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Lets Party

Its party time again on November 20th, 2013, for all staff and veterans in the local television and cinema industries.     In 2006, the Australian Museum of Motion Picture and Television, commonly referred to as AMMPT, held a function ...

The Golden Years of TVW video presentation

    A friendly gathering of television veterans and cinema folk was kindly hosted by the Australian Museum of Motion Picture and Television (AMMPT) on Wednesday 21st of August, 2013. A 51 minute video covering the golden era of TVW was screened ...

Part 1 – The long and winding path that led to television

This article will try to remain non-technical, though it is important to know what forms of knowledge were required for television to happen. The sources of these discoveries are often buried in ancient history and the many efforts of numerous ...

Doug Burton Tribute – Part 1 of 6

Posted by ken On November - 12 - 2014
DOUGIE FLYPAST By Stuart Joynt     Douglas Joseph Burton MBE – what an extraordinary man, what an extraordinary life.     Footballer, cricketer, baseballer, pilot, father, father-figure, grandfather, photographer extraordinaire and master planner.     It won’t come as a surprise to anyone that Doug actually wanted to be a sports journalist and so it’s completely predictable that he created Australia’s first super group of what today we’d call photo journalists.     I see many of those proud young practitioner’s of the...

Doug Burton Tribute – Part 2 of 6

Posted by ken On November - 12 - 2014
DOUGLAS JOSEPH BURTON By Jan Burton Jackson     Among the lifetime collection of photographs, negatives, documents and writings of the late photojournalist Douglas Joseph Burton is a piece of ageing copy paper on which he long ago typed: “The eye of the camera records all that is true, from the first visible beginnings of life, from the atom to the powerful constellation in outer spaces, and enables man to see what would otherwise be concealed from him.” The truth of his life’s work in one sentence.     They were the words of the eminent British arts administrator...

Doug Burton Tribute – Part 3 of 6

Posted by ken On November - 12 - 2014
DOUGLAS JOSEPH BURTON By Jan Burton Jackson (Continuing the story of the 1952 Atom Bomb expedition.)     Doug was second in command of this expedition. Its leader was John Nicol, a former naval commander with considerable bush experience. Also there was James Cruthers, a reporter for The West Australian who in his journal described Doug: … ‘a good-looking man, tall and with short, curly brown hair… 33 and in his earlier years had been a fine athlete… I knew him well as an exceedingly popular man with an amazing capacity for making friends…Whenever he introduced...

Doug Burton Tribute – Part 4 of 6

Posted by ken On November - 12 - 2014
Michael Baker’s Eulogy to Douglas Joseph Burton MBE Douglas Joseph Burton MBE All of us gather here today to celebrate the life of a man who was much loved, admired and respected by so many. Douglas Joseph Burton MBE Carol, Janice, Judith, Kim and their families will miss him so much, so will his friends. Standing left to right – Kim (Day), Judy (McGuire), Carole (McAlwey), Jan (Jackson) Seated – Doug Burton I would like to take you down memory lane and share with you a few glimpses of what went on behind the scenes and also some of the issues that...

Doug Burton Tribute – Part 5 of 6

Posted by ken On November - 11 - 2014
DOUGLAS J BURTON By Darcy Farrell It’s easy to see how Doug Burton was chosen to be a wartime flight instructor. You often hear the statement ‘he’s a born leader’. That term is sometimes used loosely. But Doug was a born leader – akin to General Peter Cosgrove. In leadership qualities Doug Burton reminds me of General Cosgrove, Weary Dunlop and Angus Houston. Sir Peter Cosgrove His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1968 and rose to become the Chief of Australia’s Defence...

Doug Burton Tribute – Part 6 of 6

Posted by ken On November - 11 - 2014

 Language of the Flowers Executive Producer Douglas Burton Writer Director Don Shepherd Narrator Vincent Price Photographed by Michael Baker Richard Malins Kipling Baker Douglas Burton Editor Alan Cox A TVW Enterprises and Shepherd Baker Studios co-production copyright 1981 WILDFLOWERS, WASPS, ORCHIDS, DOUG, JIM AND THE “LANGUAGE OF THE FLOWERS.” By Michael Baker 24/10/2014     Douglas Joseph Burton and James Winter Cruthers started their newspaper careers within five years of each other and worked together at the Daily...

The Origins of the Whitfords Broadcasting Network

Posted by ken On May - 15 - 2014
The Origins of the Whitfords Broadcasting Network by ‘Gus Slater ‘Poppa’ Frank Whitford in 1934 Photo – Stan Gervas     Thanks to scribes Stan Gervas and Harry Atkinson, coupled with the folk-lore imparted by other contemporary Whitford employees who contributed to my incubation in the broadcasting industry, we have a fairly comprehensive picture, particularly, of Frank Poppa Whitford and his entry into the entertainment-business. We know that Frank and his brother Archer Whitford were entrepreneurial Kalgoorlie boys whose first venture was the...

Lamenting the whittling away of our heritage – Part 1 of 7

Posted by ken On February - 24 - 2014
Lamenting the whittling away of our heritage – Part 1 of 7 Our indigenous brethren relied an oral history, for they had no written language. Yet stories from the Dreamtime can still be recalled today, at least 40 to 60 thousand years after the first native inhabitants populated the land. One wonders how much the average person living here today of Caucasian origin can recall of their history without reference to a text book? In Europe, the monuments and buildings chart the happenings of that continent, even though they have been ravaged by wars, the great fire of London and modern day progress. They...

Lamenting the whittling away of our heritage – Part 2 of 7

Posted by ken On February - 24 - 2014
Lamenting the whittling away of our heritage – Part 2 of 7 One very popular museum that deals with the sciences more than history is Scitech. Meanwhile Parts 3, 4 and 6 will show, that a number of museums with history themes have received a raw deal. The former Telecommunication Museum, the Fremantle Motor Museum, the Fremantle History Museum, the Light and Sound Discovery Centre at Fremantle, Western Power’s World of Energy museum at Fremantle and the Hall Museum collection at Guildford. So instead of finding a museum that deals with communications and broadcasting under the same roof,...

Lamenting the whittling away of our heritage – Part 3 of 7

Posted by ken On February - 24 - 2014
Lamenting the whittling away of our heritage – Part 3 of 7 Much of the central business district of Perth has been demolished. William Street has lost many of its old buildings, starting with Temple Court and the Embassy Ballroom, the Capitol Theatre and all buildings up to St Georges Terrace. Then everything on one side of the street from the AMP, Goode Durrent and Murray, Viking House, then the Metro Theatre and the considerable changes resulting from the Raine Square development. The opposite side of the street was impacted by the One40William Street development. No doubt these developments...