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Linda McHutchison (nee Brownrigg) – Secretary

Posted by ken On October - 6 - 2009

Linda Brownrigg worked in the Traffic Department in the early 1970’s, before marrying Traffic Supervisor Bob Page. Unfortunately Linda had to leave because in those days managers weren’t allowed to fraternise with the staff. Bob and Linda were married for 23 years.


This photo of Bob Maumill and Linda Brownrigg was taken at the World Premiere of The Man From Snowy River, held in Perth

The following Group photo was kindly provided by Jeannette Smith (nee Ashley) who reports that it was one of the annual Christmas Parties that TVW/6IX put on for the ‘Sales’ clients.

The female staff had to welcome the guests and put on their name tags… but the ladies were not allowed to fraternise with them, nor join the party.

Bob pointed out that it was at one of these parties that he and Linda first became a couple. Jeannette suggests that Bob must have popped out to say hello (after a few drinks!) and given one to Linda!


TVW 1973: Jeannette Ashley, Louise Borsje then Bob Page and further over next to Bill Meacham at the far right is Linda Brownrigg

Linda continues the story, “The theme of the party was Hawaiian and each girl (hostess) was required to approach the male guests and ask them if they would like a ley (as in one you put around your neck). Of course the pun was very suggestive and everyone thought it was a huge joke.


Barry Williams with Linda Brownrigg

The pic with Barry Williams and I was taken at an annual dinner and I can’t remember what it was in aid of however, Barry was Manager of TVW at the time.


I am attaching another pic of Tony Murphy’s 40th Birthday party. There are too many people in the pic for me to name but it is a good pic.


The ‘My What Big Ears You have’ pic, this was taken at the second TVW Christmas Pageant in Perth and Bob Page is inside the costume.


The girl in the pink top is Mary Byrne and the guy in the white top and sporting a mustache is Gary Davey. Mary and Gary eventually married and I think they live in England now.


Rick and Cathy Burns are featured together at Bob and Linda Page’s wedding when Bob was Traffic Manager.


The Pic with Lionel Yorke, Ellie Devaney and Linda Page was taken at Barry Williams wedding to Christine Marks.”

I also wanted to let you know the during my time with the 7EX committee, Bob Page and I, at the time were running Kings Tours and Travel and as one of our marketing exercises, we had arranged and ran for two years, the Kings Regal Concert for our clients. We found however, that while our clients loved the concerts, the work involved in putting them together was not only time consuming but it took our focus away from our tour business, so we negotiated with Frank Moss and the 7EX Committee for TVW to take over the running of the concerts and for them to become the Telethon Concerts for Seniors. Kings Tours and Travel heavily sponsored them for a number of years and the venue was changed to the Perth Concert Hall instead of the Regal Theatre. I am not sure how long these concerts continued for because once Bob and I separated, I moved to Melbourne and lost touch with everyone.

An amusing anecdote…

While Bob Page was Traffic Manager of TVW, he was offered the role of Station Manager of TVW’s sister station, SAS10 in Adelaide. His wife Linda was heavily pregnant with their second child; in fact she was due to deliver the baby at the same time they were going to relocate to Adelaide. However, the couple, and their family took up the challenge and proceeded to pack up and move.

About 18 months into their time in Adelaide, Frank Moss, Company Secretary TVW and Jack Donovan, TVW Board Member, both from Perth, had been attending a Board Meeting in Adelaide. The night before Frank and Jack where due to return to Perth they caught up with Bob and Linda.

Now Bob and Linda were planning on making a visit to Perth so the Grandparents of their two children could see their Grandchildren. It wasn’t possible for Bob or Linda to make the trip so they came up with a plan … that Frank and Jack could take the children with them in their car, back to Perth. It was suggested that evening to Frank and Jack and they thought Bob and Linda were joking. Of course this was not a serious plan … However, to have some fun, on their way home that evening Bob and Linda came up with an idea …

The following morning Bob and Linda turned up at Frank and Jack’s hotel with the two children and enough clothes, nappies and bottles for the trip across the Nullabor.


Roger and Jenny Page

Frank and Jack were having breakfast in the hotel restaurant when Bob and Linda turned up with the children and the luggage. But they kept everything under wraps until Frank and Jack were ready to leave on their epic journey back to Perth. As they proceeded to get into their car, Bob rushed around to his car and started unloading the children’s luggage and getting the children’s car seats out of his car to put into Frank and Jack’s. While he was doing this Linda explained the plan to Frank and Jack, once again, reiterating what had been discussed the previous evening. By now they were in totally shock as they thought Linda was serious. To make matters worse when they saw Bob getting the children and their luggage and seats ready, this is when the shock turned to outright fear. Bob asked Frank to open the boot while Linda explained how to make up the formula for the bottles and how often the children would need to be fed and changed??**!!

This all happened within a matter of minutes and before long Bob and Linda could not keep the charade up and broke out into fits of laughter. It took a couple of seconds for Frank and Jack to catch on that they had been had!

For years after, whenever Bob or Linda saw Frank and Jack they would bring up the incident and we would all have a laugh…

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