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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 […]

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 […]

“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” […]

Chronicling History with the TV News Camera

Posted by ken On February - 29 - 2012

Chronicling History with the TV News Camera Today’s News is tomorrow’s history and the television newsrooms are prolific documenters of what takes place each day, recording events and conveying them to the public. The news camera folk are capturing not only events of the period, but also creating time-capsule elements with each story reported. That’s […]

A cross nation telecommunications link was established before a sealed road Former Seven News Editor Stuart Joynt remembers many events. One being the sealing of the Eyre Highway. The WA component of the Eyre Highway The isolation of Perth was gradually being reduced by not only improved telecommunications links with the rest of the country […]


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