Bruce Gyngell's famous words, 'Good evening... and welcome to television', launched the new medium in Australia on 16 September 1956.
Liz Jacka describes the initial programming and influences on early television in Australia.
For World Television Day on 21 November, curator Simon Smith investigates the surviving footage of Australian television's opening night.
Brendan Horgan interviewed Bruce Gyngell for the NFSA's 'Radio With Pictures' oral history project in 1998.
In September 1956, one sentence – ‘Good evening and welcome to television' – marked the commencement of regular television transmission in Australia.