The Walkabout Bus

Alfie McKellar receiving his hair cut from Billy the Barber.

Brian Dowd, the Walkabout Barber, was in Broken Hill on Tuesday giving away haircuts and manicures in his incredibly well kitted out bus.

Scissors and shavers were flying around with great artistry in the Walkabout Bus at the old Catholic Nunnery on Tuesday with the Walkabout Barbers creating great hairstyles for kids and men.

The women didn’t miss out as there was a beauty salon at the end of the bus where they could get manicures, facials and waxing.

“I think it’s been very successful, it’s lovely to come into a communi8ty that isn’t your own and be accepted,” he said.

Mr Dowd addresses the attendees about working to become the best they can be.


In his talk in Broken Hill he said his grandmother was a medicine person and he thinks it jumped two generations and helps him reach out to people.

“In my first year, I had three boys who all came for the last haircut before they were going to commit suicide and I was able to talk to them and help them,” he said.

“I try to help people work on their mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and to try and connect them all so they can be the best they can be,” he said.

The Walkabout Bus had been to Menindee the day before reaching their quota of hair cuts and beyond.

The team like to do 60 haircuts and 60 beauty treats in a day but in Menindee they managed 75.

“I had really powerful conversations in Menindee and I walked away feeling a great exchange of human kindness.”

Mr Dowd said it was a great day in Menindee and in Broken Hill.

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