Swancon 5

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Swancon 5 was also the 19th Natcon (National Convention)

Dates: Friday 15th to 18th August, 1980

The Convention


GoH: Anne McCaffrey

Grant Stone, Shayne McCormack


Park Towers / Kings Ambassador


Chair : Julia Curtis

Publicity: Bob Ogden (Bid)

Treasurer: Roy Ferguson (Bid)

Bid Committee Chairman: Rob McGough

Venue Organizer: ??

Program Organizer: ??

Others: ??

Program: ??


Masquerade was MCed by Ian Nichols.

Swancon 5 was WA's first Natcon. It was also the first Swancon at a proper hotel, and the first with a banquet.

It had the first Goon Show episode written for and performed at a Swancon (though a Goon Show episode may have been done earlier at an Adelaide convention: "The Dune Show"). It was titled "The Dragoon Show" (as a reference to McCaffrey's Pern series), and featured "surrealist humour". Sound effects were from BBC vinyl effects disks, recorded to tape, then the tape was physically clipped, and used during the show.

Sally Beasley was starting chair, but swapped out before the convention.

Oral History and Reminiscences

Barb de la Hunty is remembered for a costume which was "...something with white fur and not much of it". (Sally Beasley)

Publications and Productions


External Links

These are mostly links to transcripts that have been done for the Australian Science Fiction Distributed Archive Project (ASFDAP) on its blog 'This!'