Denzil Howson was a prolific writer, mainly of scripts for radio, television and film. But he also found time to write an autobiography and articles on various topics which interested him. Here you’ll find a small selection of his writings.
An excerpt from Denzil’s autobiography. In 1936 Denzil left school in Castlemaine and moved to Melbourne, finding a job making radio sets and embarking on a radio engineering course at the Melbourne Technical College (later RMIT). Read article
Denzil’s account of his career in country radio from 1939 to 1948. Starting at 3SR, Shepparton in 1939, Denzil soon found himself in uniform at the outbreak of WWII, an assignment which took him eventually to the Heidelberg Military Hospital. After the war he spent four years at 3YB Warrnambool where he honed his experience as a radio announcer and producer. Read article
In 1952 Denzil spent six months in the UK and Europe. Keen to learn about the new medium of television, which had not yet arrived in Australia, Denzil arranged a visit to the BBC television studios at Lime Grove. He made brief notes and sketches in his diary and subsequently typed this longer article “Further Notes On Television”. Television is so ubiquitous today and has been around for so long that we don’t consider its conventions or origins. To Australian eyes in 1952 however, it must have seemed very new and exciting. It certainly set Denzil thinking and grappling with trying to understand this new medium. Four years later he would play a significant role as a pioneer of Australian television at GTV9 in Melbourne. Read article