Golden Orchid, Kings Cross 1970-71
‘Golden Orchid, Kings Cross 1970-71’ Seeking respite from a brutal war, many United States servicemen chose to spend their precious seven days of rest and recreation (R&R) in Australia. This, in many cases, meant Sydney’s Kings Cross. These candid shots show American servicemen enjoying their few days of leisure in one of Australia’s most notorious red light districts. Some wait outside strip clubs keen to enjoy the sexual services for which the Cross was becoming famous, others are engaged in more innocent pursuits, shopping for souvenirs or just hanging about the streets. Photographer Rennie Ellis took this picture during the final six months of the R&R scheme in 1970–71.
Images hosted by: Salt Lake Community College
Original version: Collection with various creators donated by Bernie Weisz; Archival digital version: SLCC Digital Archives. IN COPYRIGHT.
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