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TVW Reunion Photos courtesy of Nigel Felangue

Posted by ken On December - 2 - 2009

Nigel Felangue was one of the first still photographers at TVW Channel Seven. Joining the company when it was still in its embryonic days at WA Newspapers, before the studios were completed at Tuart Hill.

Nigel Felangue and Coralie Condon

Coralie Condon in 1959 – photo by Nigel Felangue

Nigel took many of the still photographs of Seven’s earliest programs, pioneering staff and presenters.

A collection of early images taken by Nigel Felangue between 1959 and 1960

Fifty years later Nigel, along with the many veterans, attended the TVW reunion on October 18, 2009. If it was not for Nigel’s incredible collection of images and memorabilia, much of the artwork and photos would no longer exist. His keenness for capturing history is demonstrated again by the many fine photos Nigel took at the reunion.

Coralie Condon, Sir James Cruthers and Carolyn Tannock (nee Noble)

Coralie Condon was the first lady of television in Western Australia. Coralie’s contacts within the theatre fraternity, writing and production skills proved invaluable to the fledgling station. Sir James Cruthers was the first General Manager who along with Brian Treasure and the many hardworking and enthusiastic staff, built the station into a powerhouse of local production. By the time Sir James retired, the company had diversified into many fields from cinemas, radio stations, a lion park, the Perth Entertainment Centre and many other enterprises. The company operated the most popular television station, had a healthy cash flow and paid generous dividends to the shareholders. Carolyn Noble will be remembered as a popular personality who started with the children’s programs and became involved with the woman’s shows and the Logie Award winning Stars of he Future. A hosting role also shared with Trina Brown and Sandy Baker.

Gary Carvolth interviews Sir James Cruthers

Another very popular presenter was Gary Carvolth, who acted as Master of Ceremonies at the TVW Reunion. Gary started with Seven in 1960 and worked with many local, interstate and overseas personalities who appeared on the station. Gary was involved with everything from newreading, children’s and woman’s programs to teenage and night time variety shows.

Coralie Condon and Audrey Long (Barnaby)

Audrey Barnaby has enjoyed a close and continuous relationship with Coralie Condon from the 1958 stage production of Coralie’s musical comedy ‘The Good Oil’ to the establishment of the make-up section and on-air presentation for the woman’s programs. It was Audrey who created the successful ‘Shopping Guide’ which continued for many years, later being presented by Stephanie Quinlan.

Darcy Farrell, Audrey Long (Barnaby) and Coralie Condon

Darcy Farrell was also pivotal to Perth’s first television station, with responsibility for establishing the newsroom as News Editor. A role that earned TVW many accolades for news coverage and Darcy a high respect for nurturing and fostering many prominent journalists in the field.

David Farr and Bill Mather-Brown

TVW’s first appointed on-air personality David Farr was also at the reunion, as was Bill Mather-Brown, the first switchboard operator at seven, who like David started there before the station opened.

Athol Thomas

Athol Thomas also started at Seven in 1959 and was engaged in a variety of roles from Publicity Officer, News, Discussion Chairman, Golf Commentator to Documentary Producer.

Reg Whiteman

Reg Whiteman had a long association with Seven from its opening night, appearing in ‘Spotlight’, to decades later being an integral and important part of the children’s programs.

Photos on display at the TVW Reunion which were taken by Nigel Felangue and feature the opening night variety show called ‘Spotlight’


Gai MacLennan (nee Spillman), Jan Urquhart (nee Cooper), Shirley Halliday and Jan Boyd (nee Ladner)

Members of the Channel Seven dancers with Shirley Halliday. Gai’s mother was Dulcie Spillman, who also taught dance. Gai’s daughter Tammy was also one of the Shirley Halliday Dancers, as were Jan Urquhart’s daughters Jodie and Taryn and Jan Boyd’s daughters Belinda and Darrylin.


Gai Spillman added a Scottish flavour to Children’s Channel Seven in 1962

Dance has always been a part of Channel Seven from Reg Whiteman, as part of the Guys and Dolls, in the early ‘Spotlight’ variety shows produced by Coralie Condon to the many children’s shows that relied heavily on the Shirley Halliday Dancers. Most dancers over the years have had a connection with Shirley, including the Channel Seven Dancers and their children, right through to the many Telethons and Channel Seven Christmas Pageants. Noted choreographers to follow Shirley include Kevan Johnston, Danni Harford and Brian Smith.

Patricia Strange (nee Boyle), Olive Barrett (nee Shearer), Geoff Wallace, Pearl Astlley (nee Davies) and Carol Wallace (nee Davies)

Film department staff in 1959 included Patricia Boyle, Olive Shearer, Geoff Wallace and Pearl and Carol Davies.

Olive Shearer, Nigel Felangue, Greg Byrne, and the Davies twins in 1960

Nigel has kindly provided an extensive range of photos taken at the TVW reunion. We have tried to identify as many people as possible and request your help in making the missing names known. The National Film and Sound Archive is keen to keep a permanent record of the historical information and photos being collected for this web site. Your assistance in making our record of events complete will be greatly appreciated. We think it is important that all worthy participants in the industry be recognised. Feedback can be provided through our contact page. Thanking you in anticipation.


One Response to “TVW Reunion Photos courtesy of Nigel Felangue”

  1. irene feuz says:

    Hello, I would like to get in touch with Keith Mackenzie – as I am researching some historical footage form an OB broadcast in 1969 – which I believe he was involved in … Can you please pass this on for him to contact me – would be most grateful – thank you – Irene

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