Pretty much everything I have, with a few exceptions, was given to me by various cast and crew members. Olivia (Elly) and Rosemary (Anita) shared the most; others have asked to remain anonymous because they were not sure if they'd get in trouble by sharing documents with me. A fellow fan has sent in clippings too. Everybody (well, except the ones who wish to remain anonymous) is credited (see further down the page).
Both Olivia and Rosemary have shared lots of documents from the production of The Bartons with me. We (the three of us) aren't sure if I can just plainly publish those documents; there might be copyright issues (or other rights) that have to be taken into account when doing so. Bartons producer Jenny Hooks is, as far as I can tell, the only one who can release these documents. But since I haven't been able to reach her as of yet, I'm taking the safe route and not publish them.
Olivia and Rosemary have also shared lots of photographs with me, both official ones from the ABC and unofficial Polaroids taken on set. The ABC has made it clear that I can't publish the official ones, at least not without a licence from them that is (very) expensive and simply out of my reach.
The ABC doesn't own the rights to the Polaroids though.
The official ABC photos are listed on this page with a short description.
The unofficial Polaroids can be found on the Photos page.
 Kindly provided by Olivia Harkin from her personal collection
 From my own personal collection
 Kindly provided by Royce Craven
 Kindly provided by Rosemary Smith from her personal collection
 Kindly provided by Paul; a fellow Bartons fan from the UK, who has a collection of Bartons clippings
 Kindly provided by a source who wishes to remain anonymous
Please refer to the legal disclaimer for copyright statements and liability limitations regarding third party contributors. All photographs used with permission. Please do not copy these images without asking.
|Document type||Short description||Source||Remark A||Remark B|
|Publicity kit photo||Family portrait (Elly at the top)||4 & 8||Sepia||-|
|Publicity kit photo||Family portrait (Elly in the middle)||1||Sepia||-|
|Publicity kit photo||Portrait of Elly (Olivia Harkin), leaning on a wooden table||1||Sepia||-|
|Publicity kit photo||Portrait of mum and dad (Jennifer Jarman-Walker and Frankie J Holden)||8||Sepia||-|
|Publicity kit photo||Elly and dad (Olivia Harkin and Frankie J. Holden) at the tree, Elly standing on a ladder and looking affectionately at dad)||8||Sepia||-|
|Publicity kit photo||Paul and Petal (Matt Day and Eva Parkin), cuddling on Paul’s bed||4 & 8||Sepia||-|
|Publicity kit photo||Anita and Elly (Olivia Harkin and Rosemary Smith) in bathers standing at a sign at (Somer’s) beach||4||Black & White||-|
|Publicity kit photo||Anita (Rosemary) leaning on a wooden beam feeding a kookaburra||8||Sepia||-|
|Publicity kit photo||Skinner and Douglas (Frank Webb and Ben Toovey) peeking around the corner of the Snoller’s fence||8||Sepia||-|
|Publicity kit photo||Douglas, Anita and Skinner (Ben, Rosemary and Frank) arguing in front of the Snoller’s house||8||Black & White||-|
|Publicity kit photo||Douglas and Skinner (Ben and Frank) on a billycart||4||Black & White||-|
|Publicity kit photo||Michael O’Reilly head shot||4||Black & White||-|
|Publicity kit photo||Elly and mum (Olivia and Jennifer) walking arm in arm just outside the Snoller’s fence||4||Black & White||-|
|Publicity kit photo||Family portrait on billycarts||4||Black & White||-|
|Publicity kit photo||Family portrait on billycarts (variant of the above)||8||Sepia||-|
|Publicity kit photo||Elly (Olivia) sitting on her perch staring dreamily into the distance||4 & 8||Sepia||Olivia was wearing her own clothes for this photo shoot|
|Publicity kit photo||Elly (Olivia) sitting on her perch staring dreamily into the distance (appears to be mirrored from the above)||11||Colour- clipped from the 22-28 June 1991 issue of “Radio Times”||Olivia was wearing her own clothes for this photo shoot|
|Publicity kit photo||Elly (Olivia) standing on the ladder to her tree, fending off Paul (Matt Day) and Anthony (Michael O’Reilly)||11||Black & White - clipped from a 1989 issue of “Radio Times”||Olivia was wearing her own clothes for this photo shoot|
|Photo used on set||Elly (Olivia) sitting on her perch, smiling, looking to her right||1||Colour- used in the episode “Suspected”||Olivia was wearing her own clothes for this photo shoot|
|Photo used on set||Group photo of the “Barton League of Bird Lovers” with Matt Day, Christian Pellone, Natasha Kenneally, Ben Toovey, Frank Webb, Olivia Harkin, Michael O’Reilly and Pippa Smith||1||Sepia||Also in the press kit|
|Photo||Portrait of Pippa and Rosemary Smith||8||Black & White||-|
|Photo||Douglas, Elly and Susan Davies (Ben, Olivia and Natasha Kenneally) posing at the bird feeder||4||Colour- no idea where this came from, doesn’t look like an official photo but can be found on the TF1 website.||Natasha seems to be wearing her own coat.|
|Photo||Elly and Mr Snoller (Olivia and Alan Lovett) in front of the library||4||Colour- unknown origin. Perhaps a publicity photo.||-|
|Photo||On-set photo (boom mic visible) with dad, mum, Elly, Douglas and Paul||4||Colour- unknown origin. Most likely from the set of Musical Rooms, perhaps taken during rehearsals. Can also be found on the TF1 website.||-|
|Photo||Portrait of Jocelyn Moorhouse, taken in 1987||1||Black & White||-|
|Photo||Portrait of Elly (Olivia), sitting on a wooden bench with her knees pulled up to her chest||4||Black & White- cut out from a TV magazine article||-|
|Photo||Portrait of Jenifer Hooks||4||Black & White- cut out from a TV magazine article||-|
|Photo||Official publicity photo from “Phoenix” (a 1992 ABC crime drama series) with Olivia (aged 16) and actress Nell Feeney.||1||Sepia||Not strictly Bartons related, but it still counts in my book.|
|Book||“C/o the Bartons” (UK edition)||4||Original 1989 print||Good condition- read a lot (by me)|
|Book||“Sechs Bartons” (German edition)||4||1992 print||Still sealed|
|Book||“Sechs Bartons” (German edition)||4||1992 print||Good condition|
|Script||Mr Snoller’s Black Bag||99||Final print||Good condition|
|Script||Elly Barton Feeds The World (The Great Billycart Aid Race)||99||Draft||Good condition|
|Publicity kit (1988)||Official ABC publicity kit with various documents and photos (see the box below this table)||4||-||-|
|Cast information package||“Welcome to The Bartons”||1||Series synopsis||-|
|Cast information package||Preliminary episode line up||1||Short episode synopses||Still mentions “Street Party” as the final episode, complete with synopsis and some other “working titles” for episodes.|
|Cast information package||Final episode order||1||List of episode titles in the final broadcast order||Now mentions “Bye Bye Bartons” as the final episode.|
|Cast information package||“The Stoomphs”||1||Short character profile for the Stoomphs family (that never was)||-|
|Cast information package||Character description for Elly Barton||1||-||-|
|Cast information package||Character description for Vince Capaletti||1||-||-|
|Cast information package||Character description for Anita||1||-||-|
|Cast information package||Character description for Anthony||1||-||-|
|Cast information package||Character description for Douglas||1||-||-|
|Cast information package||Character description for “father” (Robert)||1||-||-|
|Cast information package||Character description for “mother” (Marjorie)||1||-||“Marjorie” was later changed to “Clare”. The name has been altered with a pen on this character description.|
|Cast information package||Character description for Miss India||1||-|
|Cast information package||Character description for Mr Snoller||1||-||-|
|Cast information package||Character description for Mr Jensen||1||-||-|
|Cast information package||Character description for Paul Barton||1||-||-|
|Cast information package||Character description for Skinner Davies||1||-||-|
|Cast information package||Character description for Susan Davies||1||-||-|
|Cast information package||Character description for the Capaletti family (excluding Vince)||1||-||-|
|Cast information package||Letter from Jenny Hooks (producer) to the adult actors on working with children||1||-||Suggestions on how to behave when children are present on set.|
|Cast information package||Taping blocks schedule (March 1987)||1 & 8||-||-|
|Letter||Letter from Jenny Hooks to the parents of all the children who auditioned||1||-||-|
|Letter||Letter from Cameron Mattox (Olivia’s drama teacher from Etlham College) about the auditions for Bartons||1||-||-|
|Misc||A cheque (yes really) issued to Rosemary Smith for her performance on 1 July 1987 for (I assume) additional scenes for the episode “The Barton League of Bird Lovers”.||8||-||-|
|Misc||The sign from the door to Olivia’s & Rosemary’s dressing room (room “H”)||8||-||-|
Please rotate your phone to landscape position for a easier to read version of this table.
A cast member that I can not name has sent me two original scripts: the script to Mr Snoller's Black Bag and the draft to The Great Billycart Aid Race (still titled Elly Barton Feeds The World on the cover page). Although I can't publish those scripts in full, I can make reference to them and show you a small bit of them.
I've already done so with the script to The Great Billycart Aid Race, take a look here. The other script will follow in the future.
Draft version of the script with annotations from (presumably) the cast member who gave it to me.
Final version of the script (still with annotations).
Not much to say: my trusty old British edition from 1989 and one opened and two (don't ask) still sealed German editions (1992) that I recently acquired are pictured below. More information about the book here.
C/o The Bartons
Pengiun Random House Children's Books, 30 March 1989
Hoch Wien (Vienna), 1990
Hoch Stuttgart, 1992
Translated by Elfi Gross
In order to promote the series to the press (and sell it overseas) the ABC produced a publicity kit. This comes in the form of a binder with several documents, some promotional photos from the series and advertisement for Jocelyn's Bartons book.
There are several versions of this publicity kit: I have one that contains a certain set of promotional photos (see the above table) while others have the publicity kit with a different set of promotional photos. I have no idea how many versions there are or why that is.
My publicity kit is a scan; I don't own a physical copy unfortunately.
This is what's inside mine:
- "C/o the Bartons [by] Jocelyn Moorhouse" - a press release for Jocelyn's tie-in book. This contains a cast group photo (on billycarts) that's also on the book's back cover (see below)
- Series synopsis
- Final episode list (in broadcast order)
- Synopsis for all twelve episodes (one per page)
- A main cast list for all twelve episodes (one per page) interleaved with the above
- Promotional photo: Family portrait (Elly at the top)
- Promotional photo: Elly & mum at the Snoller's fence
- Promotional photo: Elly in her tree looking dreamily into the distance
- Promotional photo: Anita and Elly at a sign at the beach
- Promotional photo: Michael O'Reilly head shot
- Promotional photo: Paul and Petal cuddling on Paul's bed
- Promotional photo: Douglas and Skinner on a billycart
- Library style index cards for all photos above (see below)
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Photo by me
Sorry for the low resolution; it's a bit of a grey area if I can publish this on the site, so a higher resolution scan would be pushing it. For that same reason, this image can not be clicked for a larger version.
Photo by me
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Due to copyright reasons, I can't show you the photo that this card comes with; sorry.
Photo by me
Mostly thanks to Olivia and Rosemary, and some from my own research, I have scans from quite a number of newspaper and magazine articles about Bartons.
A list of the articles I have (all of them as a scan), and what they are about, can be found on the References page.
I have quite the collection of TV listings from various countries. Either in physical form or as a scan. I mostly gathered these while doing research for the Broadcast history page.
- The Age
- Tele Magazine
- Whitehorse Daily Star
- Leidsch Dagblad
- De Gelderlander
- De Stem Zeeland
- Bisagra Magazine
- L'Express de Neuchâtel
- Radio Times
Do you own TV listings from your country that you are willing to scan for me? Please let me know.
There's not a lot of physical Bartons memorabilia to be collected; no merchandise or comic books, video games or other goodies. It simply wasn't that big. Yes, I know, the world is an unfair place.
I still have a wish list of items that I'd love to get my hands on though. Some would be easier to obtain than others.
The list is below. Do you own (an) item(s) on this list that you are willing to part with? Or scan/digitise for me and all other Bartons fans? Please let me know. I'm sure we can work something out!
- A physical copy of the ABC publicity kit (any version);
- A copy (physical or digital) of the film;
- The Australian edition of the C/o the Bartons tie-in book;
- The Spanish edition of the C/o the Bartons (Los Barton) book (either or both prints);
- Newspaper clippings in any language about Bartons; articles and TV listings are both fine;
- Magazine clippings in any language about Bartons;
- VHS recordings (digital is even better) of Bartons in any language, but especially:
- A Dutch (RTL4) recording including continuity from Telekids
- A Dutch (RTL4) recording of the Telekids Friday Viewer's Mail in which Irene Moors talks about the letters they received about Bartons and announces the summer repeat
- A German language recording of Bartons (a few clips is fine)
- TV listings from any country not yet listed on the Broadcast history page;
- Anything else Bartons related I can get my hands on :)
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