Darwin’s famous Beer Can Regatta at Mindil Beach back in 1981. The first regatta was held in 1974, the brainchild of Lutz Frankenfeld and Paul Rice-Chapman. The story goes, that Swan Breweries (now Lion Limited) invited them to establish some sort of water festival. The pair got to work on the first-ever beer can boat, named the Dry Ark, complete with outboard motor. An instant hit, the first regatta attracted 22,000 people, over half of Darwin's population at the time and more than 60 boats competed.


Picture: Library & Archives NT. Beer can regatta, Wiedemann, Bert, 1985, PictureNT, Northern Territory Government Photographer Slide Collection, PH0730/0285


Published: 17 July 2016

Forgotten Territory was a weekly photo column of historic images in the Northern Territory News which I curated from 2016 until 2019 supported by the collections of the Northern Territory Library and other cultural institutions around Australia, as well as local history Facebook groups. 

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