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How did you hear about the Aquarius festival?
Well, I was at the Uni of New South Wales and read about t in the student rag Tharunka. I drove up to Nimbin in my truck, I had a young girl from Sydney Uni, somehow I’d connected with her, she came up, she had a whole bunch of friends there. They’d built a dome; do you remember Buckminster Fuller and the domes? (laughs) To prove you’re alternative you had to live in a dome. I used to build these little model domes and things but thank god I didn’t build one here.
And there was another guy – I was living in a share house at King’s Cross actually at the time as I moved back from the land to be near the Uni – and an American bloke and we just drove up and I think I stayed there for about four days. I mean, yeah, festivals really aren’t my thing actually I have to say. It was colourful but, there was a lot of rhetoric, a lot of talk, but yeah. But I think I sort of had a bit of a look around at the countryside and I thought ‘oh well better go back and finish the PhD.’
Yeah that was ’73, I must have finished early ’74 I think it was. And also I was, by this time, I had this little truck that I was no longer using for the farm, or not so much. So I used to go down to the markets, they were in Haymarket, down near where Chinatown is in Sydney. And I’d load this little one ton truck with boxes of apples and bananas and stuff and we’d sell it at the uni. The whole thing was, ‘the system is broken, it’s corrupt and we’re gonna you know, we’re gonna do this thing.’ The Vice Chancellor at the time, Rupert Myer, he’s a member of the Myer family you know, but he was a really cool guy. He came down and bought some apples off us you know. There were a few of these university police who thought this was a little bit off the wall but it was that time when there were riots at Berkley, you know the flower power, it was that whole thing and young people were claiming we were going to overthrow the system. And so he did the right thing and just let us do it, yeah.