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
The 1980 Australian National SF Convention
at the top of the page, and
Progress Report No. 3
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
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:
SWANCON 5 COMMITTEE
SWANCON DETAILS 1
HOTEL AND DINNER NEWS 2
TAA AND INTERSTATE AGENTS 3
ADVERTISING AND COMPETITION NEWS 4
AUCTION AND HUCKSTERS RATES 5
FAN OLYMPICS 9
CHAIRTHING’S REPORT 10
ART COMPETITION AND DISPLAY 11
CRECHE FACILITIES 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,
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.