Skippy at Newcastle shopping mall

Skippy at Newcastle shopping mall
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Large crowds gather at a Newcastle shopping mall in 1969 to see 'Skippy' with her handler, Scotty Denholm. Skippy's popularity saw huge crowds turn out on this national tour.

This silent clip appears to be footage that would later have been edited into a television news segment. The camera crew have effectively captured the size and enthusiasm of the crowd who turned out to see Skippy.

It gives a good indication of the popularity of the TV show and 'Skippy mania' in Australia at the time. Children perch on shop displays for a better look and crowd in at the end of the clip for a chance to pat the kangaroo.

See also: footage of Skippy at Monaro Mall in Canberra, 1969.

Notes by Stephen Groenewegen and Adam Blackshaw