Olivia, Farnesy, Cazaly and more

Ten sound recordings with cultural, historical and aesthetic significance have been added to Sounds of Australia for 2019. 

They include wax cylinder recordings of Aboriginal languages from 120 years ago; global smash hits from Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, John Farnham and Savage Garden; and the first commercially available disc released by Indigenous recording artists.

Established in 2007, the Sounds of Australia is the NFSA’s selection of sound recordings which inform or reflect life in Australia. Each year, the Australian public nominates new sounds to be added with final selections determined by a panel of industry experts.

There are now more than 140 sounds in the complete Sounds of Australia list.