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Beatlemania goes Down-Under

16 May 2014Written by Ivan Macquisten

Leonard Joel of Melbourne will be marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arriving to tour Australia by offering a collection of photographs taken of the group in Adelaide.

The band touched down at Adelaide Airport for the first leg of their Australian tour on June 12, 1964 with an estimated crowd of 300,000 - around a third of the city's population at the time - turning out to greet them.

Many of the photographs have never been seen before and include images of the Beatles emerging from the aeroplane on arrival, the band waving from their balcony, performing at Centennial Hall and Paul McCartney's 21st birthday.

This was the very beginning of Beatlemania and, to start with, Ringo Starr missed out, having been left behind in England with tonsilitis. The photos include a picture of replacement drummer Jimmy Nichol emerging from the plane with the rest of the band. He was to enjoy just two days as part of the Fab Four before Ringo was flown out to rejoin them.

Well-known dealer/collector Mark Hayward is selling the archive, which comprises images by two photographers, one a professional, the other amateur. Each image offered is the only single print taken from the negatives being sold alongside them, and they all come with copyright.

The auction will take place on June 5, and the estimate is Aus$18,000-25,000.

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