Gibb Family in Redcliffe and Cribb Island

Updated: Nov 20

Born in Douglas in the Isle of Man to English parents, Hugh and Barbara (nee Pass) the Gibb brothers, Barry (born 1st September 1946) paternal twins Maurice and Robin (born 22nd December 1949) older sister Lesley (born 12th January 1945) and younger brother Andy (born on 5th March 1958 in Stretford, Lancashire) lived in their Dad’s hometown of Chorlton, Manchester, England. in 1955, they formed the skiffle/rock and roll group the Rattlesnakes.

In August 1958, the Gibb family emigrated to Redcliffe and called it home for 16 months until January 1960.

They lived at various houses during their stay on the Peninsula including 4 Tramore Road Margate while attending Humpybong School (enrolled on 22nd September 1958 to end of year 1958)

A copy of the complete Humpybong School 1958 roll is available for free download the the following link: (The Gibb brothers Maurice and Robin are on page 23)

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Their father Hugh was listed as a photographer on the register and had their initial address as Orient House, at Suttons Beach.

The 1956 aerial below features the former home of child prodigy drummer, Smiley movie star and original Bee Gees drummer Colin Petersen marked at 17 Eveline St, and Colin lived there and attended Humpybong School for 5 years from 9th March 1953 to July 1958.

The house at 4 Tramore Rd was where the Gibb family originally lived in for a few months while they attended Humpybong School for the last term of 1958 (from 22nd September 1958 to the end of term 1958)

In 1959, Brisbane based Speedcar driver Bill Goode, the promoter of the Redcliffe Speedway (located at the Redcliffe Showgrounds) hired the brothers to entertain the crowds at the speedway from the back of a truck during the interval.

In a letter to the Redcliffe Museum in 1999, Barry Gibb wrote "The smell of the oil, the noise and the atmosphere was incredible. This was the first public appearance Robin, Maurice and I ever made in Australia. We sang through the PA system and people threw money onto the track, and we met Brisbane's leading DJ and racing car driver Bill Gates, who suggested we call ourselves the BG's and even played our songs on his radio show, "Swinging' Gates' Platter Chatter". Hence Redcliffe became the birthplace of the Bee Gees."

They signed a contract on 16th March 1959 at 394 Oxley Ave. (mistakingly written as 395)

They also lived at 394 Oxley Ave ( as listed on the school register) and then 12 Fifth Ave Scarborough while attending Scarborough State School for the 1959 term. Enrolling in Feb 1959 until the end of the year in November 1959.

A copy of the complete Scarborough State School 1959 roll is available for free download the the following link: (The Gibb brothers Barry, Maurice and Robin are on page 4)

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They performed in a number of venues during their stay , including the CWA Hall at 189 Redcliffe Parade and the Ace Of Clubs Hall on the 2nd floor of the Cominos Arcade building

(where the Seaside Artists Gallery is now located)

March 5th 1959 Redcliffe Herald:"Three young Gibb boys"play upstairs in the Ace of Clubs:

Musical Variety at 4KQ Talent Quest:

"A wide variety of musical talent was displayed at the Ace Of Clubs Hall, Redcliffe on Monday February 23 when radio station 4KQ conducted a regional section of its Talent Quest. During the first part of the programme, Mr Andy Stevens of 4KQ introduced the artists, whore performances were recorded so that they could be broadcast the next evening.

Artists participating in the broadcast were Messrs. Minton, Higgs, Tarry and Turnbull Instrumental quartet) David Lee (Piano accordion) Lorral Tyler (vocalist) Len Bristow (pianist)

Herbert and Keys (guitar duet) Three Gibb Boys (vocal trio) Elaine Andrews and Gillian Ongley ( piano accordion duet) Mr Thomas (vocalist) and Mrs G Harkin (Vocalist)

Mr W Winch compered the second part of the programme which again included Mr Minton's instrumental quartet and the three young Gibb boys"

Carolyn Sawdry performed brightly in a tap dance with hoop swinging, Suzanne Siemen and Mary Hall gave piona accordion items, and Shirley Morrisey sang popular numbers. Further variety was added by Peter and Even Johnson (western duet with guitar) Ian Skennerton (pianist) Colin Duffy (impersonator) B. Minton (vocal and instrumental) and Mrs Morrisey (vocal) Horrie Ridley of 4KQ was pianist during the first part of the programme then he gave an impressive rendition of the Warsaw Concerto. Mrs E. Bristol was accompanist for artists in the second half and also gave pleasing piano solos. Proceeds from the evening benefitted Humpybong Welfare Committee and the president, (Mrs McGlashan) thanked 4KQ staff and their efforts. She thanked also the artists who had taken part, Colin Duffy for the loan of his loudspeaker, Earl Juster who had donated an iced fruit cake, which was raffled to swell the Welfare Committe's funds, and the Comino family, who had allowed the committee free use of the Ace of Clubs for both the auditions and the talent quest"

They also performed at Mavis Filmer's Palace Hotel in 1959, each receiving a bottle of coke each for performing and their parents Hugh and Barbara enjoying a free beer for their efforts.

A page from the Pictorial History Of Redcliffe and Moreton Bay region book 1950s-80s

featuring all the photos and information of the Gibb families time in Redcliffe.

They moved to Cribb Island in January 1960 and and lived there for 18 months attending Cribb Island State School (January 25th 1960 to April 1961)

They lived at 20 Elmslie St, Cribb Island for their time at Cribb Island.

and then attended Northgate School (June to August 1961) living at 244 Nudgee Rd.

Mrs M. Pass of Portwood St, the Gibb family grandmother, visits the Bee Gees in the UK:

The Bee Gees went on to be among the best-selling music artists of all time, winning five Grammy Awards and selling over 120 million records worldwide (with estimates as high as over 200 million records sold worldwide)

Window display at shop 17 in the Cominos Arcade - 133 Redcliffe Parade:




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A link to Colin Petersen's history in Redcliffe is at:

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