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Please note that the Australian Museum of Motion Picture Technology (AMMPT) is a separate entity from this web site. We are promoting AMMPT’s exhibition because they share a common interest in television heritage matters.


A free public exhibition is currently running at the Fremantle Arts Centre, entitled “50 years of television broadcasting in Western Australia”.


This exhibition is being co-ordinated by the WA branch of the Australian Museum of Motion Picture Technology (AMMPT). It was formally opened by the Honourable John Day, Minister for Culture and the Arts, on Wednesday 7th October 2009.

Hon. John Day, Minister for Culture and the Arts

The exhibition features the development of television from the early 1936 experiments by Blake Horrocks in Harvey, the public demonstration of television at the Perth Town Hall in 1949 and the subsequent establishment of the commercial and national channels.

AMMPT looking down the room.jpg

Interactive displays explain the very origins of the illusion of moving images which are proving very popular with children and adults alike.

The exhibition has four main themes;

1. The pioneering days.

2. Informing the Public (news and current affairs)

3. Personalities and programmes

4. Evolution of the Technology.

The display is open every day from 10 am to 4 pm up till December 4th.

Admission is free, but a gold coin or similar donation would be very appreciated.

Keith Bales (TVW Reunion Chair) with Daryl Binning (AMMPT President)
Ian Stimson (TV Collecter), Earl Reeve (Former ABC) and Terry Spence (Former STW9)
David Hawkes (former ABC) arrives with wife wife Rosemary
Ross McDonald (former TVW engineer and TAIMAC owner)
Julie and Derric Wright (former ABC)
Flapper, Humphrey B. Bear with Terry Spence
Terry Spence with Russell Goodrick
Terry Spence with Richard Rennie
Gordon McColl examines the exhibits
The birth of the TV Newsroom in WA
Now the age of satellites, computers and automation

Monday 5th October, 2009 -to- Friday 4th December, 2009


The Fremantle Arts Centre is the former Asylum building on the corner of Ord and Finnerty Streets in Fremantle.


3 Responses to “AMMPT’s “50 years of television broadcasting in Western Australia” exhibition at the Fremantle Arts Centre”

  1. Andrew says:

    Looks like an awesome exhibition – wish I could come and visit!! :)

  2. Harry Smith says:

    You are still doing a fantastic job on this website, a true credit to your forethought and ingenuity.
    I am just back from 5 weeks away. Sadly I was away in Europe for all of the celebrations and the opening of our AMMPT exhibition in Fremantle, but as per the email I sent to Sadie from the cruise ship, I actually watched your promo clip before it went to air whilst sailing on the Mediterranean on my laptop via a satellite download.
    “Wow! how times have changed in 50 years”.

    Great stuff Ken, I believe you deserve a medal or at least some recognition for all of your efforts, I am not sure whether the website users realise the amount of effort that goes into keeping it up to date and alive. Maybe someone will read this communication and contribute to your welfare with a bottle of Champagne??
    Cheers for now.
    Harry Smith – Vice President AMMPT

  3. ken says:

    Thank you for the kind words Harry,

    For those who are not aware, Harry provides an excellent media transfer service.

    With this modern age of digital technology, Seven no longer has the old analogue telecine section for broadcasting film material. Fortunately Harry’s Wharfdale Audio Visual Company has, and his facilities proved most useful when Sadie Purser was preparing the 50th anniversary special, that was broadcast on Friday October 16, 2009.

    Thanks need to go out to all the enthusiastic veterans who have helped make AMMPT’s exhibition possible, and have contributed much valued stories and photos to our WA TV History web site.

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