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Growing up in the ’80s

Who remembers the glorious times before mobile phones, social media and the Internet?

Here are some things you are probably familiar with if you grew up in Brisbane during the 1980s.

TELEVISION

You most probably watched these shows:


BORIS’S BREAKFAST CLUB

Whooshka! Morning television was all about Boris the Black Knight and his side kick O’Toole!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image source – https://www.facebook.com/Boris-the-Black-Knight-318942328208565/

THE LEYLAND BROTHERS

If you wanted to know where to go on holidays, you ‘asked the Leyland Brothers’ (you sang that bit didn’t you??)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image source – https://www.yourtv.com.au/program/leyland-brothers-world/172095/

WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY

A Sunday night staple. Unfortunately that meant that when the theme song came on you were instantly reminded that school was the next day 🙁

 

 

 

 

Image source – https://metv.com/stories/remembering-the-wonderful-world-of-disney

ABC QRL MATCH OF THE DAY

Before the Brisbane Broncos, you were happy to get your footy fix on Sunday nights when the ABC played the match of the day, most likely featuring stars like Wally Lewis (Wynnum Manly Seagulls), Mal Meninga (Souths Magpies) and Allan Langer (Ipswich Jets).

 

 

 

Image source – https://www.facebook.com/pg/OUR-GAME-The-Celebration-of-Brisbane-Rugby-League-1909-1987-803861033084220/posts/

DINING OUT

The dining out options were nothing like they are today, but there were a few places you loved to go to for that (rare) special occasion:


ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT PIZZA HUT

The dine-in Pizza Hut buffet was a birthday special! We did hear a whisper that it might be making a comeback!

 

 

 

 

Image source – https://www.northernstar.com.au/subscriptions/premium-offer/

BIG ROOSTER

Before Red Rooster, there was Big Rooster! Rooster Roll anyone?

 

 

 

 

 

 

View 1981 TV commercial

Image source – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDbM0SkCSZA

SILVIO’S DIAL-A-PIZZA

Before Dominos, there was Silvio’s, which was the first pizza shop in Brisbane to deliver.

 

 

 

 

Image source – http://www.rogerswebsite.com/brisbane-1980s/

JIMMYS ON THE MALL

When we went ‘into town’ for a fancy dinner, most times it was at Jimmys on the Mall.

 

 

 

 

Image source – http://www.rogerswebsite.com/brisbane-1980s/

SNACKS

The corner store was the place to go for your sugar fix:


WIZZ FIZZ

Was almost like legal cocaine. Still around today for those nostalgic enough to see if they can handle it as a fully grown adult (I’m not game enough…)

 

 

 

 

 

Image source – https://reprage.com/images/2019-02-21-wizz-fizz.jpg

SPURT CHEWING GUM

The best chewy ever until the liquid centre merged with the rest of the gum. General solution was to throw that one out after 30 seconds and start again.

 

 

 

 

 

Image source – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eegmkHo-yjI

CHICKO ROLLS

Whilst still available from the odd hot box around town, the kids of today don’t know they joy of burning the roof of your mouth biting into one of these bad boys.

 

 

 

 

 

Image source – https://twitter.com/oldshopsoz/status/1044031350511001600

SUNNYBOYS

Even Hugh Jackman recently admitted that the Sunnyboys showbag was his favourite. There was always that one kid who would drink it at room temperature because they couldn’t wait to get home and freeze it.

 

 

 

 

 

Image source – https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/370280400589105509/?autologin=true

ENTERTAINMENT

What kids did before Fortnite and Pokemon Go:


GOING TO THE DRIVE-IN

We were the site of Queensland’s very first Drive-in (image below). Double features, mattresses in the back of the ute, 6 kids hiding under a blanket so they wouldn’t have to pay. Oh the memories.

 

 

 

 

 


RENT A MOVIE AT THE VIDEO STORE

Saturday nights were about renting the latest movie from your local video store. Who remembers rushing down to the local store to rent the Michael Jackson Thriller film clip or the joy when you found the last VHS behind the case?

 

 

 

 

 

Image source – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3wmW3RZBok

WILD WATERS

Before it was the Logan Hyperdome, the hill just off the Pacific Highway at Loganholme was home to the Wild Waters water slide park. Pretty sure the spa pool was a science experiment!

 

 

 

 

 

Image source – https://www.facebook.com/loganhistory/photos/a.136400319883957/253800158143972/?type=1&theater

WARANA FESTIVAL

The Spring time festival that preceded the current Brisbane Festival was known for its float parade that used to finish along the Brisbane River banks where South Bank now sits.

 

 

 

 

Image source – https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10155788058889669

EXPO 88

Many say this was the making of Brisbane. It was like having the Ekka for 6 straight months, complete with the Cadbury Pavillion.

 

 

 

 

Image source – http://www.rogerswebsite.com/brisbane-1980s/

MAKING A MIXED TAPE LISTENING TO THE TOP 40

Long before there were Spotify playlists, you had to have your finger hovering over the record button as you anticipated what the next song was going to be on the Top 40 Countdown. More often than not, the DJ spoke over the opening notes of your favourite tracks.

 

 

 

 

 

Image source – http://www.chartbeats.com.au/2015/01/30-years-ago-this-week-january-13-1985.html

SHOPPING

We didn’t have 24/7 shopping like we do nowadays and many of our favourite stores have come and gone:


WEEKEND SHOPPING

Consisted off 9am-12pm trading on a Saturday morning. That’s it. Sundays were reserved for 16 year olds learning to how to drive in the empty car parks.

 

 

 

 

 


VISIT CAPALABA PARK

Capalaba Park was half the size it is now when it opened in 1981 and featured stores like Chandlers (see below), Norman Ross, Fosseys, Struddy’s Sports Store and Hawaiian Village Coffee Lounge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch our 1988 TV Commercial


CHANDLERS

This is where you bought your Sony Walkman, ‘ghetto blaster’ stereo or TV with a corded remote control.

 

 

 

 

 

View 1985 Chandlers TV ad.

Image source – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aa0irPOsTs

BRASHS

And once you had your ghetto blaster, you went to Brashs to buy your cassette tapes.

 

 

 

 

 

Image source – https://twitter.com/brashsaustralia

TOYS

SPOKEY DOKEYS & STACK HATS

The former you wanted for Christmas, the latter your Mum made you wear (before it was required by law).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image source – Spokey Dokeys (https://bestofthe80s.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/spokey-dokeys/) | Stack hat (http://www.rosebank.com.au/about-us/)

COCA COLA YO-YOs

Max street cred was given if you had the Championship version. You were somewhat cool with a Fanta version, but definitely not a Sprite.

 

 

 

 

 

Image source – https://www.dailyedge.ie/coke-and-fanta-2859509-Jul2016/

CABBAGE PATCH KIDS

Many pitied the poor Dad who was tasked with trying to track one of these down on Christmas Eve!

 

 

 

 

 

Image source – https://www.simplemost.com/1980s-toys-80s-kids-remember/

ATARI

From Pong to Defender to Millipede, the Atari was all that!

 

 

 

 

Image source – http://www.geekvintage.com/atari-2600-vader-console.php

 

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