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Memento : Issue 17
may 2001 memento ABC radio Canberra personality Rod Quinn looked at what TV offered us in the '70s. The audience was treated to fragments of some old favourites, including the famous ABC show Bellbird, once a novelty because it was in colour, and the immensely popular police drama Homicide. In 1970, John Laws made his debut as compere of a comedy show, Vanessa Redgrave uttered four-letter words on Channel 7, and one million Australians watched a brain operation on their TV sets. It was during the '70s that television became the most believed medium for news, Don Dunstan posed the question 'Can TV win an election?', and the Internet, video and cable TV were first predicted. What will the records show 30 years from now? On the box The re-launch of the Between Two Worlds exhibition in Darwin in February was very much a homecoming and a family affair.The exhibition draws on records held at the Archives about the removal of Aboriginal children of part-descent in the Northern Te r ritory. It has been travelling around Australia since 1993, and was recently updated in the light of developments such as the Bringing Them Home inquiry and the Stolen Generation court cases. At the launch, Bill Risk welcomed guests to the Larrakia country on behalf of the traditional Aboriginal land owners. Speakers included Kathleen Sullivan, Director of our Darwin office, and Barbara Cummings, well-known Northern Te r ritory Indigenous author. Herbie Laughton, who features in the exhibition, sang some of his songs and spoke of his experience at the Bungalow. Kim Hill, ATSIC Northern Territory Northern Zone Commissioner, launched the exhibition. Among the guests were Daisy Ruddick (pictured here), Alec Kruger and the Bray family, whose stories are told in the exhibition. Others attending were from Kahlin compound, the Bungalow, Croker Island Mission home and Retta Dixon home. Many came with their families. Guests were openly moved by the exhibition.They commented that it is certainly a story that had to be told and that the Archives did an excellent job in doing so. The exhibition continues in Darwin until 31 May. A book based on the exhibition, with the same title, is available from the Archives for $14.95. Between Two Worlds comes home Daisy Ruddick whose stor y is told in the Between Two Worlds exhibition. 7