by Neil Yakalis
Applecross, on the Swan River in Perth, is about to celebrate their Centenary on 30th September 2012. With this in mind I decided to research its sister station Pennant Hills.
With the help of Brian Woods, who worked at Applecross, I was able to locate & visit the exact site of this land mark radio station. Both stations were built from similar building plans. Pennant Hills was officially opened on 19th August 1912 with Telefunken contracted to supply the equipment & the PMG operating it. It boasted a 400 foot mast with ten 120 foot masts circling it connected in an umbrella formation.
The Navy took over operation of the station during WW1 handing it back to the PMG in 1918. In 1922 the contract went to AWA Ltd until after WW2 when OTC took over operations in 1946. In 1927 2FC (Farmer & Company) broadcast from the site. The 40 acre Pennant Hills site closed on 3rd December 1955 following transfer of equipment to the newly built 700 acre Doonside site. However the old station was retained as an emergency back up until the completion of the Olympic Games in Melbourne in November 1956.
Former policeman Harry Clay, who retrained as a technician to work at Pennant Hills, won the contract to transport the transmitters to Doonside in his own truck. Today the property is owned by St Gerard’s Carlingford Catholic Primary School. All that remains is the transmitter hall & one of the massive concrete guy anchors. The old transmitter hall has had extensions built all round & is now their school hall. The concrete anchor sits in a corner of the play ground & according to staff is now heritage listed. Access to view the location at the rear of the school is from the sports field car park.
This is at the end of Roselea Way off North Rocks Road Carlingford. Aerial photo of the station when in AWA ownership is from an original painting hanging at Telstra’s Ningi Radio Station with the staff houses having the red roof tops.
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