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Inside the museum
Inside the museum
All the props

TV World

Thursday, July 4, 2002
Ben heads to the Mornington Peninsula and visits the ultimate museum for TV buffs.

Back in the olden days when everyone listened to the wireless, there was a huge cool-store in Moorooduc. It was used to store apples and had three train lines running through it. Around 300 apple workers were employed there until the operation eventually closed down and the premises became derelict.

But now, thanks to husband and wife team Bob Phillips and Judy Banks, the building is home to the Australian Museum of Modern Media, which opened in 1988.

This "boutique museum" covers 280 square metres and backs on to a small theatre which runs uncut footage of Australia's legendary king of comedy, Graham Kennedy, around 90 percent of the time.

Other attractions which will doubtless bring back memories are Dexter the Robot from Perfect Match, an original Rolf Harris wobble-board and one of Judith Durham's tambourines. There is an original Ossie Ostrich from about 1978 and a scarf John Lennon threw from a Southern Cross Hotel window in 1964. Johnny O'Keefe, AC/DC and INXS have been remembered with memorabilia.

Bert Newton's desk from his Tonight Show is there, along with a lightning machine which no-one is brave enough to put to the test.

In all, around 5000 pieces of memorabilia are on show to bring memories flooding back, or help make it easy to explain to younger ones what used to make Australians tune in to their little black and white sets, and what a revolution television was.

Bob Phillips has an interesting background — he started working in carnivals, then was a spool boy with Hoyts. When he joined Channel Nine, he worked with Graham Kennedy, Bert Newton, Don Lane, Steve Vizard and Somers Carrol of Hey Hey, It's Saturday and over the years collected little bits and pieces. Now he is able to enjoy and share his passion, and is very proud of the Gold Logie Mike Willesee kindly donated.

Judy Banks also has entertainment in her blood and has acted in many productions. She began teaching her craft in the 1970s and is regarded as one of Melbourne's leading teachers of communication skills. Her school of television and dramatic art is run from the building which houses her husband's museum.


Moorooduc on the Mornington Peninsula


TV World costs $6 for adults and $3 for children. It is open daily.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

TV World
990 Moorooduc Highway, Moorooduc
Ph/Fax: (03) 5978 8766

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