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Looking for Canberra firsts

By JimiBostock 10 August 2013 29

Hi riot act folks, I am doing a project around ‘firsts’ in Canberra and so wanted to reach out for a bit of crowdsourcing.

I am looking for anything that was a first in Canberra. Big, small, weird, etc.

Examples might be Canberra’s first takeaway, race track, etc. etc.

And also people … like I have found Canberra’s first postmaster but would love to hear any others.

Will also be looking for photos of the people or places.

You can respond in the comments or email me at hello at jimibostock.com

Thanks folks … look forward to hearing what you know about … and all the funny comments that will surely follow 🙂

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Roundhead89 10:22 am 14 Aug 13

cranky said :

I would contend that the man I consider the ‘inventor’ of Fig Jam told me how he used it to describe another Canberra resident about 1978.

That would predate the above by a long walk.

I remember seeing a local bodybuilder (who I’d known for a few years) at the nude beach at Kambah Pool in 1979 who had just had the word FIGJAM tattooed on his upper arm. I asked what it meant and he told me. Years before hip hop (and the Net).

Blathnat 10:36 pm 13 Aug 13

Minz said :

wildturkeycanoe said :

Canberra had the first “Abomination to Aviation” this year with the Skywhale.

Sorry, the Soviets beat us to that by about 40 years: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Russia—Air/Beriev-Bartini-VVA/0788490/L/

It’s the freakin’ Millenium Falcon!

cranky 6:10 pm 12 Aug 13

I would contend that the man I consider the ‘inventor’ of Fig Jam told me how he used it to describe another Canberra resident about 1978.

That would predate the above by a long walk.

dungfungus 5:52 pm 12 Aug 13

p1 said :

dungfungus said :

cranky said :

As described recently in another thread, I am convinced that the expression ‘Fig Jam’ is a Canberra invented, Canberra centric expression.

You mean F@#k I’m Good, Just Ask Me?
Canberra is the only place in the world I have ever heard this expression. There are a lot of people in Canberra that muse it. Very Canberresque.

Well, Canberra, and a Hip hop band from Brisbane.

Well it was in the 1990s that I first heard the Fig Jam acronym/s in Canberra so that pre-dates your hip hop dudes.

p1 4:54 pm 12 Aug 13

dungfungus said :

cranky said :

As described recently in another thread, I am convinced that the expression ‘Fig Jam’ is a Canberra invented, Canberra centric expression.

You mean F@#k I’m Good, Just Ask Me?
Canberra is the only place in the world I have ever heard this expression. There are a lot of people in Canberra that muse it. Very Canberresque.

Well, Canberra, and a Hip hop band from Brisbane.

sepi 1:40 pm 12 Aug 13

first doug anthony allstars performances.

Roundhead89 11:24 am 12 Aug 13

Canberra was the only place in Australia which had Serge Gainbourgh and Jane Birkin’s orgasmic song Je Taime – Moi Non Plus as a number one record in 1971. It was released in 1969 and promptly banned. In mid 1971 the Federation of Australian Radio Broadcasters downgraded the ban so it could be played on radio after 9PM. 2CA (then Canberra’s only commercial station) was the only station in Australia which played it. Demand for the song was so great that Homecrafts record bar in Civic had to do special orders for the 7″ singles (with picture covers!) and it topped 2CA’s chart.

cegee 10:47 am 12 Aug 13

the first one that springs to mind is Gus’ Cafe being the first outside cafe in Canberra… starting the whole cafe culture in the city.

milkman 8:49 pm 11 Aug 13

The concept of saying ‘quack’ after farting originated at UC in the mid 1990’s.

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