The Resource Portrait of John Paterson, spray tanner, Surfers Paradise, Queensland

Portrait of John Paterson, spray tanner, Surfers Paradise, Queensland

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Portrait of John Paterson, spray tanner, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
Title
Portrait of John Paterson, spray tanner, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
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Summary
  • John Paterson was one of the well-known characters of the 1950s and 60s on Surfers Paradise beach, extolling the virtues of his suntan oil to the beach-going public
  • John Paterson was an industrial chemist who made a living manufacturing and selling his suntan oil 'Vita Tan'. The main ingredient of the lotion was mutton-bird oil. His old Rolls Royce had a Holden motor under the bonnet and was covered in promotional placards. John wore a sun-bleached pith helmet with a stuffed mutton-bird on the top and walked along the beach delivering his sales pitch with a megaphone. He not only sold his oil to the local shops but also had the rights to spray the oil on sunbathers on the beach at Surfers Paradise. (Information taken from: P. Fischer, 'The Mutton Bird Man' in Sweet Sea News, March 1998, Issue 42)
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picture
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Portrait of John Paterson, spray tanner, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
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Publication
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Photographic print from a digital camera photo
Extent
photograph (digital print)
Immediate source of acquisition
REF 40/2004.
Other physical details
col.
System control number
(Sirsi) 8545
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Label
Portrait of John Paterson, spray tanner, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
Publication
Note
Photographic print from a digital camera photo
Extent
photograph (digital print)
Immediate source of acquisition
REF 40/2004.
Other physical details
col.
System control number
(Sirsi) 8545
Terms governing use
<a href="https://digitalbank.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/vital/access/manager/Copyright" target="_blank">Click here for further information about copyright</A>

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