There were approximately 500 Radio Listener Clubs in Australia. These clubs embraced members of their community and worked hard with their members on various tasks. Some clubs were charitable clubs, some entertainment, some were fan clubs for Radio Stations, Radio People and Radio Shows. Some were set up by sponsors to promote their products and some clubs were a mixture of all of these.
But The ABC Argonauts Club was in a class of its own. It truly mixed education with entertainment and created a listener participation that far exceeded all the other clubs.
Whilst I have included an Argonauts page on my website for a number of years, I have been building towards updating the pages and adding more material to that section.
The information included here is simply to show you some of the items that are being added (there are more) and hopefully get feedback on areas of how the Argonauts Club worked in their contact with the members.
So, to that end, I introduce The Books and The Paperwork.
The first Children's Hour Annual was published in October 1956.
I am missing the 2nd Annual because all the ones I have seen are missing their covers and I am holding out for a complete version. If anybody has a complete copy of a No2 Annual that needs a good home, please contact me via the contact page.
The 3rd Annual was published in October 1958, so I am guessing the 2nd Annual was 1957.
The 4th Annual was published in October 1960.
The 5th Annual was published in November 1961.
I am toying with the idea of scanning the books to pdf but I will have to seek permission from the ABC first.
In 2018 I conducted several presentations on Australian Radio Listener Clubs, one of which was at my local U3A. Endymion 26 contacted me and generously offered me her Argonauts books. Whilst they were books I already had, the fact that two of them contained Book Prize certificates was exciting. But Endymion 26 had another surprise and her story can be found in 'Readers Contributions' along with another Argonaut's story. I cannot stress enough, how important it is to hear about a club directly from someone who was a member. I hope I receive more of these for the various Radio Listener Clubs.
I am not aware of any further collaborations or book releases. So please, if you know differently, let me know.
Did each of the collaborators have their copy of the book signed? So many questions. I really hope somebody does have the answers.
However, if you have these badges and are looking for a good home for them, please keep me in mind. If you have children and grandchildren lined up to take them, great. I do not want to deprive them. If however, there is no family interest, I would value them.
If you have any questions, corrections, or want to tell your story, please contact me via the contact form on this site. If you haven't yet looked at the Argonaut pages, please take the time to do so.