This is the earliest audio recording of an Australian Governor-General, a farewell message to Australia by Hallam Lord Tennyson.
The recording was made at the request of the Board of Governors of the Public Library of South Australia on the eve of Tennyson's return to England in 1904.
The speech highlights the growing strength of the newly federated states of Australia, and the ongoing individuality of each of the states within the union.
Tennyson was Governor of South Australia from 1899 to 1902 and the second Governor-General of Australia, from 1902 to 1904.
Originally recorded on a wax cylinder, the recording is now held by State Records of South Australia.