It was 1 March 1975 that full colour TV service commenced nationwide in Australia. It was a big deal. Like WOW – such modern technology! Such inventiveness! How very futuristic!
It was some time after this date that the family of my friend and neighbour ‘Kiki‘ (not her actual name) got a colour TV. We didn’t have one yet. Kiki invited me down to watch their new colour TV. I was a bit jealous – yes I have to admit. I remember there was Kiki, myself, and another friend of hers all sitting in their ‘pool room’ on beanbags watching the TV. I was mesmerised by the colour! Kiki, lounged back in her beanbag, was teasing us by using her toes to adjust the colour dial from colour to black and white. You can imagine two ‘tween’ girls (we were probably aged around 11) squealing ‘donnnnnttttt’ …. ‘stopppp iiitttttt’ …. ‘noooooo’ etc! It’s ok, we were giggling too, and we’re still friends today!
Before too long my family had a colour TV too and as with all new things, eventually you become used to them and forget how awe inspiring they were when first introduced!
Do you remember Aunty Jack (Grahame Bond) – “I’ll rip your bloody arms off” – from the Aunty Jack Show? Here’s a clip that was aired on ABC TV Australia on March 1st, 1975 where she introduced colour TV to Australia (5mins48secs and a must watch – so funny). You might recognise the other two with her too – ‘Thin Arthur’ (Rory O’Donoghue) and ‘Kid Eager’ (Garry McDonald) who of course later would become well known for his character ‘Norman Gunston‘.
Are you old enough (like me) to remember when colour television arrived and how exciting it was? I’d love to hear about the first time you watched a colour television. Share your stories with me in the comments!
Ciao for now,