The story became famous a while back, when Bob Katter founded his tinpot Katter’s Australia Party. Bob’s first political act, they said, was in 1964, when he and a bunch of Country Party young bloods had protested the arrival of the Beatles. Ha, crazy old/young Bob, they all said, denouncing the decadence of pop. But Bob et al had their reasons: the frenzy surrounding the Fab Four had drawn crowds exceeding those of the previous drawcard, the reverend Billy Graham, "America's Pastor".
Graham, who has died aged 99, had toured Australia in 1959 on one of his 200 "crusades" (after 9/11 he changed the title to "mission") that had started in 1954. He was a devilishly handsome preacher, a dead spit of Jerry Lee Lewis, the besuited rocker. He emerged into a postwar Western world that was heading into the great era of consumerism, and leaving the solidarity and noble purpose of World War II behind. His manner and message -- of a return to Jesus’ word in the Gospels -- caught like wildfire and roared around the world.