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Rock around the Block...who was Rock “N” Roll George

By JOL Admin | 11 August 2011

Currently on show at the Queensland Museum is a wonderful exhibition that celebrates a local identity and enigma known to generations of Brisbanites as Rock “N” Roll George.



The late George Kiprios, who passed away in 2009, was well known around town and was often seen chatting to people in Queen Street, where he parked his car outside the Black Cat Café, on a Friday or Saturday night.  He loved his car, a Holden 48-215 which his mother bought, new from Handasyde Motors, Stones Corner, back in 1952.

George became a fixture in the 1950s Brisbane night life which was filled with bodgies and widgees. He became instantly recognisable by his checkered shirt and purple trousers.



George drove his car around Brisbane for more than four decades; he would be seen socializing at the dances held at Cloudland and cruising around checking out the local talent at the milk bars and cafes around the City and New Farm.

State Library's Queensland Memory staff were recently treated to a tour of Rock around the Block. We often receive queries from the public wanting to know more about George so we wholeheartedly recommend a visit to the show if you are curious. Looking at comments left on 612 ABC's website at the time of his passing it is clear that many in the community have their own memories of George.

This exhibition is a great tribute to a local legend. For more information about the exhibition click here 

Janette Whitehead

Library Technician - John Oxley Library


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