Irene Barron Bio, Wiki
Irene Barron who modelled for Melbourne’s iconic Skipping Girl Vinegar sign has died at 99.
Irene Barron Skipping Girl
Irene Barron was the model for what became Australia’s first animated neon sign while working as a young artist for Neon Electric Signs.
“I was nearly 14 when I started there after winning a drawing competition. The prize was you got to work there,” Mrs Barron said. “I was the smallest there and so they wanted someone to skip for them so they could see what the movement of the IRENE BARRON THE ORIGINAL SKIPPING GIRL 24-03-2016IRENE BARRON THE ORIGINAL SKIPPING GIRL 24-03-2016skipping rope was like and how my dress moved as well.” The prize was employment at Claude Neon, where she worked as a junior artist.
Mrs Barron remembers skipping for hours to help the other designers. “My mum made a dress for me to wear so they could get the movements right, and we had to climb over it when we were working on it because it was so big. It took up a lot of room.”
The original sign was erected over the Skipping Girl Vinegar factory in Abbotsford in 1936 before being moved to its present site at 651 Victoria St in the 1960s.
“I would get the train home every night and see the sign flashing from the carriage. I would look at it and think ‘Wow that’s me’,” Mrs Barron said.
After being switched off in 1986 and again in 2001, the Skipping Girl sign was restored once again with thanks to AGL, the National Trust of Australia, the Heritage Council of Victoria and the Melbourne Restoration Fund. In her 75th year she was given solar power and now keeps on skipping brightly.
Irene Barron Death & Cause
Iren passed away aged 99 according to the following statements posted on social media on September 20th, 2020.
Allan Raskall posted on Twitter: “Irene Barron.. the woman – who as a little girl in the 1930s – posed for Melbourne’s iconic “Skipping Girl” sign has passed away aged 99.
Irene Barron.. the woman – who as a little girl in the 1930’s – posed for Melbourne’s iconic “Skipping Girl” sign has passed away aged 99. Her daughter pays tribute to her late Mother on @9NewsMelb at 6pm pic.twitter.com/5hoKEpB5Za
— Allan Raskall (@AllanRaskall) September 21, 2020
“She had to skip every day so they could get the movement of the rope,” her daughter Gwenda Ruby told Ross and Russel. “She was a brilliant artist and she did all the artwork for it. “Mum’s mother made her outfit and everything.”