AMMPT(Western Region)Sundowner of TV and Cinema Veterans November 20th 2013

This was prepared for the November 20th, 2013, AMMPT(WR) Sundowner for members targeted at television and cinema veterans.

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Presentations were given by noted people within the performing arts industries. There was Ivan King, the curator at the WA Museum of Performing Arts, who himself is a noted thespian and historian.

Ivan King

Ivan King

 David Hawkes spoke about the television industry. David is a veteran of radio and television in three states and the founding head of the broadcast department of the WA Academy of Performing Arts.
David Hawkes

David Hawkes

 The master of ceremonies for the evening was Television and radio News veteran Terry Spence.
Terry Spence

Terry Spence

The November 20th Sundowner was also attended by a number of special guests, as the following photos shows. To the left is former TVW managing director Kevin Campbell AM.
 Kevin Campbell AM clapping on the left

Under Kevin’s watch TVW Enterprises was associated with many production. Kevin was also a chairman of ScreenWest and a number of other bodies, including the Lotteries Commission, which has provided much valued funding not only to charities but also many community endeavours such as AMMPT.

AMMPT Western Region President John Fuhrmann welcomed guests at the November 20th Sundowner.

John Fuhrmann

John Fuhrmann

 AMMPT’s multitalented Western Region president John Fuhrmann, was not only a noted sporting administrator, but earlier a footy referee and cinema organist. John has an interest (with Ray Clements) in two mighty Wurlitzer organs, that possess all the bells and whistles. One is installed at his home and another at the Karrinyup Community Centre. Most of this instrument came from the former Metro Theatre (1938-1973) in William Street Perth. Prior to it being the Metro, the organ was used in the Regent Theatre (1927-1938), which was located on the same site. A theatre that started life as the Queen’s Hall (1899-1927). Though all these entertainment venues are now gone, the Queen’s Building still exists on the corner of William and Murray Streets in the same architectural style as the original hall.
Queen’s Hall (1899-1927)

Queen’s Hall (1899-1927)

Regent Theatre (1927-1938) with Queen’s Building on the corner

Regent Theatre (1927-1938) with Queen’s Building on the corner

Metro Theatre (1938-1973)

Metro Theatre (1938-1973)

Queen’s Building today

Queen’s Building today

Members of the AMMPT executive were also present. National president Ross McDonald, who was there at the earliest days at TVW-7 and later operated Taimac (which provided production facilities and serviced the racing, pacing and greyhound industries with on-course TV, public address and the photo finish).

Former TVW Chief Engineer John Quicke with Kevin Cambell and Ross MacDonald

Former TVW Chief Engineer John Quicke with Kevin Cambell and Ross MacDonald

Then there was Western Region vice president Ian Stimson, a television and cinema veteran, Secretary Peter Foyster, who has built an outdoor cinema on his property in the hills, his wife Agnes is the Treasurer, Film Librarian Keith Rutherford (who has a home studio and theatre), veteran cinematographer Peter Goodall, then projectionists George Robinson and Bill Gaynor. Cygnet projectionist and Classic Movies Series programmer Jillian Carlson was interstate at the time.
Peter Goodall

Peter Goodall with John Quicke

Former TVW Director of Engineering and Station Manager Tim O’Dea with former Director of News Geoff Waldock and John Quicke

Former TVW Director of Engineering and Station Manager Tim O’Dea with former Director of News Geoff Waldock and John Quicke

 Most photos of this event are courtesy of Peter Goodall

The cinema fraternity was represented by Roy Mudge (City Theatres, Hoyts, Ace Cinemas, Coastal Cinemas and Rank Organisation), Colin Nicholas (Metro, Greater Union), George and Jane Robinson (Cygnet), Simon Robinson (Luna on SX-Freo, Piccadilly, Luna Leederville, Omni Theatre at City West, Paradiso), Peter Savill (Greater Union, Ace), Barry Goldman (Cygnet, Windsor and Liberty), Lynn Huxtable (Metro, Lido Cottesloe), Ian Stimson (South West Pictures) and Frank Worthington (Ace, FOX and MGM).

Cinema and TV veterans include Roy Mudge, Graeme Plummer, Dave Melvin, Ross Haimes, John Banner, (and seated) Dick Maloney, Gordon McColl, David Medowcroft and Don Martin

Cinema and TV veterans include Roy Mudge, Graeme Plummer, Dave Melvin, Ross Haimes, John Banner, (and seated) Dick Maloney, Gordon McColl, David Medowcroft and Don Martin

Cinemamanager Roy Mudge is the gentleman in the striped red and grey T shirt. Roy had the misfortune to be stuck showing My Fair Lady for its record breaking seasons at the Royal, Piccadilly and Fremantle cinemas. He is a much valued wealth of information on the cinema industry and has kept a remarkable collection of photos which trace the history of cinemas in Perth and Fremantle. Next to Roy is AMMPT member Clive Woodward a noted collector, who is standing next to former TVW Program Manager Graeme Plummer, who has a remarkable collection of Hollywood memorabilia.

The team responsible for the AMMPT Classics of the Silver Screen at the Cygnet Cinema were also present. Peter and Agnes Foyster, Tony Smith and Gerry Voutsinas. Historian Jack Honniball and committee members with wives Bill and Joan Gaynor (New Oxford), Keith and Jann Rutherford.

Dick Maloney, Kim Lesouef, Kevin Lang, Dave Melvin, Warren Jacobs and Allan Hullett

Dick Maloney, Kim Lesouef, Kevin Lang, Dave Melvin, Warren Jacobs and Allan Hullett

ABC veterans included John Banner, Graham Boyd (also of STW), Ross Haimes, Allan Hullett (former Director of Engineering), Peter Hunt, Warren Jascobs, Kevin Lang, Kim Lesouef (also of STW), Dick Maloney, Dave Melvin, David Medowcroft, Sheraton Dee (also of STW), Alan Thomas, Andy McWhirter (also TVW and STW) and Bruno Zambotti.

Warren Jacobs, Bruno Zambotti, Allen Thomas, Dave Melvin and Sheridan Dee

Warren Jacobs, Bruno Zambotti, Allen Thomas, Dave Melvin and Sheridan Dee

ABW2 veterans Warren Jacobs, Bruno Zambotti (a former Director of Engineering), Allen Thomas, Dave Melvin (who was also one of the Technical Training Department) and Sheridan Dee (who also worked at STW9).

Seven veterans included Bob Blkiston, Kevin Campbell, Peter and Kerry Dunn (also of STW), Hillary Everard, Bob Finkle (also of STW), Jill Glass, Bob Goodall (also of STW), Peter Goodall (also of ABC), Dene Irvin, Lydell Jobson, Yvonne Joynt, Marion Leyer (also of TEN), Steve Lowe, Keith Mackenzie, Don Martin, Gordon McColl, Ken McKay (also of ABC), Bill Meacham, Luise Nelthorpe, Margaret O’Brien, Tim O’Dea, Jan O’Mara, Graeme Plummer, John Quicke, Jo Rainsford, Andrew Round (also STW), Phil Salinger, Lindsay Smith, Janine Vidot, Geoff Waldock (also STW and TEN), Tiffany Webster (also STW and TEN), Kathy Wilson and Frank Worthington.

Nine veterans not mentioned so far included Russ Cunneen, Barbara Jorgensen, Robert Penno (also TVW), Denis Robinson and Terry Spence.

Many of the TVW girls social group were present, which was greatly appreciated.

On the night a number of the present and former Seven Perth ladies in attendance, included… Hilary Everard, Jill Glass, Lyndell Jobson, Yvonne Joynt, Marion Leyer, Jenny Nelson, Luise Nelthorpe, Margaret O’Brien, Jan O’Mara, Jo Rainford, Janine Vidot, Tiffany Webster, and Kathy Wilson.

Many of these ladies were present at the last TVW Girls Picnic held on the Matilda Bay Foreshore on Saturday 19th October 2013.

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Elaine Tranter (nee Hoskins), Helen Malloch (nee Boyes), Jennie Rimmer, Evyonne Hale, Yvonne Joynt (nee Garbellini), Jo Rainford, Luise Nelthorpe (nee Borsje), Hilary Everard, Mignon Birch (nee McCurry), Lyndell Jobson (nee Carter), Marion Leyer and Jan O’Mara

Also present were Anne and Keith Mackenzie, Marion Leyer and Margaret O’Brien, who was Max Bostock’s secretary 1978 – 1981. Margaret came all the way from Brisbane with Bill Meacham and his wife Margaret.

A sad note is that former TVW senior News and documentary cameraman Bill Meacham passed away on January 1st, 2014. As Seven’s Janine Vidot reports, “Oh no. That is so sad. I had a lovely chat with Bill in November at the reunion and had sent him an email but not heard back. So very sad to hear of his passing. He was a lovely man.

Inaugural TVW News Editor Darcy Farrell sent the following sentiments, “Very sad news. He was showing signs of recovery about ten days ago and last Tuesday I left a message for Margaret and when I didn’t hear back I feared the worst.

Here are a couple of images that veteran News cameraman Peter Goodall kindly took at the AMMPT Sundowner on November 20th, 2013.

Bill and wife Margaret are seated next to the wall with Jill Glass and Janine Vidot standing to the right

Bill and wife Margaret are seated next to the wall with Jill Glass and Janine Vidot standing to the right

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