Photo Thursday- Neil Finn- Musician

This week’s photo is one that I took way back in the 1980s. Split Enz was my favourite band and I was fortunate to see them in concert three or four times.  They were always great to see live and I still enjoy their music today.

I took the photo I’m featuring today at a concert at the Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide. This was in the days before mobile phones with cameras and digital photography and cameras were not allowed in venues. I thought the best way to discreetly take some photos was not to use a flash so I bought the fastest non professional film I could get,I think that was 400 ASA, and took a 35mm camera in under my coat. My husband who read photography magazines told me to ask for the film to be “pushed” when I took it to be processed.

Anyway I took my photos and a few of them came out quite well despite the colour cast from the lights. I repeated the experiment at a few other concerts during the next few years but it must have been beginners luck because the Split Enz photos were the best ones I ever took. I came across the photos a few months ago and decided to scan them onto the computer. I used Picasa to clean up the backgrounds a little bit.  Anyway they bring back happy memories of those fantastic concerts.

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Neil Finn in his Split Enz days at Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide c1982
Neil Finn from Split Enz, 13th June 2006, Rod ...
Neil Finn from Split Enz, 13th June 2006, Rod Laver Arena (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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