Australia

1927

1927 formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1987. Guitarist and keyboardist Garry Frost had left Moving Pictures after their second album, Matinée (Frost had co-written Moving Pictures' 1981 #1 hit What About Me? ) and was writing songs for a proposed new band when he saw Eric Weideman singing on the 'Red Faces' talent segment of Melbourne TV(...)

2JJ (Double-Jay) Radio

Monday 20 January 1975 saw the birth of alternative Australian rock radio station, 2JJ - or "Doublejay" - using an old ABC radio standby  transmitter. Apart from a minor technical fault which put the station off-air briefly after transmission began at 11:00, the broadcast was heard in most parts of Sydney. The history-making first announcer was Holger(...)

A Country Practice

1 9 8 1 - 1 9 9 3 (Australia) 1057 x 60 minute episodes This long-running Australian drama series revolved around the activities of a medical clinic, hospital and veterinary practice in Wandin Valley, a small (fictitious) country town in New South Wales. Initially there was much emphasis on the younger members of the cast(...)

Abigail

Abigail became the undisputed Number One female sex symbol in Australia during the 1970's, primarily as a result of her playing Bev Houghton in the controversial TV series Number 96. As the virtuous, smouldering Bev she revealed a glimpse of breast and a slash of buttock, but her male fans had to wait until July(...)

AC/DC

AC/DC

AC/DC was formed in Sydney, Australia, by ex-patriot Scotsmen Malcolm and Angus Young (brothers of George Young - one of the mainstays of 60s Aussie supergroup, The Easybeats). Their sister suggested Angus should wear his school uniform on stage, a gimmick that would still be in use more than twenty years into the band's career. The(...)

Acropolis Now

1 9 8 9 - 1 9 9 2 (Australia) 63 x 30 minute episodes This sitcom from Crawford Productions was effectively a spin-off from the successful Wogs Out Of Work stage show which toured Australia in the 1980s (both were conceived by Nick Giannopoulos and Simon Palomares). The series revolved around a Greek cafe in Melbourne called(...)

Adventure Island

1 9 6 8 - 1 9 7 2 (Australia) 1140 x 30 minute episodes Adventure Island was designed for an audience of young (3 - 9 years of age) children and grew out of an earlier children's magazine-style series, The Magic Circle Club. Produced from the Melbourne studios of the ABC, Adventure Island was immensely popular and screened(...)

Adventures In Rainbow Country

1 9 6 9 (Canada/UK/Australia) 39 x 25 minute episodes 15-year-old Billy Williams and his younger sister Hannah lived with their mother Nancy (played by Lois Maxwell - Miss Moneypenny of James Bond fame) at a hunting and fishing lodge in Rainbow Country, a popular wilderness area of Northern Ontario, Canada. The lodge was built by(...)

Adventures Of Barry McKenzie, The (1972)

Adventures Of Barry McKenzie, The (1972)

A sex-hungry Australian (pardon the tautology) gets into all kinds of trouble on a visit to the Mother Country in a movie which is funny, crude and tasteless - just like Australians. But if you're a fan of Antipodean bad taste (or you ever lived in Earls Court) you'll love The Adventures Of Barry McKenzie and the(...)

Adventures of Long John Silver, The

1 9 5 5 (Australia) 26 x 30 minute episodes In this Australian-made series - based very loosely on Robert Louis Stevenson's 1883 novel Treasure Island - Long John Silver (Robert Newton), his young cabin boy pal Jim Hawkins (Kit Taylor) and their ship, the Faithful, were located on the island of Porto Bello on the Spanish(...)

Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, The (1994)

Out of the closet and into the mainstream, this film raised gay culture to moderately new heights of respectability in the suburbs of heterosexual Australia. It also moved with great effect across the screens of North America and Europe, following on the heels of its glitzy (but inferior) precursor, Strictly Ballroom (1992). Casting Terence Stamp as an(...)

Adventures of the Seaspray

1 9 6 5 (Australia/USA) 32 x 30 minute episodes Widowed journalist Dan Wells (Walter Brown) is sailing the Pacific on his schooner Seaspray with his three children, Mike (Gary Gray), Noah (Rodney Pearlman) and Sue (Sue Haworth), assisted by their Fijian crewman, Willyum (Leoni Lesinawi). Lesinawi was a real-life police officer in Fiji but left the force to(...)

Aerobics Oz Style

1 9 8 2 - 2 0 0 5 (Australia) The continued allegiance of Australian TV aerobicists to hi-energy disco music is a wonderful thing. Long after the rest of the world moved on from Hazel Dean and her fine works (!), June Jones and her five maximally-gluted assistants still strutted their stuff to this relentlessly(...)

Aesop’s Fables

Aesop’s Fables

Aesop's Fables formed in Sydney, Australia, in 1969. A polished harmony-pop band producing everything from jazz standards through to R&B, psychedelia, hard rock and bubblegum, Aesop's Fables never became a major force on the national scene, but some of their members went on to bigger and better things. The band were runners-up in the Hoadley's Battle(...)

Affair, The (The Gino Affair)

Sydney band The Affair were originally known as The Gino Affair, led by 16-year-old singer/child actor, Gino Cunnico. The name change came at the start of 1967 and Cunnico left mid-year to join The Executives. His place was taken in the band initially by Derek Fitton (ex-Derek's Accent), and then Kerrie Biddell. The Affair were(...)

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