Hi There; Welcome to our fun gallery page where we can (maybe) make you a star? Updated 2015.
Here we are in 1966 in the High School band.
Ad in Sydney "On the Street" magazine around 1985. (above) - Legend magazine no longer in print.
( above) our old workshop in Annandale. The picture is taken about 1995 - The tree in this picture was planted by Dolly Pappapololis
on 5th july , 1974 in dedication to her father , Nicoloas Pappapololis , who laid the first stone for the foundations of the building , on 5th july 1954. We still call past on hot days and water the tree. It makes us sad , now that we are at Homebush , and knowing the tree is there all by itself.
Picture above is Dolly Pappapololis, who planted the tree.
Picture below is the funeral of Nicoloas Pappapololis. 1974. RIP mate.
Picture below shows our old workshop in Annandale. .
Remember; we're closer than you think....and we know where you live.
Picture above shows our mascot "Zoomer".
Are you in the picture above ?. Shot by our midnight to dawn lighting operator at 4am at a mystery outdoor venue
Crazy picture of old school days.
Our Founder Theo Hunter ( Above) Theo was from the "old school" and grew up with very basic lighting systems.
He worked with rheostat controlled carbon arc rod followspots and was the chief followspot operator for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth 11 in the very early 1950's. Prior to that he was in charge of searchlight batteries that operated in WW 11 in the 1940's to pin point hostile fighter planes and bombers. He earned the nickname "Eagle" as his uncanny skill at picking up a Target ( and later an actor on stage ) was almost too perfect.
Close up look (below) at the Miniscan HPE in action. (below) Shot at the Bohemian Club's "Charles Manson Room".
The club burnt to the ground after a mystery explosion and fire at 4am in the morning.
What have we here then? Below is a pic. of a mystery band performing in the Pickled Porcupine Club.
Public Debate about the effects of Psychedelic Lighting on the young.
Updated by Stefano Michelle Valipharnus of WWW (wonderful web weaving) services. He sadly passed away on 1st Feb. 2010
Just before he last updated our website. We dedicate this to him and his work with us. He will be remembered as a true friend and a dedicated professional. Stefano - you rock. ( I know you want this written on your resting place )
We have now begun to update this website using the tools Stef. gave us.
His last words to us were " keep this web alive - keep the love. " As a tribute to him I am posting BELOW a picture of a show in the 1920's
held in the UFS Dispensary Hall at Chatswood in Sydney NSW with his mother and father.
The picture above shows Stefano's Mother and Father dancing in the UFS Dispensary Ballroom at Chatswood ( NSW ) Australia in the 1920's.
ABOVE are the four men who were the original pioneers of the country festivals in the very late 1960's. They saw the future changing and wanted to move with the times. These guys organised the very first early trippy 1970's
party disco shows that later became the forerunner to the electric acid parties that became the (now famous) electro techno dance parties of the very late 1980's
and (later) the commercial dance and R & B scene. In the late 1990's
They were real trailblazers.
( left to right ) Jeff Smith, Doug Mains, Bob Smothers and Peter Douglas. ( Picture Above )
In the early 1950's the Lighting Crew were a bit more formal than today . Above are the lighting team about to leave from the Eastwood depot ( NSW ) for a function.
Picture above shows ( far left ) Bob Pritcher meeting Doug Fringer ( far right ) outside the Masonic Hall in Ryde ( NSW ) in 1903. These people were trailblazers.
(Above) Bob and Doris who were the Leaders in the Psychedelic Trance Evolution of the Mid-Late 1960's
(Above) picture of our current and former staff.
(Below) When you need full on lighting; the Full Effect is everything.
Picture ABOVE shows you the sort of thing that can happen when the lighting effects become "Full Effect". This was one of our customers at the Full Effect room.
Hello ! Above - Here is our 1950's Birthday Party!
Picture above are the band "$200 worth of fruit" performing in the Full Effect room.
The Picture above is Max Dixon who was the first caretaker at the UFS Dispenary Hall in Chatswood where we started doing lighting. In the Mid 1960's. Max was a Legend and an amazing guy. Full of life. Max used to sometimes suddenly appear in the room as a guest and in later years (sadly) arrive to say he was requested for some assistance with the function. We used to say things like " we are glad you came as we needed you "
He is remembered as a true friend.
HISTORY PHOTO - Picture Above is Horace Tickler, testing the rheostat dimmer system ( 1947 ) Horace was a lighting pioneer. He was the first person to recognise the transition from Rheostat to Solid State Dimmer Systems. In the very late 1940's to very early 1950's.
Gus Ferguson was also a pioneer. He is pictured above looking into a very early Electronic Dimmer System ( about Mid 1964 ) He was a very important engineer in earlier years. He worked on very early 1940's projects that were associated with Electricity Supply Grids. He was a co-pioneer in the "pre-heat rapid start" Fluorescent tube in the very late 1940's and very early 1950's. Unfortunately his health was failing in the 1960's and he became more and more consumed by his illness. Gus was a very private person who would not mention to anyone what he had done. I can tell you that he did so much for teaching young people about new technology. He lived his life to show the young how the future would be. He was an amazing person.
Betty Wilson (pictured above) was the receptionist at the Rex Maxwell institute. She knew a lot about electronics, as her step brother, Nigel Fotheringham was a self taught inventor. In the 1980's she became convinced that there would soon have to be a protocol for Lighting ( and Audio ) the same as what existed for Fax Machines ( G3 ). As she took phone calls for everyone she organised a conference for interested parties to attend and this would in years to come be the beginning of the USITT Protocol DMX-512 which is the Lighting protocol of today ( soon to be taken over by Ethernet ). While Betty had no personal technical knowledge she was an amazing organiser and had a mind as sharp as a tack. Years later many technical people say she was the original driving force behind the creation of the DMX-512 protocol.
The picture of the rocket above shows you what to expect from one of our shows. 5-4-3-2-1 Get ready to blast off into space
Here we all are standing in front of the biggest laser in the world - the 17,000 watt monster!
Some nice gobos from our job at the annual flower show. Pretty eh ?
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