Canberra Camps, Settlements & Early Housing


2CA - Canberra's First Radio Station

Posted by ann gugler on November 10, 2010 at 5:27 PM

In the GENERAL  section is an article on Canberra's First Radio Station which began service in November 1931.  It was the work of AJ Ryan and in the article is reference to George Barlin's role in beginnings of the Canberra's first radio station.  It was initially run from Ryan's shop at Kingston and then moved to Molonglo before its final move to Gungahlin.  In this article is mention of the Men's Choir which is an almost forgotten choir.  Another that is forgotten is Canberra's First Philharmonic Society that began in the mid 1920s and who performed in the Causeway Hall for the first broadcast from the city - not Ryan's by and ABC programme.  A history of the Philharmonic Society that was re-established after World War 2 makes not mention of the earlier and first local Philharmonic Society. 

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Reply Marilyn Folger
2:41 AM on May 27, 2011 
Norman McGregor who ran a sawmill at Molonglo in the 1950s-60s was an announcer in those early days of 2CA too but doesn't seem to rate a mentionanywhere. Norman lived in Favenc Circle Griffith and his wife Fena nee Rowley was a local ( her mother was Maude McInnes daughter of Gil McInnes and Emily Land). Norman and Fena later moved to LaPeruse Street in Griffith.
Reply Ann
7:42 PM on May 27, 2011 
Thanks Marilyn - I didn't know about Norman and will add the information to the electoral roll section. It is only through the shared knowlege that we can add to our history. Ann