State Library of South Australia

Begin transmission: SA turns on the television

Date: 9 April 2016 to 5 June 2016

Location: Treasures Wall, first floor Spence Wing

Joan Jackson with an early model television
Joan Jackson with an early model television

Begin transmission - South Australia turns on the television shines a spotlight on some of the great memories South Australians have created, contributed to and enjoyed on our screens since regular broadcast began in September 1959. The exhibition then rewinds a little further to unravel the story of television's slow road to Australia.

Early Adelaide television featured home-grown news and variety shows adrift in a sea of American and British content. Given time, the production of local television increased in quality and quantity, and an audience hungry to see itself on screen could tune in to their own stories, told in their own voices.

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