Annie's Story

I went to a jazzer's dance at Christ Church Hall in Punt Road in about 1957. Smacka Fitzgibbon, Ross Fewsdale and I decided to go to the Muso's Club which was then in the city after the gig. As you do.

We were yacking away driving up Punt Road, not paying too much attention, or at least Smacka wasn't – he was driving – and he drove bang smacka into the brick road divider under the middle of the Swan Street Bridge.

Smacka and I braced, but Ross didn't see it coming and he smashed into the windscreen. No seatbelts in those days.

Smacka is no longer with us. He was a much loved banjo and ukelele player with his band.