Mullumbimby’s Magic – The Culture of the 70s-80s

 Part 3 – The Arts

Yes!  We are ready to screen the final film in our Culture Series.

N.B. All events are ticketed to be COVID-Safe – Tickets are now on sale except for Bruns.

All events for ages 13 and over

Masks are recommended for indoor events.

  • Friday 30th October – Outdoor event at the back of the museum – Cnr Myokum & Stuart Sts Mullumbimby. Bring a picnic tea, rug or chair and relax and enjoy.   Doors open at 5:00p.m. Screening at 7:45 p.m. Tickets $11 each
  • Thursday 5th November – Byron Community Centre. Doors open at 6:00.  Screening at 7:00. Tickets $20 each
  • Friday 6th November – Mullumbimby Civic Memorial Hall.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Screening at 7:0p.m. Tickets $16.  Bring a cushion.  Air-conditioned.
  • Streaming will be available from Saturday 7th November for a month.  Byron Community Centre is facilitating.  $7.
  • Wednesday 18th November – Brunswick Picture House – to be confirmed.

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Part 2- Activism & Politics


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This second documentary in the culture series, and third film commissioned by the Brunswick Valley Historical Society, documents the birth and development of environmental and social awareness, that pushed those early new settlers to achieve world-first successes in important environment protections that are now taken for granted.

Part two – Activism and Politics features those seminal battles: the spraying of poisons, the Federal dam proposal, the lobbying for the right to share land, the Terania blockade, the birth of alternative publications, the marijuana raids that became a civil rights issue, and how the alternative ethos slowly took over Council, are all amazing stories told by those who were there, and delivered in Sharon Shostak’s usual informative and entertaining style, rich with rare archival photos and film.

Part 1 – Health & Well-Being

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the 70s-80s Part 1

Brunswick Valley Historical Society is at it again: we’ve  commissioned another documentary feature from award-winning local filmmaker Sharon Shostak on the history of the new alternative settlers (aka hippies) and their legacy on this shire. But this one is even more ambitious in its scope than the wildly popular  Mullumbimby’s Madness – the Legacy of the Hippies released in 2015the number of interviewees has tripled, and this time Sharon has been asked to turn her lens to three main areas of cultural flowering in the 70s-80s.

Part One Health and Wellbeing chronicles how the iconic Santos Organics started from a delivery run in the back hills, the first hippie eatery – the Sunflower Restaurant and the characters who ran it, the rise of Yoga, the first rural doctor in Australia to assist women to birth at home, and the start of the Alternative medicine scene: Acupuncturists and Homeopaths and a multi-million dollar essential oils business emerging from a local couple’s growing of herbs.

Mullum’s Magic features archival treasures and intimate interviews with the usually zany characters, preserving the stories of a special, pioneering time.  DVD available from the shop.


For Mullumbimby’s Madness – The Legacy of the Hippies trailer click here.

DVD  available from the shop