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The original Snake Pit - History
 

Scarborough Beach, Western Australia

One day I discovered by chance that my pages about Rock & Roll dances at Scarborough Beach were listed on Wikipedia as a source for information and photos of the old Snake Pit dance venue. Since I had only mentioned it it passing and actually new very little about the original site, I decided to do some digging around for info and pictures. Hence this page on my site. So if you have any more info and pictures I could add here, please send them through to me for inclusion here, with reference to you as the source. Send to MaxJeff@exemail.com.au (please copy address into your email page), but no more than 2mb per email please and reduce your images to around 800x600 if you can.

 

If you remember milk bars, FJ Holdens, bodgies, widgies, Six O'clock Rock or the Scarborough Snake Pit, then you will love the City of Stirling's  Rock 'n' Roll Revival! Festival held annually in February. Be there next year! There is also a small 'Show 'N' Shine' auto display. The City of Joondalup also has a very similar event at Sorrento Beach called the Retro Beach Party in March.

 

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My thanks to Pam Phelan, Librarian: Information Services, State Library of Western Australia

for her assistance with references concerning the Scarborough Snake Pit.

 

 

Image sourced from http://maps.google.com.au/

 

 

Photos of the historical 'Snake Pit' at Scarborough Beach, Western Australia.

 

 

The above photo can be purchased from the City of Stirling Local Studies Library.

 

 

The above photo can be purchased from the City of Stirling Local Studies Library.

 

The above photo can be purchased from the City of Stirling Local Studies Library.

 

The above photo can be purchased from the City of Stirling Local Studies Library.

 

 

 

 

The original Snake Pit at Scarborough Beach, Western Australia.  Circa 1955.

 

In the mid 1930's Lunar Park, a fairground, was opened and by 1939 it was in full swing. Bathing Beauty Contests were the highlight of the summer season, much to delight of the residents and visitors. A platform was erected for the contests in the centre of Luna Park. Every Tuesday, the Anglican Church held dances at the Delphi Tea rooms. In the mid 1950's, 1000 young people were regularly gathering and dancing at their favourite place, the "Snake Pit". In 1972 the historic Scarborough Luna Park was demolished.

 

( From "The History of Scarborough" on the Scarborough Beach Scene site created by MG Graphics )   

 

 

 

 

Reader contribution to this page - thanks for your input!

 

Snake Pit Memories  -  by Christina Graham (nee Cvitan)


"We moved to Scarborough into the Adelphi tearooms on the esplanade in 1955 - mum dad and four children. We were very quiet unassuming kids, ‘squares’ you would have called us then. We were about to have our lives changed by rock and roll. It was loudly played day and night from Luna Park mini golf, the shop next door and of course the ‘snake pit’. It started small and became huge, the place to be, and from all over Perth bus loads came. There was the beach roller skating, choice of milk bars, hamburgers, bodgies and widgies, leatheries, mods and rockers all mixed together without many hassles. Everyone always ended up at the snake pit either to watch or dance and just be cool - it was the best time."

 

 

 

 

The 'Snake Pit' grew out of the La Spiaggia Cafe on the Scarborough beach foreshore, just north of the

popular Luna Park entertainment area. The cafe was founded by Don & Rosina Errichetti.

Don was born in America and died in Perth on 9th October 2008.

 

 

 

 

History of Rock 'n' Roll in Western Australia  -  by various contributors


A great website to hear about the early days of Rock & Roll in Perth. "We'd love to hear more stories of the era. That way we may slowly piece together a bit more of WA's rock'n'roll history. Send in your story, come and tell me your story and I'll write it up under dual authorship, or recommend musicians and participants who's knowledge can contribute to a richer picture of the Snake Pit days and the bodgies and widgies of the 50s and 60s era in WA."

 

                

 

 

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DO YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOS OF THE OLD SNAKE PIT?

If you have any more info and pictures I could add here, please send them through to me for inclusion,

with reference to you as the source. Send to MaxJeff@exemail.com.au (please copy address into your email page),

 but no more than 2mb per email please and reduce your images to around 800x600 if you can.

 

 

 

 

General photos of historical Scarborough Beach.

 

The above photo can be purchased from the City of Stirling Local Studies Library.

 

 

The above photo can be purchased from the City of Stirling Local Studies Library.

 

The above photo can be purchased from the City of Stirling Local Studies Library.

 

 

The above photo can be purchased from the City of Stirling Local Studies Library.

 

 

TVW7 girls at Scarborough - early 70s.  Image sourced from watvhistory.com/

 

 

 

 

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Typical images of the 50s - 60s era as seen on Perth beaches - sourced from the net.

 

Image sourced from vintagesurfboardcollectoruk.blogspot.com.au/

 

 

Image sourced from www.flickr.com/

 

 

     

     Image source lost/unknown.                                                         Image sourced from newweirdaustralia.com/

 

 

 

Image source lost/unknown.

 

 

 

Image source lost/unknown.

 

 

Image sourced from www.redbubble.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

References about the 50's teenage culture, Rock & Roll, and the Snake Pit.

 

 

 

 

ROCK  'N' ROLL REVIVAL

PERTH'S METRO BEACHES

AUSTRALIA DAY SKYWORKS

THE QUARRY AMPHITHEATRE

 

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