You inspired me in many ways, David, and I will miss you very much.
A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think about you at Disco City, The Newtown or The Honest Irishman Hotel.
Thanks for putting me on to some great music in the early ’80s. I learnt a lot from you.
-” Paul Goodyear
I had the pleasure of working with Dave (Hilda) at the Newtown Hotel, and they were some of the best days of my life.
Dave’s humour, friendship and excellent music not only at the Newtown but the Midnight Shift and the numerous Mardi Gras parties will always be remembered by me with fond memories.
Dave, never stop spinning those tunes!
RIP David, thanks for your contribution to our lives.
Always the gentleman, never too busy to chat, never too vain to help, no ego,the most genuine guy I’d had the pleasure to meet … keep on mixin’ mate.
God bless you.
I first met David in the mid-70s in the early days of the Dover Hotel. David was there in the corner playing his music to us.
He was fabulous. Almost everytime I was there he played something new. He made a night great for us all.
I know David will be sadly missed by everyone who he energised on the dancefloor.
Never will I forget his laugh and his smiles from the DJ booth.
David was my neighbour during the days of the famous house in St George’s Rd, Toorak where a great many social times were initiated in the days just prior to the onslaught of the discos. In fact we initiated the discos in Melbourne.
Most of the boys in the house were DJs in those days. This house was the scene of many gay times in the 70s.
David’s career was extensive and his bouncy, endless -˜punny’ quips seemed to punctuate his entire dialogue.
He brought some measure of reality to Oscar Wilde’s claim that -˜life is too important to be taken seriously’.
He will be be sorely missed by those who will remember him for his insistence on experiencing the jocular side of life. He was a gay soul in the truest sense and brought a joyful aspect to life.
He has completed his task here.
Thank you, David.
Very sad to hear of David’s passing. Many early memories of David at the Union Hotel, Blades and Pokies. Great times with Jan and Doug.
David was a wonderful man -” true and honest. He will be greatly missed by many.
Sincere condolences to family and friends.
What a terrible loss. Gay Sydney will be so much worse off now.
I knew David for a long time and worked with him for the past three years at the Midnight Shift.
Our paths would cross almost every weekend in the DJ booth. I have so many great stories and fond memories I don’t know where to start.
I will remember these happy times every time I hear an Almighty remix.
David, you knew how much I appreciated your help, sense of humour and camp music.
I told you numerous times how much I enjoyed working with you and how I appreciated your gifts of music. I was truly grateful for your generosity.
What I wish I wasn’t telling you is how much you will be missed.
Thank you for the musical journey, Hilda. A journey we hoped would last a lot longer.
Disco heaven will be a damn lot more fun now. I’m sure you’ll be playing our song.
-” Dean Cullen
Once we get that referendum out of the way then we can vote on whether or not we want to legally discriminate against Asians, and then Aboriginals, and then Muslims and then other minority groups who have been traditionally oppressed by the majority in Australia.
The majority should always have the right to vote on whether or not minority citizens should have equal access to the institutions, rights, responsibilities and benefits that their money and blood pay for.
Civil rights should be a matter of majority rule. If minorities were meant to have rights God would have made them the majority.
THAT’S SO GAY
Good on Marrickville council for sticking up for gay families. They do a great job in this area.
Also Vicki Harding does a great job, and is always volunteering her time. I urge everyone to buy as many copies of her books as you can -” give them out to extended family members as presents.
If kids these days can freely use the phrase -˜that’s so gay’, then the word can also be used to describe when some kid has two dads or two mums.
One of the few constitutional rights that Australians have is a right to freedom of as much as freedom from religion.
Yet our governments remain in morbid dread of Christian fundamentalists, who continue to shape legislation and policy to suit their own misguided ends.
There is no such thing as half a human right and those people advocating for GLBTI people to tread softly, go quietly, step-by-step, are in fact selling out the inalienable rights that each of us should possess as free citizens in a free country.
That includes the right to form legally recognised civil unions.
Yet another reason why Australia needs, at a federal and state by state level, charters of rights.
I am an Australian resident and a UK citizen. I am civil partnered (in the UK).
I strongly believe it is about time members of the gay community see this legal union as positive.
The idea that because you are attracted to the same sex means you should not have the same rights in society or should see heterosexuality as negative is rubbish. LGBT peoples are as individual as everyone else.
How can we expect society to move on when some LGBT people are more homophobic than the homophobes we seek to challenge?
I am a media student from the University of Sydney and I would like to find someone who is able to comment about how the government changes affected them and their partner.
I am concerned as to what the views of the community are on this issue -” whether they see it as rights bundled with responsibilities or whether they see it as too much to ask in too little time.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be happy to arrange a phone or personal interview if necessary.