Issue Details: First known date: 1936... 1936 Brian Wright, Private Collection
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

Type of Media

Radio and television

Access for Researchers

By appointment

Content Summary

  • Radio:
  • Scrapbook, photographs and press clippings on programs such as: "Ex-Service Talent Bureau", "Foothold to Fame", "Juvenile Jury", "National Fair", "The Air Adventures Of Biggles", "Korean Report", "AM", and "ABC Historical Talks", primarily 1936-1956 (though occasional radio material until the 1990s)
  • Television:
  • Scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, letters, photographs and articles, including references to the early days of ATN7 and ATV0; material on early drama series (including "Autumn Affair", Australian TV's first soap opera and the first continuous drama series; "Shell Presents", the first series of full length drama productions; "Pardon Miss Westcott", the first musical written for Australian TV, the sitcom "Hey You" and the ABC’s "Bellbird"); material on the industry's first Telethons and the first long-distance outside broadcast (Caberra to Sydney); news material (including the script of the first news telecast on the opening night of ATN7 and the script from the first newsreel a week later; news coverage of the Simmonds-Newcombe manhunt, the first live coverage of a news event); material on advertising series (for the former Australian Guarantee Corporation), 1956-c1988
  • The scrapbooks also contain material from various Crawford Productions (e.g. "The Sullivans", "Whose Baby?", "Flying Doctors", "Alice to Nowhere", "The John Sullivan Story"), 1978-c1988
  • File of correspondence covering much of his career


Brian Wright worked in radio and television as a performer, writer, producer, newsreader (first newsreader on ATN7 Sydney and ATV0 Melbourne), production manager, program and senior executive. He also worked for Crawford Productions, eventually in charge of program development.

Arrangements to access the archive must be made with Brian Wright, who will then provide location details.


Brian Wright, radio,television, ATN7, ATV0, ABC, drama, news, outside broadcast, advertising, Crawford Productions

Contact Name

Mr Brian Wright



Phone and Fax

Ph +61 (2) 9894 8859


Website Link 1

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Affiliation Notes

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