The exciting early days of 1956

The headlines of the day gives an insight into the excitement that surrounded Sydney of the impending history making event of the introduction of television. The first program on Australian television commenced  with a fanfare followed by announcement by Bruce Gyngell, and then into 

7.00 pm  'This is Television' a step by step live and film story of the building of station TCN 9.

7.30  The Johnny O'Connor Show live from the studio at Surry Hills - musical variety.

7.45 The Patti Page Show - film from the Willoughby studios - musical variety.

 8.00 What's My Line - live panel show from Surry Hills hosted by George Barnes .

8.30 Douglas Fairbanks Presents - drama film from Willoughby.

 9.00 Live - first telecast of a  news interview with Air Vice Marshal Walters RAAF re-Air Force Week.

9.15  Live - Accent on Strings with vocalist Babs McKinnon from Surry Hills.

9.30 Father Knows Best - film from Willoughby.

10.00 I Love Lucy - comedy film from Willoughby.

10.30  Film highlights Katherine Dunham Ballet.

The official finishing time was 11.00pm.


 Click on this You Tube site to see some footage of the opening night.