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On this day on September 16, 1956: Television comes to Australia

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At 7pm on September 16, 1956, Bruce Gyngell became the first person seen and heard on mainstream Australian television.

In a new series, we take a look back through the Nine archives at what was happening on this day in history.

At 7pm on September 16, 1956, Bruce Gyngell became the first person seen and heard on mainstream Australian television.

Gyngell ushered in the historic broadcast on TCN-9 (a forerunner to Channel 9) with the words: "Good evening, and welcome to television."

But the moment was somewhat lost to time and had to be recreated a year later, as seen in the video above.

The 1957 recreation of the first moments on Australian television.A silent version of the original 1956 broadcast does exist.

The historic nature of Gyngell's broadcast from Willoughby in Sydney was not lost on the country.

"Television will bring about considerable changes in the Australian economy and national way of life," the Sydney Morning Herald wrote in the week of that first broadcast.

"Traders estimate that between 3,500 and 4,000 T.V. sets have already been installed in New South Wales homes; and demand has risen steeply since the transmission on Sunday.

"One manufacturer alone (there are 28 of them in Australia) says that demand for his sets is now nine times his rate of supply."

Melbourne soon followed Sydney with early access to television.

By the 1960s, it had expanded to Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth on the back of popular programs such as Bandstand, World of Sport and early serial dramas.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/bruce-gyngell-welcome-to-television-september-16-1956/25cef3c9-7c70-4801-98f0-50ff374d5a65

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