TV pioneer recognised

TASMAN Peninsula identity Dorothy Hallam was named a finalist in the 2020 Australia Day awards.

A film and television pioneer, 94 year old Mrs Hallam was the first female ‘stringer’ cinematographer appointed to film for ABC News in Australia.

From 1961–1983, Mrs Hallam had 176 films on television, from local newsreels to national TV.

A keen photographer from eight years old, Mrs Hallam operated her own 16mm Bolex camera, acted as her own director and kept an eye out for local events in the community that were worthy of television time on the ABC news.

In this way, she lovingly chronicled the changing Tasman Peninsula and the lives of the people who lived there.

In one story, she was hoisted from a boat 100 feet up a cliff face to ‘The Landing’ on Tasman Island, to record the lighthouse children receiving their correspondence lessons.

Over her two decades in television, she recorded the transformation of the area from a place where access was by boat, and farmers bartered and travelled on slow dirt roads, to the tourism hub of today.

Her contribution was recognised at a function at Government House for all the 2020 Australian of the Year finalists (Tasmania).

Mrs Hallam was nominated in the Tasmania Senior Australian of the Year category, alongside Lola Greeno – Visual artist and designer (Launceston);  Sarah Parry – Sail trainer and youth mentor (Hobart); and Dr Graeme Stevenson – Landcare activist (Somerset) who won the award.

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