The 50th anniversary of the Doctor Who television series prompts a reminder of Willunga’s unique connection to the series.

A Willunga resident in the 1970s, Roger Liminton, was previously a BBC set designer. He is remembered for designing sets for some of the early Dr Who series including The Three Doctors and Carnival of the Masters. He also designed all the original Steptoe and Son sets and worked on many other BBC productions including The Monty Python Show, Colditz, The Liver Birds, the Goodies and many BBC TV dramas of the sixties and seventies.

On the brink of becoming one of the leading set designers in Europe, Roger decided instead to move to Australia and settle in Willunga with his family. He and his wife Peggy ran the Willunga Antiques store at 17 High Street and lived in McCaffrey Cottage in St James Street. The couple renovated the cottage and built a multilevel attachment in which their sons lived.

Roger was an interior designer and graphic artist and undertook many design projects in the local area. Perhaps one of his most graceful and simple creations was the distinctive Wirra Wirra wine label motif.

 The Liminton family left Willunga in 1986 and Roger died in Adelaide in August 1990.


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