Pole Sitting in Adelaide during the 1950s.

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When I was 12 years old my Dad would regularly take me down to the Henley Beach Square at Henley Beach (a seaside suburb of Adelaide).
There I would stand open mouthed, staring upwards at the grown up adults sitting on top of poles.
They were crazy, but why did they do it?
Evidently, pole sitting competitions were all the rage in the United States in the early 1920s.
People were desperate for money and so they sat up on the top of poles to win some lousy competition.
Like most things the craze took another 20 years or more to reach the shores of Australia.
The Square would be packed with families enjoying the summer nights as they wandered from pole to pole.
There was a lot of good natured banter between pole sitters and those gawking up at them.
Because Adelaide was a small city there were a lot of people who knew each other and to me a visit to the square was exciting.
derwombat

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