Saturday, January 05, 2013

Lum is not really Australian, what

I only have a very vague recollection of her, but Binny Lum, who died in November, was clearly a high achiever both as a woman and being half Chinese. I suspect many young, and perhaps older, Australians do not know that Chinese have been in Australia almost as long as us whities.

Binny does look very glam, with what I hope is fake, but suspect is not, a fur stole. Glam or not, she interviewed some very important people, from international movie stars, to ballet dancers, to artists. I don't know where, which, what or how, but I recall she had a beautiful speaking voice.

Thanks to Andrew of Television AU who pointed me in the direction of The Age OB.

10 comments:

  1. Thankyou for this. I have no memory of her at all but she sounds like she was quite an interesting person. Christine

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    1. Christine, there were some great female presenters around back then or a bit later. I recall Tanya Haylesworth, Kate Baillieu, Claudia Wright, to name a few. They were very professional, even if for sexist reasons, they were given light matters.

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  2. I've never heard of Binny Lum, but she does look beautiful and I suspect that fur is real, probably bought long before the outcry over animals dying so that rich people could wear furs.

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    1. Adelaide born too River. Animals were treated cruelly back then, but I have no more problem with animals being raised for their fur or skin than I do with with being raised for meat. It is the way it is done that is important, but we can manage without all of the above, including meat.

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  3. Thanks for the link :)

    I only vaguely remember hearing the name Binny Lum coming up on 3AK back in the days they used to have Beautiful Music... my parents would listen. But she was all over the Melbourne radio dial in the 50s and 60s. I didn't realise she had a TV connection until I read the obituary in The Age.

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    1. Andrew, I guessed your age pretty well then if your parents listened to Beautiful Music. It was not Beautiful Music when I occasionally listened to 3AK. Was it 'Where no wrinklies fly'? I expect I heard her at my grandparents place. I can't remember which radio station they listened to, but Ormsby Wilkins was a broadcaster and Sunday morning there was a 'live' report of car accidents on Saturday night.

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  4. Remember the Happy Show with Happy Hammond, King Geoff Corke and Uncle Norman Swain? In the late 1950s I loved that programme, but Binny Lum was far more sophisticated, professional and cool. I didn't discover Cousin Binnie till the early 1960s.

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    1. Hels, I remember Happy and Uncle Norman, but not Geoff. I expect we would be very embarrassed to view now what we thought was brilliant back then, even allowing for children's low standards. I am just thinking about school girl crush again, Izzy. While Dye wasn't his full name, and probably would have been poison to use his full name, I am not really sure we have moved on that much since then. I am left pondering about diversity of presenters in our media.

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  5. King Corky used to have a dog puppet partner RAGS who was hysterical.
    I haven't been over to TV AU yet but I hope the very popular Billy & Binnie radio program is mentioned. Binnie used to be on with uncle Norman and they had a segment where parents of regular listeners would write in re their birthdays, and Binnie would say "well Uncle Norman today is Andrew Highriser's birthday and if he looks in the laundry basket (or wherever) he will find his present" oh the excitement.
    Claudia Wright was half-Chinese also.

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    1. Vague memories Ann, but I do remember the birthday thingie. Wright was half Chinese? Wow.

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