Cop Shop 1977 – 1984

60 years of Australian TV Cop Shop was a long running Australian police drama television series produced by Crawford Productions that ran for eight seasons between the 5th of November 1977 and July 1984. It comprised 582 one-hour episodes. The show revolved around the everyday operations of both the uniformed police officers and the plain-clothes […]

Homicide 1964 – 1977

60 years of Australian TV Homicide premiered on the 20th of October 1964 and ran till 1977. The show was an Australian television police procedural drama series made by production firm Crawford Productions for the Seven Network. It was the television successor to Crawfords’ radio series D24. The series dealt with the homicide squad of […]

Sydney’s Luna Park Saved

On this day …….. 12th of October 1990 On the 12th of October 1990, the “Luna Park Site Act 1990” was gazetted by the NSW Government. The Act was intended to protect the site of the park, dedicating it for amusement and public recreation. This act made Luna Park one of only two amusement parks […]

Australian classic The Magic Pudding is first published

On this day …….. 12th of October 1918 The Magic Pudding is a novel by artist and writer Norman Lindsay, who was known for his unusual and creative approach. Norman Alfred William Lindsay was born on 22 February 1879 in Creswick, Victoria, Australia. He was a skilled artist, and his paintings were controversial for their […]

Luna Park opens in Glenelg, South Australia

On this day …….. 8th of October 1930 Luna Park was opened in Glenelg, South Australia on 8 October 1930. The park grounds were open to the surrounding area, with admission instead charged to the individual rides and attractions. Sadly due to a dispute with the local council it closed in 1935.  

Sydney’s Luna Park opened

On this day …….. 4th of October 1935 Sydney’s Luna Park opened to the public on this day in 1935. The current Luna Park Face was based on the enormous smiling faces at Luna Park, Melbourne, Australia and Steeplechase Park in the United States, Luna Park’s 9-metre-wide (30 ft) smiling face, as well as its […]

The first performance in Sydney Opera House

On this day …….. 28th September 1973 The Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, sits on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour. Designed by Danish architect Joern Utzon in 1955, it has become one of the most famous performing arts venues in the world. Utzon arrived in Sydney to oversee the project in 1957 and work […]

Gerry Gee’s Birthday

On this day …….. 27th September 1956 Gerry Gee, was a ventriloquist Doll who was brought to life in 1956 by Ron Blaskett, for GTV9’s (channel 9) first live test broadcast from Mt Dandenong, Melbourne Victoria, on the 27th September 1956. Gerry Gee was made by Frank Marshall a wood carver in the basement of […]

Beginning of TV in Australia

On this day …….. 27th September 1956 GTV (channel 9) was amongst the first television stations to begin regular transmission in Australia. Test transmissions began on 27 September 1956, introduced by former 3DB radio announcer Geoff Corke, based at the Mt Dandenong transmitter, as the studios in Richmond were not yet ready. The station was […]

First Puppet on Australia TV

On this day …….. 27th September 1956 Sandra Simpkins is a ventriloquist doll which was used by Merle Blaskett in the test transmission of GTV9 (channel 9) from Mount Dandenong, Melbourne on this day 1956, becoming the first puppet on Australian TV. Today “Sandra Simpkins” is believed to be a very rare Len Insull doll, […]

Australia’s first television broadcast is made by TCN Channel 9 in Sydney

On this day …….. 16th September 1956 Although John Logie Baird first demonstrated the television in 1926, it was not until the 1940s that steps were made to bring the medium to Australia. They began with the initial Broadcasting Act of 1948, which prohibited the granting of commercial television licences. In 1950, Australian Prime Minister […]

Blue Heelers 1994 – 2006

Blue Heelers is an Australian police drama series that ran for 12 years, from 1994 to 2006, and depicts the lives of police officers in Mount Thomas, a fictional small town in Victoria. Blue Heelers was first aired on 10 September 1993, with the episode “A Woman’s Place”. The last episode, aired on 4 June […]