NBN Television Archive-1988 Project

In September our first UON Communication student Tom Sinclair undertook a WIL (work integrated learning) practicum in the GLAMx Living Histories Digitisation Lab. He worked on the NBN Television archive with mentors Phillip Lloyd and Barry Nancarrow (former NBN Television staff) digitising various forms of material from 1988, including BVU tapes, Index cards and listing items as they are appeared in the ‘Newsnight’ series footage. In total 28 taped stories from “Newsnight” current affairs and cued sheets were digitised and scanned.

Here is a sample of some of the 1988 sources that have been digitised.

Newsnight BETACAM 8 tape contains:

00:00 – 03:17 Coal Background “The Debate Begins” – Overview of Coal Mining during the 1980s, workforce conditions, changes in mining operations and issues facing the industry. Report: John Church. Screen date: 10/5/1988

03:19 – 07:59 Prosthetic Story “Done Our Job” – Interview with Col Allwood, Chief technician & Maxillofacial Prosthetic Specialist. Screen Date: *

08:06 – 12:22 Monorail – Novorail “Knockers In The City.” Plan to build monorail for Newcastle called the “Novorail” by ripping up exisiting rail corridor, identified as dividing the city, and a hindrance to rejuvenation. Interviews with Lord Mayor John McNaughton, Rail Union Organiser, Ray Conway, State Member for Newcastle, George Keegan identifying the “knockers in the city”. Screen Date: 23/5/1988

12:27 – 13:19 City High Rise. (Silent) Footage relating to towering highrise building proposed for City of Newcastle. Screen Date: 31/5/1988

13:30 – 14:58 Missing Kids. (Kiss on Cheek) Documents efforts to locate camping expedition from the Belmont Boys Brigade lost in bush land. Screen Date: 31/5/1988

15:21 – 17:29 Council Development. Don’t think there is, no” Lord Mayoral minute regarding development.” Interviews with John Tate and Lord Mayor John McNaughton. Screen date: 31/5/1988

17:37 – 18:08 Teaser “Fame Is Fickle”. Ferret in Hollywood story. Screen Date: 7/6/1988

18:10 – 24:21 Cessnock “Maybe Too Late.” Overview of proposed developments for Pokolbin wine growing region. Interviews with representatives from Cessnock City Council and Vignerons. Report: John Church. Screen Date: 5/7/1988

The experience of working with mentors from the television industry meant knowledge could be shared about early media formats and processes, and of the general cultural of the media industry during the late 20th Century. It was a good opportunity to better understand past technical and production skills.

Tom also filmed a history seminar held in cultural collections, “Doing Women’s Legal History” by Professor Rosemary Auchmuty.

Tom Sinclair has great talent.. he captured the mood of the lecture perfectly .. an excellent job filming without extra lighting…

We thank Tom for his contribution to GLAMx Living Histories Digitisation Lab and his work on the NBN Television Archive.


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