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Local history – The Dickson Kisser!

By johnboy 9 July 2009 24

In the recent discussion on a vandalised road sign in Downer the subject came up of “The Dickson Kisser”. MissPeaches had the following explanation which I thought was worthy of its own space on the front page:

    hahaha Years ago there used to be this old fella who lived on the corner there and would sit out the front waiting for unsuspecting female pedestrians wandering past. He would bang his walking stick on the cement to get their attention and motion for them to come over.

    So thinking this poor old fella needs assistance or something (or rather that’s what i thought when I was the victim and assume most people think the same) the pedestrian comes up his little verandah and he would grab them by the wrist pull them and plant a kiss on their lips!!

    Now I know technically he lived in Downer but when he wasn’t sitting on his verandah he would be across the road at the Dickson shops applying similar tactics to the shoppers in the area.

    Hence the name – the Dickson kisser.

Anyone else fall victim to this kissing fiend?

What’s Your opinion?


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andy pandy 6:52 pm 14 Jul 09

I remember this guy but didn’t realise he was in the kissing caper.

There was also that large old dero (he lived either at ainslie village or on mount ainslie) he rode a bike and had a black cattle dog that went everywhere with him. He used to try and corner high school girls in civic talking pleasantly to them while his hand made strange rubbing movements in his pants. A bit of a sicko really.

Old Canberran I remember the bloke your talking about.

There was (maybe still is) the guy who wore a napoleon hat. I lived for a while at a fairly prominant canberra landmark in the caretakers cottage and he used to reside from time to time under the stairs at the entrance to the main building. He would get fairly annoyed that I was living at his abode. I don’t know where he would disappear to but I know he would be seen walking along the barton highway well into NSW on a fairly regular basis.

There was also Rudy (from memory he must have been about 6’6″) who used to speak in tongues, seen mainly along ainslie ave.

The best one I can think of was the push up man in washington DC (unfortunately)
he used stop traffic and do sets of push ups in the middle of the road, on more than one occasion I saw him gridlock traffic in downtown DC by showing off his physical prowess in the middle of major intersections at peak hour.

All a bit off topic but this thread sparked some lost memories.

Jim Jones 9:18 am 10 Jul 09

old canberran said :

Was that the rather large guy who used to have coloured bits and pieces pinned to his jacket and a tree branch for a walking stick. We lived in Watson until 1988 and we used to see him walking around the place most days. I didn’t know about his kissing habits if that’s the bloke I’m thinking of. He always had flowers stuck in his hat as well and white pants from memory.

Nope.

old canberran 2:14 am 10 Jul 09

Was that the rather large guy who used to have coloured bits and pieces pinned to his jacket and a tree branch for a walking stick. We lived in Watson until 1988 and we used to see him walking around the place most days. I didn’t know about his kissing habits if that’s the bloke I’m thinking of. He always had flowers stuck in his hat as well and white pants from memory.

PM 7:39 pm 09 Jul 09

Does anyone remember “Nice Legs, Shame About the Fez”?

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