To this day, Alanna keeps in touch with some of her fellow Quiz Kids, and says many of them have gone on to work in intellectual fields such as law, medicine and the classics.
The young panellists were each paid £3 per week, and received 10 shillings and sixpence in an envelope at every show to compensate them for travel expenses. Alanna eventually used her savings to buy herself a second-hand car (a black Austin A40) after she’d finished Year 12.
Although she went on to appear in a few other short-lived quiz shows, she says she never enjoyed them as much as Quiz Kids.
A love of languages and ancient history led Alanna to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a PhD in Latin.
In 2012, Professor Nobbs received the award of Member of the Order of Australia for service to education in the fields of ancient history and the classics.
She says it was her son and husband that conspired to organise a viewing of one of the TV episodes of Quiz Kids.
'We’d known it was in the archive for a long time,' she says. 'But my son looked it up a few months ago and colluded with my husband.'
The Sydney academic took a trip down to Canberra with her husband and, together with her son and his partner, watched the program in the NFSA library.
'It was really funny, but it was quite nice,' Alanna says. 'It was strange to go back to 1957 and see how different everything was. Everyone spoke differently and wore very different clothes to today.'
Alanna says it was odd to see herself as a 12-year-old girl and that she didn't really remember what she looked like back then. 'My husband said I looked more like my sister!', she says.
Although she enjoyed watching the show on a personal level, Alanna feels that preserving programs like Quiz Kids in the NFSA collection has a greater cultural significance too.
'It’s important in the history of TV and radio too,' she says. 'It’s just changed so much since then and will keep changing. It’s important to have a record of how things were.'
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