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Nigel Felangue Collection

Posted by ken On July - 6 - 2009

Nigel Felangue was a still photographer with TVW from 1959 to 1961.

It is most fortunate that Nigel collected much paraphernalia in those early days, otherwise the slides, photos and artwork presented on this page, and the image gallery that follows, would not exist. Much old material found its way into the rubbish bins, some discarded when no longer needed while other items were disposed of. Thankfully a number of caring staff kept souvenirs. At one sad point there was a misguided attempt to recover the silver content from old black and white film footage. Fortunately others scrambled to hide important reels of film before being destroyed in this way. Even videotaped material seems to have been discarded indiscriminately at various times. An effort was made in the late 1960’s to archive videotape excerpts from key programs and important events. Some of this has not survived. Luckily, many staff kept examples of their work, either on videotape, film or photographic forms, and scrap books containing newspaper clippings, memos, cards, etc. Thanks to the many people involved, these items are now finding their way onto our website, and may one day find a home in a permanent museum.

Now is the time to collect, catalogue, prioritize, and preserve not only the oral history and photographs, but also the memorabilia, vintage equipment and in particular important videotape and film records, which will otherwise deteriorate with time.

Fortunately people are aware of this, and we are hopeful that strategies will be put in place so that key material will be kept as a legacy for future generations.

The following slides are an example of material preserved by Nigel Felangue.



Walt Disney hosted this popular show where each episode’s story was placed in one of the four “lands” that made up Disneyland. The four “lands” were Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Adventureland. The show consisted of a mixture of cartoons (often featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto and Goofy), adventure stories, nature stories, documentaries and previews of new cinema releases from the Disney studios.


Revue 61

Revue 61 with Digby Wolfe was a high class variety show made by ATN Channel 7 in Sydney.


Meet Tom Lehrer

Tom Lehrer is an American singer-songwriter, satirist, pianist, and mathematician. Lehrer’s style consists of parodying various forms of popular song. Lehrer went on a tour of Australia in 1960. Though he was liked by some, including the press, and Princess Margaret, he was thought of as a highly offensive person. Following the tour, he released the album Tom Lehrer Discovers Australia (And Vice Versa).


If I Had a Million

If I Had a Million was a 1932 comedy/drama movie about a wealthy Tycoon John Glidden (Richard Bennett), who is so dissatisfied with his relatives and associates that, rather than will his money to any of them, he decides to give it away in million-dollar amounts to strangers picked from the city directory. First, he gives the money to Henry Peabody (Charlie Ruggles), a henpecked husband who is always having his salary deducted when he accidentally breaks china at the china shop that he works at. His nagging wife won’t let him be. So, to get revenge, he takes his million to the store and breaks every piece of china in the place. Violet Smith (Wynne Gibson) is the next to get her million. She is a prostitute at a local bar, and she takes her money to rent a private hotel room for the night, to sleep alone. Gangster Eddie Jackson (George Raft) is unable to cash the cheque because he’s been arrested for forgery. Next, three marines believe the check to be a fake and give it to a friend, who finds its true worth and spends it on himself. Convict John Wallace (Gene Raymond) learns of his new-found fortune as he is being led to the electric chair. Office clerk Phineas V. Lambert (Charles Laughton) takes his money and tells off his boss. Kindly old Mrs. Mary Walker (May Robson) uses the money to spruce up the old ladies home, Idyllwood. Steven Gallagher (Gary Cooper), a boisterous U.S. Marine in the brig, gets his check on April Fool’s Day, and upon his release, decides to give it away to pay a back debt to a lunch stand owner. Then Emily LaRue (Alison Skipworth), and Rollo (WC Fields), a vaudevillian and juggler, are owners of a boardinghouse. They acquire a brand new car, and after a drive, they return with a wrecked car, caused by a “road hog”, so they purchase a fleet of cars and get even with the “road hogs,” about town by having a car smashing day.


The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater

Eddie Cantor was an American comedian, singer, actor, and songwriter. Familiar to Broadway and radio, he was one of the first major stars to agree to appear on television. The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater is a nostalgic look back, featuring old masters like hollywood gangster movie star George Raft dancing, silent movie star Buster Keaton, Billie Burke, The Three Stooges or other vaudeville or legit theater trained stars. It’s an early television time-capsule of the old vaudeville and musical comedy era.


World of Giants

Mel Hunter (Marshal Thompson) is a six-inch-tall American a secret agent. He is carried around from one mission to another in a briefcase strapped to a small chair inside, that resembles a jet fighter seat. Mel then hops out of the briefcase to do his espionage work and hops back in before agent Bill Winters (Arthur Franz) returns to pick up the briefcase. If anyone questioned his partner on why there was this seat in the briefcase, the cover story was that he was a military contractor and this seat was a sample display of his company’s product.


Leave It To Beaver

Leave It to Beaver was a 1950s and 1960s family-oriented American television situation comedy about an inquisitive but often naive boy named Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver and his adventures at home, in school, and around his suburban neighborhood.


Sea Hunt

The adventures that Mike Nelson (Lloyd Bridges), a professional underwater underwater scuba diver.

Nigel Felangue Image Gallery

2 Responses to “Nigel Felangue Collection”

  1. Kate Nielson says:

    Please can Nigel Felangue contact me about some of his photos? I am the daughter of Pam Leuba, the first WA TV woman news reader. I would really like to give Mum a framed photo or two for her birthday. Many thanks.

  2. Kate Nielson says:

    Please ask Nigel Felangue to use the email address that is above. The last one had a typo in it.

    Please can Nigel Felangue contact me about his photos? I am the daughter of Pam Leuba’s (first WA TV woman news reader) and really want to give her a framed photo or two for her birthday. thank you

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