The tale of Limestone Lizzie

By 27 August, 2012 50

Hey guys,

Someone just told me a quick story about some prostitute named Limestone Lizzie… Sounds like a bit of a story, anyone got any stories to tell? Did she actually exist?

Cheers

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50 Responses to The tale of Limestone Lizzie
#1
Evil_Kitten6:11 pm, 27 Aug 12

Yes, she exists. I believe she was in the news a few years back but I can’t remember what for?

#2
Disposable6:13 pm, 27 Aug 12

She definitely existed around 15 years ago. The rumour is that she is dead now. The other rumour is that someone made a website about her back in the day.

One thing that is true is a really churchy Defence colleague of mine once pulled over genuinely to see if she needed a lift. She then proceeded to rattle off prices and he floored it in disgust.

#3
Proboscus6:53 pm, 27 Aug 12

Limestone Lizzie aka Mary is not a myth. In fact, after not seeing her turning tricks on Limestone Avenue for a few years, I saw her twice last week between 4:30pm and 4:45pm standing near the Mt. Ainslie turnoff trying to wave down traffic (times inserted for the lonely and desperate).

#4
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd7:00 pm, 27 Aug 12

Disposable said :

She definitely existed around 15 years ago. The rumour is that she is dead now. The other rumour is that someone made a website about her back in the day.

One thing that is true is a really churchy Defence colleague of mine once pulled over genuinely to see if she needed a lift. She then proceeded to rattle off prices and he floored it in disgust.

Yeah she is real. Heard a lot of story’s about her but don’t know if any are true. But I did used to see her every day around maybe 8 years ago driving to jobs. Used to wear a lot of leapord print. She disappeared and a more younger, attractive woman took over for maybe 6 monthes then she disappeared as well.

Limestone lizzie kind of reminds me of the junkie gf of the window washer on northbourne. She wore clothes that from a distance made her look like a young woman but up close a drugged out mess of a human.

#5
Sandman7:09 pm, 27 Aug 12

Used to see her doing the walk between the war memorial and Mt Ainslie turnoff when we were running rental cars between the Airport and city around 2000. I heard she died 5 or so years ago.

Sorry, no real “stories” to tell. Not even the most deviate of my co-workers would go there, although several did stop to find out her rates.

#6
bigfeet7:31 pm, 27 Aug 12
#7
milkman7:32 pm, 27 Aug 12
#8
Spykler7:41 pm, 27 Aug 12

A very real person, and yes she died in 2007. I accompanied a close friend who was up on a drink driving charge in the early 00′s and she was there fronting for her 188th time for solicitation.She certainly lit the courtroom up with her actions and colourful language. I recall her ‘patch’ was between ADFA and the war memorial in the late afternoons.

#9
Skidbladnir8:09 pm, 27 Aug 12

It would be truly extraordinary if Original Lizzy were still doing a trade.
Some people believe she finally moved somewhere warm, others that she died in 2007, and a small few believe she merely became the Stig.

Although unfortunate people buying franchises with the Lizzy name to gain a loyal customer base holds a certain comedic appeal.

#10
poetix8:14 pm, 27 Aug 12

I wonder if anyone at all remembers her real name?

#11
Frustrated9:00 pm, 27 Aug 12

She is real and not a fable/myth. I heard she had been walking that patch for decades.

#12
bundah9:08 pm, 27 Aug 12

poetix said :

I wonder if anyone at all remembers her real name?

According to http://ca.nberra.com/index.php/2012/01/limestone-lizzie-the-musical/ Elizabeth Reginavic

#13
artuoui9:19 pm, 27 Aug 12

‘Limestone Lizzie’ – I can see the next folksy public art sculpture coming along right now.

#14
kakosi12:54 am, 28 Aug 12

She existed and was a nuisance – once I had to swerve to avoid her as she’d “strayed” onto the road. Not sure who was more pathetic, her or the men who picked her up.

#15
Deref8:20 am, 28 Aug 12

artuoui said :

‘Limestone Lizzie’ – I can see the next folksy public art sculpture coming along right now.

I could get behind public art sculptures of local characters like Limestone Lizzy.

Lindsay the Window Washer is amazingly resilient for a bloke who’s looked to be at death’s door for the last five years, but when he finally drops off the twig I’d love to see a statue of him on his chosen corner. Mind you, he could well outlive me at this rate.

#16
OpenYourMind8:24 am, 28 Aug 12

Skidbladnir said :

It would be truly extraordinary if Original Lizzy were still doing a trade.
Some people believe she finally moved somewhere warm, others that she died in 2007, and a small few believe she merely became the Stig.

Although unfortunate people buying franchises with the Lizzy name to gain a loyal customer base holds a certain comedic appeal.

Kind of like the Dr Who of prostitution.

#17
Thumper8:45 am, 28 Aug 12

Skidbladnir said :

It would be truly extraordinary if Original Lizzy were still doing a trade.
Some people believe she finally moved somewhere warm, others that she died in 2007, and a small few believe she merely became the Stig.

Although unfortunate people buying franchises with the Lizzy name to gain a loyal customer base holds a certain comedic appeal.

I wonder if her tragic ghost still wanders the lonely windswept verges and footpaths of Limestone Avenue, eternally seeking yet another customer?

#18
poetix9:26 am, 28 Aug 12

Thumper said :

Skidbladnir said :

It would be truly extraordinary if Original Lizzy were still doing a trade.
Some people believe she finally moved somewhere warm, others that she died in 2007, and a small few believe she merely became the Stig.

Although unfortunate people buying franchises with the Lizzy name to gain a loyal customer base holds a certain comedic appeal.

I wonder if her tragic ghost still wanders the lonely windswept verges and footpaths of Limestone Avenue, eternally seeking yet another customer?

I’ve already started a poem about her, so get off my patch! Perhaps I should rephrase that…

#19
Thumper9:32 am, 28 Aug 12

poetix said :

Thumper said :

Skidbladnir said :

It would be truly extraordinary if Original Lizzy were still doing a trade.
Some people believe she finally moved somewhere warm, others that she died in 2007, and a small few believe she merely became the Stig.

Although unfortunate people buying franchises with the Lizzy name to gain a loyal customer base holds a certain comedic appeal.

I wonder if her tragic ghost still wanders the lonely windswept verges and footpaths of Limestone Avenue, eternally seeking yet another customer?

I’ve already started a poem about her, so get off my patch! Perhaps I should rephrase that…

Sorry, I shall stay away from that subject then :)

#20
rosscoact10:58 am, 28 Aug 12

poetix said :

Thumper said :

Skidbladnir said :

It would be truly extraordinary if Original Lizzy were still doing a trade.
Some people believe she finally moved somewhere warm, others that she died in 2007, and a small few believe she merely became the Stig.

Although unfortunate people buying franchises with the Lizzy name to gain a loyal customer base holds a certain comedic appeal.

I wonder if her tragic ghost still wanders the lonely windswept verges and footpaths of Limestone Avenue, eternally seeking yet another customer?

I’ve already started a poem about her, so get off my patch! Perhaps I should rephrase that…

The Ballad of Limestone Lizzy? or the Saga? There is a certain lutheran nordic motif there

#21
breda11:29 am, 28 Aug 12

Poetix, you could do worse than look at the lyrics of Steve Earle’s “Tecumseh Valley” about the fall of a dirt-poor girl into prostitution, here:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/steveearle/tecumsehvalley.html

But, you really need to listen to the song, which is heartbreaking. There is a version on youtube, but the sound is awful.

There is nothing glamorous about being a low-grade prostitute. Still, if Lizzie was genuine (and it seems that she was) I would rather see a piece of public art or even a plaque memorialising her than the endless tributes to the great and the good that infest this town. After all, she probably knew quite a few of them.

#22
rosscoact11:59 am, 28 Aug 12

breda said :

Poetix, you could do worse than look at the lyrics of Steve Earle’s “Tecumseh Valley” about the fall of a dirt-poor girl into prostitution, here:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/steveearle/tecumsehvalley.html

But, you really need to listen to the song, which is heartbreaking. There is a version on youtube, but the sound is awful.

There is nothing glamorous about being a low-grade prostitute. Still, if Lizzie was genuine (and it seems that she was) I would rather see a piece of public art or even a plaque memorialising her than the endless tributes to the great and the good that infest this town. After all, she probably knew quite a few of them.

I can see the flaming eye of LotR fame on Limestone Ave as the sister piece to the Belco owl

#23
Thumper12:37 pm, 28 Aug 12

rosscoact said :

breda said :

Poetix, you could do worse than look at the lyrics of Steve Earle’s “Tecumseh Valley” about the fall of a dirt-poor girl into prostitution, here:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/steveearle/tecumsehvalley.html

But, you really need to listen to the song, which is heartbreaking. There is a version on youtube, but the sound is awful.

There is nothing glamorous about being a low-grade prostitute. Still, if Lizzie was genuine (and it seems that she was) I would rather see a piece of public art or even a plaque memorialising her than the endless tributes to the great and the good that infest this town. After all, she probably knew quite a few of them.

I can see the flaming eye of LotR fame on Limestone Ave as the sister piece to the Belco owl

A 60 foot statue of her could be placed, legs astride, over the Federal Highway when you drive into Canberra.

The statue would act as a welcome sign to visitors.

#24
rosscoact1:13 pm, 28 Aug 12

Thumper said :

rosscoact said :

breda said :

Poetix, you could do worse than look at the lyrics of Steve Earle’s “Tecumseh Valley” about the fall of a dirt-poor girl into prostitution, here:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/steveearle/tecumsehvalley.html

But, you really need to listen to the song, which is heartbreaking. There is a version on youtube, but the sound is awful.

There is nothing glamorous about being a low-grade prostitute. Still, if Lizzie was genuine (and it seems that she was) I would rather see a piece of public art or even a plaque memorialising her than the endless tributes to the great and the good that infest this town. After all, she probably knew quite a few of them.

I can see the flaming eye of LotR fame on Limestone Ave as the sister piece to the Belco owl

A 60 foot statue of her could be placed, legs astride, over the Federal Highway when you drive into Canberra.

The statue would act as a welcome sign to visitors.

That works on so many levels.

#25
breda1:39 pm, 28 Aug 12

The straddling thing would only work if we had a tiny representation of a former Chief Minister underneath, looking up in wonder and joy.

#26
rosscoact3:12 pm, 28 Aug 12

Thumper said :

rosscoact said :

breda said :

Poetix, you could do worse than look at the lyrics of Steve Earle’s “Tecumseh Valley” about the fall of a dirt-poor girl into prostitution, here:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/steveearle/tecumsehvalley.html

But, you really need to listen to the song, which is heartbreaking. There is a version on youtube, but the sound is awful.

There is nothing glamorous about being a low-grade prostitute. Still, if Lizzie was genuine (and it seems that she was) I would rather see a piece of public art or even a plaque memorialising her than the endless tributes to the great and the good that infest this town. After all, she probably knew quite a few of them.

I can see the flaming eye of LotR fame on Limestone Ave as the sister piece to the Belco owl

A 60 foot statue of her could be placed, legs astride, over the Federal Highway when you drive into Canberra.

The statue would act as a welcome sign to visitors.

Hang on. Not a statue astride but a statue recumbent with an appropriately placed tunnel. Or two, one going in, one coming out (of town)

#27
Diggety3:22 pm, 28 Aug 12

Thumper said :

rosscoact said :

breda said :

Poetix, you could do worse than look at the lyrics of Steve Earle’s “Tecumseh Valley” about the fall of a dirt-poor girl into prostitution, here:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/steveearle/tecumsehvalley.html

But, you really need to listen to the song, which is heartbreaking. There is a version on youtube, but the sound is awful.

There is nothing glamorous about being a low-grade prostitute. Still, if Lizzie was genuine (and it seems that she was) I would rather see a piece of public art or even a plaque memorialising her than the endless tributes to the great and the good that infest this town. After all, she probably knew quite a few of them.

I can see the flaming eye of LotR fame on Limestone Ave as the sister piece to the Belco owl

A 60 foot statue of her could be placed, legs astride, over the Federal Highway when you drive into Canberra.

The statue would act as a welcome sign to visitors.

Now THAT is public art.

#28
jadejewel7:20 pm, 28 Aug 12

I saw her a couple of times on my way between Defence offices at Campbell Park and Anzac Park West. One of my managers at the time (this is quite a bit more than a decade ago) actually pulled over to offer a ‘nice young girl’ a lift and found instead a very raddled older lady who proceeded to list prices (extremely cheap) for services (extremely tacky). A happily married and somewhat religious fellow, he did not take her up on the offer.

I remember being absolutely heartbroken once when I decided to enjoy a glorious spring afternoon and walk from Campbell Park up to where my husband worked at CSIRO on Limestone Avenue rather than wait around for him to pick me up. I got two toots and a ‘Hey Lizzie!’. I WAS wearing red and black, but it was a very respectable shirt/trouser combination, and I hated to think that I looked horrendous enough to be confused with poor Lizzie (and having seen her myself as I drove by, she was pretty haggard). I’m hoping it was just the coincidence of a female walking alongside that road. In my favour, both the toots and the ‘Hey Lizzie!’ came from drivers approaching me from behind. Thank God no one actually stopped. It was the first and last time I walked along that road!

#29
LSWCHP10:45 pm, 28 Aug 12

poetix said :

Thumper said :

Skidbladnir said :

It would be truly extraordinary if Original Lizzy were still doing a trade.
Some people believe she finally moved somewhere warm, others that she died in 2007, and a small few believe she merely became the Stig.

Although unfortunate people buying franchises with the Lizzy name to gain a loyal customer base holds a certain comedic appeal.

I wonder if her tragic ghost still wanders the lonely windswept verges and footpaths of Limestone Avenue, eternally seeking yet another customer?

I’ve already started a poem about her, so get off my patch! Perhaps I should rephrase that…

I wonder if her tragic ghost
still wanders the lonely windswept verges
seeking a lonely public servant
to satisfy his hidden urges…

There’s a song in that…:-)

#30
Deref7:49 am, 29 Aug 12

breda said :

Poetix, you could do worse than look at the lyrics of Steve Earle’s “Tecumseh Valley” about the fall of a dirt-poor girl into prostitution, here:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/steveearle/tecumsehvalley.html

But, you really need to listen to the song, which is heartbreaking. There is a version on youtube, but the sound is awful.

It’s a Towes van Zandt song – and you’re right, it’s magnificent.

Here’s a vid of Townes performing it.

Canberra’s Chris Johnson does a brillant version.

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