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2003/97/9 Scrapbook (116 pages), pop music memorabilia, card / paper / string, made and used by Beatles fan Jennie Small, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1964-1966. Click to enlarge.

Scapbook of pop groups and singers

Made in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1964-1966.

Scrapbooks compiled by teenage music fans have proven display potential. A similar one was displayed in the 'Real Wild Child' exhibition but had to be returned to its lender. This scrapbook was compiled in Sydney between 1964 and 1966 by the donor, who was a teenage fan of the Beatles. Well provenanced, beautifully assembled and carefully preserved, it is a graphic illustration of 'Beatlemania', exemplifying the passion with which music fans worshipped their pop idols. The Beatles concerts ignit...


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Object Statement

Scrapbook (116 pages), pop music memorabilia, card / paper / string, made and used by Beatles fan Jennie Small, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1964-1966

Physical Description

Scrapbook consisting of 116 cardboard sheets bound with string tied through two holes. Each sheet contains pictures, clippings or headlines that have been cut from magazines and newspapers, and pasted on to the cardboard. Most sheets have cuttings on both sides. Magazines used include 'Fabulous' (UK), 'Jackie' (UK), 'Women's Weekly' and 'Everybody's'. Also pasted into the scrapbook are souvenirs including the envelope for tickets to a Beatles concert, two coasters promoting the Beatles' film 'A Hard Day's Night', several Top 40 charts, packaging for a Beatles wig and parts of a 1964 calendar showing 'B. Day' (Beatle Day). Most of the clippings concern the Beatles, although many other pop groups and singers are represented, including Dusty Springfield, Cilla Black, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Peter & Gordon, Screaming Lord Sutch, the Dave Clark Five, the Rolling Stones, the Hollies, Cliff Richard, the Searchers, Billy J Kramer, Marianne Faithfull, the Animals, PJ Proby and the Swinging Blue Jeans.

Also pasted into the scrapbook are two pages from Jennie Small's diary. The page for Thursday 11 June 1964 is marked 'B Day. Beatle Day. A wet, wet day Comes on the teev at 6.00AM'. The page for Friday 19 June is marked 'Concert day' and Jennie has listed the songs performed by the Beatles at their Stadium concert. On the same page Sunday 21 June is noted as follows 'Beatles (Mascot 9.30). Leave home at 8.30 or 8.00AM'. This refers to the group's departure for New Zealand.


Front page of scrapbook has printed text on paper stuck on, upper left corner 'LOVE', and centre 'BEAT / CITY'. Four cut-out images of pop stars also pasted to front. Handwritten in blue pen upper right corner 'Jennie Small'.



314 mm


75 mm



Scrapbook layout designed by Jennie Small.

Scrapbook compiled by Jennie Small.

The magazine and newspaper clippings date from early 1964 until early 1966.



Compiled by Jennie Small as a teenager using magazines and newspapers. Many of the pictures came from the UK magazine 'Fabulous', which had a pop music section titled 'Fab'. Jennie Small's mother used to buy copies of 'Fabulous' and 'Jackie' magazine for her daughter from a newsagent in Sydney city.
Owned by Jennie Small until she donated it to the Powerhouse Museum.


Credit Line

Gift of Jennie Small 2003

Acquisition Date

4 June 2003

Cite this Object


Scapbook of pop groups and singers 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 February 2020, <>


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