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1959 in Australian television

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1959 in Australian television was the fourth year of television broadcasts in Australia.


Television Broadcasts in Western Australia were aired for the first time on 15 October 1959, TVW was opened by the Governor of Western Australia, Sir Charles Gairdner.

Television broadcasts in the state of Queensland (Brisbane) were aired for the very first time, starting with the Nine Network's QTQ on 16 August, followed soon after by the Seven Network's BTQ on 1 November, and the ABC's ABQ on the next day.

The first television station in Adelaide, South Australia (NWS-9) began broadcasting on 5 September.

On 1 July, Australian children's TV series Mr. Squiggle and Friends debuts on ABC starting off as a temporary fill in. Years later the show has been so popular it continues to air on the ABC until 9 July 1999.

Melbourne and Sydney are linked by microwave for the first time on 9 January, enabling television programs to be screened, simultaneously in both cities.

Notable debuts and endings

Notable Australian series that debuted during 1959 included variety and/or music series Adelaide Tonight, The Bobby Limb Show, Six O'Clock Rock and Make Ours Music, game show Wheel of Fortune, discussion series The Critics, and short-lived drama series Emergency. Additionally, ATN-7 and GTV-9 experimented with local drama with the Shell Presents productions of plays.

Notable series which ended in 1959 included variety and/or music series Astor Showcase, Hit Parade and Sydney Tonight (which had been re-titled and re-formatted as Tonight), drama series Autumn Affair and Emergency, and comedy series Take That.

New programming



Television shows


Ending this year

Date Show Channel Debut
14 January Keeping Company Nine Network 1958
6 May Personal Column Seven Network 1958
10 May Face the Nation Nine Network 1958
12 May Personal Album Nine Network 1958
18 May Seeing Stars ABC TV 1957
1 June Emergency Nine Network 16 February 1959
24 July Movie Guide Seven Network 1958
24 July Green Fingers Seven Network 1957
12 October Strictly for Mothers Seven Network 27 July 1959
14 October Like You to Meet Seven Network 29 July 1959
14 October Let's Make Clothes Seven Network 29 July 1959
14 October What's On Seven Network 14 July 1959
4 November The Happy Go Lucky Show Nine Network 1957
13 December Don't Argue Seven Network 26 July 1959


See also

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