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Bishop Island Dance floor, 1964

Ken Brown remembers: ‘Bishop Island, which was man-made, is now gone. For the boating kids in Brisbane, Bishop Island was a bit like Cloudland, in a strange way. They had cruises down there and there was a Friday night dance, and you’d have BBQs, beers and stuff. In those days all the boating was around Bulimba, and you’d hear so-and-so’s boat was heading down to Bishop Island on Friday night, so we’d all pile on there and go down to Bishop Island and have a bit of a hoot. I remember the entertainer Norman Erskine used to play down there. He was a comedian, raconteur sort of a guy from the ‘50s. You can imagine for a lot of the young boating families this is where the first encounters with young ladies and young gentlemen happened. I would venture to say – myself included – that many a first love was requited at Bishop Island at the dance on Friday nights. Mind you, it wasn’t all romance and a lot of families went there just to have a barbie and hang out. Brisbane didn’t have nightclubs then, and it was really quite unique to go down there.’

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