"Good evening and welcome to television." - Bruce Gyngell, 16 Sep 1956.
And on this day, the Australian public was introduced to this remarkable new broadcast medium - the television. Although the idea of television had been around in Europe and America for decades, the war has curtailed television's up-take in Australia.
Few households had the luxury of a television when first introduced, but Australians embraced the technology and now most households have at least one.
Television commands a strong place in our lives. It transmits stories, knowledge and values, and has the power to shape and reflect culture and identity.
This stamp issue celebrates 50 years of television in Australia in 2006. Each of the stamps features a programme from across the five decades of Australian television :
Top row, from left to right ...
1. In Melbourne Tonight
Bottom row, from left to right ...
5. Kath & Kim
Date of Issue : 24 Oct 2006
Postmark : Melbourne GPO 3000 VIC
Denomination : 5 x 50c
Stamp Size : 37.5mm x 26mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Lithography
A LIL' NOTE
Malaysian television broadcasting was introduced on 28 Dec 1963, with colour television introduced on 28 Dec 1978. Full-time colour transmissions was officially inaugurated on New Year's Day 1982.