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about TV50

TV50 is a landmark exhibition that celebrates the past, present and future of television in Australia.

The year that the Olympics came to Melbourne was also the year that TV arrived in the lives of Australians. And what a fifty year journey it's been. We've seen ourselves in Kylie Mole and Kath and Kim, and tuned in for everything from Hey Hey to Hey Dad.

We've celebrated at Scott and Charlene's Neighbours wedding, and cried when Molly died on A Country Practice. We've discovered stars on Young Talent Time and Australian Idol. Personalities like Grahame Kennedy, Bert Newton, Molly Meldrum and even Louie the Fly have become Aussie icons.
home-made b&w tv receiver, c.1957

Through moments like Norman Gunston's coverage of the Whitlam dismissal and sporting triumphs at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, TV has reflected our history and shaped our national identity. From the flickering box in the corner to cable and the digital 'set-top box', the technology of television is always changing.

Packed with hundreds of classic clips and rare objects, plus an awesome wall of 750 televisions and weekly talks with industry stars and insiders, TV50 will take you on a nostalgic journey into your lounge room memories and look to the interactive, online and mobile TV of the future.



Highlights include:

  • Dexter the Robot from Perfect Match
  • The hats of Moomba Kings and Peters Fun Fair stars Zig and Zag
  • A Ramsay Street scenery backdrop from Neighbours
  • Mt Thomas' Imperial bar from the Blue Heelers set
  • Classic fashion disasters straight from the wardrobe of Kath and Kim
  • Gerry Gee and an original Tarax Happy Club certificate of membership
  • Ernie Carroll's one-of-a-kind prototype for Ossie Ostrich
  • One of only two original TV cameras that shot the entire 1956 Olympics
  • A trademark Akubra hat worn by Molly Meldrum on Countdown
  • Fabulous period TV sets from the 1950s-1970s
  • The Big Brother series three diary room chair
  • Hand written fan mail sent to TV stars, including Kylie Minogue
  • The Darrod's wheel and barrel from In Melbourne Tonight
  • The original Gus the Snail, Mr Squiggle's TV toting friend

  •   dexter the robot


    hey hey it's saturday


    fast forward   mobile camera truck

    Images: (clockwise from top) Home-made B&W TV receiver, c.1957; Dexter the Robot, Perfect Match; Daryl Somers and Ossie Ostrich, Hey Hey it's Saturday, Bob Phillips Collection; Magda Szubanski and Marg Downey, Fast Forward, Bob Phillips Collection; GTV9 Mobile Unit No.2, Bob Phillips Collection
     
     
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