Everyone loves Little Audrey
The Skipping Girl – affectionately known in Melbourne as Little Audrey – was the first animated neon sign in Australia. Originally erected to promote Skipping Girl Vinegar in 1936, and updated to a smaller version in 1970, today she's a bright and shining reminder of times past.
But it wasn't always that way. Little Audrey spent nearly a decade in the dark before the National Trust in Victoria put out a public call to 'Help Audrey Skip Again'. Knowing how much she meant to Melburnians, AGL was quick to join a passionate group, including the Heritage Council of Victoria, the Melbourne Restoration Fund and public supporters, to give her a thorough makeover. After three months in the workshop, and the replacement of 80 neon globes, Little Audrey was returned to her Richmond rooftop home in June 2009, shining brighter than ever.
Skipping on sunshine
We then took a look at Little Audrey's energy needs. Skipping all night long is very energy-intensive. Initially, AGL supplied carbon neutral renewable energy to keep her going. But for her 75th birthday in 2012, we gave her the gift of a constant source of renewable energy by installing a solar PV system.
Today Little Audrey is heritage-listed as one of Victoria's most significant landmarks and powered up in perpetuity so that she can continue to skip merrily throughout the night.
As to who was the original inspiration for the skipping girl on the vinegar bottle logo? Well, that remains a mystery. Some say it was a local milk bar owner's daughter, others that she was a girl who later became a nun in Frankston. Either way, we know one thing for sure. Melbourne loves her.
Watch Little Audrey's story
The story behind Little Audrey is as colourful as the historic neon sign itself. Learn what makes here such an important part of Melbourne's past, which AGL has been proud to help protect since 2009.
Any enquiries about Little Audrey should be made to Vantage Property Investments, who manage her ongoing maintenance: firstname.lastname@example.org