One year into the new Hutchinson & Company partnership, things were moving fast. So fast, in fact that, by the end of the year, the humble offices in the old arcade could no longer cope with the increasing hustle and bustle. So, on 1 December, Hutchinson & Company moved into the first floor of 79 Redcliffe Parade. The move felt right and appropriate: Hutchinson & Company were now truly an established presence.
1979 also saw:
– Redcliffe City Council chooses the Red Bottle Brush as its floral emblem;
– The Miss Universe competition is held in Perth, the Skylab American Space Station crashes in Western Australia;
– The Australian Federal Police is established;
– Current Affairs program 60 Minutes begins on the Nine network;
– Robert De Castella wins the men’s national marathon title in Perth with a time of 2:13:23;
– Pol Pot’s regime collapses under Vietnam backed insurgency;
– Margaret Thatcher is elected British Prime Minister;
– Soviet Russia invades Afghanistan;
– The worst nuclear accident in US history occurs when a reactor at Three Mile Island’s plant partially melts down causing some radioactive water and gasses to be released;
– Mother Teresa of Calcutta receives the Nobel Peace Prize;
– Apocalypse Now, All That Jazz, Kramer vs. Kramer and the Australian landmark Mad Max are released;
– Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song and Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff are also released;
Births: Heath Ledger (4 April)
Deaths: Nelson Rockefeller (26 January), Jean Renoir (12 February), John Wayne (11 June).