Seven Hills

Dianella bush land in 1959, being cleared for Perth's first television station. Now, it's back to the future - that same Dianella site, being cleared again, this time to make way for housing.

An entire TV station was built in six months for 440 thousand dollars, "one of the swiftest major construction jobs ever done in Perth."

If anyone should be sad watching the walls come down at TVW Seven, it's John Doust.

Along with his father Harold, he built the station. "There's a lot of other jobs that I've been involved with, they've all been demolished too, and I did the ANZ bank on St Georges Tce, that's all gone."

Now 84, John says it was a special job, with unique challenges. "In the studios the concrete floor had to be perfectly level and without any imperfections because when you were rolling a camera on its trolley or whatever it is across the floor they couldn't have any shudder or anything like that." On October 16, 1959 the dignitaries arrived for WA's first broadcast.

Former chief engineer John Quicke has a treasure trove of TV memories. He was behind the first big outside broadcast, from the Empire Games in 1962.

Now, Channel Seven has a new home in Osborne Park and land developer Nigel Satterley says you can own a piece of Perth history at our old home.

Seven Hills will be 18 blocks in stage one, 110 all up from around 300 to 450 square metres. There'll be parks, bushland and a nod to the past.

Nigel Satterley says "Like in the park to have a BBQ that's designed like the old Channel 7 news desk, the old style of cameras so people can come here and get photographed 3 or 4 generations that have enjoyed Channel 7."

A few street names have been settled on too. "Network Avenue, Broadcast Crescent and Televised Street."

56 years of memories, with generations more to be made.

The first stage of Seven Hills will be released on November 7.

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