adelaidetvexhibitionThe early days of television in Adelaide are to be rediscovered in two exhibitions being presented by the State Library Of South Australia.

“Begin transmission: SA turns on the television” (9 April to 5 June, Treasures Wall) relives the memories of TV’s earliest days in Adelaide and goes back even further to rediscover the long road to get television to Australia.

“Channel Nine Adelaide – 1959 to now” (9 April to 19 June, Institute Building – Gallery and Ante Room) goes back to the beginning of Adelaide’s first TV station, NWS9, and remembers some of the early programs to come from the former studios on Tynte Street, North Adelaide, including Adelaide Tonight, The Channel Niners, Here’s Humphrey and The Country And Western Hour. Personalities like Lionel Williams, Kevin Crease, Roger Cardwell, Ian Fairweather, Anne Wills and children’s character Winky Dink are also featured.

The exhibition sheds some light on the difficulties faced in producing TV in the early days — and why NWS9’s opening night program was presented from the women’s dressing room!

Also on show is how TV news coverage has changed over the decades as well as reliving some of the big news stories and remembering some of the faces that have presented the news over that time.

The State Library Of South Australia is located at North Terrace, Adelaide.

Source: State Library Of South Australia

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