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2009/89/3 Posters (7), Sydney punk bands and events, paper, various makers, collected by Mark Ritchie, New South Wales, Australia, 1980-1985. Click to enlarge.

Posters of Sydney punk band events

This collection of posters is an important record of the early to mid 1980s Sydney punk subculture. A movement that went on to greatly influence many aspects of mainstream and alternate culture post 1980s.

Punk subculture was born out of a strong discontentment with mainstream culture, politics, religion, and western capitalist ideology. In the UK, where most believe the culture grew from, unemployment, conservatism, complacency and conformity in the music and fashion industries led many …


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Object Statement

Posters (7), Sydney punk bands and events, paper, various makers, collected by Mark Ritchie, New South Wales, Australia, 1980-1985

Physical Description

The seven posters, of varying sizes, are on paper and cardboard and feature upcoming events involving Sydney punk bands. The posters included are for the following events, 'Action Harbour Cruises', 'Rock Against Cancer', 'Bollocks to Bondi', 'Action Touring Co', 'The Bedhogs', 'Pirates vs Vikings' and 'Machinations/Queen Anne's Revenge'.




These posters were produced from hand-drawn artwork by the bands and event organisers themselves. Indeed, the donor states: 'you had to DIY back then, we were not exactly popular with the mainstream music scene or for that matter general society.' The 'Action' posters were created by Karl Kaufmann - now a tattoo artist in Rooty Hill in Sydney's western suburbs. They were produced in Sydney, Australia between 1980 and 1985.



The donor collected these posters when he was part of the punk subculture in Sydney, Australia during the 1980s. Although the punk subculture may have dispersed to some degree, friendships have survived the decades, and the donor and his friends have kept important documentation of their time as Sydney punks. Mark Ritchie donated this collection of material to the Powerhouse Museum in 2009.


Credit Line

Gift of Mark Ritchie, 2009

Acquisition Date

2 November 2009

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Posters of Sydney punk band events 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 January 2022, <>


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