Welcome to television – Uncle Norman’s big entrance

Uncle Norman (Norman Swain) was a legendary Melbourne radio figure in the 50’s, particularly with the kids.

His move into television to host The Tarax Show came with much fanfare and expectation. We all tuned in with great excitement as the opening credits rolled.

And what an entrance, a big drum roll , cymbals clashed, wild applause, then down a giant slide came Uncle Norman – the kids went crazy.

Uncle Norman hit the ground, clutched his knee and yelled,” I’ve broken my leg.”

Uncle Norman & Joffa Boy

Well we all laughed til our sides hurt.  “How funny is Uncle Norman always with the gags.” Joffa Boy (comedian Joff Ellen)even improvised a clever ditty about “Uncle Norman’ s broken leg.”

After a full minute writhing around on the studio floor it became obvious, this was no joke – Uncle Norman had, in fact, broken his leg.

He was rushed off to hospital and we didn’t see him again for ages.

Needless to say his return to The Tarax Show,  minus the slide, was far lower key.


10 thoughts on “Welcome to television – Uncle Norman’s big entrance

  1. Willa Cartwright


    This is interesting – thanks for putting this up.

    Do you know whatever happened to Norman Swain – finding information on him or even pictures of that time has been very difficult.



  2. Frank Arthur

    He worked at a lighting shop in Cambewell Road, near the Camberwell Junction, in the 1970s. I have a recording of him as a guest on “Remember When” on 3AW in the 1980s.

  3. Carmen

    As we losted Bruce Mansfield over the weekend l thought l would Google to see whatever happened to my childhood television presenters and good old Uncle Norman was one on top of my list l see he is interned at Springvale Cementary and will be paying my respects RIP Bruce

  4. Wayne Bourke

    I’m trying to find more Infomation on Norman. I recently found out that he cared for my grandfather and his sister as children after there mother died and there father abandoned them

    If any one knows any thing can you please email me on wjbourke@iprimus.com.au

    Regards all



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