The Bee Gees Memorial

Not many people outside Australia know that the members of the famous pop music group of the sixties, “The Bee Gees” actually grew up in Redcliffe, Australia. The Bee Gees rose to world popularity, fame and fortune over the next two decade with iconic songs and their trademark falsettos. And so, the township of Redcliffe has finally honoured the legendary boys: fifty years later. Only Barry Gibb, the only surviving brother was there to unveil this monument and re-visit the small city to the North of Brisbane.

Redcliffe, once the place where you: had to live, didn’t choose to live, is now coming of age and  “staying alive.” Here is the Sunday market.

Redcliffe Esplanade
Redcliffe Esplanade

and the pier:

redcliffebridge (1)

Barrie is no doubt trying to “stay alive” but even when he passes, the music will not.

Something to ponder about.

25 thoughts on “Monuments”

  1. Nice take on the Monument theme! That’s a pretty cool monument, all right. One of my favorite groups of all time. But did you know the boys were born in jolly old England on the Isle of Man? Their little brother, Andy, a star in his own right, was born in Manchester, England. I thought you might like to know. 🙂
    Meanwhile, you’re welcome to come and see what my take on the theme is:


      1. Yes, and it’s so ironic that their first number one on the Australian charts was as they were on the ship to England. I’m sure everyone in Australia remembers what that was.

        I remember back in the day they released two vinyl albums that had this humungous butterfly on each of the covers and they were both full of songs they recorded in Australia. They’ve rereleased those albums on one CD. And while it isn’t anything like what became their “sound” later one, I still like them, some of which were very 50s like, such as Three Kisses of Love. They are my all-time favorite group, after The Beatles, of course.

        Are you painting plates in your avatar?


            1. It is the traditional form of painting originating in Norway and becoming popular in America amongst the Norwegian immigrants in the mid west. It evolved in the peasant farming communities after the time of the Baroque period. Many northern european communities had their own style of folk art, ( meaning it was completed bymainly untrained artists or folk, as a way to decorate their homes in the long dark winters when they were stuck indoors.Each county in Norway evolved its own unique style, and sometimes you will see this style incorporated into the embroidery on the national costumes, or bunads. I am one of the few who practise it in Australia. I love the dynamic nature of the art form. It almost seems to move.


            2. Thank you for the history. Now, what exactly is it? You say you paint plates? Have you posted any examples of what you do? I’d love to see it.


            3. Okay, I checked it out. Interesting. I can see it takes a great amount of talent and creativity and patience, as well. I couldn’t find a search bar on the right side of your blog, but I think I got the idea.

              My mother was adopted by Norwegian descendents who came into Wisconsin, I think, although they lived in Minnesota. Their people were from the southwest portion of Norway. Stixrud, I believe, was their farm name.


            4. oh, that is so interesting. There is a story there too that could be worth researching. I have found many places named after my danish family that are still in regular use today. The search bar has moved by some wordpress gremlin to the bottom of the main page which could be some way down. I will have to see if I can move it back to the sidebar where it is most useful. Thanks for alerting me to this.


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