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8 Years with 7 in the 60’s by Brian Harrison-Lever

Posted by ken On November - 16 - 2009

EIGHT YEARS WITH SEVEN IN THE SIXTIES Brian Harrison-Lever Brian Harrison-Lever with Carolyn Tannock (nee Noble) After returning from a 4 year working holiday in the UK in 1963 I made an application for a job as a Set Designer with Perth’s new, commercial television station, TVW Channel Seven. I was interviewed by the then […]

A message from Rolf Harris

Posted by ken On November - 14 - 2009

In 2006, it was the 50th anniversary of television in Australia. The Australian Museum of Motion Picture Technology (AMMPT) commemorated this occasion with two events. The first was an exhibition in the undercroft of the Perth Town Hall in October 2006, and the second, a reunion for Perth television stations with TVW7, ABW2 and STW9 […]

TVW Reunion Photos courtesy of Annette Purvis

Posted by ken On November - 11 - 2009

Back in the 1970’s, Annette Grennell (nee Purvis) was a young performer on STARS OF THE FUTURE, a national half hour children’s variety program which received Logie Awards in 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1976. Annette also appeared during the MISS WEST COASTS, TELETHONS and sang the theme to FAT CAT’S FUN SHOW. Annette Purvis, Lynne […]

Val Sutherland reports…

Posted by ken On November - 8 - 2009

Val Sutherland (nee Amoore) worked in the Seven Publicity and Program Departments form 1979 to 1985 (Typist/Publicity Co-ordinator/Publicity Manager). Gerry Swift, Val Sutherland, Martin Trevor, Jo-Ann Ledger Val reports that, “My years at Channel 7 were so much fun and I was very fortunate to meet a group of fantastic people that are still my […]

Please be watching TVW Channel 7 tonight at 8:30pm (Friday October 16th, 2009) for Seven’s 50th anniversary special titled “7 Perth The First 50 Years”. This fast moving, informative and entertaining special will bring back many fond memories of TVW in the early years. It will also be an education for the younger viewers who […]

Today’s Directors, starting out, don’t know how lucky they are with the modern “Tools” at their disposal. One of the original 3 inch black and white PYE cameras used on the Opening Night of TVW on October 16th, 1959 When I started Directing in 1967 the Black and White Cameras were equipped with a Turret […]

David Farr – TV Pioneer (Career Notes & Press Reports)

Posted by ken On October - 14 - 2009

In early 1958 came the big break David Farr had been hoping for. Radio 6PM conducted auditions for an announcer, for which he applied and won the position. He was appointed to the evening shift, which in the pre-television era was radio’s prime time slot. Other duties included a couple of hours per day writing […]

Patti Rock (nee Nicholas) worked in both the Accounts and Production Departments at TVW Channel Seven between 1965 and 1969. Patti kindly provided the following information and photos… I arrived at Seven in 1965 working in the ‘front’ office as a ledger machinist. Alf Binks was my immediate boss. I ventured onto the newly acquired […]

Luise Nelthorpe (nee Borsje) – Secretary

Posted by ken On October - 2 - 2009

From 1971 to 1976, Luise Borsje was the Secretary to TVW’s Chief Executive Officer Max Bostock, part of the production team and also involved in setting up the inaugural Xmas Pageant and Director Gerry Swift’s Assistant on “It’s Academic” with Jeff Newman. Luise kindly emailed this story of a period of high productivity at TVW […]

Danni Harford – Dancer and Choreographer

Posted by ken On September - 12 - 2009

Danni Harford was a dancer and choreographer with TVW between 1964 and 1968, then appeared in many specials and lavish stage productions. Danni Harford Danni danced regularly with Kevan Johnston, during his time as TVW choreographer, then took on that role herself. Later returning to appear in a number of the key productions where Brian […]


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