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The TVW Secretaries – Introduction

Posted by ken On September - 2 - 2009

The secretarial ladies at TVW were a classy bunch, in all ways, but in particular their standard of work. TVW only employed the best typists and shorthand was a must. Jim Cruthers was most particular about the presentation of memos. Double spaced, concise text on bond paper, quality IBM golfball with carbon ribbon, and no errors. In the work environment, it was important that the TVW ladies appear modestly dressed, and much attention seemed to be given to that in the early days… particularly during the mini-skirt era. Many of the ladies have kindly provided photos and anecdotes relating to their time at Seven.

Now is the time to pay tribute to the many administrative support staff who kept the wheels in motion, particularly in the era before electronic calculators, word processing, modern photo copiers and computers. This is the first of a number of web pages which will deal with these highly proficient women.

This list provides some brief details about the valued secretarial staff who have registered for the TVW reunion… with a brief photo acknowledgement to the late Judy McColl (nee Copley) who was Jim Cruthers first secretary at Seven, and who went on to travel the world, serving at many embassies, whilst working for the Australian foreign service and ended up as a tutor at the University of WA. Unfortunately, Judy succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 52.

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Judy Copley – Jim Cruthers first Secretary at TVW

Nola Bradshaw, formerly Bosoni (nee Cressey) Secretary to Lloyd Lawson and when returned in 1976 Secretary to Max Bostock in the Special Projects Department within the Production Department from 1959 to 1960 then 1962 and 1976 to 1978.

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Nola Cressey

Janet Rogers (nee Farr) Secretary to Programme Manager and Script Assistant in the Programme Department from 1959 to 1964.

Marion Leyer (nee Greiling) who rose from Production Assistant in 1960 to Producer/Director in 1963, Miss Universe Pageant Co-ordinator in 1979, when she was appointed Production Manager, continuing in that position until resigning from Channel 7 in 1985. Marion was later appointed Director of Production at NEW Channel 10.

Marion Greiling

Sue Hymus (nee Laurence) Worked in Accounts from 1960 to 1962 and 1971 to 1972.

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Kay Saville, Sue Hymus (nee Laurence), Ronda Ashton (nee McWaters) and Perry Moss

Sue Scrutton (nee Ammon) Secretary to John Quicke in Engineering from 1963 to 1967.

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TVW Wild West Night (courtesy of Sue Scrutton)

Rosemary Mostyn (nee Peet) worked in the Newsroom as the Secretary to the News Editor, Darcy Farrell from 1963 to 1964.

Alicia Gorey (nee Smyth) worked in Administration as the Secretary to Frank Moss (the Secretary to the Board of Directors) from 1963 to 1965.

Joy Campbell (nee Heweston) worked firstly as a Secretary for George Howell in the music department for Perth Talent Service and from there to Frank Moss, Brian Treasure and Jim Cruthers from 1963 to 1967.

Joan Dye (nee Cohen) Employed by Frank Moss, working first in Production, then Front Office, and Reception from 1964 to 1967.

Ivy Sucich (nee Frzop) Secretary to Ken Kemp in the Supply Deprtment from 1964 to 1966.

Gwen (Wendy) Storey (nee Andrews) worked in Management as Brian Treasure’s Secretary from 1964 to 1974.

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Gwen Andrews

Jill Norton (nee Korbosky) Secretary to Greg Byrne in Sales Department and Sales Reps Acting Secretary to Brian Treasure from 1968 to 1975.

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Jill Korbosky and Gwen Andrews at Scarborough Beach assisting with the Miss West Coast heats

Elaine Tranter (nee Hoskins) worked in the Reception area as a Receptionist and weekend switchboard operator. Also conducted the occasional tours of the station between 1969 and 1971.


Elaine Hoskins and Margaret Pugh

Glenys Gill (nee Andrijasevich) Personal Assistant to Bill McKenzie in the Program Department from 1969 to 1974 then part time from 1974 to 1984. Later becoming the top Program executive at NEW Channel 10.

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2nd from left: Jill Korbosky then Mignon McCurry, Glenys Andrijasevichl, Frank Moss, unknown and Jeannette Ashley

Jeannette Smith (nee Ashley) Secretary working in the Sales Department, Production Department and Newsroom (weekends) from 1971 to 1973.

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Jeff Newman and Jeanette Ashley at a Miss West Coast event

Maureen Scorer Secretary to Alf Binks and Newsroom Typist working in both Accounts and News Department from 1968 to 1972.

Mignon Birch (nee McCurry) Secretary to Sir James Cruthers from 1970 to 1975.

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Mrs Jackie Hangay, Miss Mignon McCurry, Mrs Helen Blackburn, Miss Elaine Hoskins, Mrs Glenys Gill, Miss Jill Korbosky, Miss Jeanette Ashley, Miss Sharon Baron-Sullivan

Sophia McLay (nee Stefanoff) Secretary working with Graeme Plummer, Bill McKenzie and Glenys Gill in Programmes and worked with Jeff Newman in the co ordination of Telethon from 1970 to 1972.

Hilary Everard Secretray to David Farr Station Manager, 6IX, Acting Secretary to Brian Treasure and Assistant Secretary to Jim Cruthers, working for TVW and 6IX Administration TVW Channel 7 and Radio 6IX from 1970 to 1973.

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Hilary Everard

Yvonne Joynt (nee Garbellini) Secretary to Sir James Cruthers in Management from 1973 to 1981.

Carolyn Bendall Started in Finance (Frank Moss) then Secretary to Darcy Farrell, News Editor, working from 1975 to 1977.

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Carolyn Bendall

Kerry Dunn, formerly Ryding (nee Mohr) Secretary & Voice Overs in Accounts & 6IX from 1976 to 1979.

Karen Tollis (nee Malcolm) worked in TVW Accounts 6IX Sales 6IX Promotions and Administration from 1976 to 1984. In 1976 was Secretary to Wally Staniforth in Accounts. 1978 – Relief Secretary to Alf Binks & Frank Moss. 1979 – Transferred to 6IX – Personal Assistant to Sales Manager, Promotions Manager and General Manager. Worked with Paul Gadenne and Lionel Yorke.

Vicki Bell (nee Thompson) was a Telephonist, Receptionist and Secretary working in Accounts, Traffic, Engineering, Sales, Programs, Film Vault and Production between 1977 and 1997.

Lynette Petersen (nee Gray) worked in Management and Production as the secretary to Bill McKenzie and Tony Carrivick. Co-Producer with Stephanie Quinlan ‘Today’ Show, PA Production Department, Alan Richards Secretary, and Assistant to Jo-Ann Ledger, during the period 1979 to 1986.

Anne Spice (nee Stephen) - Receptionist 1981-1983; Switchboard Operator 1983-1987; Engineering Secretary 1987-1989. Also, when her Switchboard duties permitted, Anne typed scripts and operated the auto cue for A State Affair in the Studio on weeknights.

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Anne Spice

Jill Glass (nee Fawcett) Secretary to Alf Bink, Secretary to John Reynolds, Secretary to Chris O’Mara now TVW Promotions Manager from 1982 to 1988, and then 1989 to the present time.

Janene Allen-Trimble Executive Assistant to Managing Director, Executive Assistant to Chairman and Company Secretary, Administrative Assistant to Deputy Company Secretary working in Administration from 1985 to 1999.

Lisa Connell (nee Fletcher) Secretary Tour Guide in Accounts Department from 1986 to 1989.

Jennifer Woodward (nee Clarke) Sales Secretary, Production Secretary (State Affair) and News Librarian Director’s Assistant working in Sales and News from 1986 to 2001.

Sandra Corica Secretary for the Engineering Department from 1994 to 1999

One Response to “The TVW Secretaries – Introduction”

  1. Zipporah Hyman nee Maler says:

    I am searching for my best buddy at Perth Girls High School. Mignon McCurry. What are the chances that there would be two girls in West Australia with that name? I thought I would give it a shot. We graduated in 1960. I left WA for Victoria after graduation and lost touch. I am now living in New York. Married and a grandmother too!! If I have found my best buddy from Perth Girls High I would love to be in touch again. I can be contacted on my email address above or on FB too.
    Thanks in advance for any assistance in completing my search.
    Zipporah Hyman (nee Maler).

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