with Wally Mudd at the time. Mort and I had gone to Bondi Junction for the day to visit Wally and Paul. Lan was a quiet girl and we rarely spoke. We hung around the same pads and venues G
Allannah: 'Florence Lawrence' Do you remember 'Florence Lawrence'? He shared a flat in Bayswater Road with Mort, Tony and another guy -I think they all worked at the Telegraph 66/67. Florence looked like a small John Lennon with wire trimmed round glasses - very cool guy. Remember the big brass bed at Peter Neil’s. It was Leigh's. Do you remember the Wilmott Girls (sisters) from Tasmania. Wally had a daughter with Maree and named her Rachael. Also, Leigh Ammittzboll and John Hoy, the three of them had motor bikes and we use to go for Sunday drives. Peter was a proof reader, Leigh was/is a camera man, and so is/was John they both worked for the ABC. I don't know who the Peter is? Good to see that Mort Fist is still about and as debauched as ever.
Lynne: Peter Graney was the lead guitarist in Mort's Band; they practiced at my flat in '68 in North Sydney. Diane (my girlfriend) from school lived there also. She followed Pete and the crew to England. Peter Graney went to Uni with Mort, Merv, Ross S-K. We all went to Whitty's, Oxford and also Vibes to see Dr Candy and Alison MaCallum and the Sect. Mort's band appeared on The Mike Walsh Show, did you see that? I will never forget the night they played at a party one night and they were very disappointed at the end of the gig, especially Peter Graney. Mort, bless his heart could not sing for peanuts, great harp player though.
Yes, of course 'Florence Lawrence' was Bill something or other. I remember he was into advertising graphics or such. Quite a flair the boy had, also 'Merv Rabies' (Tony Robinson), and Ross Smythe-Kirk. Together they produced the 'Drift' magazine, which I would love to get copies of. Also, remember 'Big John' he was huge as big as Bill was small. He wore the '40s suits and granny glasses also. Yes, they did work at the Telegraph. Tony Robinson (Merv) was a proof reader at night and used to arrived late at discos, taverns etc. to review for the Drift. I don't remember them having a flat in Bayswater Road mmmmm. Tony and his brother lived at home when I met them (at least I thought they did .. Remember Tony's brother 'Little Mort'. There was a wonderful photo of Mort with his hat coat and tails lunging at the camera going around in those days. Mort passed away from cancer in Tamworth. He worked as a journalist and performed regularly around the Tamworth area
Allannah: Lynne, Your memory is phenomenal!! I had forgotten about everyone's aliases. Do you remember Bongo Pete? He ended up as a Steward for Qantas, married a lovely Thai girl (or Philipino?), visited Red & I at Auckland about 20+ years ago. He is using his proper name Damien McManus and living in the Blue Mountains when last heard of. Big John shared our house at 42 Denham Street Bondi Junction with Doggie, Sue, Vronx, Steve, Jenny, Wally (sometimes) Alison and me. Big John was doing his 'silence' along with Lindsay Bourke - they were very enamoured of Meyer? Baba as I recall. Remember the giggling Guru (Adrian?), he is still writing poetry as far as I know, in Canberra I think. I didn't know about Mort's death - too soon. He always had a demanding nature, I can remember making him a cup of black tea only to be chastised that I had stirred his tea after stirring other teacups with milk in them - who cares? I don't have any photos of those days - who had the cameras? Red has shared all the photos that we had of those days with you I think. bye for now
Ross J Waters: Hi again Lynne,I was just surfing thru Musical Notes & noticed the comments about "Florence Lawrence" aka Bill Tranchitella (spelling might not be right!). Last time I saw Bill was back in 1975 or 76 at Frenchs Tavern,on my trip back from London, about the time I last saw Wally Mudd. Bill & I were at art school & teachers college, & in the mid 70s he was, from memory, teaching up at Byron Bay. He was well into surfing, & trust him to get a teaching post at Byron! A really cool dude, Bill.From memory, he was with us in Mort's band. Do you remember? Also, whatever became of Leonie Reid & Vronk (Veronica ). I lived near Leonie in London... I remember attempting to get to Heathrow airport (with Frank Cayley) to say "bye when she flew back to Oz back in 1970 or so, but we got held up & missed her flight Yes, the photo of Phil Wood does him justice!!! See you soon,Ross
Allannah: "Peter Nehill played tea box bass with the Heroes and lived at Gibbs Street with John and Leigh. Who was the washboard Player? Thanks for the tracks of Wally's I couldn't recognize his voice at first, not really till the last track, so typically Wally. I'd forgotten that Wally's voice was so Australian, never noticed it before. Remember the nights at the Greenwood Tree .. all a blur now. Jeff St. John had a permanent gig there for ages, with Peter Anson on guitar. Met Terry at the Workshop or the Attick I think it was called .. the Wayside Chapel on Sunday afternoons, listening to the 'beat' poets and Black Allan and Bongo Pete.
Lynne: The washboard player may have been Mick Diggles???
Hi Lynne, WOW! What fabulous pics. Love the one of Larry & Sonia + the Matchbox ones, brilliant. I didn't know anyone had a camera in those days. Great that Larry is in touch at last, that must be just about everyone from the 290 era who is still alive, except Sue Challis, Veronica and Little Gulliver. I can't place Veronica or ever seeing Little Gulliver. I saw Sue in 1989 in Sydney - we had a session at her place (Western Sydney). Sue had married Campbell Robertson-Swan - brother to Robert the sculptor - Campbell makes/made Australian outdoor rustic furniture. They divorced. Sue married again - an English guy - really nice - they have settled in together - Sue has 2 sons.
Jim Crowley was always falling in love - the latest was always the one, thankfully he finally settled down, married and had two boys, sadly he and wife separated long before Jim died. I think maybe Jim had something to prove.
Do you remember a (Maori) guy named Darryl (Dog)? He used to hang at Whitty's Wine Bar - we used to play word games a lot, kind of fun. No, don't recall him
Allannah: "I recall walking up from 290 to the Greenwood Tree, In fact we walked everywhere as I recall only caught a cab if we were too far from home. Do you remember the anti-war demonstrations? Sundays at the Domain, speaker's corner with Webster trying to convert everyone and Bill Dwyer with is anarchist flag" I recall I had flower power painted sandshoes!! What a radical. Little Gulliver at the Greenwood Tree, lived there with Vronx. Fancy you going to Dover Heights Girls High I went to Holy Cross at Woollahra till 1966 School Cert. then to Randwick Tech. for a Secretarial School 12 mths. I mixed with the art students, which was frowned upon by the Secretarial school teachers Do you remember a folk club, in William Street, leading up to the Cross on the left hand side, ABC side. Upstairs, steep staircase with ultra violet lights (made white clothes really stand out.)
Note from Deidree McMaster: Dear Minerva, I'd really like to get in touch with you. I've kept in contact with Maree, the mother of Wally Mudd's child Rachaell.