TrekCon (Australian Star Trek con)

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Convention
Name: TrekCon
Dates: the 1980s
Frequency: yearly?
Location: Australia
Type: fan-run with guests
Focus: Star Trek and some other programming
Organization: Austrek
Founder:
Founding Date:
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TrekCon was the first Star Trek and other media convention held in Australia.

TrekCon 1

"1978 saw Austrek run its first ever convention, Trekcon I which was organised by Adrienne Losin. It was a modest one-day event that was a lot of fun and received a favourable write up in The Sun newspaper." [1]

TrekCon 2

TrekCon 2 was held in Melbourne, Australia. Joe Haldeman was the Guest of Honor.

TrekCon 3

TrekCon 3 was held in March 14-15, 1987 in Melbourne, Australia. "In March 1987 Austrek's next convention Trekcon III was held at the Sheraton Hotel in the city. As per the new mantra of invading the city with Star Trek costumes whenever possible, the convention's programming actually required the entire membership to go out into the streets in large groups on Away Missions (scavenger hunts) which made for an interesting sight for sure." [2]

TrekCon 4

TrekCon 4 was held in 1988, it published a con zine called The Garden Spot of Ceti Alpha V "Austrek's next convention was Trekcon IV in 1990 which was held at the Townhouse Hotel in Carlton and featured Bjo Trimble as the Guest of Honour. The convention itself was a great success at a time when sci-fi conventions in Melbourne were flourishing, however, it was also to be Austrek’s last major two day convention as future events of this nature were reduced to single day events called mini-cons." [3]

TrekCon 5

TrekCon 6

"During 1992 another significant event was held, Trekcon VI: The Undiscovered Con, which was the first 'convention' using the one day only mini-con format. The event was very successful with over 120 attendees – which was on a par with the traditional two day conventions despite only running half as long. The success of Trekcon VI paved the way for more one day events of this type in the future." [4]

References

  1. Austrek History - Austrek, The Star Trek Fan Club Inc, Archived version
  2. Austrek History - Austrek, The Star Trek Fan Club Inc, Archived version
  3. Austrek History - Austrek, The Star Trek Fan Club Inc, Archived version
  4. Austrek History - Austrek, The Star Trek Fan Club Inc, Archived version