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Sets, Bugs and Rock and Roll

Had John Lennon still been alive, it would have been his Birthday today. John Lennon was born on the 9th October 1940. At the age of 16, he founded a skiffle band that evolved into the Beatles, the most important musical group of the time.

Lennon was shot to death by a deranged fan, Mark David Chapman, in front of his Manhattan apartment building on December 8, 1980.

Thinking of the era of “Sex drugs and Rock and Roll” reminds us of a little-known place called Parkerville Amphitheatre. Although building commenced in late 1966 it was not officially opened until January 1971, with a season of performances by the Mowanjum Aboriginal Dancers from Broome. It was used as a venue for weddings, plays and art camps.

However during the 70s Sunday Rock Concerts were introduced to improve gate takings and these concerts attracted hundreds of people. However, the combination of amplified rock bands, litter, “antisocial” behaviour and the lack of onsite parking caused the police and Mundaring Shire to impose restrictions on these events.

By the late 90’s few events were held at the venue and the property fell into disrepair. The property passed through a number of owners and is now owned by Blue Body Life Sanctuary, and will open in 2024. This company is based in Mosman Park and they also own the adjoining Youth Camp.

To read about the amphitheatre check out the website


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