Music and Television
Television was introduced into Australia just in time for the Melbourne Olympic Games. The first broadcast was in September 1956. The early TV sets costed a fortune for the average household so you would often see crowds of people looking through the shop windows at the black and white TV screens. In the first year of its arrival only 10 000 were sold but during the next three years 600 000 sets were sold. Early channels only broadcasted 40 hours a week and the average teenager watched about 10 hours of TV a week. When TV first appeared it took away many other forms of leisure including radio serials and some theatres closed down. Most of the shows at first came from either America or Britain but eventually the broadcasting was introduced into Australia. The television, set a revolution of entertainment in the 1950's and 1960's for Australian homes.
The decades of the 50's and 60's saw a change in the style of music. From the modest jazz and classical to the hard core rock and roll. Although this was only the beginning of a changing music generation it had a major impact on the social live of teenagers growing up in the 50's and 60's. Rock and Roll has continued to change trough the decades of time to become the popular (*cough*) music of today. "Rock and Roll" singers such as Johnnie Ray, Elvis Presley and Bill Hayley had an influence on the style of clothes at that time for the young generation. Dancing and discos also became a very popular social event for the disco divas and "hard core" rocker generations.
Australia in the 1950's Itiel Bereson
Australia in the Twentieth Century the 1950's Anna Ciddor