Hit the Road Digger

Great Ocean Road Workers

Brought to you by historian/writer Colin Mockett and musician Shirley Power of Drop of a Hat Productions

Hit the Road Digger: the building of the Great Ocean Road is a live musical/multimedia presentation built around images of the Great Ocean Road's constuction.It's presented by singer/musician Shirley Power and researcher/narrator Colin Mockett and includes the big hit parade songs of the times. So you'll hear plenty of gorgeous music of the 1920s and 30s. The show takes in all the drama, the humour and the political wrangling involved in construction of one of the world's iconic highways.

Victoria's GreaHoward Hitchcockt Ocean Road stands as testament to the foresight and determination of one man - Geelong Mayor Howard Hitchcock. Plans for a Victorian coastal highway had been on the boards for decades when he was elected mayor of Geelong, but all had been rejected by state and federal politicians who said the project had no commercial or military value. But Howard Hitchcock, in the years following WWI, foresaw a time when people would own cars and would want to experience beautiful coastal scenery. He was talking tourism 50 years before anyone else. But more than this, he actually went ahead and built his Great Road, taking 14 years and frequently paying the road-gangs himself when no other funds were available.

Today, the hand-built Great Ocean Road - there was no machinery used in its construction - is acknowledged as the world's longest war memorial, and the largest monument to peace. It's also Victoria's most-visited tourist attraction. It was a source of employment for returned soldiers damaged by conflict as well as providing work during the Great Depression.

At Hit The Road Digger, the road's fascinating history is rolled out against a background of wonderful songs of the times. These include: Painting The Clouds With Sunshine, Keep On The Sunny Side, Aint Misbehavin’, Look For The Silver Lining, In My Merry Oldsmobile  There’s A Long Long Trail aWinding, Happy Days Are Here Again, I’m Always Chasing Rainbows, The Best Things In Life Are Free, Hard Times (Come Again No More), I’ll Get By (As Long As I Have You) and On The Sunny Side Of The Street.

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Concert details:

  • 7.30pm start
  • Ticket price: $10 for those registered for the Expo and $15 for those attending the concert only
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