• Chief Justice Robert French and Director General of the National Archives of Australia David Fricker

    Chief Justice Robert French and Director General of the National Archives of Australia David Fricker

  • Ambassador of Estonia Andres Unga and his son Pearu Unga with High Commissioner of PNG Charles Lepani

    Ambassador of Estonia Andres Unga and his son Pearu Unga with High Commissioner of PNG Charles Lepani

  • Annie Wright, Rod Butler and Caroline Ashworth

    Annie Wright, Rod Butler and Caroline Ashworth

  • Taley Emberson and Simon Lovell

    Taley Emberson and Simon Lovell

  • Suzanne Bravery, Meg Labrum and Mary Jane Stannus

    Suzanne Bravery, Meg Labrum and Mary Jane Stannus

  • Jeanette and Stephen McLelland and Holly Pritchard

    Jeanette and Stephen McLelland and Holly Pritchard

  • Ambassador of Venezuela Nelson Davila and Maria Teresa Cisneros Davila

    Ambassador of Venezuela Nelson Davila and Maria Teresa Cisneros Davila

  • Kirsten Daly, Chris Johnston and Alison Daley

    Kirsten Daly, Chris Johnston and Alison Daley

  • Helen Walker, Stephen Ellis and Danielle Wickman

    Helen Walker, Stephen Ellis and Danielle Wickman

  • Louise Doyle and Trish Kirkland

    Louise Doyle and Trish Kirkland

  • Tracey Baxter, Gill Savage and Margo Wade

    Tracey Baxter, Gill Savage and Margo Wade

  • Director General National Archives David Fricker, Director National Film and Sound Archive Michael Loebenstein and James Valentine

    Director General National Archives David Fricker, Director National Film and Sound Archive Michael Loebenstein and James Valentine

  • Erin Gazzard and Janelle Wilson

    Erin Gazzard and Janelle Wilson

  • Play time toys from Play School

    Play time toys from Play School

Tuning In: ABC TV 1964 - 76 @ National Archives of Australia

7 April 2016

The National Archives of Australia is the repository of all manner of Australian Commonwealth Government records. Lots of stuff that is handy for researchers and those checking out the ancestors or school projects. This stuff is the paper, parchment, pictures, film, documents, ephemera and details of our lives and our history. So exhibitions that detail significant events, turning points and memories are among the most popular for the archives and especially enlightening when you’ve lived through an era that had a significant impact on your life or that of your family. Then the pleasure is in that precarious trip down memory lane that makes you so very aware of your age and time slipping away.

Tuning In: ABC TV 1964 – ‘76 is the current exhibition where thanks to the ABC cataloging and keeping their treasures in their own archive we have a chance to look back through rose coloured glasses at some good, mediocre and dreadful television, remind ourselves of the disciplines that kept our simpler lives orderly when dad had a beer in front of the 7pm news and Bellbird, This Day Tonight, Mr Squiggle and bless them forever Play School became an integral part of our new television lives.

To still cringe at Molly Meldrum’s ‘interview’ with Prince Charles and be blasé about Alvin Purple’s nudity while getting a laugh out of the haircuts, fashion and music is what makes this exhibition a fun one, while not forgetting 30 years hence we will cause hilarity for our great grandchildren no doubt.

Opened with aplomb.....he’s an aplomb kind of guy.....by James Valentine, his own television story kind of mirrored most of the guests experiences as we laughed in all the right places and felt his inadequacies as a co-presenter with Benita Collings that did not develop into a long term contract on Play School because of his less than perfect pipe cleaner spider. He has been though a regular in a myriad of other performances over the years, and brings a smart mix of experiences to everything he does. Michael Loebenstein of the NFSA reminding me of Valentine’s music talents especially with the saxophone, but it’s the spider that haunts him.

Tuning In : ABC TV 1964 – ’76 now on at the National Archives of Australia