This Day Tonight Reviews 1973

In its final program for the year in 1973, the ABC’s nightly current affairs show, This Day Tonight, referred to as TDT, devoted itself to a review of Gough Whitlam’s first 12 months in government.

One of the items on TDT was Smacka Fitzgibbon singing The Adventures of Edward Gough Whitlam, a take-off of The Adventures of Barry McKenzie.

Note: I’m not absolutely sure what day this broadcast was shown but I believe it was Friday, December 14, 1973.

  • Listen to the complete TDT program (34m)
  • Listen to The Adventures of Edward Gough Whitlam (4m)
  • Watch an extract of The Adventures of Edward Gough Whitlam (82s)

 

The Adventures Of Edward Gough Whitlam: Smacka Fitzgibbon

Just ten weeks after Whitlam was elected, the ABC’s This Day Tonight program telecast Smacka Fitzgibbon singing a song titled The Adventures of Edward Gough Whitlam.

The song was a take-off of The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, a hit movie of 1972 that starred Barry Crocker. The title song, sung by Fitzgibbon, reached Number 22 on the Australian Singles Chart.

Graham Francis (“Smacka”) Fitzgibbon was a well-known entertainer who opened Melbourne’s first jazz restaurant in Kew. He died of a cerebral haemorrhage on December 15, 1979 aged just 49.

  • Listen to The Adventures of Edward Gough Whitlam (3m)
  • Watch an extract of Fitzgibbon singing the song (82s)
  • Watch The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (3m)