ABC looks back in Retrospect

abc_1956First it was for Tractor Monkeys, and now the ABC is again delving into almost 60 years worth of archival material for its new online series Retrospect.

Presented by Donna Field, Retrospect offers a glimpse at Australia’s past as captured by ABC cameras.

Included in the first episode are a range of ABC ‘firsts’ —  footage from the first current affairs program, a Tasmanian-based series called Line-Up (1960); the opening night of ABC’s first television station, ABN2 Sydney (1956); the first satellite link-up between Great Britain and Carnarvon, Western Australia (1966); and segments from the first edition of Four Corners (1961).

Retrospect can be viewed at ABC Online.  Viewers are also invited to offer their own suggestions for future editions of the program.

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