"Lassie without the girly hair"? You should apply for a job at Taronga Zoo!
In all the episodes I watched as a kid growing up in suburban Melbourne, I never once saw Skippy swing a right hook at anyone, so he wasn't the inspiration for the Boxing Kangaroo. For the record, at least 9 kangaroos played the role over the 91 episodes and later movie. If the stories are true, all were males fitted with prosthetic pouches.
And Fritz, I think it shows the impact of US TV back in those days. I, too, watched Flipper and Lassie. Black Beauty was also on, but my hazy recollection is that it screened on another channel at the same after-school time as did Flipper, and the dolphin won out in our house. And, of course, Buggs Bunny, et al
. Never been a big fan of westerns, but my grandfather used to tune into Bonanza religiously, day in, day out. Funnily enough, many of these Golden Oldies from the US are re-screening at all hours again here in Oz - My Favorite Martian, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Beverley Hillbillies, The Addams Family, The Munsters ... you name it.
Still waiting for them to repeat Lost in Space, which was a biggie in our household. The first episode is viewable via YouTube but anything more, you pay for. One of my work colleagues is around the same age as me and has a wind-up of the B9 Robot on her desk. And yes, it cries out "Danger, Will Robinson!" if you push the right button!
GB13 - Late 298 (Aeronavale), Bf109E-3a Strela (Bulgarian AF), ČKD LT vz.38 Praga (Slovakian Army)