The Argonauts Club was an Australian children’s radio program, first broadcast in 1933 on ABC Radio in Melbourne.
Its format was devised by Nina Murdoch who had run the station’s Children’s Hour (as “Pat”) on 3LO and stayed on when that station was taken over by the Australian Broadcasting Commission in 1932.
The show was discontinued in 1934 when Nina moved to Adelaide.
The format was revived, broadcast on ABC radio stations nationally, on 7 January 1941 as a segment of the Children’s Session, except to Western Australia where the distance and time difference of 2 hours made a local production more attractive.
From 6 September 1954 it was called the Children’s Hour, running from 5 to 6pm.
It became one of the ABC’s most popular programs, running six days a week for 28 years until October 1969, when it was broadcast only on Sundays and was finally discontinued in 1972.