'Hello possums!'

Who could have guessed that a suburban housewife from Moonee Ponds would become the gigastar Dame Edna Everage is today?

Created by satirist Barry Humphries AO, CBE in 1955, even he was taken by surprise at her popularity.

The collection celebrates Everage's contribution to the world, with her gimlet-eyed view of Australia and Australians being preserved for posterity. From appearances on radio and the stage to the big and small screens.

The secrets to Everage's cult status - her rich backstory and the searing precision of her character - are thoroughly in evidence in the clips below.

It's got some 'spooky' bits, and there are lots of splendid frocks, gladdies, winged 'face furniture' and celebrities to check out.