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Posted by KeithMackenzie On October - 12 - 2009

ON-AIR PRESENTATION - “The Way It Used To Be” as recalled by former TVW Senior Director, Keith Mackenzie.


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Behind the glass wall is Terry Green in AMU1
VMU1 personnel Left to Right: Keith Mackenzie, Gerry Swift, Max Taylor and his Lighting Assistant.


When you watch Television in Australia, today, in 2009, and view a Commercial Channel’s ON-AIR Presentation of Programs, Promos and Commercials, it’s all being Transmitted to you from Melbourne or Sydney. It doesn’t matter whether you live in Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth, your local Channel’s content (unless it’s the local News or a local “Live” Program) will be coming from Melbourne or Sydney, and, it’s all automatic, generated by a Computer, and, once programed, no Human needs to be in attendance.

Not so in years gone by though– At TVW, back in the 60’s, when I joined the Company, all the TV Directors were rostered on to one of two, daily, 8 hour shifts, as Presentation Directors, referred to then as Coordinators. In those days we didn’t have TV on the air for 24 hours a day like today. We sat in a Control Room and put the TV Station to air. That meant sitting at a Vision Mixing panel and switching between Programs, Commercials and Promos, and, also Vision Mixing the evening News bulletin.

Items would be cued up with a run up time for the Sound and Vision to stabilize, usually of between 5 and 10 seconds. We had to run the item by calling the Film or Videotape operators via a Talkback system. We also inserted Slides from Telecine for some items.


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1965 version of the Master Log courtesy of Peter Croft


We worked off a Presentation log with every item detailed, and it was necessary to make sure that everything dovetailed together neatly, and, most importantly, that we didn’t miss, or mess up, any Commercials. That would mean that the Company lost revenue. If that happened, we’d then have to try and find a slot to do a Make-Good, which meant running the Commercial again at no cost to the client. It was also very important not to Schedule a Product clash in a Break so that we didn’t have, for example, 2 of the same Products, but, from 2 different manufacturers.

The Presentation Team consisted of six people, the Director, Audio operator, Telecine operator, Videotape operator, Booth Announcer for Voice overs, and, an Engineer in the Master Control area to monitor the technical output. All very different to today’s On-Air Presentation operation.


Early 1960’s On-Air Program Presentation Facilities


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Tim Ball and Brian Williams in Vision Mixing Unit (VMU2)


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Audio Mixing Unit (AMU2)



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Pam Leuba in the Announce Booth behind AMU2



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Frank Deusien in the original Master Control



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Ray Caley and Peter Buzzard in Telecine



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Ken McKay in Videotape







TVW EARLY HISTORY – Jan Rogers (nee Farr)

Posted by ken On October - 12 - 2009

Jan Farr was the Secretary to the Programme Manager and a Script Assistant with TVW Channel Seven between 1959 and 1964. Jan is also the sister of TVW on-air personality, Sales representative and Radio 6IX Manager David Farr.


TVW EARLY HISTORY – Jan Rogers (nee Farr)


I worked for TVW in the very early years for approximately 3 years starting in 1959 when the office was in the basement of Newspaper House in St. George’s Tce. in Perth. This office was temporary whilst the studios were being built at Tuart Hill. There was very little room and hardly any staff.


I was secretary to Programme Manager Lloyd Lawson. It was an exciting job, as our State was new to TV. New studios were being built, new staff were being hired. I remember going through lots of applications for television auditions for news commentators and other staff. Making it more personal for me was the fact that my brother David was one of the applicants for a news commentators position, and turned out to be the first one of these to be appointed. I still remember Lloyd’s surprise when I admitted David was my brother.



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When the studios were completed everything had to be moved from St. George’s Tce. to TVW at Tuart Hill. That was a huge task and suddenly a lot more staff appeared. There was room to move and things began in earnest. Just being able to see the inside workings of a television station was a whole new world.


In those days the studios had a feeling of being one big family, and you were expected to move around from one job to another to help out until things were organized. As well as secretarial work, I became Script Assistant for live teen music shows. For a time in the Record Library I selected background music for news stories. I appeared with Lloyd Lawson in a commercial for a diamond ring. I was even a kitchen assistant in a cooking show a few times. The job certainly had variety.


I feel I was lucky to be in a position to work at TVW in those years.



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Veteran Producer and Director Brian Williams kindly added the following footnote…


I recall, Jan, who is David Farr’s sister, was LLoyd Lawson’s secretary from the outset. I have a strong feeling Marion Leyer joined TVW to be Max’s P.A. a few months in, while down the corridor in Production sat Lloyd, Jan Farr, John D Brown, Jean Hunsley, Coralie Condon, Penny Hoes, Wendy Nevard and moi! At times it seemed a little crowded and later on the crowd split up.








Sue Scrutton (nee Ammon) – Secretary

Posted by ken On October - 11 - 2009

Sue Ammon was the secretary to John Quicke in Engineering from 1963 to 1967.


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Lizzie Kirkham (nee Sorley), Frank Moss, Sue Scrutton (nee Ammon) and Joy Campbell (nee Heweston) (Photo courtesy of Joy Campbell)

Jim Cruthers was terrifyingly intelligent and a stickler for “no rubbing out” on those foolscap six strike (duplicates) pages, which I typed on a manual typewriter (later clocked at 104wpm, no errors – TVW was good training). How many times did we get to the last word, only to make a typo and have to start all over again? I never got good enough at rubbing out the carbon copies to fool Mr Cruthers. Remember those circular erasers?

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TVW Wild West Night: Sue is second from the left (Photo courtesy of Sue Scrutton)


One day, when his secretary Perry Moss was away, I was asked to leave my laid-back engineering department (John Quicke was my very forgiving boss) and do some letters for Mr Cruthers. I sat across the desk from him and took his dictation down in my pretty ordinary shorthand. Then he asked me to read it back! I did my best, despite nerves, but halted at a word and he leaned over, glanced at it for a second then told me what it was. He could read shorthand upside down!

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Joy Heweston, Patti Nicholas, Marg Heweston & Sue Ammon doing a skit at the 1965 Ball (Photo courtesy of Patti Rock (nee Nicholas))


I wondered why he didn’t just type it up himself. I’m sure he would have done a better job of it than I did.













Please note that the Australian Museum of Motion Picture Technology (AMMPT) is a separate entity from this web site. We are promoting AMMPT’s exhibition because they share a common interest in television heritage matters.

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A free public exhibition is currently running at the Fremantle Arts Centre, entitled “50 years of television broadcasting in Western Australia”.

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This exhibition is being co-ordinated by the WA branch of the Australian Museum of Motion Picture Technology (AMMPT). It was formally opened by the Honourable John Day, Minister for Culture and the Arts, on Wednesday 7th October 2009.

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Hon. John Day, Minister for Culture and the Arts

The exhibition features the development of television from the early 1936 experiments by Blake Horrocks in Harvey, the public demonstration of television at the Perth Town Hall in 1949 and the subsequent establishment of the commercial and national channels.

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Interactive displays explain the very origins of the illusion of moving images which are proving very popular with children and adults alike.

The exhibition has four main themes;

1. The pioneering days.

2. Informing the Public (news and current affairs)

3. Personalities and programmes

4. Evolution of the Technology.

The display is open every day from 10 am to 4 pm up till December 4th.

Admission is free, but a gold coin or similar donation would be very appreciated.

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Keith Bales (TVW Reunion Chair) with Daryl Binning (AMMPT President)
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Ian Stimson (TV Collecter), Earl Reeve (Former ABC) and Terry Spence (Former STW9)
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David Hawkes (former ABC) arrives with wife wife Rosemary
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Ross McDonald (former TVW engineer and TAIMAC owner)
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Julie and Derric Wright (former ABC)
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Flapper, Humphrey B. Bear with Terry Spence
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Terry Spence with Russell Goodrick
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Terry Spence with Richard Rennie
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Gordon McColl examines the exhibits
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The birth of the TV Newsroom in WA
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Now the age of satellites, computers and automation
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Monday 5th October, 2009 -to- Friday 4th December, 2009

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The Fremantle Arts Centre is the former Asylum building on the corner of Ord and Finnerty Streets in Fremantle.

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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 Punch Card machine which spat out information onto the very large computer machine housed up the corridor. I enjoyed my time in the accounts department for 3 years then left to travel for a few months.

Back I came and took up a position as a production assistant working with director Keith Mackenzie and producer Jeff Newman. An exciting time in television with many new shows on the drawing board. Spellbound with Martin St James was intriguing and talent show – Perth’s New Faces – which produced some seriously bad talent but provided many laughs and made my time at 7 extremely enjoyable.

Just retrieved these photos from my archives…


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Joy Heweston, Patti Nicholas, Marg Heweston & Sue Ammon doing a skit at the 1965 Ball.


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Seemed to be a good idea at the time!


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Ball Ticket 1966 (think this was done by Seven’s graphic artist Sandy Lucas)

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Jeff Newman, Garry Meadows, Keith Mackenzie and me at a production meeting. Think it was for New Faces??


Looking forward to seeing some old faces on the 18th (TVW Reunion on Sunday 18th October, 2009)

Take care

Patti Rock


Additional photos by TVW and clippings courtesy of Keith Mackenzie…


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Spellbound production meeting with Martin St James standing then director Keith Mackenzie to the right followed by Barry Daniel, Patti Nicholas and John Easton



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Same Photo: Closeup of Patti Nicholas and John Easton (Floor Manager)



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Same production meeting with Martin St James standing and director Keith Mackenzie seated on the right



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Special guest Barry Morse (Lt. Philip Gerard in the Fugitive TV series), Martin St James and Garry Meadows



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Martin St James created Studio mayhem with the Moon Man, watched by host and often victim Garry Meadows and crew



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Hi-jinx with the hypnotised audience members



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Martin discusses the night’s mischief with co-producer Jeff Newman and director Keith Mackenzie

Martin St James with his wife Lee, his partner in an extra-sensory perception act

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Bill Renfrey, who under Martin’s influence thinks he comes from the moon and can only speak the moon language








The First 50 Years

Posted by ken On October - 7 - 2009
A preview of TVW’s 50th Annversary special.
50 years ago on October 16, 1959 West Australians took part in an historic occasion. A single moment altered forever the way we watched the world.
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50 years ago on October 16, 1959 West Australians took part in an historic occasion. A single moment altered forever the way we watched the world.

By a strange twist of circumstance I found myself on the Reunion Committee, together with my mother, Jocelyn and a group of people who actually worked at TVW in the early days (I was 15 years old when Brian was forced to resign in a board-room coup; I never worked at the station).


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2009 – TVW 50th Anniversary Reunion Planning Committee

Left to Right: Keith Bales, Jill Glass, Keith Mackenzie, Jocelyn and Bret Treasure with John Young

Jocelyn and I decided that if we were on the Committee, Brian’s contribution to Seven was less likely to be overlooked. The contribution of people who are deceased tends to be assumed by people who’ve survived them.


One of the things that’s obvious to me now is that none of the achievements of the station were individual. Someone had the idea, someone else significantly modified the concept, other people implemented the idea in ways that fundamentally changed it and there were people in the corporate infrastructure without whom the thing would not have worked.


Brian brought Disney on Parade to Australia, but it never would have happened if Graeme Plummer hadn’t suggested they go and see the show while they were buying programs in the states. It also needed Edgleys and the Bullens and executive support from TVW. The same is true of Brian’s other contributions; the Entertainment Centre, the many live shows, the innovations in programming and advertising and the community involvement.



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Brian Treasure keeping an eye on the construction of the Perth Entertainment Centre


The career achievements were significant (here is the Brian Treasure bio if you’re interested) and his contradictions and personality are accurately summed up by Darcy Farrell in a piece he wrote after Brian’s death. “Uncompromising, brilliant, difficult and dominating… yet soft as a kitten”. Eric Fisher observed, “he was as much at home playing pool in the front bar of the local pub as he was in the executive suites of New York and London”.


Darcy refers to Brian’s negotiating skills with high-powered American executives and his ability to connect personally with staff and celebrities. I saw a lot of that as a teenager, because so much entertaining happened at home. The bar at 86 Harrison Street was like the after-hours annex. People would just arrive, drink beer and then be invited to stay for dinner.



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Rank and file partied at the Treasure household during the halcyon days of early television.
Carolyn Noble sits on the knee of Bruce Gyngell, the first live presenter on Australian TV.
Also seen in the back row are Olive Shearer, Sue Laurence, Pearl and Carol Davies.
The girl on Gyngell`s left is Kaye Darbon then Kaye Saville, Frank Moss`s secretary around 1960. Sue Laurence was ledger machinist in Accounts and daughter of John Laurence Finance Editor of the West Australian (details courtesy of Bill McKenzie).



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Brian Treasure, Stan Fildes, Stan’s wife Lois with Jocelyn Treasure



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Back yard gathering of the rank and file.
Back row includes far left Colin Gorey (Audio), middle Gordon McColl (Cameraman/Floor Manager), Stan Fildes and Jim Cruthers,
Seated to the right are Film Department girls Olive Shearer and the Davies twins.



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Darcy Farrell, Hollywood Actress Lisa Gaye (sister of Debra Pagent) and Brian Treasure (details provided by Darcy Farrell).
Graeme Plumber reports that Lisa Gaye appeared in many TV series in the early 60’s and in a lot of well known movies.



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Brian Treasure, Ron Brown of Universal MCA with Jim Cruthers at the home of Sir James in Floreat Park (details provided by Bret Treasure).



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Frank Moss with Ben Treasure in a Donald Duck mask (he’s now over 6 foot tall)



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Debbie Treasure, Taffy the Lion (John Cousins) and Bret Treasure



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Jocelyn and Brian Treasure


The irony is that for all his charisma and social skills, he never courted attention, publicity or acknowledgement. It was always about the project, the product or the venture.


In writing this article, I found myself wondering what Brian would have said about his time at TVW. Here is what I think he would have said if he had the opportunity to address his co-workers.


I am so proud to have worked with you people. Not only did you take television into people’s homes, you took it into the community and made it part of Western Australia. That didn’t happen by accident and it happened differently here to the way it happened in other parts of Australia. You were resourceful, you worked long hours, you were original and you were very professional. And many of you had wives and relatives who helped the stations in many ways but were never properly thanked.

Probably, TVW is the most successful TV station in this country. But more importantly, a force for good in Western Australia. There is nothing in the world like Telethon; it is special and you made it that way. In Telethon and in your deep connections with the community you became something more than a television and radio station. You understood that local was important and you gave unprecedented opportunities to local people.


This is a glamorous industry and it’s a fickle industry. Talented people are overlooked and lose their jobs and we are all subject to the same management mistakes and insensitivities that occur whenever people do business together. If that happened to you, don’t let it define you; you’re bigger than that.


You have done great work, you’ve been part of something bigger and for seventeen years of my life, you were family, friends and career. You’ll excuse me, I’m getting a little emotional.


Footnote: Ken McKay challenged me on whether Brian would have got emotional. He wouldn’t have in 1965 or 1975 but he got more sensitive as he aged. I think he would say his years at Seven were the best years of his life.


Bob Page – Traffic, SAS10, Telethon and 6IX (1969-1985)

Posted by ken On October - 6 - 2009

Bob Page worked with TVW Enterprises from 1969 to 1985, during which time he was Traffic Supervisor for TVW 7 in Perth, Station Manager of SAS 10 in Adelaide and General Manager 6IX.


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TVW/6IX Traffic department 1976
Back row: Gary Abbott, Dorothy Robins, Neville Kirk, Shane Roderiga, Jamie Martinovich, Bob Page
Front Row: Athol Smith, Wendy Philps (behind Athol Smith) , Don Rock, Judy Duggan, Lynne Craghill, Jenny Hodgkins, Jan Galliott, Kerry Harnett

Bob initially had responsibility for the important scheduling aspects of TVW. A department known as Traffic, which handled the dual tasks of turning the Program Department’s TV guide and the commercial bookings placed with the Sales Department, into a coherent schedule of events for the operational and presentation staff to execute.

In the early days, the department was simply known as Continuity and everything was documented in a ledger, before being typed, duplicated and circulated to the videotape, telecine, master control, audio control, announce booth and duty presentation supervisor, for presenting as the day’s TV programs.


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Early version of the Master Log courtesy of Peter Croft


In the late 1960’s, TVW embraced early data processing techniques, where the program and advertising information was entered onto IBM punch cards, and then manually sorted into a deck of cards representing every on-air event taking place in a given day.

The cards would then be taken to a sound proof room where an very large and noisy line printer would create the daily schedule as a multi-copy printout, involving the original top copy and a number of carbon copies.

These then had to be separated, collated and stapled, before delivery to the various operations personnel. The Accounts Department gained an advantage, as the same punch cards could then be fed into the printer again, with a new task determined by the configuration of wires on a small patch panel. This process then totalled advertising revenue.

It was very labour intensive, for something intended to streamline the clerical workload.

Bob Page excelled in this area and was soon promoted through the ranks of management.


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Bob Page as Station Manager of SAS 10 in Adelaide



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Bob Page General Manager 6IX


Bob has kindly provided this insight into life at TVW and 6IX in those days…

I was interviewed and employed by Ernie Taylor in the late 60’s as a Traffic clerk. I remember applying for the job by telephone and Ernie told me he already had enough applications and it wasn’t until I mentioned that prior to my 2 year National Service stint I had worked at 6PR and had commercial scheduling experience, that he agreed to see me.


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Ernie Taylor


The Traffic Supervisor at the time was Richard Michel. A year or so after I started Richard left TVW and I took on his role and later became Traffic Manager when Ernie became Operations Manager.

During my time in the traffic department (BC-before computers) all of the program logs were printed by quite a large object called an IBM 447 Data Processor. No doubt Don Rock could tell you more about this as he was in charge of the machine. The 447 broke down on a regular basis and it got that way that the IBM technician that was sent to fix it became like a member of the staff.

I enjoyed my years in the Traffic Department as there was always a sense of achievement getting the “logs” out, especially at Easter and Christmas times. It was also frustrating at times when the Sales reps. (yes you Don Odgers) and the Program Department (Graeme) were late in getting information to you. Film make-up, Jan Vermazen and Edna Vermulan, and the program vault, John Dee in particular would be breathing down our necks for the final log. Many of you would remember that we had a “Gold Sheet” that was typed up at the last minute with all of the late copy or changes to the Program log. It was never called an amendment sheet or a changes sheet. It was a “Gold Sheet” because it was typed on gold coloured paper.

One thing the Traffic staff looked forward to each year was the Sales Department client Christmas party that was held on the TVW grounds under a large marquee. First of all the Sales department would request the best looking female staff members to dress up in their best summer gear and mingle with the clients. The function was always on a Friday so we would rush to get the program logs out quickly so the rest of us could get to the function.


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TVW 1973: Jeannette Ashley, Louise Borsje, Bob Page , Bill Macartney, Ann Pick, Linda Brownrigg and Bill Meacham
(Bill Macartney is the son of WA Newspapers famous managing editor J.E.Macartney)

During my time we had many good staff members go through the Traffic Department including Ric Burns, Jeff Hill, Ric Nairn, Ian Brunton, Jamie Martinovich, and I’m sure many more that I cannot remember. It was the males that always moved on. Two ladies that come to mind as being stalwarts of the department during their time were Beryl Keaughran and Helen Story. Overall the quality of the staff we had in the Traffic department was first class.

Away from the office I socialised (mostly at the pub) with a number of fellow staff members including, Terry Willisee, John McAlpine (Sales) Jeff Hill (Sales), Mal Sutton (Publicity and weekend newsreader) Gary Carvolth and Roger McAuliffe (Publicity), Bob Horley (Sales) and Linda Brownrigg (Traffic) who later became my wife.

Former TVW staff members I socialise with today are J Barry Williams, Lionel Yorke, Ron Christie, Howard Read and Linda Brownrigg.

Linda and I started a group travel business in 1986 which I still own and is now managed by our daughter. The reason for mentioning this is because two past TVW staff members, Dorothy Buktenica (nee Robins) of Traffic and Jenny Rimmer (switchboard) travel the world as Tour Managers looking after our clients.








Linda McHutchison (nee Brownrigg) – Secretary

Posted by ken On October - 6 - 2009

Linda Brownrigg worked in the Traffic Department in the early 1970’s, before marrying Traffic Supervisor Bob Page. Unfortunately Linda had to leave because in those days managers weren’t allowed to fraternise with the staff. Bob and Linda were married for 23 years.


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This photo of Bob Maumill and Linda Brownrigg was taken at the World Premiere of The Man From Snowy River, held in Perth


The following Group photo was kindly provided by Jeannette Smith (nee Ashley) who reports that it was one of the annual Christmas Parties that TVW/6IX put on for the ‘Sales’ clients.

The female staff had to welcome the guests and put on their name tags… but the ladies were not allowed to fraternise with them, nor join the party.

Bob pointed out that it was at one of these parties that he and Linda first became a couple. Jeannette suggests that Bob must have popped out to say hello (after a few drinks!) and given one to Linda!

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TVW 1973: Jeannette Ashley, Louise Borsje then Bob Page and further over next to Bill Meacham at the far right is Linda Brownrigg


Linda continues the story, “The theme of the party was Hawaiian and each girl (hostess) was required to approach the male guests and ask them if they would like a ley (as in one you put around your neck). Of course the pun was very suggestive and everyone thought it was a huge joke.

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Barry Williams with Linda Brownrigg


The pic with Barry Williams and I was taken at an annual dinner and I can’t remember what it was in aid of however, Barry was Manager of TVW at the time.


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I am attaching another pic of Tony Murphy’s 40th Birthday party. There are too many people in the pic for me to name but it is a good pic.

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The ‘My What Big Ears You have’ pic, this was taken at the second TVW Christmas Pageant in Perth and Bob Page is inside the costume.


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The girl in the pink top is Mary Byrne and the guy in the white top and sporting a mustache is Gary Davey. Mary and Gary eventually married and I think they live in England now.


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Rick and Cathy Burns are featured together at Bob and Linda Page’s wedding when Bob was Traffic Manager.


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The Pic with Lionel Yorke, Ellie Devaney and Linda Page was taken at Barry Williams wedding to Christine Marks.”

I also wanted to let you know the during my time with the 7EX committee, Bob Page and I, at the time were running Kings Tours and Travel and as one of our marketing exercises, we had arranged and ran for two years, the Kings Regal Concert for our clients. We found however, that while our clients loved the concerts, the work involved in putting them together was not only time consuming but it took our focus away from our tour business, so we negotiated with Frank Moss and the 7EX Committee for TVW to take over the running of the concerts and for them to become the Telethon Concerts for Seniors. Kings Tours and Travel heavily sponsored them for a number of years and the venue was changed to the Perth Concert Hall instead of the Regal Theatre. I am not sure how long these concerts continued for because once Bob and I separated, I moved to Melbourne and lost touch with everyone.


An amusing anecdote…

While Bob Page was Traffic Manager of TVW, he was offered the role of Station Manager of TVW’s sister station, SAS10 in Adelaide. His wife Linda was heavily pregnant with their second child; in fact she was due to deliver the baby at the same time they were going to relocate to Adelaide. However, the couple, and their family took up the challenge and proceeded to pack up and move.

About 18 months into their time in Adelaide, Frank Moss, Company Secretary TVW and Jack Donovan, TVW Board Member, both from Perth, had been attending a Board Meeting in Adelaide. The night before Frank and Jack where due to return to Perth they caught up with Bob and Linda.

Now Bob and Linda were planning on making a visit to Perth so the Grandparents of their two children could see their Grandchildren. It wasn’t possible for Bob or Linda to make the trip so they came up with a plan … that Frank and Jack could take the children with them in their car, back to Perth. It was suggested that evening to Frank and Jack and they thought Bob and Linda were joking. Of course this was not a serious plan … However, to have some fun, on their way home that evening Bob and Linda came up with an idea …

The following morning Bob and Linda turned up at Frank and Jack’s hotel with the two children and enough clothes, nappies and bottles for the trip across the Nullabor.


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Roger and Jenny Page


Frank and Jack were having breakfast in the hotel restaurant when Bob and Linda turned up with the children and the luggage. But they kept everything under wraps until Frank and Jack were ready to leave on their epic journey back to Perth. As they proceeded to get into their car, Bob rushed around to his car and started unloading the children’s luggage and getting the children’s car seats out of his car to put into Frank and Jack’s. While he was doing this Linda explained the plan to Frank and Jack, once again, reiterating what had been discussed the previous evening. By now they were in totally shock as they thought Linda was serious. To make matters worse when they saw Bob getting the children and their luggage and seats ready, this is when the shock turned to outright fear. Bob asked Frank to open the boot while Linda explained how to make up the formula for the bottles and how often the children would need to be fed and changed??**!!

This all happened within a matter of minutes and before long Bob and Linda could not keep the charade up and broke out into fits of laughter. It took a couple of seconds for Frank and Jack to catch on that they had been had!

For years after, whenever Bob or Linda saw Frank and Jack they would bring up the incident and we would all have a laugh…



OBITUARY – BRIAN JOHN COULTER

Posted by ken On October - 4 - 2009
OBITUARY
BRIAN JOHN COULTER

IT IS WITH AN OVERWHELMING SADNESS THAT I MUST INFORM YOU THAT BRIAN DIED AFTER SURGERY AT ST JOHN OF GOD HOSPITAL, SUBIACO, ON FRIDAY NIGHT.

TO SAY THAT HIS PASSING IS A SHOCK IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT.

HE ENTERED HOSPITAL LATE ON FRIDAY MORNING FOR WHAT APPEARED TO BE ‘TRICKY’ BUT NON LIFE-THREATENING SURGERY ON OR ADJACENT TO THE PANCREAS.

HIS PARTNER DR JENNY HART CALLED ME LATE ON FRIDAY AND SAID THAT THE OPERATION HAD GONE BADLY AND THE SURGICAL TEAM WAS UNABLE TO STEM PROFUSE BLEEDING. BRIAN DIED AROUND 10pm.

BRIAN HAS BEEN WORKING ON AND OFF IN A CONSULTANCY ROLE WITH SATTERLEY FOR THE PAST SIX OR SEVEN YEARS, IN BETWEEN STINTS WITH THE PREMIER’S DEPARTMENT, OTHER STATE MINISTERS AND WOODSIDE.  

BRIAN’S FATHER, JACK COULTER, DIED LAST YEAR AT AGED 94. HIS MOTHER EILEEN IS ABOUT 93 AND IN A CARE FACILITY BUT IN GOOD SHAPE.

SO YOU CAN SEE THERE IS LONGEVITY ON BOTH SIDES OF HIS LINEAGE.

LIKE HIS PARENTS, BRIAN ALWAYS SEEMED INDESTRUCTIBLE. THAT’S WHAT MAKES HIS DEATH EVEN MORE DIFFICULT TO ACCEPT.

JACK COULTER WAS ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S MOST ACCLAIMED NEWSPAPERMEN, HAVING WON TWO NATIONAL GOLD WALKLEY AWARDS, SYMBOLISING SUPREMACY IN HIS PROFESSION.

BRIAN BEGAN HIS CAREER IN JOURNALISM AT THE GREAT SOUTHERN HERALD IN KATANNING-NARROGIN AND THEN MOVED TO THE NORTHAM ADVOCATE.

HE JOINED TVW 7 NEWS IN HIS EARLY ’20’s AND HAD AN OUTSTANDING CAREER AS A REPORTER, OCCASIONAL NEWSREADER, CHIEF OF STAFF AND NEWS EDITOR. HE WORKED AT SEVEN AND NINE IN PERTH AND SAS 10/7 IN ADELAIDE. HE WAS SENT ON OVERSEAS ASSIGNMENTS AND TO STUDY TELEVISION IN THE USA.

IN GOVERNMENT, HE WAS A MEDIA ADVISER TO SEVERAL MINISTERS AND AT LEAST FOUR PREMIERS AND HAS RECENTLY BEEN ON SHORT-TERM CONTRACT WITH THE BARNETT GOVERNMENT AS WELL TUTORING AT LEAST TWO MINISTERS.

BRIAN WAS 61.

HE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR MANY QUALITIES, NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH WERE HIS IMMENSE LOYALTY, HIS STRENGTH OF CHARACTER AND DETERMINATION, HIS UNBENDING HONESTY, HIS SENSE OF HUMOUR AND HIS CARE FOR OTHERS.

BRIAN’S FUNERAL WILL PROBABLY NOT BE HELD UNTIL THE WEEK STARTING OCTOBER 12.


Update

DEAR ALL

BRIAN’S FUNERAL WILL BE HELD AT PINNAROO PARK CREMATORIUM ON WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 14, 2009 STARTING AT 1 PM. THE FAMILY HAS ASKED FOR A SHORT SERVICE SO I EXPECT THAT PROCEEDINGS WILL BE COMPLETED BY 2 PM SHORT EULOGIES WILL BE GIVEN BY FORMER DEPUTY PREMIER IAN TAYLOR, FORMER PREMIER’S CHIEF OF STAFF IAN FLETCHER, FORMER CHANNEL SEVEN COLLEAGUE AND EX-CHANNEL NINE NEWS DIRECTOR ERROL CONSIDINE AND COLLEAGUE AND CLOSE FRIEND GEOFF WALDOCK, CURRENTLY WEEKEND COS AT NINE NEWS. A MESSAGE WILL BE READ ON BEHALF OF BRIAN’S PARTNER, DR JENNY HART. A FUNERAL NOTICE WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE WEST AUSTRALIAN (Saturday October 10, 2009). I UNDERSTAND THAT A NUMBER OF STAFF MEMBERS WILL BE ATTENDING. IF ANYONE IS UNABLE TO GET TRANSPORT PLEASE ASK AROUND AND WE’LL TRY TO ASSIST WITH ARRANGEMENTS.   

THANK YOU



Darcy Farrell


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Brian Coulter on the right of Michael Goodall at the morning tea held at Kings Park on Friday August 7th, 2009. A social event organised by Darcy Farrell and Kevin Campbell


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Brian is shown here talking to Kevin Campbell



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Sandy Palmer with Brian on the Early Birds show in the 1970’s








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