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Doug Burton

Doug Burton

Douglas Joseph Burton MBE – what an extraordinary man, what an extraordinary life. Footballer, cricketer, baseballer, pilot, father, father-figure, grandfather, photographer extraordinaire and master planner.It won’t come as a surprise to anyone that Doug actually wanted to be a sports journalist and so it’s completely predictable that he created Australia’s first super group of what today we’d call photo journalists. The main supporting video was written by Richard Ashton with an introduction by Gordon McColl….

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Peter Hartland

Windsor Gardens

Peter Hartland  (1927-2014) Late of 1A Pembroke St, Bicton WA 6157. Pioneering Western Australian Peter Hartland toured his marionette shows extensively throughout Australia – and on retirement passed the tradition, skill and puppets on to Leon Hendroff of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Fremantle. These words from Brian Muhling as he reflects on Peter’s life and family……..  I knew the Hartland family well through Terry the oldest of the four boys. I met Terry in 1954 when…

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Paddy Baker

Paddy Baker

                              Clarence Patrick (Paddy) Baker (1898-1986), picture-show man and theatre proprietor, was born in 1898 at Matlock, Victoria. Around 1901 he moved with his family to Western Australia, living first at Gwalia and then at Yundamindera.  His parents separated and at the age of 8 he went with his father to Mount Morgans on the Murchison goldfields, north of Kalgoorlie. At…

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Sir James Cruthers

A Western Australian TV Pioneer and philanthropist. On screen, we will see Sir James Cruthers himself, presenting anecdotes about key events from 1959 until his retirement in 1981. Other early TV personalities will add ‘behind the scenes’ stories to enrich the presentation.   Richard Ashton, Gordon McColl and Ken McKay have undertaken a labour of love in researching and organising the material in this rich vein of WA Television History.          …

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Eddie Herbert (- 2009)

It is with deep regret we note the passing of Eddie Herbert, the operator of the Cygnet Cinema in Como. A real gentleman and a true ambassador of the cinema industry. It was with Eddie’s support that we have been able to run the increasingly popular shows at the Cygnet Cinema. He passed away on the 14th of May 2009 at 3am after a short encounter with an aggressive cancer. Eddie Herbert in front of…

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