Watch clips from three of the annual Christmas pantomimes produced for TV in the 1960s by NWS9 in Adelaide.
This clip from Hal Turner's home movies includes footage of him performing as Bobo the Clown with his daughter Gayle as Lenny the Lion.
The NFSA recently acquired costumes, scrapbooks and other memorabilia recording the career of Hal Turner, who played one of the first recognisable children's characters on Australian television.
As Bobo's popularity grew, a range of merchandise was created including Bobo-branded cordial in lemon and lime flavours.
Bobo the Clown costume worn by Hal Turner during the first half of the 1960s.
In this filmed oral history from 2000, Rex Heading recalls working with Hal Turner's Bobo the Clown at NWS9 and creating Humphrey B Bear when Turner left the station to star in his own show on riva
Bobo the Clown with a group of Aboriginal men holding spears, boomerangs and a woomera.
Slippers worn by Hal Turner when performing as Bobo the Clown in Adelaide in the early 1960s.
By the mid 1960s Bobo’s popularity was at its peak. Turner was frequently mobbed by large crowds at public appearances.