07 February 2018


The Unley Museum will become a one-stop-shop for rare movies and early TV memorabilia in February and March as part of the Adelaide Fringe.

The Lexicon exhibition will take audiences on a trip down memory lane to experience and learn about movie and television characters that fascinated people all over the world in the early days of the big and small screen.

Unley Museum Curator Karen Paris said the Museum was thrilled to be exhibiting such a wonderful collection of fascinating and fun objects.

“The collection includes a Gilligan’s Island Cookbook, selected pieces of Franco-Belgian comic book literature, Tintin figurines, a Howdy Doody doll, autographed comics and much more!” Miss Paris said.

Private collector Stuart Blair (BLang BA Hons Flin), who has amassed this collection over many years said “the exhibition represents a celebration of one's interest in the phenomena that is popular culture”.

“What makes this visual representation unique is the joy that each piece brings by stirring memories that span from childhood to present day,” Mr Blair said.

Mr Blair is not only an avid collector but also a subject expert and pop culture historian. He is a keynote speaker at literary events, pop culture festivals and comic conventions around Australia and he is currently on his National Speaking Tour Tintin Unmasked. His area of specialisation is classic European comic book literature and 1950s and ‘60s television and film.

This unique collection has never before been exhibited as a whole and demonstrates a lifelong dedication to collecting from this era of pop culture.  It is a colourful and fun exhibition that will delight people across generations.

Lexicon will be on display at the Unley Museum, 80 Edmund Avenue, from 15 February with a public launch event to be held at 5pm on that day.

Entry is free and the museum is open Monday to Wednesday, 10am to 4pm, and
Sundays from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Museum attendees will be treated to a free talk from Mr Blair about his collection on Sunday, 18 March, at 3pm.

For more information, please visit unley.sa.gov.au

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