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The Rock-itt : January 2011
describes how Brisbane looked to him back in 1930 for the first time. "Brisbane is an uncomfortable city in the summer. The heat is stifling, but even on the hottest day the citizens go about dressed in sombre, heavy black clothes which gives one the impression of suddenly being in the midst of an undertaker's convention. If, however, the stranger ventures to don tropical garb in keeping with the climate, he instantly becomes the object of great curiosity. The natives will stare at him in astonishment and are even apt to following him around." In actual fact that very thing happened to Trelawny Adams. He had brought along with him a tropical khaki pith helmet which he intended to wear in New Guinea. But seeing how similar Brisbane was with its hot tropical heat, he thought it the perfect opportunity to try it out. But to his utter dismay and embarrassment when he ventured into the busy part of the city for a bit of site seeing he was ridiculed and heckled by both adults and children alike who followed him around shouting out snide comments such as, "Hey mister where's yer elephant and, "he's come out without his gun", or "look at his hat will ya," Trelawny made a quick return to Sirocco his pith helmet hidden away wrapped in brown paper. While on the subject of Trelawny...... according to Rex Long-Innes' perverted way of thinking at times, Trelawny Adams had a personality to make fun of and made sport of him at every opportunity that came to hand, relishing a dig at his quiet, almost shy demeanour. One of his special delights was to make gibes about how mouse-like Trelawny was around the opposite sex. Wanting to spring a prank on the unsuspecting Trelawny , Rex set it up with the girls in a Brisbane brothel to end his celibacy. One day he told Trelawny who had always said he would like to go to a Turkish bath, that he was going to one in the city and would he like to join him. Trelawny agreed to go along so after Rex enlightened Errol to the prank the three set off for the seedy side of Brisbane. After entering the Brothel Trelawney, Rex and Errol were taken upstairs and ushered into a room where they were told to disrobe and wait for the male masseurs. Rex said he would duck down stairs and hurry them up while Errol lit a cigarette and made conversation to take Trelawny's mind off being naked. After a short wait the door to the room slowly creaked open and the sight that greeted Trelawney from the open doorway almost paralysed him. Suddenly the penny dropped and Trelawny realised he'd been set up and instantly becoming transfixed. He was now standing naked, mouth agape as the madam of the premises came into the room with four smiling young whores whose obvious intentions were to finally relieve Trelawny of his virginity. At the sight of the predatory females advancing upon him, Trelawny bolted for the door and hurtled down the stairs and out onto the street, creating gasps from onlookers as he ran stark naked like a startled rabbit in the direction of the Brisbane River and the sanctuary of Sirocco. It took almost three days for Trelawny to finally thaw out and be on talking terms with the rest of the crew again after his harrowing and extremely embarrassing ordeal. Opposite to where Sirocco was moored in the Brisbane River was the Brisbane Ladies Rowing Club. Find out what happens next in "Hobart to Hollywood" in our February Issue. If you have missed any of the instalments of "Hobart to Hollywood" and can't lay your hands on a hard copy from one of our outlets. You can go back to where the serial began in 2009. Log onto www.therockittmagazine.com.au click on ARCHIVES at bottom right hand side of your screen for previous issues. Any problems email me on: email@example.com see you in Brisbane.....Cheers Pete. Grandview Hotel Brisbane 1930 Errol and the crew would have had a drink here A parade down the streets of Brisbane 1930