Safari news & views

Safari news & views

Safari suit comeback features in more media, and one of us is interviewed

Last week safari suit readers were alerted to the comeback of the safari suit as reported in The Age. That story, and our coverage of it I’m sure, has gained momentum.

On Thursday the safari suit comeback was written about in the Executive Style section of smh.com.au. At least this time they didn’t use a photo of John Howard.

But even better than this was our very own Gus (as pictured here) being interviewed on local Adelaide radio. We were initially contacted last week but got the email too late and apparently they interviewed someone from Sydney who has an enviable collection of safari suits. They didn’t let it go, however, and resurrected the subject yet again. Gus was our spokesperson and you may have heard him just before 5pm on Tuesday 10 July along with the safari suit calendar boy – Jim Whalley – from Nova Defence, Kym Bonython and Nigel Stark. By the way does anyone know how to get hold of this luscious safari suit calendar?

Fortunately we have audio of this momentous occasion (MP3 file, 4Mb, 9 minutes). It’s a bit of a biggy but well worth listening to. If you haven’t got a fast internet connection, here’s a summary. (Note the audio file is missing the first few seconds.)

Jim Whalley – Safari suit calendar

About safari suits, he said, ‘They’re a picture of sartorial elegance’.

He said that anyone in their organisation going to a conference must pack a safari suit and take a photo. There’s one on the front of this year’s calendar of a colleague in front of the Coliseum. Did I mention that we want a copy?

He hopes the new version of safari suit is 100% polyester.

Grant Cameron – ‘Nothing that says man other than lime-green polyester’.

Jim Whalley – ‘And a bit of static electricity’.

Gus Clutterbuck – safari suit pub crawl

Grant Cameron started out by asking if everyone wore safari suits to the pub crawl. Gus explained that, yes a lot of people do but other outfits worn by women are featured also, eg the muumuu and the caftan.

Grant Cameron asked Gus if it brings out the animal in you?

Gus – ‘Don’t know about the animal, but it certainly brings out the style in everyone and I think the great thing about safari suits, apart from the lime-green polyester, is the fact that it breaks the ice and gives everyone something to talk about and something to look at and examine closely.

There’s no end to the ingenuity that people will come up with on the night. People will go to all sorts of extremes including shaving a bald patch on the top of their head.’

Kym Bonython – long time safari suit wearer

Talks about a camel story at the beginning of his interview until Grant ties it in nicely with the safari suit.

Kym Bonython used to ride a motorbike. He rode up the South Eastern Freeway one day while wearing his safari suit and he skidded on a painted white line and skidded off his bike. He got gravel rash and said that the safari suit wasn’t the best garment to wear in this instance. He’s still got it, however, and one of his grandsons will be wearing it to a fancy dress party shortly.

Nigel Stark – writer and triple safari suit owner

He has had three safari suits made in the last 10 years and they’re good for wearing in Malaysia. So they’re not the original 70s safari suit but he is wearing them in the present day, albeit in another country.

Grant Cameron signing off – ‘Looks like we’ve unleashed the beast – the safari suit is with us to stay.’

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Safari suits in parliament

It seems just wearing a safari suit if you’re a politician can cause all sorts of problems. Don Dunstan is fondly (in some circles) remembered for wearing his safari suit to parliament in South Australia in the 1970s.

Jack Melloy in Queensland was thrown out of State Parliament in 1975 for wearing his safari suit when long sleeves were the order of the day.

His granddaughter Vicki Darling has resurrected his safari suit, gravy stain and all, but she’s not convinced that they should make a comeback.

Vicki Darling and Jack Melloy - grandfather/granddaughter wearing the same safari suit
Picture courtesy of The Sunday Mail, JAMIE HANSON.

Thanks to Paul for the tipoff. Paul’s question was ‘Is it a crime to wear a tie with a safari suit?’ I’m not sure of the answer to that one, but tell us what you think by leaving a comment.

Archeological Dig in Far North Queensland unearths the original Don Dunstan Young Achiever Award Trophy

News submitted by Gus

This Safari icon, long believed to be lost in antiquity, was recently unearthed when the Malanda Springs Hotel on the Atherton Tablelands renovated their toilet block.

Original Don Dunstan Young Achiever award trophy

Builder and part time archeologist Kamahl Rodriguez immediately recognised the coveted trophy as his bobcat gently nudged the artifact from the age old pub foundations.

The Trophy has been missing, presumed lost forever, since 1994. ” I was bloody stunned. ‘I’d always dreamed of unearthing the big one..and here it was tucked away behind the S-bend in cubicle No. 3.’ said Kamahl.

He is now considering offers from most of the major Australian museums to add the piece to their collections. ‘I’m having to beat those Museum Curators off with a sh#%*tty stick, they’re desperate to get it!’ he added.

The Trophy won by the first Don Dunstan Young Achiever Award winner, Mr Nick McBride esquire, was spirited out of South Australia shortly after his triumphant victory at the Exeter Hotel. Mr McBride travelled North as an itinerant style consultant, and lost the coveted trophy during a thirty day bender on the Table Lands.

For some years now the Don Dunstan Young Achiever Award trophy looks like this, as modelled by last year’s winners Wes and Guy.

Last year's Don Dunstan Young Achiever Award winners - Wes and Guy