Kings Cross in the 1980s

Hi everyone, Bec and Obi here! We hope you are enjoying the week, just as much as we are because it’s nearly Friday! We would like to share something a little different with you this week, and it may be beneficial to you if you also live within the Sydney area. Kings Cross….you have most likely heard of the famous area. Located in the inner city, Kings Cross is today well known for being a trendy area with elements of partying and nightlife still alive from the Cross’ controversial past.

The ‘Cross’, as its colloquially known, consists of many cute cafes, restaurants, gorgeous Saturday morning Foodies Markets, is surrounded by water view suburbs, has literally everything you need for a good night out and of course, the Kings Cross Library. We recently became involved with the library itself, and want to encourage you to become involved also. The library is located in the main street of Darlinghurst Road, and has been on the current site since 2004. The library is a short walk from Kings Cross station, and open 7 days a week. Enjoy the offers at hand consisting of a vast selection of books, daily newspapers, free internet, the readers group and frequent community events.

We recently attended the event: Everyone’s got a story: Kings Cross, Saturday night, 1980s. This event was amazing. Basically, for the past few months, the library has been inviting guest speakers to recount their vision of the Cross from around the 1950’s onwards. These guest speakers include restaurant owners, artists, musicians, prostitutes and business owners. Although we cannot remember all of the speakers, we do in particular remember listening to Vittorio from the Piccolo Bar, which has been in operation for nearly 60 years. The Piccolo Bar has seen it all, and with a myriad of famous Cross figures being loyal customers to the cafe, the music in the juke box perfectly sums up the culture.

Now we were a bit late to jump on board, but being late is better then never. To attend the event gave us an enriched insight into the suburb which we so frequently roam. We were enlightened and educated further more on the history of the Cross and the events that occurred in the 1980s in our own backyard. This event is going to be held once every month for the next 3 months, covering the 1990s, 2000s and 2010+ in the Cross area. To attend is free, you just need to become a member of the library. Have fun and let us know if you choose to attend!



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