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After the Fifties

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 The 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 commerates 25 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 Schmidt).

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 share.

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.




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