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Goulburn Rugby Club’s Thursday night discos boomed in the ’70s

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Doug Rawlinson controlling turntables at a 1970s disco.

Doug Rawlinson in control of his disco equipment in the late 1970s. Photo: Supplied.

In the late 1970s, a narrow two-storey building in Market Street, Goulburn, thundered with late-night loud music. Inside, the deafening beat and blinding light bounced off the walls. The playlist at the Rugby Club disco featured the Bee Gees’ five straight hits from their Saturday Night Fever double album, and Boney M’s chart-toppers were also on high rotation.

Goulburn Dirty Reds Rugby Union Club and intra-sporting clubs ran the show, and the rugby club owned the building.

Board member and life member John Bell remembers being first into the Goulburn disco market.

“The club started the disco to raise money instead of running chook raffles,”…



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