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The aim of this project is to research, document, preserve and digitally showcase the history of the Melbourne punk scene from the years 1977-1987, as well as celebrate and promote Australian punk subculture through recognition of the contribution that it is has made to historical and contemporary cultural heritage.

  • This is a multimedia website consisting of archival material from the Melbourne punk, post-punk and hardcore punk scenes between the years 1977-1987.
  • This material is often rare in nature and includes written documentation, interviews, photos, flyers, video footage and MP3 tracks.
  • This website is essentially an online museum, so please take the time to navigate and explore each page as you would a display or exhibit at a museum. 
  • All of the material on this site is referenced and copyrighted by the contributors.
  • All links are in green...
  • Text in yellow is to highlight key information on each page.

  • Australian Music Vault - free, immersive exhibition that celebrates the Australian contemporary music story – past, present and future.
  • City Fringe - A Channel 10 documentary on Australian subcultures.
  • Stranded - A documentary about Brisbane band The Saints, aired on the ABC
  • 20000 Days on Earth - A film depicting a fictitious 24-hour period in the life of Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer, actor and model Nick Cave.
  • Why Do People Hate Us - A film by Encore Productions about Smeer - an aging punk rocker, tattooist and musician, most famous for being in Melbourne hardcore punk band Depression.
  • Brilliant Dilletantes - An international exhibition presenting a comprehensive survey of 80s German subculture, presented by The Goethe-Institut and RMIT Gallery.
  • i heart rock - An exhibition by Arts Project Australia artists alongside well-known Australian artists.
  • Punk Journey: St Kilda + Beyond - A punk exhibition curated by Melynda von Wayward, with a focus on St Kilda as the epicentre of the Melbourne punk scene from 1977-1987
  • A punk discussion panel organised by the Goethe-Institut Australien for My Buddha Is Punk - a film by Andreas Hartman.
  • A talk on Melbourne punk as part of a screening for the East Berlin film Whisper & Shout, (Flüstern & Schreien), organized by German Cinema Melbourne.
  • A meetup talk titled 'What can Agile learn from the punk movement'? With a focus on DIY in punk.
  • PUNK JOURNEY: Melbourne and Sydney Ruled, OK! - A conversation about time when the when punks ruled the gigs and streets of Melbourne and Sydney’s live music scene.
  • St Kilda Stories - A podcast series which explores the unheard stories connected to its people and locations.
  • Almost a Mirror - A novel that draws its readers into the elegantly wasted orbit of the Crystal Ballroom and the post-punk scene of 80s Melbourne.
  • Boy on Fire - The Young Nick Cave - A beautiful, profound and poetic biography of the formative years of the dark prince of Australian rock 'n' roll, Boy on Fire is Nick Cave's creation story.
  • Age of RageThrough music, photos, archival footage and commentary, thus documentary examines how Australian punk ideology, music, social issues, community, violence, drugs, police harassment and a ferociously DIY ethos transformed Australian lives.
  • Pub the Movie - The tale of the dirty, mythic rock and roll Shangri-La of Melbourne’s St Kilda, as told through its defrocked high priest, artist and musician Fred Negro.
  • St Kilda Live'n'Local Music Precinct - The St Kilda Live Music Precinct is the first of its kind in Victoria and is a strong first step in re-enforcing St Kilda as a leader of live music locally and across the globe.
Click on the PDF below to read a letter of support 
for Punk Journey by musisican Nick Cave
Letter_of_Support_-_Nick_Cave.pdf Letter_of_Support_-_Nick_Cave.pdf
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Punk a Photographic Journey: 2004-2007
Punk a Photogr...
By Melynda von Wayward
Photo book
  • Main Image - Punk Journey logo - Concept and design by Black Widow Design
  • Background Images - James Lynch, 1983 - Source: James Lynch