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IN 1964, The Beatles' visit to
Australia sent the nation into a
kind of euphoria, captivated by
the talent, songs and charm of
the Fab Four, and Adelaide was
in the eye of the storm.
Fifty years on, Evanston South
resident Barry O'Brien reflects on
the unique experience he had on
the day Beatlemania exploded in
Mr O'Brien was hired as a pho-
tographer to capture the event for
public relations manager Ron Sul-
livan on June 12, and he remem-
bers being part of the motorcade
that took the group from the Ad-
elaide Airport to their hotel in the
"They were gazing out the win-
dow, they were overawed...they
couldn't believe the amount of
people there," he said.
"The whole of the Anzac High-
way was about four deep...it was
"They were such a sensation,
they were really starting to take
The group stayed in the South
Australian Hotel opposite Parlia-
ment House and played two con-
certs at Centennial Hall.
"The concert was magnificent...
all you could see was Paul and
John up front and they were doing
their singing," Mr O'Brien said.
"I was right down the front, you
could hardly hear a note they were
"The screaming was so loud."
The group played some of their
classics, including "Twist and
Shout", "I Want To Hold Your
Hand", "She Loves You" and
"Can't Buy Me Love".
An estimated 300,000 people
turned out to see the super group
while they were in town, which
Mr O'Brien said was "about half
the population of Adelaide, back
Mr O'Brien recalls photograph-
ing the group and meeting them.
"I shook hands with them...they
were very friendly...great guys...
they were very young and totally
amazed at the reception they
received," he said.
"I got a nice group shot of
them...I'm disappointed I didn't
get to keep any of those...I should
have kept a couple."
The Beatles came to Australia
as part of their 1964 world tour
and were not originally scheduled
to come to the City of Churches,
however a Bob Francis-led ra-
dio campaign persuaded them to
make Adelaide their first concert
performance in the country.
The band appeared with fill-in
drummer Jimmy Nicol, as regular
sticksman Ringo Starr was hos-
pitalised with illness and linked
up with the group later on in the
Mr O'Brien still has fond mem-
ories from the Adelaide visit.
"I don't think something like
that will ever happen again," he
"Many years later I met George
Harrison at the airport because he
was in town for the Grand Prix
and I said to him 'Do you re-
member the reception you had in
Adelaide?' and he said 'Oh yes, it
was the greatest reception we ever
LEFT: Barry O'Brien still
has fond memories
from the Beatles'
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
INSET: The photo Barry
O'Brien snapped of
George Harrison when
he was in Adelaide for
the Grand Prix.
PHOTO: The Advertiser
Barry recalls Beatlemania
THE future of the World War One me-
morial at Gawler South is in the hands of
Gawler's Development Assessment Panel,
after a call for public opinion ended last
The public had two weeks to submit a for-
mal comment to Gawler Council in relation
to the proposal to relocate the town's 93-year-
old World War One memorial to Pioneer
However, as of yesterday, council was still
unable to reveal exactly how many formal
submissions it had received.
It is understood all comments are still be-
ing collated for consideration at an upcoming
Development Assessment Panel meeting.
As The Bunyip has previously reported, the
Gawler RSL is fighting to have the town's
World War One memorial relocated from
Adelaide Road to Pioneer Park, at the north-
ern end of Murray Street.
The RSL has collected an 1800-signature
petition supporting its proposal, which it be-
lieves will provide a respectful place to hon-
our and pay tribute to those named on the
However, Gawler Council has also accepted
a petition containing the signatures of more
than 2000 people opposed to the move.
While Gawler Council has already backed
the relocation, the proposal is awaiting final
approval from the Gawler Development As-
sessment Panel before it can go ahead.
Those who have made a representation
also have the opportunity to appear before
the Gawler Development Assessment Panel,
to speak in support of their case.
A date for the panel meeting is yet to be
-- Mayoral hopeful calls for mediation
solution - page 19.
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