Introducing television to Australia, 1956 – Fact sheet 115

Introduction

Television was introduced into Australia in September 1956. Since then it has had a major impact on the lifestyles of all Australians. This introduction was controlled largely by government policy, and derived from the findings of the Royal Commission on Television.

The Royal Commission (1953–1954) was established to report on matters such as the number of national commercial television stations which could be effectively established and operated and the standards to be observed in programs to ensure the best use of television broadcasting in the public interest.

This fact sheet identifies records held by the Archives that were created by agencies actively involved in introducing television into Australia.

Records relating to the introduction of television into Australia

Canberra – Royal Commission on Television (CA 2641)

Canberra – Department of the Senate (CA691) and VS Vincent (CP196)

Canberra – Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesCorrespondence files1951–55A462
SeriesCorrespondence files1956–ongoingA463

Canberra – Secretary to the Cabinet/Cabinet Secretariat [I] (CA 3)

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesMenzies and Holt Ministeries – Cabinet files 'C'1949–67A4940

Canberra – Attorney-General's Department, Central Office (CA 5)

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesCorrespondence files1929–ongoingA432

Sydney – Australian Broadcasting Commission, Head Office (CA 251)

Sydney – Bobby Limb (CP 504)

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesProgram and script for the first television broadcast in Australia1956–ongoingM2529

Melbourne – Royal Commission on Television (CA 2641)

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesExhibits and transcripts of evidence1953–54MP1228/3

Melbourne – Australian Broadcasting Control Board, Head Office (CA 124)

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