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1960s The Banned Band – Peter Dyson

In the mid 60s Peter ‘Dyso’ Dyson of Dalkeith was a member of the Yallingup Board Club and lead singer in popular Perth band ‘The Banned’.

The Banned band formed in 1965/66 and played at Perth’s top night clubs including Pinocchio’s, Top of Town, Whisky a Go Go and the Top Hat in Northbridge.

These are Peter’s ‘The Banned’ recollections and images.

It started with the Hale School Army Cadet Band. We spent time practising at the Northam Army camp & took our guitars and played pop tunes afterwards. It led to the formation of the ‘Rock n Roll’ band called The Banned.

We used to do School dances, Junior Farmers Balls & Surfers Cabarets.

The Banned was a back-up band for top Perth bands that had won the Battle of the Bands Competition held at The Capitol Theatre in Perth. E.g. Johnny Young and the Strangers.

Image: The Banned 1965 line-up. Image courtesy of Peter Dyson.

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Photo: 1967 The Banned photo shoot L-R Bob Darling, Graham Flintoff, Syd Armanasco, Peter Dyson and Rob Parker. Photo courtesy of Peter Dyson.

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Photo: 1967 Peter ‘style master’ Dyson lead vocalist in The Banned decked out in eye catching striped pants. Photo courtesy of Peter Dyson.

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Photo: 1966 The Banned in concert with Peter Dyson on lead vocals (2nd from right). Photo courtesy of Peter Dyson.

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Photo: 1966 The Banned performing at school dance. Peter Dyson pic.

L-R Leon Pericles, Bob Darling, Peter Dyson, Syd Armanasco & Bob Parker.

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Photo: 1966 The Banned social pics (Left) Peter Dyson on vocals. Right (Top) Mike Byrom (Young Blaydes band), Peter Dyson & John ‘Ned’ Franetovich (Bottom) Mike Byrom (Young Blaydes band), Peter Dyson, Graham Flintoff & John ‘Ned’ Franetovich.  Photos courtesy of Peter Dyson.

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I owned a VW Kombi van and used it for surfing and transporting the band to gigs. There were times when the band practiced in the van while driving around the streets of Dalkeith.

Photo: 1960s Peter & his school mates with his Kombi van & surfboards at Hale School. Photo Peter Dyson.

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‘The ‘Banned’, a collection of young fellows who must be the State’s equivalent to The Shadows – see music review below.

Image: 1967 Banned Band music review. Image courtesy of Peter Dyson.

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They sing, they play, and their sole aim is to entertain – not grow long hair and slump about creating images and smashing noise-level meters – see music review below.

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In one weekend at a Junior Farmers Ball in Esperance we made 600 pounds, enough to buy a block of land on the hill at Yallingup.

Image: 1966 The Banned playing at the Esperance Show Ball in the RSL Hall. Image Peter Dyson.

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Images: 1966 The Banned memorabilia – Courtesy of Peter Dyson.

Top: (Left) The Banned playing at Hellfire Club. (Right) The Banned manager John ‘Ned’ Franetovich’s business card.

Bottom: The Banned played at Yallingup Board Club’s Swell Nite held at Dalkeith Hall.

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Image: 1966 ‘Thank you’ letter to The Banned from Methodist Ladies College. Image courtesy of Peter Dyson.

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In the 70s The Banned wound up and I worked in the family business.

In the early to mid ‘80s I got back into the music industry in Bali (Kuta) and formed many bands. One of the bands, the ‘Crazy Horse Band’ is still a top band in Bali and I get to do ‘Guest Spots’ and sing with the band.

Back then Bali drummers carved drum sticks out of bamboo because music equipment was unavailable.






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1950s Ray Geary’s surf art

In the 50s WA surf pioneer Ray Geary made hollow plywood surf boards & decorated the boards with art work.

Ray was a sign writer by trade and also designed t-shirts, parkas and surf shop signs for the surfing community.

Photo: 1954 Ray with his ‘Jasper’ toothpick surfboard at City Beach groyne. Ray Geary pic.

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Images: 1954-5 Ray’s cartoon character drawings on plywood surfboards #1. Images courtesy of Ray Geary.

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Images: 1954-5 Ray’s cartoon character drawings on plywood surfboards #2. Images courtesy of Ray Geary.

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Photos: 1955 Ray Geary & Rob Wakefield with plywood toothpick surfboards. Ray Geary pics.

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Photo: 1956 Ray with his sign writing work Ute & homemade 4 man wave ski on top. Photo courtesy of Ray Geary.

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In the mid 50s Ray Geary designed & printed parkas for the City Beach Board Club. Neil & Rob are wearing board club parkas designed by Ray in the following photo.

Photo: 1956 Rob Wakefield’s Holden Ute parked in front of City Beach groyne with homemade 4 man wave board on roof rack. L-R Colin Taylor, Neil Chapple, Ray Geary & Rob Wakefield. Photo courtesy of Ray Geary.

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In 1958 there was a typhoid scare at City Beach. Ray designed & printed City Beach Tifoyd Club t-shirts for local surfers.

Photo: 1958 City Beach Typhoid scare t-shirt designed by Ray Geary. Brian Cole pic.

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In 1961 Brian Cole & Barry ‘Joe’ King started King & Cole Surfboards in Roydhouse St Wembley & produced WA’s first foam surfboards. Ray Geary designed and painted the business sign for King & Cole surfboards shop/factory.

Photo: 1961 King & Cole Surfboards sign designed & painted by Ray Geary. Brian Cole pic.

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Geary’s surf break near Mandurah is named after Ray Geary’s beach shack, which was located on the hill overlooking the waves.







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KIDS IN PARADISE – Surfing City Beach in the 1960’s by Ross Utting

Ross Utting grew up in Floreat & surfed City Beach with his mates from a young age. In the late 60s, early 70s he was a Blaxell Surfboards team rider and State schoolboys & State open men’s finalist.

These are Ross’s ‘Kids in Paradise – Surfing City Beach in the 60s’ recollections.

Its school holidays in December 1962 and there are a bunch of kids, surfing all types of coolites off the City Beach groyne. The kids are aged between 9 & 12 years and are burnt black by the sun. Some are lying prone on their boards angling across the nice shaped waves, while others are trying to stand up but are spinning out. There is Norm (Dot) Kitson, Mick (Midge) Semple, Barry (Baz) Day, Craig (Ern) Henfry, Steve (Simmo) Simpson (dec’d 2010), Ross Sarson, Phil Moriarty and heaps of others. After a while the “stand ups” get tired of spinning out and try to glue homemade wooden fins into their coolites, only to see them get eaten away by the glue. Eventually we jam the fins into the coolites and hold them in place by pouring melted wax into the gaps and “we are away”.

We “survive” our days at the beach by collecting bottles and cashing them in for the deposit at Johnson’s kiosk in front of the old surf club. On days when there are no bottles, we troop the 200 metres up to Simmo’s place in Branksome Gardens and his Mum makes us bread and jam.

Photo: 1939 City Beach surf lifesaving club and Johnson’s kiosk in foreground. Photo courtesy of Cambridge Library – Local Studies.

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Some of the boys leave their coolites under the City Beach Tearooms, but this is fraught with danger, as Norm Kitson found out when “little Eric” (son of tearooms proprietor Eric) took to his board with a kitchen knife in a moment of boredom.

I lived in Floreat, with Baz Day originally at the back of us and Peter Docherty (co-founding member of City Beach Surf Riders Club) next to him. The Moss Brothers were a few houses up our street and Norm Kitson a couple of blocks away. In 1963 Peter Docherty built boards for Baz Day and his brother Bill. Baz’s board was coloured yellow & was a balsa 7’6” and Bill’s 8’, incredibly short for the time. Bill didn’t surf much so I got to use his board a fair bit.

In that year we saw our first surf movie at the Regal Theatre, “Gun Ho”. Unbeknown to us, on the other side of the world, Brian Cole, an old City Beach boy, is sharing a six pack with surf movie star and legend Miki Dora, on the beach at Malibu.

Photos: 1986 Malibu California. Photo credits Ross Utting.
Top: Miki Dora wall at Malibu Beach California.
Bottom: Malibu Point & Pier

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Photo: 2009 City Beach surfing legends Ron Moss (CBSR Life member) and Peter Docherty (CBSR co-founder) holding the Docherty/Cordingley perpetual trophy at City Beach. Photo credit Jim King.

Editor’s notes: The trophy was shaped from surfboard stringer timber by Dave Ellis at Cordingley Surfboards in Subiaco. Baz Day won the Docherty Trophy a couple of times, but Ross was the last to win it in 1969. He claims to have been undefeated for 46 years.

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In 1964 I got my own board, a 9’8” Bill Wallace, and shortly thereafter all the boys got boards. Mine cost 25 pounds at Cordingly Surf Shop in Hay St Subiaco. We used to leave our boards in the black dirt under Simmo’s house and drag them across Jubilee Park to the beach because they were too heavy to carry. Simmo used to piss on them regularly so we shifted them across the street when the resident (Chapman) built storage racks for us in his backyard.

During summer we rode our bikes to the beach at 3.30am to be ready to hit the water at first light. We had to do this because the early morning swimmers came at about 6am and from then on mostly we weren’t allowed to surf off the groyne. Sometimes between 7 & 8am we could get back in the water for a while. In those days wave quality off the groyne (pre alterations) was excellent and very consistent.

Also, in those days the beach between the 2 groynes (City Beach & Floreat) was more of a bay, and in the afternoons when the sou-wester was strong, there was a good wind wave in the middle of the bay.

Once the summer passed we virtually got the beach to ourselves and Warren (Wonk) Sommerford (dec’d), the beach inspector, used to allow surfers next to the groyne as long as there were no swimmers. But we used to push the boundaries and he was always running out of the old surf club building shaking his fist at us.

Photo: Mid 60s surfing City Beach groyne. Norm ‘Dot’ Kitson & Ross Utting entering the water. Photo credit Tom Collins.

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During the non-summer school holidays we got incredible surf at times and whenever it got good Terry Jacks (dec’d) was always there. He was an incredibly powerful surfer and was our idol. I recall one day of perfect conditions at a solid 6’ and breaking way out past the groyne. Terry just tore it to shreds. He was virtually taking off on the south side of the groyne and passing well in front of it. We had never seen anything like it. It was just Terry and us kids, he was a legendary surfer, one of the best in Australia at the time & looking back, probably world class. I don’t think Terry ever worked. His parents had a house just off the Boulevard near Floreat Forum Shopping Centre.

My greatest moment in surfing came years later, must have been 1969/70, I was sitting on the steps back at Yallingup contemplating a morning surfing perfect 8-10ft Margaret, when Terry came & sat next to me & said “you surfed well this morning, handled the size no trouble at all”. Wow! After that I fancied myself as a big wave rider for a while, that is until Fred Annersley dragged me & a couple of others out at Margaret on a solid 12ft day, I survived, but after that I resolved “Nah, you can leave me out of that”.

When the waves were no good at City Beach we used to try & get a parent to take us to Scarborough. Threepenny Reef (North Scarborough) and Brighton were our favourites. My Mum used to hate having 6 or more boards stacked on the car. These were simple times, surfing was an incredible adventure and was never better fun.

In late 1966 Brian D’Arcy (deceased early 1970’s) conned his Dad into taking Phil Moriarty, Craig Henfry and me to Yallingup for a few days. We camped under the melaleuca trees and Brian’s Dad cooked on an open fire. We surfed on our own at Yallingup the whole time. We saw only 2 other people in 3 days, Mark Waddell and Brian (Beast) Boynes. They surfed elsewhere but slept at Yallingup.

Photos: 1967 Floreat Park. Photos courtesy of Utting family.
(Left) Glen ‘Roy’ Carroll, Ross & David ‘Bull’ Moss Yallingup bound in Bull’s Morris Minor. (Right) Ross with new 8’10” Cordingley stringer-less surfboard at his Floreat home.

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After a time, us young blokes became aware of the City Beach Surfiders Club, primarily through the distinctive red board shorts of its members. Eventually we were recruited. I think Ron Moss and Baz Day nominated me. After serving 3 months’ probation, I was accepted into the Club in early 1967, at age 15. Couldn’t wait to get my Club outfit of board shorts and parka in the distinctive red with white and black trim. Cordingleys had the design of the various Clubs outfits and you simply placed an order through them.

Club meetings were held on Sunday nights at various members homes, in a storeroom under Floreat Forum Shopping Centre and for a short time at Mathews Netball Centre. We were expelled from the Netball Centre for making too much noise after a meeting deteriorated into a game of British Bulldog on the slippery wooden indoor netball court. Meetings were always undisciplined affairs, with the highlight being the showing of surfing footage of members on the Club’s projector.

The gathering place for Club members was the City Beach Tearooms and the young blokes used to hang around the shop waiting for a lift to the best waves in the metro area. Joining us juniors in the Club were the Waddell brothers Gerard (Spewy) and David (Goona), Michael (JJ) Martino, Geoff (RE) Marshall, Glen (Roy) Carroll and a bit later the Bettenay bros.

Photo: 1966 City Beach Tea Rooms with ‘Simmo’ drying himself in front of Rob Halliday’s Fiat while talking to Russell Hately . Photo credit Trevor Burslem.

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“Oldies” in the Club included the King bros, Moss bros, Cleaver bros, Franks siblings, Steve (Sheepdog) Cockburn, Rob Farris, Norm Bateman, Bob Halliday, Reg Gillard, Phil Henderson, Duck Craigie, Russell Stranger, Howard Johnson (dec’d), Kevin O’Dwyer (dec’d) & Brian Brown (dec’d). Although they were only a couple of years older than us, at that age it seemed like a generation. They taught us a lot & not all of it good, let me tell you.

Ultimately, the popularity of the Club scene faded & by 1968/69 many of us were heading to the South West waves around Yallingup at every opportunity. The wave quality and power of the south west made surfing exciting again.

Baz Day and I are still surfing Yallingup Main Break on yellow boards after more than 50 years. That first yellow Docherty board from 1963 must have left an indelible impression.

Photos: 2015 Yellow surfboards at Yallingup L-R Baz Day & Ross Utting. Photo credits Bruce King.

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Ross has travelled & surfed widely. He has a holiday home in the South West and surfs Yallingup regularly.




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1971 Smiths Beach reef break

By the early 70s city surfers were aware of the good waves in the SW and were either living in the area or travelling to the region on weekends and holidays. One of their favourite haunts was Smiths Beach reef break.

NZ surf photographer Ric Chan captured these surf images on a sunny South West day in 1971.

Photo: 1971 Smiths reef Mark Johnson. Photo credit Ric Chan

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Photo: 1971 Smiths reef Steve ‘Sheepdog’ Cockburn. Photo credit Ric Chan

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Photo: 1971 Smiths reef unidentified surfer. Photo credit Ric Chan

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Photo: 1971 Smiths reef unidentified surfer. Photo credit Ric Chan

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Photo: 1971 Smiths reef Jeff ‘RE’ Marshall. Photo credit Ric Chan

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Photo: 1971 Smiths reef Ric Chan. Photo courtesy of Ric Chan

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Photo: 1971 Smiths reef party wave Steve ‘Sheepdog’ Cockburn on the inside. Photo credit Ric Chan

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Photo: 1971 Jim King cuttie at Smiths reef. Photo credit Ric Chan

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Fun in the sun.




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1973-4 Pat Bloomer’s beach Life

Former US surfer Pat Bloomer and a number of other American surfers came to the South West seeking uncrowded waves in the early 70s.

Other US ex pats in the SW region include Vance & Nance Burrow, John Malloy, Leon Thomasian & Tom Hoye.

PatSome of my American mates & I arrived 1973-74 via South Africa and initially stayed in the undeveloped Yallingup Beach Caravan Park. We used to catch buff bream on white bread from the Surfside Store managed by Bernie & Eve Young. We didn’t know buff bream are pet food and used to eat them. We thought it was great!

Photos: Early 1970s Surfside Store photos courtesy of Helen ‘Spotty’ Smith.

Top: (Left) Surfside Store with Peter Mac’s Falcon panel van parked out front. (Right) Helen Smith, Gran, Bernie & Eve Young.

Bottom: (Left) Jingles, Peter Dyson, Neville, Mick, Helen Smith, Jim, Danny & Peter Davies.  (Right) Bruce King & Glynn Lance.

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Yallingup Beach Caravan Park

Photos: 1973 Yallingup Beach Caravan Park residents. Pat Bloomer pics.

Pat Bloomer’s mates unidentified except for Jim Cox (US) & Amber (SW) bottom left.

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Photo: 1973 Chris Bloomer (Pat’s brother) with his Kombi at Yallingup Beach Caravan Park. Pat Bloomer pic.

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In the early 70s surfers were living on the beach at Lefthanders surf break located south of Gracetown.

Pat Bloomer and his American mates built & lived in a timber shack on the beach. And young City Beach surfer Frank ‘Little Big Eyes’ McVeigh lived in a beach cave for a whole summer.

Both residences were located south of Lefthanders surf break.

Pat – In 1973 three Americans guys (Rick, Jim Cox & unidentified) & I built a surf shack out of driftwood timber and some sheets of tin on the beach. We got hessian & clear plastic covering from a carpet place in Bunbury for free. We spent $3 on nails at the hardware store and scrounged the tin sheets from abandoned sheds. It took us nearly a week to get the materials and hammer it into shape. We built bunk beds and put carpet on the sand floor. It only had 3 walls and was built against the sandstone cliff to utilise its natural shape for a fireplace. There was a large picture window from which we checked the surf. There was also a small window near the top bunk which allowed an early morning surf check without getting out of bed. 

We had to carry in our supplies of water, food, utensils, bedding & boards. It was so isolated we could go days without seeing another soul. We lived in the shack for 3 months until Easter when weather conditions deteriorated. At times, some girls stayed with us in the shack. It was just fun, fun, fun.

There was no dirt track to Lefthanders at that time, we had to walk from the existing car park. I remember watching Tony hardy surf Lefthanders, he was an amazing surfer. We were the first to surf Cobblestones surf break. It was a long trek over cobblestones from Big Rock.

In 2006 Surfing World magazine (Issue 280) published an article on Pat & the boys living in the beach shack. It was titled ‘The Way we Were’ by James Cox.

Photo: 1973 Team photo of Pat Bloomer & the boys in the shack at Lefthanders. Pat Bloomer pic.

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Photo: 1973 Beach shack nestled against limestone cliff at Lefthanders. Pat Bloomer pic.

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Photos: 1973 Beach Shack at Lefthanders. Pat Bloomer pic.

Left: Entrance to beach shack. Right: (Top) Chris & Anne music session at the shack (Bottom) Exploring Moses Rock cave. L-R Chris, Jim Cox & Count.

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Photos: 1973 view of waves at Lefthanders from the shack. Pat Bloomer pics.

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Quindalup Siding

Pat – From 1973 we rented and lived in an old farm cottage at Quindalup Siding for 7 years. It only cost us $20 per month.

Photos: 1973 Quindalup Siding rental property with Pat & hound on verandah. Pat Bloomer pics.

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Photos: 1973-78 Quindalup Siding rental property. Pat Bloomer pics.

Left: 1973 farm cottage and wooden shed.

Right: 1978 Pat with his dad.

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In 1974 Pat travelled to Kalbarri in his Kombi and lived & surfed at Jacques Point for 6 months.

Pat There was no cray fishing industry in Kalbarri and it was quiet. We met Kalbarri local Craig Howe but didn’t see many other surfers. We didn’t know about the Bluff at Carnarvon at that time.

Photo: 1974 unidentified surfer Jacques Point Kalbarri. Pat Bloomer pic.

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Pat now lives & works in the SW region and is a regular in the surf at Yallingup.