Swancon 5 Progress Report No. 3

blogged by Doug Burbidge

Here’s digging back through our archive — a progress report from Swancon 5, dated “June 80”. It’s rather letter-paper-shaped: a bit shorter and a bit wider than A4. 14 pages, made of whatever double letter paper size is called (ledger or tabloid, Google tells me), folded and staple-stitched. The cover is slightly heavier stock.

The front cover says

Swancon 5
The 1980 Australian National SF Convention

at the top of the page, and

Swancon Bulletin
Progress Report No. 3
June 80
Registered for posting as a publication — Category B

at the bottom. The cover art shows a rocket ship parked on a pancake-shaped asteroid. From the spaceship, a space-suited figure with antennae has emerged, and is contemplating a robot swan on a small lake on the asteroid. This is the same robot swan that re-emerged in later years — Swancon 15, for example.

The back cover says

Swancon Bulletin
Registered for posting as a publication — Category B.
Quarterly Review of the WA SF Convention Club,
PO Box XXX, Wembley, W.A., 6014.

There’s a “Postage Paid Australia” mark at the top right. The centre of page has a sticky label bearing a fan’s name and address in dot-matrixed type, suggesting that it was somehow jammed in the post as-is. The bottom half of the cover has the logo of The Faster Than Light Radio Show, “SF News, Reviews, & Music”, and “Vegemite Fandom Australia in ’83”.

The inside front cover has contents and various colophony things:

Presented to you by
the
SWANCON 5 COMMITTEE
 

PROGRESS REPORT III
C O N T E N T S :
ITEM                                                                   PAGE
SWANCON DETAILS                                             1
HOTEL AND DINNER NEWS                              2
TAA AND INTERSTATE AGENTS                       3
ADVERTISING AND COMPETITION NEWS   4
AUCTION AND HUCKSTERS RATES                5
PROGRAMME                                                         6
FAN OLYMPICS                                                       9
CHAIRTHING’S REPORT                                    10
ART COMPETITION AND DISPLAY                 11
CRECHE FACILITIES                                           12
BOOKSHOP                                                             12
UPDATED MEMBERSHIP LIST
APPLICATION FORMS                                  INSERT


COMPILED BY:   Julia Curtis and Joanna Masters
EDITED BY:     Rob McGough
ARTWORK:       Rob McGough, John Packer, Bevan Casey


PRINTED BY PARK PRINT,
968B ALBANY HWY.,
EAST VIC. PARK,
WA 6101.
SWANCON BULLETIN
PROGRESS REPORT III JUNE 80.

Their table of contents is lined up better than my transcription, because they used a typewriter and I used non-breaking spaces. (I am a bad person.)

The updated membership list lists members 97 thru 141. A clever wheeze to avoid re-typing.

About australian sf-history

ASFDAP was set up in 2011 after the rediscovery by the wider SF community of an impressive hoard of Australian SF community related ephemera, fanzines and other materials in the Murdoch University basement.
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