Friday, 17 February 2012

Gold Coast Meter Maids, Betty Grable & Japanese Recon 1942

On 17 February 1942 there was a Japanese  reconnaissance flight over Sydney Harbour by “the Glen”, a float plane that could be dismantled and stored at the front of a submarine.glen03.jpg (15916 bytes)
Despite the brownout in Sydney at the time, the Japanese were able to see the lights at the Garden Island Naval base and at dawn count 23 ships in Sydney harbour, including five submarines and three military ships.  They did take a while to find their own submarine, however, but did finally locate it off the north coast before landing and being stowed safely aboard.  ‘The Glen” would attempt a similar flight over Melbourne later in the month, before the Japanese attacked Sydney Harbour in late May and early June 1942.

Also in this day, most of the Australians captured in Singapore were moved into Changi prison.

And I feel like I’ve had a hard day!  I have been in the office myself all day, as my boss and sweetie has gone on a conference to the big smoke (The Gold Coast – really hard work!) 

Nippers, little life guards, 1930s.
Nippers, little life guards, 1930s.  

1950s guide to the south coast of QLD
And a brochure , 1953, before the name change
By the late 1960s, the gold Coast had these:

1960s gold coast meter maid
1960s gold coast meter maid
meter maid 1960s
  Yes, gold bikini clad meter maids.  They still have them. But seeing every photo of meter maids now looks like something out of Playboy Magazine, I can’t possibly show you one.  I much prefer this look – Betty Grable in 1942’s Song of the Islands.

Betty Grable in 1942’s Song of the Islands.
have a lovely Day,
Deb xxx


  1. I always learn so much from your blog! Lovely photos! XxxX

  2. Hi Deb, I've actually been to the Gold Coast recently and seen some of these vintage pix. Priceless!! Love the blog and I'll be checking back frequently.


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