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Keith Irving

Endeavour Hills, Australia

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The Sydney Myer Music bowl…. Opened in 1959.

The businessman and philanthropist, Sidney Myer, inspired the construction of the building, after attending the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Sidney Myer established free, open-air concerts with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 1929, which were always well attended by Melbournians. These free concerts continue to this day, now being held at the bowl itself. There are usually four or five concerts a year.

Upon his death in 1934, the Sidney Myer Charitable Trust was established, now known as the Myer Foundation, to continue the tradition of philanthropy begun by its founder. The design and construction of a music bowl for the people of Melbourne was decided upon and funded by the Myer Foundation.

The bowl was officially opened by Prime Minister Robert Menzies on February 12, 1959 with an audience of 30,000.

I remember going here to see ABBA in 1976, at the time I assume it was the biggest “stadium” in Melbourne.

Olympus e-30, 12-60mm f/2.8 SWD

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