Who the heck is Billy Blue? Arguably Australia’s first celebrity, William ‘Billy’ Blue was always landing in trouble and bouncing back with rampant...

Who the heck is Billy Blue?

Location:

The Rocks
2000 NSW
Australia

Price:
Free
This is an image of an animation from Who The Heck is Billy Blue projected on the William Blue Dining building
This is an image of an animation from Who The Heck is Billy Blue projected on the William Blue Dining building

Event Details

Artist:
Billy Blue College of Design and Creative Technology

Who the heck is Billy Blue? Arguably Australia’s first celebrity, William ‘Billy’ Blue was always landing in trouble and bouncing back with rampant reward for his efforts. He had a fire in his belly and, while it might have been bootlegged rum, it powered him to become one of the most audacious and entrepreneurial harbour watchmen in Australia.

Inspired by his culinary and entrepreneurial pursuits - Who the heck is Billy Blue? - is an animation celebrating the tenacity of Billy Blue. A remarkable maverick, Billy’s story is one of ingenuity, seizing opportunities and breaking down countless boundaries. From humble convict beginnings to owning 80 acres of prime real estate (Blue’s Point), Billy’s quick wit and charm endures his legacy.

The story begins with Billy’s theft of some raw sugar for his side hustle, a chocolate business. Caught sweet handed on the streets of London, he was convicted and – eventually – transported to Australia in chains. This chatty convict served his time then took a good, hard look at what he thought Sydney needed. That turned out to be the harbour’s first ferry service, which unbeknownst to the passengers rowing themselves, was carrying contraband.

The project is the collaborative effort of Torrens University’s creative agency, restaurant and design college that share this beloved namesake.

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