St Kilda 1968

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By Sam Reale

Change was happening in the world in 1968 and St Kilda was not immune.

The Palais de Danse, along with the Stardust adjacent to the Palais was gutted by fire. Three fireman were injured fighting the blaze and the damage bill was an estimate $700,000 at the time. The Palace nightclub was built in its place in 1971 which ironically would also be guttered by fire in 2007.

Seven-year-old Linda Stilwell was abducted, assumed murdered, from St Kilda pier in 1968, Sending shock waves right through the Bayside community.

Forty five people are arrested during an anti-war protest outside the U.S. Consulate on St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. This would be one of many protests over the Vietnam War in Australia.

Detailed plans were proposed for a $2 million marina to be built on the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay St Kilda was announced by then St Kilda mayor Mr H Hall-Kennedy.

St Kilda finished 4th in the VFL season. St Kilda would lose to Geelong in the Semi-Final by 44 points.

Prahran played in the 1968 VFA Division 1 Grand Final, going down by 14 points against Preston.

St Kilda Junction is reconfigured with a new road underpass and linking Queens Road to Dandenong Road.


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