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Glenys Gill (nee Andrijasevich) started at TVW Channel 7 in 1969, to join the elite team of secretaries employed by Seven. They had to be elite as Managing Director Sir James Cruthers insisted on perfection, when it came to the typing of letters and memorandums. He was trained as a journalist and possessed well tuned shorthand skills, enough to intimidate any stenographer, as he could read their notation upside-down and correct them.

Seven News Unit Manager Lesley Bradford (Mills) recalls Glenys joining TVW

“I remember her first day at 7 … it was October 15, 1969 ….

I only remember that, because the next day was Channel 7’s 10th birthday, and Frank Moss went around and gave everyone a card with $10 … and the girls received a corsage…!

And Glenys got it as well …. Well after all, she was a staff member..! “


L to R: Jackie Hangay, Jill Korbosky then Mignon McCurry, Glenys Andrijasevich, Frank Moss, unknown and Jeannette Ashley
Photo courtesy of Mignon Birch

Jill Norton (Korbosky) talked about the happy times at London Street in Mount Hawthorn, as school girls, before both joined TVW as secretaries. Jill as secretary to the Sales Manager Greg Byrne and Glenys as secretary to the Program Manager Bill McKenzie, to later become his assistant at Seven, before Bill became Group General Manager of TVW Enterprises Ltd., Managing Director of ATV 10 Melbourne, Chief Executive of Network 10 and Managing Director of NEW-10, where Glenys joined him as Program Manager.

Jill kindly provided us with the following…

“My tribute to Glenys, a very special LADY.

What a tragedy to lose such a beautiful person. Those who knew her will suffer an enormous loss and those who knew her were blessed.

Glenys had magical qualities about her. She had the most amazing gentle, thoughtful smile. Her warm eyes reflected her inner peace, wisdom and understanding. When Glenys spoke it was worth listening to. And when one spoke to her, she really listened. There was a soothing, laughing quality to her voice.

Glenys quietly achieved from a young age, as marching girl for a number of years at State level, followed by netball at National level and in latter years played Masters Netball. She never did things by halves as her self discipline was so great. She joined the TVW7 Programming Dept where she excelled, before moving to the executive team of NEW 10.

Glenys and her family lived opposite me in Mt Hawthorn from early childhood until our 20’s, when her family moved to Yokine. Together with her sisters Lilyan and Dianne, we had loads of fun growing up with the Andrijasevich’s (Andrays). We played in the park opposite, went to the pool and beach and pictures at the Menora cinema. We did lots of other girly things in those days. I always admired her dedication to netball practice and her hours of shooting goals into the netball ring attached to their garage.

It was a fortunate day when we again spent some time together recently at the last TVW get together .

VALE Glenys.”

Glenys worked in the TVW Program Department from 1969 to 1974 then part time from 1974 to 1984.

TVW also established a series of Netball teams with the first being called the TVW Telebirds in 1970, with Glenys as the coach.

Dianne Hodge (Chappell) kindly explains more…

“Glenys was instrumental in organising the netball team and I can recall training in the car park at the back of the studios in Tuart Hill after hours – I can’t recall who we played against or where. I also recall a male coach – which Glenys arranged – I got the impression we might have been very fortunate to have him coach us, as he was well known in netball circles… John K Watts comes to mind and I think he picked up on the existence of the netball team and ran the story or more likely just the photo in the TV Guide or some magazine about television ‘gossip’ etc… The ABC formed a netball team and I played in that team also – that would have been the early 1970’s. I can remember the ABC team playing at Matthews Park, but don’t recall the TVW team playing there. Maybe it was before Matthews Park existed! I remember all the girls from 7 well. Lovely bunch.”

Photo courtesy of Dianne Hodge

Top row…
Dianne Hodge (nee Chappell)
Beryl Keaughran
Rhonda Akesson (later to become Rhonda Attard )
Bottom row…
Pat McGarry
Shirley Craven
Glenys Gill (nee Andrijasevich)
Sue Rayner (was married to Laurie Lever)
Wendy Cockram


TVW Tomcats

Sophia Stefanoff, Velia Cometti, Lynette Thorpe (deceased), Luise Borsje, Darienne, Jan Galliott, Jackie, unknown, Maureen Burgwyn

Photo courtesy of Joy and Kevin Campbell from the Frank Moss collection

Lyndell Jobson (nee Carter) of the TVW Tomcats advises that…

“Glenys Gill, who was a great player herself, was our coach and we would have training most week days. I say most. We only won a few games unfortunately.”

“We did win the best dressed team if not a game, and not due to Glenys Gill’s fine coaching, but probably due to the late Friday nights drinking with the crowd after work”, explains Maureen Iustini (nee Burgwyn).

In 1972, Glenys married another sportsperson, Motocross participant Rick Gill, who won three first places and several seconds and thirds in the State Championships during a twelve year period, to more recently take up car racing, and win the 2010 WA State Saloon Car Championship. They produced a son Rowan, who with partner Beth have a grandson Reon, then Rick and Glenys had daughter Tegan, who with husband Cameron have two grand-daughters, Ella and Asha. Rick and Glenys also supported Rowan’s Aussie rules football activities at the Hamersley Carine Amateur Football Club (Rowan is now a Motorcycle Dealer with the family company).

When Glenys resigned from Seven, Jill Glass took over in the Program Department.

“At the time I was working for John Reynolds, who was a lovely man, but there was no challenge to my job, so when Glenys resigned I put my hand up. Rick Burns left at the same time, which saw Chris O’Mara take over the role as Program Manager and I was his PA. David Mott, Dorothy Lee (nee Whitely) and Sharron Eastabrook (nee Ashworth) made up the Program Department in those days.”

Glenys started with Network Ten during the 1987 America’s Cup coverage out of Fremantle and then joined Channel 10 Perth in the very early stages – prior to the station opening on 20 May 1988. Glenys worked originally out of her home address until an office in St Georges Terrace was established, to later become the top Program executive at NEW Channel 10.

NEW-10 Managing Director Bill McKenzie with his four top women executives – Glenys Gill, Marion Leyer, Jo Ann Ledger and Lindy Capelli
Photo courtesy of Marion Leyer

Interestingly, Glenys has been an integral part of the City Beach Netball Club whose origins coincide with that of TVW Channel 7, as both entities began in 1959. Glenys participated as a player, coach and mentor for the City Beach Surfers, which has Marj Williams as its President since its inception.

Glenys played netball for City Beach Surfers from 1964 to mid 1980’s with a break for only two years (to have two children, 1974 and 1975).

Glenys Andrijasevich (left) and Yvonne Rate (right)
Photo courtesy of Pam Whitfield

Glenys’ Playing Highlights

  • 1963 State Schoolgirls’ Team
  • 1964 Joined City Beach Surfers – played A2 grade
  • 1965 Moved to Seniors and played A2 Seniors
  • 1966 State Junior Team
  • 1968 All Australian Netball Team
  • 1969 Australian Netball Team tour to New Zealand
  • 1972 State Open Team
  • 1978 State Open Team

Glenys gave 49 years of dedication to the club, coaching teams up to 2009. Glenys started coaching Junior teams and then moved to the Seniors. including the Division 1 team to Premierships during the 1980’s and many other premierships in other grades over the years.

Graeme Plummer remarked how in the early years at Seven, Glenys would proudly return to work on Monday mornings, all black and blue with legs scratched, following the weekend battles on the netball courts.

Glenys in 1993 with the City Beach Masters team
Photo courtesy of Pam Whitfield

As a Netballer, Glenys was an extremely talented player, a National and State representative, a past Netball WA Board and staff member and an outstanding volunteer.

Netball WA describes Glenys as an incredible shooter. She was part of the State Representative pathway from 1963 when she was a member of the State Schoolgirls Squad. From there it only took her four years to reach the State Open team and not long after a place in the National side in 1968. Touring with the Australian team to New Zealand in 1969, Glenys was always a fine representative of Western Australian netball talent.

A life member of the Perth Netball Region and Perth Netball Association, Glenys was involved in the game at many levels – from a player and coach at City Beach Surfers Netball Club to being the Manager and Executive Director of Perth Orioles (2000-2001), a team which was formed to compete in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy (CBT), a major national netball competition in Australia from 1997 to 2007. Since 2008, the team is now known as West Coast Fever.

Netball WA also point out that they were fortunate to have had a woman with Glenys’ capabilities within it’s ranks, and as Vice President of the Board in 2001 and a delegate to the Netball Australia Council from 2001 to 2004, she was an advocate of ensuring that netballers throughout the State and Country always reached their potential.

Over the past two years Glenys was a Perth Lions Director, with the Perth Lions Netball Region honouring her with a 2010 Life Membership.

Related Netball Highlights

  • 1993 Awarded Life Membership of City Beach Surfers Netball Club
  • 1999 Appointed to the Board of WA Netball
  • 2001 Manager of the Perth Orioles team in the CBT competition
  • 2001 Appointed Vice President of WA Netball
  • 2003 Appointed Manager of the State 19 & Under Netball Team
  • 2004 Executive Director, Perth Orioles assisting in the running of the team in the CBT competition and ensuring financial viability of the team.
  • 2004 Appointed Delegate to the Netball Australia Council

Liz Booth kindly advised that when a friend took leave at the Osborne Park Hospital, Glenys was to fill in for a month in administration, where after they felt privileged when she stayed for six and a half years. Pointing out that Glenys was one of those amazing people, who they were all the richer for knowing as a result of her kindness, humour and many abilities.

Undoubtedly, people will remember Glenys as a very special lady and will miss her beautiful smile, calm presence, strength, humour and positive nature. For she had a courageous spirit with a love of life and was of great support for others.

L-R: Jo-Ann Ledger, Jamie Martinovich, Alan Richards, Val Sutherland, Glenys, Ken Kemp and Marion Leyer. In the background is Bernie Connell.
Photo courtesy of Val Sutherland

Her family have described Glenys as a beautiful caring daughter, a wonderful, gentle, brave and gracious sister, joyful sister-in-law, good friend, talented netballer and fabulous wife, mother and aunty, who will leave a very empty place in their lives, but lots of memories to treasure.

Interestingly, Glenys was born on the birthday of her mother Doris, and shared 62 birthdays together.

Sincere condolences to husband Rick, son Rowan and daughter Tegan and families on the sad loss of Glenys.

Bill McKenzie was first to alert us of Glenys’ sad passing….

“Very sad to advise that Glenys Gill passed away this morning after a very brave fight. The courage that Glenys has shown during this long battle absolutely incredible. Just the most wonderful friend, loyal, thoughtful, kind and an inspiration to us all.

Phone has been running hot, not at all surprising to learn how many people were touched in so many ways by GG.

I`ve one story from about 1969. We`d been in a minor dispute with the Australian Broadcating Control Board and I had to show Jim Cruthers a letter I`d written them before it went. Trotted round to Jim`s office, handed over the letter and he said WHO TYPED THIS very loudly. As some may remember Jim was paranoid about correspondence being perfect and I immediately thought I`d missed an error. Anyway I couldn`t say I typed it so truthfully said ” Mr Cruthers… Glenys Andrijasevich.

I`ll never forget Jim`s reply because if he was short on anything it was praise. “I`ve never seen a letter so well set out ….perfect, tell Glenys. Which I did later, and she was chuffed.

In 46 years I never had a better Secretary and friend.”

Former television news editor Stuart Joynt (TVW7, SAS10, ADS7 and founding news director at NEW10) described Glenys as a…

“Television guru, sporting champion, wife and mother.

You were my television soul sister and you could see the big picture.

I remember the day we changed Australian television history with the first gulf war. We had exclusive access to a new-fangled thing called CNN and they were streaming live pictures from Iraq and the Scud missile attacks on Israel.

We were the only TV station in Australia showing these incredible pictures and we stayed on air for three days straight.

Ratings trebled and quadrupled and Channel Ten Perth was up with the big boys.

I still chuckle when I remember how we hid the true costs for months but by then it didn’t matter any more. The money was in the bank.

Rick and family, Yvonne and I share your grief.

Glenys was a legend in her own lifetime.”

Former TVW Managing Director Kevin Campbell pointed out that…

“Glenys was one of the “A Team” of people who worked at Seven.

Yes, the beautiful words and memories I am sure will be shared by many who worked with and knew Glenys.”

Graeme Plummer (Commenced as a Program Clerk and later became Program Manager of TVW then the Program Manager of the Golden West Network)

“Thank you for the very sad news relating to Glenys… it has come as a big shock.

Glenys was a wonderful person to work with and helped me in many ways…she was a good friend to everyone who met her.

Glenys will be missed.

I have found a photo of Glenys that was taken at the US Television screenings and I think I have my history correct… Rival TV Networks from Australia do not preview with each other but join up at social events.

Glenys was at the screenings as part of Network Ten from Perth and I was at the screenings during my time at GWN.

I previewed one day with the Network Ten people at the Universal studios and the screenings ended by lunchtime, so Glenys and I organised to have a tour.. there is another lady in the photo and I am uncertain if she worked for Network Ten in Sydney or in Los Angeles.”

Kristin Marlow of TEN with Graeme and Glenys
Photo courtesy of Graeme Plummer with Kristin kindly identified by Bill McKenzie

Graeme like everyone else will miss Glenys’ giggle, her smile and her calm demeanour…

Mignon Birch (McCurry) Secretary to Sir James Cruthers from 1970 to 1975 laments the…

“Sad news to begin the day for me. I have just gone back over some old TVW photos, and have lovely memories of those happy days with Glenys and the others.”

Lyndell Jobson (Carter) said…

“I felt very sad to read this news of Glenys. She was such a lovely girl. I knew she hadn’t been well and was hoping for her health to improve. It is a very sad day. It bought a tear to my eye. She definitely will be remembered with much love, she had a face and smile you can never forget, and a wonderful presence.”

Luise Nelthorpe (Borsje) was shocked to learn the news of Glenys passing…

“She was such a gorgeous girl, and so talented in many areas. Her nature was so sweet, and she was so modest in all her achievements. The last time we TVW girls had our little reunion picnic down on the river, she was so well and positive that it was all behind her……I’m so grateful we girls all had the chance to catch up and reminisce.”

Inaugural NEW Channel 10 newsreader, former ABC and presently STW Channel 9 newsreader Greg Pearce said on hearing the sad news,

“I did hear the awful news from a friend of mine who was a netball crony of Glenys. Far too young to go.”

Gayle Watson-Galbraith (a close friend of Glenys and the President of the Lions Netball region) kindly provided her memories of Glenys Gill…

“I would describe Glenys as a gentle, loyal, diplomatic, gracious and passionate person and of course a lifelong netball lover.

Her great sense of humour, fairness and generosity always meant that this was a special person and a friend for life. You can sit back now, close your eyes and see her with her beautifully groomed ginger hair, perfect makeup and the beautiful welcoming smile she gave everybody. She shut no one out – no matter what happened.

Her love of her family, her netball girls, her basket ball girls, her running Harriets’, her friends from TV days meant that she had quite a few networks and in all I know she was cherished. Somehow they all inter-connected and she found time for everyone. I can remember when we were living in Subi Central and she was on a run she would pop in for a glass of wine and then pick up the girls on the next stretch – she fitted us all in!

Through her whole illness Glenys researched, discussed options, and tackled treatment opportunities, went through so many small and big operations, numerous medications and programs and all with amazing determination. She never complained and seemed to have the ability to bounce back many times. I only remember her talking about, but not actually complaining of the difficulty she had once with sitting following an operation in a delicate area and her sore feet! Even in the last week we talked about her family, my family, netball days and with encouragement she would put on her foundation, a bit of lippie and look in to the mirror and give you her smile. She enjoyed her coffee, chocolates and huge slices of lemon slice I took in.

In reflecting on Glenys’s involvement in netball it is easiest to describe her involvement in each level of the structure. Netball is a highly structured sport requiring a series of levels to successfully deliver the sport. Glenys contributed to every level in so many significant ways.”

More about Glenys Gill and Netball:

Television veterans Jeannette Smith (Ashley), Sophia McLay (Stefanoff), Val Sutherland, Jo-Ann Ledger, Hilary Everard, Gwen Story (Andrews), Bob Page, Darcy Farrell and Ken Kemp also express their sorrow and contributed to this tribute. Also greatly appreciate the considerable input from members of the Netball fraternity: Gayle Watson-Galbraith, Liz Booth, Pam Whitfield, Carol Nevin, and Sue Trew. And a great thank you to Rick and Tegan Gill for their much valued help.

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