Frank's Lane

Frank's Gents Barbershop and its owner Frank Vaiana have been a fixture of the East End for nearly six decades. Seventeen-year-old Frank arrived in Australia in 1957 from Sicily. He opened his barbershop that same year on East Terrace.

The shop has moved several times within the East End, to Rundle Street and later here to Vardon Avenue.

This mural, by artist Nick Philips, is a recent addition to the East End's public artwork. It was commissioned as part of the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival. At the unveiling of the mural, Adelaide’s Lord Mayor Martin Haese revealed that the adjacent laneway would be named ‘Frank’s Lane’ to acknowledge Frank’s important contribution to the city community and to the East End.

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Frank's Gents Barber Shop on Vardon Avenue

Frank's Gents Barber Shop on Vardon Avenue

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Frank in his barbershop, 2016

Frank in his barbershop, 2016

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Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese with Frank Vaiana at the unveiling celebrations in 2016

Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese with Frank Vaiana at the unveiling celebrations in 2016

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Frank's Lane

Frank's Lane

Source: Image courtesy the Maras Group View File Details Page

The official unveiling of the mural and Frank's Lane in 2016.

The official unveiling of the mural and Frank's Lane in 2016.

Source: Image courtesy the Maras Group View File Details Page

Street Address:

The mural is located on Frank's Lane, just off Vardon Avenue, Adelaide. Frank's Gents Barbershop is located at 12/16 Vardon Avenue. [map]

Cite this Page:

Adelaide City Explorer Team & East End Coordination Group, “Frank's Lane,” Adelaide City Explorer, accessed April 26, 2017, http://adelaidecityexplorer.com.au/items/show/210.

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