Rock ‘n’ roll

Did you experience the iconic era that witnessed the birth of the ‘teenager’ and brought forth a new generation of music, fashion and ideals along with it? 

Take a step back in time and explore some of the iconic moments and fads that came out of the 1950s and 60s in Australia and around the globe.

Couple dancing at a Swallow & Ariell social function held at 9 Darling Street reception center. The man is lifting the woman off the ground, behind them are people seated at tables.
Swallow & Ariell Ltd, Couple Dancing, 9 Darling Street, South Yarra, Victoria, 04 Sep 1959: Laurie Richards Collection.


Listen to a selection of classic rock 'n' roll hits from the 1950s and 60s from Australia and abroad.

Image slideshow

Download images depicting the experiences of teenagers in post war Australia from Museums Victoria’s collection.


Test your general knowledge about the pop icons, trends, and fads of the 50s and 60s.


Other activity suggestions

Looking for more ways to reminisce about the heyday of rock ‘n’ roll? The following activities can all be enjoyed from the comfort of your home:

Rock ‘n’ roll dance

Search on YouTube for beginners' dance lessons and tutorials and have a go, or simply sit back and enjoy watching couples tear up the dance floor.

Suggested search terms: Jitterbug Dancing, Lindy Hop, The Stroll , The Twist, Rock and Roll Dancing, Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Tutorial

Movie night

Pop some popcorn, crack open a coke and watch a classic teenage film from the 50s and 60s and reminisce about doing to the Drive-In.

Some suggestions:

  • Blackboard Jungle (1955)
  • Rock Around the Clock (1956)
  • Jailhouse Rock (1957)
  • A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

TV moments

Search for full episodes and clips from some of the most popular TV shows from the 50s and 60s on YouTube.

Some suggestions:

  • 6 O’Clock Rock
  • Bandstand
  • I Love Lucy
  • Gidget
  • Perry Mason
  • Gilligan’s Island
  • In Melbourne Tonight

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