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The Pye OB Van which now has a quiet life as a Museum Piece in The National Archives Museum in Canberra started its life as a key element in the birth of Television in Australia. First the Opening night of ABN Channel 2 Sydney, then to Melbourne for the Olympic Games, then back to Gore Hill working as a mobile studio while the Main Studio complex was being built. See More Olympic Games Photos and staff involved.. The Arcon studio was too small for the bigger productions so the ABC made use of the Artransa Studio building at Frenchs Forest. Here the OB van would set up and televise shows which were relayed direct to air via a link back to the Gore Hill transmitter. The Van would also cover weekly events such as Saturday Cricket or Football, Sunday Divine Service, Orchestral Concerts as well as feature programs such as the views from the Sydney Harbour Bridge taking viewers to places they might not otherwise see.

The Van had a trailer which was a Power Generator that enabled OBs to be covered where mains power was not available. A Links Van completed the facilities which allowed programs to be relayed back to the studios for direct broadcast or telerecording.

ABN Crew at Majella
OB Broadcast
Neutral Bay OB
HMAS Watson OB
ABN OB Crew at Majella Victoria 1956
Inside the Pye Van for an OB Broadcast
Neutral Bay OB
HMAS Watson OB
Pye OB Van 1958
Harbour Bridge OB
Camera Carry Cradle
3 Vans at SCG
The Pye OB Van outside the OB Garage 1958
Pat Kavanagh Sydney Harbour Bridge

Bob Hoeger and Rex Lapham
test the camera carry cradle

Same match from three different
Channel's camera angles

Artransa OB 1957
Script Checking at Artransa
Link Hut operations
Graphics at Artransa
Barry Lambert and Eddy Berlage
at Artransa Studios 1957
Checking the script at Artransa
Barry Lambert and Pru Bavin
Jack Christopher in Link Hut
with Raytheon Link equipment
Sid Bowers and Sam Leon with
Graphic Roller, Artransa Studio
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