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A time when Ugly Men worked for Charity

Posted by ken On October - 24 - 2012

UM-04.jpg Johnny O’Keefe, Graham Kennedy, Bobby Limb and Stuart Wagstaff, shirtless on the first Telethon in 1968 Well before the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Esplanade Train Station and the Transperth City Busport, or the car park on the corner of Mounts Bay Road and William Street, there existed on the same site a fairground called White City, which was established by a charitable group called the Ugly Men’s Voluntary Workers Association.

…These bands made guest appearances on the Perth show, where Bill Blaine and the Dynamics were the house band. UM-31.jpg Coca Cola Hi Fi Club Hops at the Embassy (Courtesy of Colin Nichol) Coca-Cola’ subsidiary Gest (Golden West Soft Drinks) also sponsored the Club 7 Teen teenage shows on TVW Channel 7 which were hosted by Gary Carvolth from 1963 to 1964, then by Johnny Young.

We wish to advise that Perth science-teacher-turned-history-author and founder of the Light and Sound Discovery Centre, Richard Rennie, has produced an exciting new reference to everything old in relation to Western Australia wirelesses and gramophones. NEW PUBLICATION The Encyclopedia of Western Australian Wirelesses and Gramophones by Richard Rennie. In the first half of the twentieth […]

“If it ain’t fun, we ain’t doing it !”

Posted by ken On October - 10 - 2012

As retirees and broadcasting history enthusiasts our intrepid researchers Richard Ashton and Gordon McColl have one rule which determines every task: “If it ain’t fun, we ain’t doing it !” There’s so many people to catch up with, who have a shared history, and so many interesting and exciting things to do, that anything otherwise […]

Wireless Hill Celebrates its Centenary

Posted by ken On October - 4 - 2012

Sunday 30th of September, 2012 was the culmination of a series of events to celebrate the centenary of Wireless Hill this year. Scheduled events prior included a Sculpture Walk in February/March; an outdoor film night in March; a history of Wireless Hill talk in March; National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week activities […]

AMMPT commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the ABC

Posted by ken On July - 11 - 2012

Published on behalf of the Australian Museum of Motion Picture and Television (AMMPT). Next Wednesday July 18th is the AMMPT member’s meeting night at the RSL hall in Bentley. As previously promoted at http://watvhistory.com/2012/05/classics-of-the-silver-screen/ the main event for the evening will be a presentation by Education/Exhibition officer, Richard Rennie on the history of local ABC […]

Buzz Aldrin in Carnarvon

Posted by ken On June - 24 - 2012

Apollo 11 Lunar Module pilot Buzz Aldrin visited Carnarvon, Western Australia from June 22nd to 23rd, 2012 for a two-day program called “To the Moon and Back Festival” where he officially opened the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum. Dr Buzz Aldrin was handed the key to the town by Carnarvon shire president Karl Brandenburg and […]

Remembering Dorothy Krantz

Posted by ken On June - 7 - 2012

The News headlines are more often full of wars, disasters, crime, accidents, the antics of politicians and the economy rather than good news, and to a greater extent we hear about celebrities behaving badly rather than important people doing good deeds. What the media gives prominence to is not necessarily based on excellence, virtue and […]

Coralie Condon’s 97th Birthday Party

Posted by ken On June - 3 - 2012

Coralie Condon’s 97th Birthday Party At a party held on 20th May, which was kindly organised by Rick Hearder, with Audrey Long (Barnaby) providing support, fifty guests and theatrical friends celebrated Coralie Condon’s birthday. She was 97 years young on May 16th, 2012. Coralie about to cut the cake, flanked by Rick Hearder and Audrey […]

AMMPT preserving our broadcasting heritage

Posted by ken On May - 28 - 2012

AMMPT preserving our broadcasting heritage The Wireless Hill Museum is now undergoing refurbishment in time for the centenary on September 30th this year. The telecommunications collection has been deaccessioned with the two largest items now in the process of being moved, which will leave the main room clear of exhibits. The first large item is […]

“The first lady of Western Australian television” deserves that honour on so many levels. Not only is Coralie the grande dame of WA theatre, being a playwright, composer, actor, producer and director of not only stage productions, but also kick started local television production in WA. Coralie Condon “The first lady of Western Australian television” […]


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