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THE STORY OF THE BARFLY – THE CAIRNS FREE PAPER THAT TOLD IT LIKE IT WAS

22 May
BARFLY ISSUE #1 MARCH 6 1990

BARFLY ISSUE #1 MARCH 6 1990

There’s a fine tradition of free publications in Australia – newspapers and magazines independent of major commercial interests, that devote their columns and pages to lively coverage of music, the arts, local issues. In Cairns, Barfly blazed an entertaining and honourable trail between 1990 and 2005.

It chronicled the local entertainment scene, giving local music and theatre the coverage it deserved and often couldn’t get elsewhere. It championed local performers, it raised local issues, and, to use the Australian vernacular, it stirred the possum and took the piss. This made for lively reading, but it also drew on the remarkable talents of a swag of visual artists to produce a magazine that was uniquely far north Queensland.

The first edition hit the streets in March 1990, and apart from an 18 month hiatus, it continued in one form or another until 2005. One of Barfly’s key contributors is now also the keeper of its distinguished history. Tony Hillier had his work published in all but one of Barfly’s 701 editions, and was it’s longest serving editor. Tony is a fine musician, a newspaperman from way back, and our ABC Far North music specialist heard each Friday afternoon on Tony Hillier’s World of Music.

Tony told the Barfly story at the regular Pecha Kucha night in Cairns at the Tanks Arts Centre this week. It’s an entertaining saga of culture and courage, and Cairns in a fondly remembered era.

LISTEN to my interview with Tony here.

And see Tony’s Pecha Kucha presentation at https://www.dropbox.com/s/76xi1l5j8pjv7lh/Barfly%20Tony%20Hillier.mp4 video by Mal Floyd and Pecha Kucha, Cairns.

 

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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Cairns Queensland, EFFINCUE, music

 

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2 responses to “THE STORY OF THE BARFLY – THE CAIRNS FREE PAPER THAT TOLD IT LIKE IT WAS

  1. Linda Slee

    May 23, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    That was wonderful listening to you Tony, lots of wonderful memories. Thanks for keeping the memory alive…..Linda Slee

     
  2. Sue Gillett

    May 23, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Great memories Tony of a very talented team cheers Sue

     
 
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