Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Senior Australian of the Year


2020 TAS Senior Australian of the Year Nominee

Dorothy Hallam

State: Tasmania

Film and television pioneer

Now 94 years old, Dorothy Hallam was the first female 'stringer' cinematographer appointed to film for ABC News in Australia.

From 1961–1983, Dorothy had 176 films on television, from local newsreels to national TV. A keen photographer from eight years old, Dorothy operated her own 16mm Bolex camera, acted as her own director, and kept an eye out for local events in the community that were worthy of television time on the ABC news.

In this way, she lovingly chronicled the changing Tasman Peninsula and the lives of the people who lived there. In one story, she was hoisted from a boat 100 feet up a cliff face to 'The Landing' on Tasman Island, to record the lighthouse children receiving their correspondence lessons.

Over her two decades in television, she recorded the transformation of the area from a place where access was by boat, and farmers bartered and travelled on slow dirt roads, to the tourism hub of today.


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