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Before the Kardashians, there was Noelene

Before the Kardashians…

… there was Noelene.

‘Sylvania Waters’ was the first Australian reality TV show in Australia, before they even called it reality TV. It centred around the real-life Noelene Baker (later Donaher) and her real-life family, except her daughter, who pulled out at the last minute and was never spoken of.

Noelene lived in the south Sydney suburb of Sylvania Waters. When I lived in Sydney in the nineties, I went there a couple of times to try to find her, to pay homage outside what we thought was her house…

… to buy bourbon and cigarettes from the store where we thought she bought her bourbon and cigarettes…

… and to touch the Sylvania Waters waters…

Paradise on earth? No. On waters. Sylvania Waters.

2 thoughts on “Before the Kardashians, there was Noelene

  • Kathryn March 24, 2019 at 9:39 pm Reply

    There stands a man with too much time on his hands.

  • Sharon Hanson March 25, 2019 at 7:46 am Reply

    You are so funny

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