Rock ‘n Roll Sydney


Kicking off our second week in Sydney with the Saturday night Gay Pride Parade themed “Creating Equality” [you may already have seen this linked post from March 9 in my other blog], we entered another busy antipodal week. Just past midnight only cleaning crews remained on the streets below us as we prepared for bed.

We were looking forward to an exciting and very special lunch rendezvous on Sunday. Luncheon with a queen was on our calendar!


On Sunday noonish we were picked up by the genuine rock-n-roll legend Dinah Lee, known as Queen of the Mods owing to her distinctive voice and the Carnaby Street fashion style she introduced to New Zealand and Australia in the early 1960s. During her distinguished career on stage and in the recording studio, she also performed twice in Vietnam for Australian & NZ troops on behest of the Australian Government. In 2007 Ms. Dinah Lee was inducted into the RockoNZ Rock Hall of Fame. On July 20, 2016, she was among only a few distinguished entertainers who received a taonga, a medal of recognition from NZ Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae for their service to the Vietnam troops. We were ever so chuffed to sit down with Dinah Lee and her sweetheart Doug.

When they asked us about food preferences for our lunch, the husband casually said ‘Mexican’, and these two lovely people went out of their way to find a genuine Mexican restaurant.

We were privileged that Dinah and Doug were able to hang out with us and will always cherish the time we spent together in Sydney!

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