9PA Radio Station

Accession Number F01693
Collection type Film
Measurement 3 min 4 sec
Object type Actuality footage
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Maker Bagnall, Frank N
Place made New Guinea: Papua New Guinea, Papua, Port Moresby
Date made 10 March 1944
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


The first New Guinea Radio Station, 9PA, commenced transmissions on Saturday, 26 Feb 1944. The General Manager of the ABC Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Moses, flew to New Guinea to take part in the official opening ceremony. Short addresses were broadcast by the Postmaster General, Senator Ashley, General Sir Thomas Blamey and Colonel Moses. 9PA has been designed and erected by the ABC for the express purpose of providing entertainment for allied troops in New Guinea. It was installed and operated by technicians from the Australian Post Office, while the ABC, in conjunction with the Australian Army Amenities Branch and the Special Services Division of the U.S. Army, provided the programmes. Identified personnel; Frank Legg ABC war correspondent, Captain Robin Wood Studio Supervisor, Val Anderson Announcer, Captain E. Tidwell (U.S.). See also AWM photograph 070547.

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