Book, television prop, ‘Adventure Island’, leather / card / metal / felt / wood, made and used by Australian Broadcasting Commission, ABC-TV, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1967-1973

Made by Australian Broadcasting Commission in Melbourne, Victoria, 1967-1973.

‘Adventure Island’ was an Australian popular television program aimed at three to nine year old children. It screened on ABC television on weekday afternoons from 11 December 1967 until 1973. It had its origins in ‘The Magic Circle Club’, a children’s program hosted by Nancy Cato and produced by Melbourne’s ATV0 from February 1965 to March 1967. When ATV0 cancelled ‘The Magic Circle Club’ in 1967, the ABC offered to purchase the series’ concept, which ATV0 refused to sell. As a result, most of t...

Summary

2005/40/1
Book, television prop, 'Adventure Island', leather / card / metal / felt / wood, made and used by Australian Broadcasting Commission, ABC-TV, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1967-1973

Old-fashioned style hard cover book with crimson leather cover with gold pattern, metal fastener. Each page is made of very thick card. Each page contain no illustrations, only text, 'Adventure Island', 'The Friendly Squire', 'The Squire Does Well' and 'The End'. There are few pages as the book served only as a television prop.

Dimensions

318 mm
228 mm
78 mm

Production

Made in Melbourne by the ABC television Props department. It is not known if more than one such book was used during the six year run of 'Adventure Island'.
Australian Broadcasting Commission 1967-1973

History

This book would be familiar to many television viewers, as it was used as a prop on the ABC children's program 'Adventure Island', which ran from 1967 to 1973. The host or narrator (originally Nancy Cato and later Sue McIntosh) would open the book during the show's introductory segment to evoke a world of fairy tales and fantasy. Cato would introduce each week's series of episodes with a greeting such as 'Hello and welcome to Adventure Island. It's just wonderful to be back with you once again. It's wonderful to be able to welcome you to Adventure Island. Well actually we're not in Adventure Island yet. We get there through this book. Every time I open this book it transports me right to Adventure Island and I can take you there too. You wish with me every Monday and we'll get there. Ready? Close your eyes and wish just for a second.' The donor was working as an action props man at the ABC's Ripponlea studios in 1988, when he rescued the book from a dumpmaster in which it had been discarded.
1967-1973

Source

Gift of Tim Klingender, 2005

Cite this Object

Book, television prop, 'Adventure Island', leather / card / metal / felt / wood, made and used by Australian Broadcasting Commission, ABC-TV, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1967-1973 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 March 2017, <https://ma.as/348904>
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