Those were the days, my friends
YOU can take the boy out of Rockhampton but you can't take Rockhampton out of the boy.
The Rockhampton and Yeppoon 80s nostalgia Facebook group's creation originally came from a dinner conversation book editor Dan Logovik had with friends about growing up in Rockhampton.
Although they had long since moved away from their hometown, Dan recognised a shared nostalgia for an upbringing uniquely of its time and place.
"We were all children of the 80s and although the decade has enjoyed resurgence, in part thanks to recent band reunions and Hollywood remakes, there didn't appear to be any websites that covered our specific local experiences," Dan said.
"While much has been written of the city's early history, there were not many online visual records of what the Gen Xers were reminiscing about."
Dan also found people would often have quite different memories of places that were no longer in existence.
"We had disagreements over details like where the escalators used to be in East St and how many names each of the night club venues had."
Having once worked in Calfornia for a search engine, Dan hunted for answers to these mysteries online.
When this proved fruitless, he decided to go 'old school' and visit the State library's microform Morning Bulletin archive.
There, he found a wealth of Rockhampton images that he posted to the Facebook group he set up for his friends.
"Initially, it was a very quiet group but recently we had a massive increase in visitors who have been very generous in sharing their behind-the-scenes stories of these images."
One group member recalled playing with a life-sized dalek at the north side library as a child and another knew the secret of riding the boom nets intact to Keppel Island.
While watching The Goodies' of an evening was an Australia-wide experience for the 80s child, only Rockhampton had a concrete dinosaur that you could risk life and limb climbing on.
As photos fade and videos reach the end of their life, the Rockhampton and Yeppoon 80s nostalgia Facebook group urges anyone with material worth preserving to get in touch at http://www.facebook.com/groups/214132431978248/
The group is still seeking images of:
- The Rockhampton City Cinema's foyer
- The Starline Drive-In's kiosk and playground
- Rocky Squash-Bowl's arcade machines and pinballs and Yeppoon's pinball parlour
- The Texacana Burger Bar
- The concrete dinosaur rising above the floodwaters
- The interiors of old shops like Leisuretronics and Bookworld
- VHS recordings of: RTQ7's 'Community Billboard', 'TV Powww'
- The 'Buddies' 1983 film premiere, featuring Hollywood spotlights and graders
- Kawana Wreckers' 'donkey' advertisements
- Old C.O.D. premises on Macartney St.
- Capricana festival photos inc. King Capricorn in a cherry picker
- Middle island underwater observatory
- General stores, newsagents and second hand bookstores no longer around
- The large 'smiley face' painted on the riverbank near the new bridge
- Photos and info about the 'oasis' on Emu Park Rd
- The waterslide and skating rink.