The 1975 Worldcon, Ausseicon was a convention held August 14-17, 1975 at the Southern Cross Hotel in Melbourne, Australia. It was the first Worldcon in Australia. The GoH was Ursula K. Le Guin, the FGoHs were Susan Wood, Mike Glicksohn, and Donald Tuck (Australian). Fan GoH Donald Tuck did not attend the convention. (Fans had to go to his home in Tasmania to meet him.)
John Bangsund was Toastmaster and it was chaired by Robin Johnson. Attendance was about six hundred and a majority of the attendees were Australians who had never been to a Worldcon before -- there seem to have been around a hundred non-Australians present. (This was the first Worldcon held within 8,000 miles of Melbourne.) It was successful enough that by the end of the convention, Eric Lindsay had started a bid for Sydney Cove in '88 and had sold memberships... Jack Chalker was US agent, Richard Labonté was Canadian agent, Peter Roberts was UK agent.
The bid which won this convention was Australia in '75. NASFiC 1 was held two weeks later in Los Angeles.
Reports on Aussiecon
- Roger Sims' Aussiecon One Reminiscence
- ''The Hat Goes Home, Mike Glicksohn's trip report online at fanac.org
- Ned Brook's Aussiecon trip report
- Report by Don Fitch in Chunder!
Videos from the convention
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