Experimental TV Equipment - TV Eye

Production date
1934
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Wooden box housing glass lens. The glass component is backed with crumpled silver or aluminium foil, and has a pivoted wooden cover. There appears to be some cross-hatched filaments on the back of the lens. The box has two terminals on the base, one of which is missing.
Classification
CH classification AUDIO-VISUAL TECHNOLOGY Audio Visual Appliances television
CH classification GLASS TECHNOLOGY
Production place
Measurements
L160 x W80 x H100
Media/Materials description
Indeterminate (Woods) Indeterminate (Glass) Aluminium (Metals - Non-Ferrous)
Signature/Marks
TV
TV \ EYE
History and use
This is a component of home made equipment used to send the first television signals in Queensland, and possibly Australia. Description and appearance suggests that this is the lens of the TV camera itself. The camera registers and converts the light and dark areas it sees into an electric signal that is transmitted to a reciever and decoded into a picture.

X-ray technician Thomas Elliott spent years experimenting with the radio in Queensland, working from the observatory on Wickham Terrace with radiologist Val McDowell, owner of experimental radio station 4CM. Over a period of months, Elliott built this television transmitter.

The first transmission was made on 10 April 1934 from the observatory to Alan Campbell's home at Wilston Heights, where his 11cm screen received the first image, which was of actress Janet Gaynor.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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Registration number
H44978.7

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