About the collection
The SBS Melbourne and Sydney vinyl collections represent most of the language and cultural groups broadcast by the stations in that early period. They include overseas recordings in Afghan, Albanian, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian and Serbian languages as well as recordings made in Australia in languages other than English.
The Melbourne World Music Collection alone includes over 12,000 vinyl discs, covering sound effects, jazz, popular music, religious, opera, classical, soundtracks, musicals, marches, humour and spoken word. Countries represented include: Argentina, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Croatia, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Mexico, the Middle East, Romania, Slovakia and Tahiti.
The NFSA seeks to represent, through its collection, the broad scope of Australia’s cultural heritage as reflected in its audiovisual industries and cultures. By this measure the SBS vinyl collection is a landmark collection which encapsulates the beginnings of multicultural broadcasting in this country.
While the NFSA collection is comprised primarily of Australian-produced material, or international material with significant Australian creative input, our collection policy and principles do allow for the selective inclusion of significant international material ‘to provide context to historical Australian audiovisual production, and to preserve a tangible record of historical cultural experience'.
On this basis the NFSA has accepted this collection and will maintain and make it accessible to Australians now and into the future.