Radio and Variety

This section explores the relationship between the Australian radio and variety theatre, focusing on individual radio programmes and series, and music theatre works written especially for the medium. The time period to be covered ranges from before broadcasting officially began in 1924 through until the late-1930s.


  1. Introduction ….. 1.
    2. Variety Theatre Practitioners and Radio ….. 1.
    3. Programmes and Series ….. 1.
    4. Troupes and Ensembles ….. 2.


>> Introduction coming soon<<


This list is an attempt to understand the extent to which variety performers and associated practitioners were involved in the early Australian radio industry.

>> See list (pdf) <<


The purpose of this section is to provide insight into the prevalence of variety entertainment on Australian radio during the first fifteen years of broadcasting. The enormous amount of entertainment in this vein produced for radio, even from the capital city stations is well beyond the capacity of one historian to cover, and hence it is almost impossible to present a full account of production during even this short time-span. It is hoped, however, that by publishing what is effectively a  snapshot of activity, Australians might better understand the impact the local variety industry had in helping to shape radio culture in this country during its formative years.

Entries will begin being published from March 2019

<< INDEX >>

  • 1919-1923
  • 1924
  • 1925
  • 1926
  • 1929
  • 1930
  • 1931
  • 1933
  • 1934
  • 1935
  • 1936
  • 1937
The first variety theatre and radio research chronology entry (1919-1923) was published on 12 October using information compiled during the course of Dr Clay Djubal’s MA and Ph D candidature at the University of Queensland (1997-2005), and through private research undertaken since 2005. Some entries had previously been entered within the Works section of the Australian Variety Theatre Archive.
Dr Djubal would like to acknowledge the project headed by Prof Tom O’Regan (University of Queensland) which aims to investigate the intermedial relationships existing between the Australian theatre, radio, film, and television industries. While employed with AustList: The Resource for Australian Literature Dr Djubal was deployed by Professor O’Regan on a casual basis from March to late-October 2016, then full-time until early-January 2017 to research these links between the early-1930s to early-1960s. Information relating to Australian-written works and series was published in AustLit. Some additional information relating to radio broadcasts of variety programmes and music theatre shows between 1924 and 1939 is included in this chronology.


Image citation details for entries without expanded biographies are noted at the bottom of the overview. All other image details are provided in the expanded PDF biographies. For information concerning copyright issues see “Copyright” attachment in the AVTA “About” page.

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