While the purpose
of this Web Site was to record details of Gore Hill in the Fifties
some material just bridges the gap into the sixties. Rather than
have a sharp cut off at the end of 1959 some relevant material is
included in this section.
In the early
years of television operas were regularly scheduled and formed a
very important part of television productions. The
list of Operas
produced by the Australian Broadcasting Commission between 1956
and 1982 is included for historical reasons.
The Gore Hill
site was closed on the removal of transmission and production to
new facilities in Ultimo, Sydney. To complete the Gore Hill Era
Gore Hill Conservation Management Plan is included. This was
published in 2002.
The staff who
made it possible on opening night celebrated at ABC TVs 21st Birthday.
The group photo is seen here.
An extract from the ABC Scan Magazine
years of ABC Television (page 1 only; edited for Sydney).
A re-union with the ABN2
Pye Van at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra by three
of the early OB Crew (L to R -John Laker, Barry Lambert and Jurgen
The face of live television was to
change forever with the advent of video tape recording in 1962.
Jim Wilkinson remembers the first tape that went to air. It was
the State Governor's Australia Day address in January 1962. Jim
and Arthur Gray worked with Harry Grunden in installing the
first Ampex 1000c Videotape machine. (Hover
over faces to reveal names).
A 50th Anniversary Celebration was
held at the ABC Sydney Ultimo Centre on 5th November 2006. It featured
some of those who contributed in establishing the ABC TV Service.
In this photo esteemed Newsreader,
James Dibble is flanked by engineering personnel. (Hover
over faces to reveal names). John
Newson, Chairman of the 50th Anniversary Organising Committee
and MC for the evening addresses the gathering. Some of the early
pioneers look on.
A reflection of time "Working
in television in the early '60s" at Gore Hill was penned
by Bob Winley bringing to life those every day memories so many
Some 51 years on after the opening
of Studio 21 on 29th January 1958 just memories remain. This photo
of the Gore
Hill site was taken on 25th Jamuary 2009.