Audrey, Melbourne’s Vinegar Skipping Girl. This landmark neon sign has undergone major changes since she was first conceived as a drawing competition in 1915. The image was immortalised as a sign in 1936 by the owners of the Skipping Girl Vinegar company. Audrey was left to disrepair in 1968 when the company relocated, but she was rescued two years later by the Whiteway Neon. In 2002 her lights were turned off when the company ceased funding, but the National Trust of Victoria reignited her in 2009. She now skips to the beat of solar-powered panels.
On commission, Dupain took thousands of photographs of the Sydney Opera House, revealing its construction from beginning to end. Later he described the completed building from a photographer’s perspective: ‘As the light moves across it during the day, it changes its form and shape… it’s full of moods… and photographically speaking, its form is fantastic’ (1986).
Geoffrey Parsons (1929–95) began his musical career after he won the ABC Concerto Competition in 1947 with the Brahms B-flat Piano Concerto. He toured Australia a staggering 31 times between 1957 and 1993. One of his most revered performances was in 1973 when he gave the first recital at the Sydney Opera House with Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson.