Notion of a 7-2-9-10 Club Terry Spence, Earl Reeve, Peter Goodall, Peter Harries and Brian Williams plan for the 729 Television Reunion at the Italian Club in 2006 The 729 Club was once patronised by members of the Sydney radio, television and advertising industry. It was located in the Sydney suburb of St Leonards during […]
Archive for October, 2011
The ABC was considered an alternate source of programming, and as such, more stimulating and thought provoking. This did not necessarily mean popular with mainstream audiences. It was argued that the ABC must remain relevant so that the taxpayers received value for money, but does this result in compromises rather than excellence? It can be […]
We sadly report the passing of David Dallimore, an English gentleman who emigrated to Australia and is fondly remembered by radio listeners for his twenty years of broadcasting and entertaining at the microphone of 6IX in Perth and regional stations 6WB, 6MD and 6BY. David worked in the manufacturing and maintenance aspects of the British […]
Tribute to Maestro Peter Piccini (1936-2011) The renowned Peter Piccini, Perth’s internationally acclaimed virtuoso of the piano accordion, pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, and master of music, passed away on Tuesday October 11th, 2011, at Murdoch Community Hospice, which is part of St John of God Hospital, and situated within the hospital’s grounds in the Perth […]
Wireless Hill Future – Part 1 of 6 In 2012, the former Applecross Wireless Station, now known as Wireless Hill Park, will celebrate its 100th anniversary with community plans well underway to mark this historic occasion. The wireless station was decommissioned in 1967 with a Telecommunications Museum established on the site in 1979, as an […]
People who played a role in transfering ownership of the Applecross Wireless Station from the federal government to the state included the premier of Western Australia Sir David Brand (1912 – 1979) who was WA Premier from 2 April 1959 till 3 March 1971, and the prime minister Harold Holt (1908 – 1967) who was Prime Minister from 26 January 1966 till 17 December 1967.
… (Photo taken by the author at the Wireless Hill Telecommunications Museum) The telephone had an incredible impact on communication in Australia, though constrained by the wires which connected the callers, compared to wireless technology, it made voice contact so much easier for both business and families, without the need for complicated equipment or special knowledge.
Wireless Hill Future – Part 3 of 6 Before the advent of television, radio reigned supreme. Rather than have scenes depicted visually, the listener had to imagine the activity being enacted. This enabled the mind to conjure up wonderful imagery which was masterfully assisted by the high quality of drama presentation, with actors voices, mood […]
Wireless Hill Future – Part 4 of 6 From 1912, the Applecross Wireless Station provided important all-weather radio communications with the outside world. The wireless station was the Western Australian component of a network of five main radio communication stations across Australia that participated in international, national, state-wide and regional radio communications and broadcasting. It […]
Wireless Hill Future – Part 5 of 6 In the 1950s and 1960s some of the equipment looked like the old fashioned science fiction contraptions from a mad scientists laboratory, reminiscent of the sets found in the 1930s and 1940s black and white cinema matinee serials. It was bulky and populated with many vacuum tubes, […]
Wireless Hill Future – Part 6 of 6 The City of Melville commissioned a survey into community needs between 1995 and 2005 and has evidence that visitors to Wireless Hill Park go mainly for recreational purposes. Sight seeing, exercise, picnics, playground, wildflowers and birdlife. Our conversations with people passionate about the subject indicates there is […]