Monday, November 29, 2010


From a time when owning a radio demanded a licence. A nice little earner for the government I am sure although it was very hard to ensure compliance by the populace. The thought of door to door inspectors being sent out in Canberra "to detect un-licenced radios" with threats of stiff financial penalties, even imprisonment, for being an un-licenced radio owner is I think incredible.

Still, I can remember my parents needing to licence the black and white television...

The Argus - 2 March 1954
National Library of Australia

Debate over licence fees raged and there are numerous clippings attesting to the fact

The Canberra Times - 2 October 1951

National Library of Australia

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