The Beatles In Australia

The Beatles In Australia exhibition, Arts Centre Melbourne. Photograph by Jim Lee
The Beatles In Australia exhibition, Arts Centre Melbourne. Photograph by Jim Lee
Noel Tresider played the organ with The Phantoms, the band that backed Australian support acts Johnny Devlin and Johnny Chester. Photograph by Jim Lee.
Noel Tresider played the organ with The Phantoms, the band that backed Australian support acts Johnny Devlin and Johnny Chester. Photograph by Jim Lee.
Guests of honour, Glenn A. Baker and Molly Meldrum. Photograph by Jim Lee
Guests of honour, Glenn A. Baker and Molly Meldrum. Photograph by Jim Lee

This week we proudly opened ‘The Beatles In Australia’ exhibition, the result of a two year collaboration between Arts Centre Melbourne’s Performing Arts Collection and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles one and only tour of Australia in 1964  and presents the sights and sounds of Beatlemania — the arrivals, the press conferences, the concerts and the screaming fans – through newsreel footage, television reports, radio coverage, fan letters, magazines and press clippings.

So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive as visitors have streamed into the centre to re-live the heady days of 1964 or to find out what all the fuss was about. One of the great highlights of the exhibition is the opportunity to explore many of the original documents kept by Australian promoter Kenn Brodziak. Now part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Performing Arts Collection, these handwritten and typed letters, notes, telegrams and documents provide a fascinating glimpse into intense planning undertaken in the days and weeks leading up to The Beatles’ arrival in Australia. The fan experience is also well represented with a diverse range of early Beatles merchandise, handmade signs, diaries and scrapbooks sourced from both collecting institutions sitting alongside memorabilia and memories elicited from fans and private collectors.

So come in and be seduced by the Fab Four all over again or head to The Beatles In Australia exhibition website for further information or Arts Centre Melbourne’s Facebook page to join in the conversation.

The Beatles In Australia

Gallery I, Arts Centre Melbourne

8 March – 1 July 2014

9am – late daily

FREE

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Performing Arts Collection

Arts Centre Melbourne's Performing Arts Collection is the national leader among specialist performing arts collections in Australia. Established in 1975, it is formally recognised as a State collection and encompasses the history of circus, dance, music, opera and theatre. The Collection features over 640,000 items including costumes, designs, photographs, set models, puppets, props, posters, programs and archives.

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