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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 […]

Gai MacLennan (nee Spillman) Channel 7 Dancer

Posted by ken On August - 29 - 2009

There are many instances where Channel Seven personalities and performers share a common thread. Many of the early TVW female presenters were either friends, went to the same school, lived in the same district or their parents were friends. The same situation existed with singers and dancers, from Dulcie Spillman or Shirley Halliday school of […]

Jan Urquhart (nee Cooper) Channel 7 Dancer

Posted by ken On August - 26 - 2009

By Jan Boyd (nee Ladner) Jan Urquhart (nee Cooper) When Jan Urquhart (nee Cooper) joined the Channel 7 Dancers, she appeared on Club Seventeen, Miss West Coast final and The Tenderloin, which was the last show at the Capital Theatre, a show that the whole Club Seventeen cast were in, it was fantastic. Together with […]

Jo-Ann Ledger’s Photographic Flashbacks

Posted by ken On August - 23 - 2009

Jo-Ann Ledger has kindly provided a wide range of photos showing TVW staff in a social environment. In a way they reflect the end of Seven’s golden era, after the company had diversified into many activities from broadcasting to co-productions, movie making, Radio stations, Lion Parks, Cinemas and even butcher shops… to be then taken […]

Kay Linton-Mann (nee Sunners) remembers…

Posted by ken On August - 23 - 2009

Children’s shows, Miss West Coast, Miss Australasian Beach Girl, The Christmas Pageant, Stars of the Future – (Annette Purvis was one of the stars and I have a 45rpm record which was recorded by 7 Records P/L – in original record sleeve). … Such fun to be at the beaches during summer hurtling along in a mini moke with Jeff Newman and Don Rowe and (sometimes) photographer Larry Toogood to select girls from the beach to take part in the Miss West Coast contests – Karen Pini was one of them. 02.jpg Miss Australasian Beach Girl – Karen Pini with Greg Byrne and two others TVW was a great training ground too.

Max Bostock Remembers 50 Years of Television

Posted by ken On August - 19 - 2009

TVW veterans Richard Ashton, Gordon McColl and Ken McKay had an enjoyable meeting with former TVW Chief Executive Officer Max Bostock, on Tuesday July 21st, 2009. During this time, Max kindly agreed to a video recording of his reminiscences. Max became a professional musician at the age of 15 in 1942. He played Piano and […]

Jan Boyd (nee Ladner) Channel Seven Ballet photos

Posted by ken On August - 16 - 2009

The Channel 7 Dancers appeared on: In Perth Tonight Club Seventeen Miss West Coast Final Grand Final Football Shows One of our shows, In Perth Tonight, was done at Rottnest Island, where we were filmed dancing in the sand hills and around various parts of the Island.

… Sharyn Hatch & Brian Smith with Barbara Eden & the Shirley Halliday Dancers in Kings Park JO01.jpg Miss Universe 1979 – Shirley Halliday Dancers presented flowers to the 12 finalists Recently Jan was sitting up late keeping busy sewing sequins on her grand-daughter’s first dancing exam costume.

Jeff Newman’s last week presenting the weather on Seven

Posted by ken On August - 11 - 2009

Jeff Newman looks back on 50 years of weather memories, with flashbacks of TVW’s first weather man Vin Walsh, Trina ‘The Wink’ Brown, Sam Kronja, Judy Thompson and Ann Sanders. Jeff Newman looks back on 50 years of weather memories Four decades on Seven. Jeff Newman takes the weather on the road to say goodbye […]


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