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[Top] With Team Australia vs European All-Stars, c1948 [Beneath] On left laying a check with Russ Jones (right) on John Nicholls (or perhaps John Nicholas), March 1947.


Melbourne Australia

1993 (64)
Melbourne Australia

VIHA Demons, VIHA Blackhawks, VIHA Pirates

Goodall Cups

International ice shows
White Horse Inn on Ice, Holiday On Ice

Australian ice shows
International Ice Revue 1950-2
Hot Ice

Australian productions
Teddy Bears Picnic on Ice, Rock Concert on Ice, Young Talent Time Christmas Special

Life Memberships
Victorian ice hockey association

Developer and operator of Oakleigh Ice Skating Rink until the 1980s with wife, Pat.

BORN IN MELBOURNE IN 1929, he first played senior hockey for the Demons (1948-49) and was a member of the first Australian Ice Hockey Team that defeated the European All-Stars, 4-3 in 1948. He moved to the Blackhawks (1950); the Pirates (1951 to 1952, 1958 to '62 and 1965, '66); returning to the Blackhawks (1967, '68); then the Demons (1978, '79). He won a Goodall Cup with Victoria in 1951 and the next year married a girl he had first met when she was 16.

Pat Longden was a professional figure skater, one of 6 Australian skaters in the Adelaide season of Armand Perren's Ice Follies of 1950 at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide. The pair joined Perren's International Ice Revue touring Australia and New Zealand and performed in Hot Ice in four states in 1953 and 1954, with ice hockey players Jimmy Lawrence and Geoff Thorne. In London they landed parts in White Horse Inn on Ice then skated in the Sonja Henie and Morris Chalfen European Holiday On Ice show touring Europe for three years and South Africa for 6 months.

Back home they raised a family in Elwood. He returned to the Pirates while she skated live on ABC television in Ice Ballets devised by Nancy Burley from 1957 to 1962. In 1970, he and Pat formed the company that built the Olympic Ice Skating Centre in the Melbourne suburb of Oakleigh South. Still operating 47 years later, it was there that his wife directed and choreographed 13 ice revues with world champions such as Donald Jackson, Scott Hamilton, Diane de Leu and casts of two hundred skaters. For ten years they also directed and choreographed a mobile ice show called Moomba, staging ice show promotions at shopping centres Australia-wide, the GMH Motor show in Sydney and Melbourne, the Adelaide Festival Theatre and Perth Entertainment Centre.

They sold their interest in the Oakleigh rink in the mid-80s, and produced ice skating for 3 years at the Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl for the Victorian Arts Centre. Their productions there included Teddy Bears Picnic on Ice for Free Entertainment in the Parks (FEIP), Rock Concert on Ice for Melbourne City Council, Young Talent Time Christmas Special and the Telecom Media Launch for mobile phones on national television. They also initiated a school teaching program there and a skating school for the Council of Adult Education. They sold the business to the Victorian Arts Centre and operated a rink at Mount Buller for a season.

He played a total of 123 games in the Victorian league and assembled the Demons highly-talented and victorious team of 1977, with club president Alan Price and secretary Otto Wolf. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Melbourne Nite Owls in the oldtimer's league. He died of a heart attack in 1993 survived by his wife and three children, Greg, David and Michelle. He was awarded Life Membership of the Victorian association in 2015.

01. Ice Show Contributions

Australian contributions:
Hot Ice, Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne, VIC, 12 June 1954
Hot Ice, Empire Theatre, Sydney, NSW, 29 January 1954
Hot Ice, Theatre Royal, Adelaide, SA, 14 November 1953
Hot Ice, His Majesty's Theatre, Brisbane, QLD, 24 September 1953
International Ice Revue, touring Australia + New Zealand, 1950-2

European Contributions:
Holiday On Ice (1943-1980), Gothenburg, Sweden, touring Europe, 1954-7
White Horse Inn on Ice, Empress Hall London, touring UK, 1954

Pat Argue also skated in Hot Ice, both European tours and others.

02. Citation Details

Ross Carpenter, 'Argue, Patricia Dawn (1931 "S)', Legends of Australian Ice, Melbourne, Australia,, accessed online .

03. Select Bibliography

[460] Showbiz Club , January 2011 Newsletter, Melbourne, Aus, Issue 1, p 5.

[461] The Argus , Melbourne, Monday 21 April 1952, p 6.

04. Citations
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With first Team Australia

Standing second from left with the first Team Australia, c1948. Image courtesy of Ben and Garry Acton.

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Victorian Ice Hockey Team

Melbourne, 1951.

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Pat Longden

Ice Follie opened at His Majesty's Theatre Brisbane on 9 February 1951

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Hot Ice Program Cover.

His Majesty's Theatre Brisbane, opening 24 September 1953

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Whitehorse Inn Ice Show

Empress Hall, London, 1954

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Whitehorse Inn Ice Show

Empress Hall, London, 1954

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1977 Demons

VIHA Premiers assembled by Argue, Otto Wolf and Alan Price, Melbourne, 1977