Beatlemania : The Beatles in Melbourne 1964

Moore, Keith (2005) Beatlemania : The Beatles in Melbourne 1964. In O'Hanlon, Seamus & Luckins, Tania (Eds.) Go! Melbourne in the Sixties. Circa, Beconsfield, Vic, pp. 58-71.


On Sunday 14 June 1964, 30,000 ‘screaming, chanting, struggling’ teenagers massed outside Melbourne’s Southern Cross Hotel to glimpse the Beatles. Clearly distressed, television reporter, Tony Charlton, stated: ‘Mothers, if your child is out there, you should be ashamed’. With mounted police carrying collapsed teenagers from the mayhem and about 150 injuries, the spectacle had frightened many observers.

Several days later, at the reception inside the Melbourne Town Hall, the ‘cream of Melbourne society’ gathered to respectfully welcome the Beatles to the city. As Sun columnist, Keith Dunstan related:

At first, there was a hush and respectful clapping. … Suddenly it was on. All around, girls were screaming, pushing forward, trying to stroke their jackets. … Young ladies who five minutes before had looked very correct … were screaming: ‘WE LOVE YOU BEATLES’.

Outside 20,000 teenagers had gathered to obtain a glimpse of the pop idols. Again, frenzied and hysterical cheering and uncontrollable screaming erupted when the Beatles emerged.

This paper examines the Beatles’ visit to Melbourne.

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Deposited On: 27 Sep 2007 00:00
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