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Tribute to Sir James Cruthers (1924-2015)

Posted by ken On November - 5 - 2015

Tribute to Sir James Cruthers (1924-2015)     Sir James Cruthers (1924-2015) passed away peacefully on Tuesday 13th October, aged 90.     He was the founder of TVW Channel Seven in Perth, the first television station in Western Australia, which opened on Friday 16th October 1959.     A Eucharist to celebrate the life of Sir James […]

Life and Work on the Other Side of Your TV Screen

Posted by ken On March - 21 - 2015

Life and Work on the Other Side of Your TV ScreenEngineering TVW7 in the 1960s and 1970s     The Australian Museum of Motion Picture and Television (AMMPT) not only conduct the Sunday morning Classic Movies at the Cygnet Cinema once a month, but also have regular In Focus Presentations, where historians or veterans of […]

A Historic Era of Television Activity is Coming to a Close for Seven Perth     Perth’s three commercial television stations established their studios at one of the highest points in the metropolitan area, so they could had a direct line of sight to the transmitter sites in the Darling Ranges. With TVW Channel Seven opening […]

The Golden Years of TVW video presentation

Posted by ken On August - 27 - 2013

    A friendly gathering of television veterans and cinema folk was kindly hosted by the Australian Museum of Motion Picture and Television (AMMPT) on Wednesday 21st of August, 2013. A 51 minute video covering the golden era of TVW was screened on this occasion. AMMPT President (WA) John Fuhrmann introduced the event     Gary Carvolth […]

“The Western Australian TV Pioneer and philanthropist Sir James Cruthers is the subject of the next AMMPT ‘inFocus’ presentation. On screen, we will see Sir James Cruthers himself, presenting anecdotes about key events from 1959 until his retirement in 1981. Other early TV personalities will add ‘behind the scenes’ stories to enrich the presentation. Sir […]

“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” […]

Bill McKenzie filled many key executive rolls at TVW and later become the first Managing Director of NEW-10 in Perth. 1959-1963 Joined TVW June 1959 and worked in Traffic, Programs & Publicity. 1963 Sydney Sales Manager TVW7 1964-1968 Film Manager TVW7 1968-1974 Assistant Station Manager TVW7 1974-1977 General Manager SAS 10 Adelaide 1978-1982 Group General […]

To explain: Brian gathered our best on and off-camera talent together (David Farr I recall, was the male lead) he then designed a set larger than anything that had ever been devised before—complete with a running stream, weeping willows, wild flowers, a boat (avec oars) and a leading lady (whose name escapes me) and appropriate English garden-type music, to complete this idyllic scene of David rowing his paramour to goodness-knows-where..

… Uncle Albert’s few friends congratulated him on the commercial—but he got no new business, and the best salesmanship involved was after the event when I had to convince BST that even though we were in breach of Broadcasting standards by running an almost four minute commercial, the vision was such as to justify it being considered as Australian progam content if we were asked to explain…

Update on documenting our TV heritage

Posted by ken On June - 24 - 2011

Since 2008, our small team of enthusiastic television veterans, supported by stories, photos and videos from many of the pioneers, is providing the basis for the content on this web site. There is now an ever increasing list of oral history contributors… Sir James Cruthers Carolyn Noble (Tannock) Sir James and Gary Carvolth Coralie Condon […]

Coralie Condon recently turned 96 years of age on May 16th, but that has not slowed her down, still attending theatrical performances and regularly entertaining friends and family, even though her eye sight is fading. On Monday 23rd of May, Coralie played hostess to a gathering of colleagues when two former senior executives Max Bostock […]


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