On November 13, Goodbye Kind World came to a close. During the afternoon, a group of tram conductors, artists, and visitors gathered to develop a Connies' Guide to How to Stay Human.

During the final days of the exhibition, visitors were given the opportunity of using a bottle of white out on the portrait of Australia's Head of State, Queen Elizabeth II. This opportunity followed the failed referendum, in which Australians said 'no' to a republic. Click the image to see the results of their verdict. Has globalisation robbed Australia of the national spirit necessary to go forward as a republic?

On the evening of the November 6th referendum to decide if the Queen should any longer be head of state, the Australian Republican Movement gathered in the Goodbye Kind World exhibition. Timed to farewell the quaint world of the empire, GKW now bids farewell to another kind world -- the world of Australia as a proud nation trusting in those it elects to represent them.

Collingwood President Eddie McGuire talking to cameras on the night of the referendum defeat. Ironically, he stands before the poster 'History Repeats', reflecting McGuire's presence in the exhition soundtrack as the voice of defeat annoucing his teams move into the next millennium after being thrashed by last year's wooden spooners. Listen

Entry to the exhibition festooned with 'yes' bunting

OPENING 15th October 1999

Humphrey Poland and Karen Ferguson discussing renovations in front of Hamish Hill's log book
Comedian Rod Quantock opens Goodbye Kind World with some wistful remarks about the garage sale of state assets that has left Victorians with less to take into the next century. For audio excerpt, list here (real audio file).
Ex-connies Renegade ex-tram conductors Roberto, Imogen and Malcolm
Miyuki Nakahara Melbourne jeweller Miyuki Nakahara with her MSG tins

Josh selling copies of the catalogue in Herald outfit -- and made a few quid for himself

Article by Damien Barrett for The Australian on the decline of the AFL

Joseph, who shaped the destiny of North Melbourne in the 1970s and Sydney in the early 1990s in administrative roles, queried the operations of AFL commissioners Ron Evans, the chairman, and Graeme Samuel.

"I can't deny Graeme Samuel has been the singular most powerful influence in the AFL since the commission was established, and there have been some positive achievements, but I believe we have become elitist and that, especially in Victoria, our base has contracted," he said.

"In 10 years from now, I think the commentators will look back on the Samuel era and conclude that this was the moment when the game lost its soul.

"It will almost certainly be viewed as the period when it all started to go wrong for the game.

"I don't think he (Samuel) has a soul for football, at all."

See also the story of the Meat Market, where GKW started.