Joan RIDGEWAY (1982)
1932 - Born on January 3rd in Rockhampton. Her father
was an itinerant worker and moved constantly to follow the work.
1944 - Family settled in Rockhampton. Joan could sing and yodel.
Started singing on a regular basis on a Friday night at the
1947 - Entered her first talent quest.
1948 - Won a Nationwide Australian Hillbilly Championship in
part of the prize was a screen test with Cinesound Studios.
Offer stage and radio work in
but turned it down to concentrate on her career in Australia.
Won a heat on Australia's
1950 - At age 18 she started her own travelling variety show
which featured a number of acts, including the Schneider
Toured for 3 years until illness forced Joan to stop touring.
1951 - In November she recorded her first two sides.
1952 - Married and slowed down her career.
1953 - 55 - Recorded another 10 sides.
1954 - Appeared on the Buddy Williams show.
1956 - Her son was born.
1958 - A daughter was born.
1968 - Second son was born.
1982 - Inducted into the Hands of Fame.