St Kilda in 1980

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By Sam Reale

Perhaps you weren’t around then, or maybe you just want a stroll through memory lane. Either way, here are some notable events that happened in St Kilda in 1980.

The first St Kilda Festival began in 1980 and still continues 35 years on. It’s still one of the largest free festivals in the southern hemisphere.

Louise and Charmaine Faulkner (often referred to as the St Kilda Mum Mystery) disappeared without a trace from their Leithen Flats in Acland St, St Kilda, on April 26th 1980. The case remains unsolved.

St Kilda Football Club finish 11th (of a possible 12) in the regular VFL/AFL season with 4 wins, 16 losses and 2 draws – Alex Jesaulenko replaced Mike Patterson as coach after round 2.

In February 1980, The St Kilda Free Legal service became officially known as the St Kilda Legal Service Co-Op Ltd. The service became a separate entity from the St Kilda Community Group and a board of directors was appointed to oversee the management of the service.

On August 16th, 1980, Cold Chisel played at the Palais Theatre with Australian Crawl & Matt Finish to a sold out crowd of around 2600.

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