The Story of Good Will

The Story of Good Will is a 1959 Australian TV play. It was a pantomime produced for Christmas Eve and was Australia's first television pantomime.[2]

The Story of Good Will
Based onpantomime by Joy Hollyer
Directed byBill Bain
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
Running time30 mins
Production companyABC
Original networkABC
Original release24 December 1959 (1959-12-24) (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)[1]

The same night the ABC broadcast a nativity play The House by the Stable.


In the land of Christmas Country, the King has banned Merry Christmasses. Good Will, the only man who knows how to make Merry Christmasses, has disappeared, s Princess Merry asks Jan the Gardener (a Prince in disguise) to help find him.


  • Robyn Hosking as the Queen
  • Brian Fitzsimmons as the King
  • Barbara Frawley as the Princess
  • Earle Cross as Jan the Gardner
  • John Tasker as don't-ask-me
  • Reg Quartly as dragon


It was filmed at the ABC's studios in Gore Hill and featured stars of the ABC TV's Children's Club.[3] The pantomime had been written two years earlier.[4]


  1. ^ "T.V. HIGHLIGHTS". The Biz. New South Wales, Australia. 23 December 1959. p. 7. Retrieved 18 September 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "The Story of Good Will". TV Times. 24 December 1959. p. 18.
  3. ^ "No Ill Will at Christmas". The Australian Women's Weekly. Vol. 27, no. 30. Australia. 30 December 1959. p. 42. Retrieved 18 September 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "TV Club's Stars in ABN Panto". Sydney Morning Herald. 21 December 1959. p. 15.