The Australasian Gazette newsreels held at the NFSA span over three decades and capture political and national events, sport and entertainment.

Newsreels were an integral part of cinema programming in Australia before the advent of television in 1956. Issued on a weekly basis, the newsreels enabled people to further engage with local and national political stories and events.

From 1913 until the advent of the talkie newsreels in the early 1930s, Australasian Gazette produced over 1,000 weekly issues covering the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of York in 1927, the 'Bodyline’ cricket series as well as footage of Dame Nellie Melba in her home.