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Lord Bloody Wog Rolo

Rolo Mestman Tapier otherwise known as Lord Bloody Wog Rolo was a colourful eccentric Sydney identity and one of the founding members of BUGAUP (Billboard Utilising Graffitists Against Unhealthy Promotions). A highly intelligent and articulate man, Rolo spoke five languages fluently - English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French. He was also a talented whistler although his amazing virtuosity was demonstrated only for family and friends.

Argentine born Rolo first came to the attention of the Sydney community in 1979 when he renounced his pledge of allegiance to the Queen immediately following his immigration citizenship ceremony on the grounds that he was a republican and the Queen was not a democratically elected representative of the people. The renunciation caused a furore. Many sections of the community, including the RSL, called for his deportation.

Rolo was arrested during the 1981 Australia Day parade and charged with "behaviour likely to cause serious alarm and affront". He was wearing a sandwich board bearing anti-monarchist slogans such as "Abolish the Monarchy" and "Royalists are kow-towing colonialists suffering from an inferiority complex" and an offer to argue the topic with anyone who cared to pay 20c for the privilege. The magistrate dismissed the charge against him at the request of Rolo's barrister Wayne Flynn who had been hired by the NSW Council for Civil Liberties.

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