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Tribute to Jan Vermazen and an era of Film

Posted by ken On December - 16 - 2015

Tribute to Jan Vermazen and an era of Film Jan Vermazen     Jan Vermazen was one of the original Channel Seven Perth employees, and a very important person during the film era.     Early news staff included not only Darcy Farrell as News Editor, but also journalist Ross Cusack, cine cameramen Peter Goodall, Digby Milner, […]

TVW Female Staff Uniform – Modesty Issues

Posted by ken On August - 4 - 2015

TVW Female Staff Uniform – Modesty Issues     Well before the bikini, the two or even one piece swimming suit there was a more stringent attitude to the morality of dress and how much skin could be shown in western society.     Morality or modesty seemed to also to be the issue during the early […]

Vale Dr Russel Perry AM

Posted by ken On July - 19 - 2015

Vale Dr Russel Perry AM     Dave Berinson copied advice of this to Kevin Campbell, who in turn has copied it to colleagues who either worked with or were associated with Russel Perry.     Kevin said that, “He was a champion “bloke” in all respects and his death is very sad indeed.”     Richard Ashton […]

Last Seven Perth News from the Dianella Studios

Posted by ken On March - 8 - 2015

Last Seven Perth News from the Dianella Studios Sunday 22nd February, 2015     Not only was Seven veteran Richard Aston present for the last News bulletin from the old studios, but he was one of the two studio cameramen for the opening of the station and the variety show and first News bulletin on Friday […]

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 […]

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 […]

TVW Girls’ Picnic Foiled by Rain

Posted by ken On November - 25 - 2012

Photo Flashback: TVW Secretaries and Peter Dean (in drag) help celebrate the retirement of Sir James Cruthers in 1981 with their take on the Mickey Mouse Club song     A group of former TVW secretaries and production ladies enjoyed reminiscing together on Sunday November 4th 2012. It was planned as a picnic on the foreshore […]

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.

“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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