Meet Little Audrey! Audrey has been a hugely popular Melbourne landmark since 1936. She was originally constructed as an advertisement for Skipping Girl vinegar and was Australia’s first animated neon sign. Little Audrey skipped on top of the vinegar factory until 1968 when it was demolished. Unfortunately Whelan the Wrecker claimed ownership of Audrey and sold her to a used car dealership.
Little Audrey was so popular there was a massive public outcry and a local businessman worked with the council to try and bring her back. Unfortunately they were unable to purchase the original Audrey so in 1970 a replica was built and placed a short distance from her first home in Victoria Street in Abbotsford.
She skipped for another 20 years until the building was sold and her lights went out again. Fortunately the new owners included Little Audrey in their building refurbishment and she was soon in lights again.
Little Audrey had another brush with death in 2001 when her owners decided they could no longer afford her power and maintenance. For eight long years she stood in darkness unable to skip for the Melbourne public.
Once more Little Audrey was saved by her popularity when, thanks to a very successful public donations campaign, she was back fully restored and skipping again in 2009. Little (green) Audrey is now powered by solar energy so should skip for many more years to come.