From a time when owning a radio demanded a licence. A nice little earner for the government I am sure although it was very hard to ensure compliance by the populace. The thought of door to door inspectors being sent out in Canberra "to detect un-licenced radios" with threats of stiff financial penalties, even imprisonment, for being an un-licenced radio owner is I think incredible.
Still, I can remember my parents needing to licence the black and white television...
The Argus - 2 March 1954
Debate over licence fees raged and there are numerous clippings attesting to the fact
The Canberra Times - 2 October 1951