Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Wagging It for the Flicks

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Wagging It for the Flicks

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Kiddy the Kid of Kidwelly

with

Kidwell

Bolger

DURING the period between 1920 -- 1960, there were a number of cinemas around Rocky's CBD including the Wintergarden, Earls Court, Liberty, Tivoli Theatre, as well as a picture theatre in most suburbs.

You would find the "Rex" in North Rockhampton, the "Gem" in Wandal, the "Embassy" in Allenstown plus others in Koongal and Park Avenue.

Most often these had canvas seats and dirt floors.

Of course, the upmarket theatres were the Wintergarden and the Earls Court.

It was to one of these that I would take my girlfriend on a Saturday night.

When I went to Rockhampton High School in 1952, I found that I had to buy the set text in Junior Geography, Notes in Junior Geography by Mr A. R. Ethell, senior geography master at RHS.

The books were published locally by Munro's and were three shillings and ninepence, each of which six were required.

This extended the Bolger family budget, but I managed to buy second hand copies from a mate who lived near me for two bob each. …

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