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A Historic Era of Television Activity is Coming to a Close for Seven Perth

A Historic Era of Television Activity is Coming to a Close for Seven Perth     Perth's three commercial television stations established their studios at one of the highest points in the metropolitan area, so they could had ...

Celebrating the life of Miss Coralie Condon

Celebrating the life of Miss Coralie Condon Coralie Condon and Max Kay judging Stars of the Future     Coralie Condon died peacefully at Castledare Nursing Home on 24 December, 2014, aged 99. Only a ...

Doug Burton Tribute – Part 1 of 6

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 ...

2015 TVW-Seven Reunion

Posted by ken On March - 22 - 2015
2015 TVW-SEVEN REUNION at the ## Please Note – CHANGE OF DATE ## Sunday April 19 To avoid Anzac Day long weekend with people going away Address: 300 Murray Street, Perth WA 6000 Phone: (08) 9338 5171     As we were unable to gain access to the original TVW studios one last time, the management of the Moon and Sixpence kindly made their venue available for past and present Seven staff and partners to conduct a Wake-Reunion to commemorate the 55 years of television that emanated from the old studios at Dianella.    ...

Life and Work on the Other Side of Your TV Screen

Posted by ken On March - 21 - 2015
Life and Work on the Other Side of Your TV ScreenEngineering TVW7 in the 1960s and 1970s     The Australian Museum of Motion Picture and Television (AMMPT) not only conduct the Sunday morning Classic Movies at the Cygnet Cinema once a month, but also have regular In Focus Presentations, where historians or veterans of cinema or television describe some facet of their respective industries. This month AMMPT was graced with the presence of John Quicke, a former Chief Engineer at TVW Channel 7, who oversaw many important developments during the 1960s and 1970s.    ...

Last Seven Perth News from the Dianella Studios

Posted by ken On March - 8 - 2015
Last Seven Perth News from the Dianella Studios Sunday 22nd February, 2015     Not only was Seven veteran Richard Aston present for the last News bulletin from the old studios, but he was one of the two studio cameramen for the opening of the station and the variety show and first News bulletin on Friday 16th October, 1959. Gordon McColl was the other cameraman.     The invitation to witness the last bulletin on Sunday 22nd of February, 2015, was kindly extended to Richard by Chris Wharton, the Chief Executive Officer of Seven West Media WA.    Remarkably,...
Rick Ardon and Susannah Carr celebrate 30 years reading Seven News together      Seven in Perth has the distinction of having two of the most popular and trusted newsreaders in Australia, who have not only served longer than any other pair in the country, but have lived the era of much of the recent history of our State and Nation. This gives them an air of authority, compared to the ever changing presenters on the other stations. The viewing public see them as a constant, reliably being there to convey the good and bad news of the day. The popularity of Seven...
A Historic Era of Television Activity is Coming to a Close for Seven Perth     Perth’s three commercial television stations established their studios at one of the highest points in the metropolitan area, so they could had a direct line of sight to the transmitter sites in the Darling Ranges. With TVW Channel Seven opening on Friday October 16th, 1959 and STW Channel Nine following on Saturday 12 June 1965. It would be another twenty three years before Perth gained its third commercial television station. The Television Precinct     Meanwhile...

Celebrating the life of Miss Coralie Condon

Posted by ken On February - 11 - 2015
Celebrating the life of Miss Coralie Condon Coralie Condon and Max Kay judging Stars of the Future     Coralie Condon died peacefully at Castledare Nursing Home on 24 December, 2014, aged 99. Only a few months short of her birthday on May 16th.     Coralie was an actress, writer, composer, producer, presenter, business woman, the Grande Dame of Perth theatre and the First Lady of Western Australian Television.     She was a great friend for many at the old Rep, Playhouse, Music Hall, Dirty Dicks and a string of other theatre restaurants.    ...

Part 2 – Tribute to Coralie Condon (1915-2014)

Posted by ken On January - 22 - 2015
    An important phase in Perth theatrical life was the period of the Playhouse Theatre in Perth, which opened on Wednesday 22 August, 1956, with the production “The Teahouse of the August Moon” written by the American playwright and screenwriter John Patrick, and directed by Nita Pannell. The cast included James Condon, James Kemp, Michael Cole, Penelope Hanrahan, Garry Meadows and Frank Baden-Powell. Coralie Condon was on the theatre company’s management committee, whilst also conducting her own school of speech and drama. The Playhouse in 1956    ...

Part 1 – Tribute to Coralie Condon (1915-2014)

Posted by ken On January - 22 - 2015
    Coralie Condon gently passed away at 7am on Christmas Eve 2014, aged 99, at the Castledare Retirement Village, in Wilson. Once the site of the Castledare Boys Home and still the location of the Castledare Miniature Railway. Coralie Condon (OAM)     Coralie was an actress, writer, composer, producer, presenter, business woman, the Grande Dame of Perth theatre and the First Lady of Western Australian Television.     Much of the following is based on Coralie’s reminiscences, those also of her close friends and a paraphrasing of the many...

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...