On Tuesday 21 March I have been invited by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria to talk about the role Hector Crawford and Crawford Productions played in the start of Australian Television.

I was delighted last year when the RHSV awarded HECTOR the 2016 History Publication Award and now they have given me an opportunity to talk about Hector's role in the first days of television in Australia.

If you would like to attend or know anyone who might be interested in my presentation and joining in the Q & A afterwards then I would love to see you there.




  • Crawford Productions made TV history by producing one of the first Australian dramas for Australian audiences

  • ‘Hector, the story of Hector Crawford and Crawford Productions’ won the History Publication Award in the 2016 Victorian Community History Awards

Join author, historian and personality Rozzi Bazzani as she shares the history behind the start of Australian TV. This presentation, hosted at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV), will profile Hector Crawford and Crawford Productions, who revolutionised Australian TV. An open Q&A will follow the presentation.

Eight years after TV transmission started in Australia, Hector Crawford and his company broke through the barricade of opposition from TV owners and started producing Australian drama for Australian audiences. As the country defined what it meant to be Australian, Crawford Productions began producing programs that reflected Australian history.

Crawford Productions produced dozens of television programs including Homicide, Hunter, Matlock Police, the Sullivans’, All the Rivers Run and the Flying Doctors. Click links to view video clips of episodes. ‘Hector’ is available for purchase at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria bookshop.


  • Who: Rozzi Bazzani in partnership with the

Royal Historical Society of Victoria

  • What: Presentation and Q&A with author Rozzi Bazzani

  • When: Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Refreshments at 5.15pm

Lecture at 5.45pm with Q&A immediately following

  • Where: Royal Historical Society of Victoria

239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne 3000

9326 9288 / office@historyvictoria.org.au

  • Cost: RHSV members free

$10 for non-members


Q. What drew you to Hector Crawford and Crawford Productions?

A. The story of Hector Crawford and Crawford Productions is an incredible story that had not been told. I wanted to share it with everyone.

Q. Which of Crawford Productions TV programs is your favourite and why?

A. I have several favourite programs but a few of them include: ‘All the River’s Run’ adapted from and Australian novel by Nacy Cato, ‘The Flying Doctors’ because it’s unique to Australia and features the outback. And ‘The Sullivans’ because it is so familiar, being that it is set in Melbourne. But ‘Homicide’ obviously being the first scripted drama on Australian TV, is important and puts it towards the top of my list.

Q. What impact do you think Crawford Productions had on TV in the long term for Australia?

A. There likely would have been no Australian drama production without Crawford Productions. Their company created a future of modern television in Australia.


About Rozzi Bazzani

Rozzi Bazzani for more than ten years made a living using her voice, spoken and sung in recording studios and live performance in clubs mostly around Melbourne. She also undertook an Arts degree at Melbourne University, majoring in romance languages, linguistics and fine art. After graduating from Melbourne University, Rozzi worked behind a microphone for radio and daytime TV and took on a role at the HeraldSun as an Arts contributor. There, she became smitten with the story of Hector Crawford which resulted is this book, published by Arcadia in Melbourne, ‘Hector, the story of Hector Crawford and Crawford Productions’ – which won the History Publication Award in the 2016 Victorian Community History Awards.

About Royal Historical Society of Victoria

Formed in 1909, the Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV) is committed to collecting, researching and sharing an understanding of the history of Victoria. Housing the most extensive single information resource on the history of Melbourne and Victoria, collections are open Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm. The RHSV is a community organisation that relies on membership subscriptions. Join today and help promote and preserve the history of Victoria – www.historyvictoria.org.au. You can also keep up to date with the past via the RHSV’s Twitter http://www.twitter.com/historyvictoria and Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/historyvictoria

Media Note

For media inquiries, contact:

Lauren Indiveri-Clarke Kate Prinsley

Communications Executive Officers

Royal Historical Society of Victoria Royal Historical Society of Victoria

Tel: +61 416 541 984 Tel: +61 (03) 9326 9288


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