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Photographs of James 'Skeeter' Kemsley, 1970 - 1974
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Object statement
Photographic prints (3), paper, photographers unknown, printed by Channel Nine, used by James Kemsley as the television character Skeeter, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1970-1974
These photographs are significant because they show James Kemsley dressed for the role of 'Skeeter the paper boy', host of the afternoon children's television program 'Cartoon Corner', and as himself on the set of another Channel Nine production.

Kemsley first appeared as Skeeter on 'The Super Flying Fun Show', which commenced production at TCN-9 in Sydney in October 1969, starring Rod Hull and Marilyn Mayo. It also featured Reg Gorman who, like Hull, was known to audiences from his earlier appearances on 'Kaper Kops'. When Hull began using an emu puppet, the reception was so favourable that he soon took the act back to his native England and achieved a great deal of success. Hull was replaced by Daryl 'Marty' Morton, a comic on the club circuit, who also performed with the emu puppet. Screening on weekdays between 7am and 9am, the long-running 'Super Flying Fun Show' mixed local magazine-style segments with American cartoons. There were also live advertisements urging viewers, for example, to eat Paddle Pops and to look for plastic toys inside their box of Corn Flakes. It was produced by Jim Badger, who had worked for Sydney's TCN-9 since 1958, and who sometimes appeared as Humphrey B Bear.

Born in 1948, James Kemsley had been studying acting at Sydney's Independent Theatre and was given the role of the paper boy on 'The Super Flying Fun Show'. The character's name was based on a gag by Jim Badger who named him 'Andrew Moss' which, when shortened to 'A. Moss', suggested the nickname 'Skeeter', as in 'a mosquito'. Kemsley was made up with childlike freckles on his face, and dressed in a trademark cap and scarf and, in those days of black-and-white television, striped shirts. He also wore a suede leather fringed jacket.

When Channel Nine decided to start an afternoon children's program called 'Cartoon Corner' (again with Badger as producer), Skeeter was chosen as host. Kemsley played the part of Skeeter for four years. In 1973 he appeared as a slightly more mature Skeeter character, complete with dinner suit, to host Nine's 'Junior Cabaret', a live kids' variety show similar to Ten's 'Young Talent Time'. It featured talented children such as Rhonda Burchmore. He also hosted 'Friday on the Corner'.

From 1984, James Kemsley has distinguished himself as the writer and artist of Australia's most famous and widely syndicated comic strip 'Ginger Meggs'. He passed away in 2007.
The photographic prints were produced by Channel Nine, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia between 1970-1974.
The donor, James Kemsley, obtained multiple copies of the publicity photographs from Channel Nine to distribute as he wished.

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Description
Three landscape-format black and white photographs showing James Kemsley as children's television character, 'Skeeter the Paper Boy'. Two of the prints are autographed by Kemsley and show him on the sets of 'Cartoon Corner' and 'The Super Flying Fun Show'.

Made: TCN Channel 9; Sydney, New South Wales; 1970 - 1974


Used: Kemsley, James; Sydney, New South Wales; 1970 - 1974
Marks
See part records.
2007/113/3
Production date
1970 - 1974
Height
212 mm
Width
298 mm

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Acquisition credit line
Gift of James Kemsley, 2007
Subjects
+ Australian Television Personalities
+ Australian television
+ Childhood
+ Childhood activities
+ Children's television
+ Marketing
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