In the last podcast of the series, Terry recalls preparations for the first ever episode of “In Melbourne Tonight” with host Graham Kennedy at GTV9, on the 6th May 1957. The series ran until 1970. Read more
In the second podcast of the series, Terry describes a typical day for him, editing the early evening and late news for GTV9, starting at 9am and ending at 11pm.
Today, 19th January 2017, is the 60th anniversary of GTV9‘s opening night in Melbourne, Australia. To mark the occasion here is the first in a series of interviews given by Terry Gallacher about his time in Australia during the early days of Australian Television.
In April 2011 I recorded an interview with my father, Terry Gallacher, for the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s Oral History program, it was meant as a record of his career and experiences in Australia, covering looking for work since his arrival in Melbourne in 1956 and including his time at GTV9 as Senior Film Editor and later at ABV2 as Supervising Film Editor. Read more
On the 15th December 1960, 55 years ago today, the Australian Broadcasting Commission in Melbourne (ABV2) premiered the film “Operation Crowflight” as part of it’s People programme.
My father Terence Gallacher was the director of the film, in 2010 he wrote three articles on the making, production and reaction to the film, in the interview below he ends by saying, “I was very proud of working on that film and very proud to have been working with the people who worked with me on it, terrific team.” Read more
In 1978, I went with a crew to Bahrain to make a documentary film about the island state.
The cameraman was John Barnard. John was an Australian resident in London. He was one of the best.
John hired his equipment from Samuelson’s, the main item being an Arriflex camera. Read more
Easter 1973 and we were off to the East African Safari Rally. I understand that the word Safari is an Arabic/Swahili word meaning the distance that a caravan can travel in one day. In the Rally, they would be covering over 800 miles each day.
The locals had started the Rally as a competition for local amateurs at the time of the Queen‘s Coronation. This was to be the 21st Rally. At one time, most of the rally was run over Murrum tracks, which were a real test for car and driver. Now, the major part of the Rally was run over tarmac roads and the locals complained about it. However, The Safari Rally now formed part of the World Rally Championship and the rules were laid down by the International governing body. Speed was everything. Read more
Terry would always live in our hearts. As a person one can’t find a better friend. I lived in London for a while and Terry helped in many ways, bought me friends car, advised me in buying a house overnight. Read more
15th March 1944 – On this day the Second Battle of Cassino opened. The town of Cassino was on a mountain to the east of the Monastery which had already been flattened. Paul Wyand and Martin Gray were determined to get to the front to get a good view of the assault. In the car they carried their American tent colleagues plus a third who had joined them for the ride. He was Sherman “Monty” Montrose of United Press.
As they left the main highway to take a back road, they were stopped by an American colonel. He said that that road was under continual German observation and that they had been firing at any movement they saw on it. Read more
March 1942 – British Movieone News cameraman Alec Tozer was accompanied by George Rodger while searching for stories in Burma. George Rodger was the renowned stills photographer of Time Life based in London. They had heard that Rangoon was about to be taken by the Japanese. They wanted to get close enough to film something. They had each been equipped with a Jeep. Read more