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Celebrating the life of Miss Coralie Condon

Posted by ken On February - 11 - 2015

Celebrating the life of Miss Coralie Condon Coralie Condon and Max Kay judging Stars of the Future     Coralie Condon died peacefully at Castledare Nursing Home on 24 December, 2014, aged 99. Only a few months short of her birthday on May 16th.     Coralie was an actress, writer, composer, producer, presenter, business woman, the […]

Part 2 – Tribute to Coralie Condon (1915-2014)

Posted by ken On January - 22 - 2015

Coralie kept in touch, and gave Anthony his first professional job (while still at the Theatre Guild) as a ‘puppet voice’ in “Children’s Channel 7”.     In the midst of full time employment at Seven, with extra curricular activities helping the Anglican Church and others, Coralie found time to direct “The Mikado” at the Playhouse Theatre in May 1964.     Back out at Seven that year, they were making the television version of Coralie’s musical comedy ‘The Good Oil’, which starred Jill Perryman and husband Kevan Johnston with top-line local artists, who included: Margot Robertson, Vic Hawkins, Bill McPherson, John Chalton, Neville Teede, Philip Porter, Joan Bruce, Gerry Atkinson, Veronica Overton, Danni Harford and the Channel 7 Dancers – Jennifer Hayden, Karen Obbs, Janet Ladner, Adrienne O’Meara, Gay Chandler and Clarice Page.

…It was called Tenderloin, and was a musical in which the cast could let their hair down and have a ball.     Coralie remained at Channel 7 on permanent staff from July 1959 to August 1969 and then on a casual basis from 1969 to 1973.     Former TVW Enterprises Managing Director Sir James Cruthers described Coralie Condon to Dr Peter Harries as, “…a very important cog in the TVW wheel… She was responsible for almost all the production we did, one way or another… quite unusual that a woman should do this in those days.”     Earlier in September 1964, Frank Baden-Powell had formed The Hole in the Wall Theatre, on the corner of Newcastle and Stirling Streets, North Perth, in partnership with John Gill.

Part 1 – Tribute to Coralie Condon (1915-2014)

Posted by ken On January - 22 - 2015

    Coralie Condon gently passed away at 7am on Christmas Eve 2014, aged 99, at the Castledare Retirement Village, in Wilson. Once the site of the Castledare Boys Home and still the location of the Castledare Miniature Railway. Coralie Condon (OAM)     Coralie was an actress, writer, composer, producer, presenter, business woman, the Grande Dame […]

Doug Burton Tribute – Part 1 of 6

Posted by ken On November - 12 - 2014

DOUGIE FLYPAST By Stuart Joynt     Douglas Joseph Burton MBE – what an extraordinary man, what an extraordinary life.     Footballer, cricketer, baseballer, pilot, father, father-figure, grandfather, photographer extraordinaire and master planner.     It won’t come as a surprise to anyone that Doug actually wanted to be a sports journalist and so it’s completely predictable […]

Doug Burton Tribute – Part 2 of 6

Posted by ken On November - 12 - 2014

DOUGLAS JOSEPH BURTON By Jan Burton Jackson     Among the lifetime collection of photographs, negatives, documents and writings of the late photojournalist Douglas Joseph Burton is a piece of ageing copy paper on which he long ago typed: “The eye of the camera records all that is true, from the first visible beginnings of life, […]

Tribute to James Condon (1923-2014)

Posted by ken On February - 15 - 2014

Tribute to James Condon (1923-2014)     Audrey Long (Barnaby) kindly conveyed the sad passing of James Condon (1923-2014) the younger brother of Coralie Condon, who was an actor of great note, performing on the stage, radio, films and television.     Coralie and James used to talk each night by phone until he had a stroke […]

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 […]

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 […]

Remembering Bryan Dunne (1928 – 2013)

Posted by ken On April - 13 - 2013

Bryan Dunne in 1981 Steve Worner has sadly advised the passing of Bryan Dunne. Bryan was a much liked TVW News cameraman from 1969 to 1988, a period that experienced the transition from film cameras to electronic news gathering (ENG). “Bryan – known as ‘BD’ around his colleagues – had served in both the Royal […]


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