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TVW Girls’ Picnic – April 2013

Posted by ken On June - 30 - 2013

TVW Girls’ Picnic – April 2013     For what is now becoming a regular event, former TVW secretaries and production ladies from the 1960s and 1970s, spent a special day reminiscing on the foreshore at Matilda Bay, on Saturday 20th April.     Luise Nelthorpe kindly reports that it was a lovely day, and unlike their […]

Tribute to Ross Mathews (1946-2013)

Posted by ken On June - 28 - 2013

Tribute to Ross Albert Mathews (1946-2013) Ross Mathews     Too often we report the passing of good people who are universally well liked, with attributes everyone would hope for in a husband, father, grandfather, friend and workmate.     We were saddened to learn from Keith Spice and Kevin Campbell that following a 12 month illness, […]

Tribute to Bill McCutcheon (1941-2013)

Posted by ken On June - 23 - 2013

Graeme William “Bill” McCutcheon 1 April 1941 – 12 June 2013     ABC South West announced from the Bunbury studios, to their loyal listeners through 6BS Busselton, 6WA Wagin, 6BR Bridgetown and 6MJ Manjimup, the sad news that Bill McCutcheon has passed away. Bill was known as the voice of breakfast on ABC radio through […]

Coralie Condon’s 98th Birthday Party

Posted by ken On June - 23 - 2013

    Coralie Condon is an actress, writer, composer, producer, presenter, business woman, the Great Dame of Perth theatre and the First Lady of Western Australian Television. As a special treat, Rick Hearder and friends organised a party for Coralie on Sunday May 19th of May, 2013, to celebrate her 98th birthday. The party girl wearing […]

Tribute to John and Marion Leyer

Posted by ken On June - 23 - 2013

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Marion Leyer’s beloved husband John. Marion was for many years a key person in the production field at both TVW Channel 7 and NEW Channel 10 in Perth. Both came to Australia after the war and experienced great success in their respective fields. John […]

This article will try to remain non-technical, though it is important to know what forms of knowledge were required for television to happen. The sources of these discoveries are often buried in ancient history and the many efforts of numerous people that were made over the centuries. Part 1 deals with the sources of our […]

PART 2 This part shows how imagination played an important role in not only arriving at new concepts but predicting where the future may lead. The science fiction of yesteryear soon became the reality of today as the properties of light were explored and substances that reacted to it led to photography and the electric […]

PART 3 This part tells how all the ingredients gradually came together for television to become a reality. The discovery of cathode rays, wireless propagation, the gadgetry and people who made it all happen. The Cathode Ray Tube In 1838, the English scientist Michael Faraday (1791–1867) discovered cathode rays. His main discoveries include those of […]

PART 4 This part tells how some of the early devices were primitive, being made from bicycle parts, until overtaken by advances in the electronics field. There were many people who contributed to the development of television and it was not alway fair in who benefited most from the discoveries. As isolated as Australia was […]

PART 5 This part explains how the competition between the mechanical method of sending images soon gave way to the superior electronic system, with practical applications gradually becoming mainstream as broadcasting organisations embraced this new field. Cathode Ray Tube technology gains prominence Manfred von Ardenne (1907–1997) a German research and applied physicist and inventor gave […]


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