Australia's Amateur Hour

Before The Voice, before The X-Factor, there was... Australia's Amateur Hour!

Australia's Amateur Hour was a radio talent show that Australians took to their hearts. It ran from 1940-1958, and featured Indigenous artists and performers from varied cultural backgrounds. Among the significant performers to appear on the show were Johnny O'Keefe, Jimmy Little, Olive and Eva, Rolf Harris and Frank Ifield.

The NFSA holds approximately 60 episodes out of the 925 that aired. Listen to clips below featuring Chad Morgan, The Trinamics (a quartet featuring Keith Potger, later of The Seekers), Albert Namatjira, Paula and Olga Perledo from Greece, and more.

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Australia's Amateur Hour
1940s
1950s
talent shows
Terry Dear
Indigenous music