If you get frustrated at the length of time for new gadgets to be released in Australia today, spare a thought for your grandparents… Despite regular broadcasting in the late 30s overseas, television didn’t come to Australia until 1956, over 16 years later.
Actually, that’s not entirely true. The first TV transmission in Australia reportedly happened in 1934, but it wasn’t axactly something people could tune into.
Of course, there was a little thing called World War II in the 1940s, which put a bit of a dampener on officially launching television in this country. But on September 16, 1956, TCN (now Channel 9) began regular broadcasting in Sydney. The broadcast was introduced by Bruce Gyngall’s immortal words, “This is television”.
Since then, both the content broadcast on TV and the TVs we actually used have changed radically. But that’s a post for another day…
History of TV is Giz AU’s month-long look back at the development of the world-changing medium and its influence on our daily lives.
[Pic from Wikipedia]