Due to the lack of aged individuals in my life, I had to ask my loving mum about her early television experiences. Although my mum was not around when TV first made an appearance, she was lucky enough to be born into a world of black and white television in the late 1960s. It wasn’t until she was ten years old that colour TV became available. My mum was born and raised in Fairy Meadow, Wollongong. As such, for a while she only had access to two channels: the local channel, WIN, and ABC.
Her earliest television watching experience is one similar to my own. Following a lazy afternoon snooze, her mother would drop her in front of the TV for an hour or two of prime ABC programming. Her favourite as a child was Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men. It was at this point when I was questioning her that she laughed. “The TV was my babysitter whilst mum prepared dinner”.
The television was located in the front lounge room, the closest room to the front door. The decently-sized television was situated in the corner of the room, with all the furniture facing in its direction. Mum was had lots of freedom with her television watching. She would usually catch cartoons before and after school. Although, when her dad came home he dominated the television, usually watching the news, documentaries and cop shows.
One key event my mum remembers was the dismissal of Gough Whitlam in 1975. The dismissal was a national first for Australia, and received an extraordinary amount of attention on TV and in other media. She also remembers the nightly updates of the Vietnam War on news.
Another big moment for my mum was when she was 6 or 7. Her father bought a TV booster which gave them a few more TV channels. On one of these new channels she entered a Saturday morning competition. The day they announced the winners on TV, her name was called and they gave her a ring. The only issue was she was on holidays and missed the call! Nevertheless she still won a prize, which was a… sponge.
Asking my mum about her early television experiences was very nostalgic. Similar to her, I too had a daily TV-watching ritual. Beginning with the morning cartoons on Channel 10, then after school, watching ABC until 6pm when the Simpsons would come on. On the weekends, it was always Saturday Disney – thats if I could wake up in time.
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