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Jul 2017

Australia's first gold record

What was Australia’s first gold record? You may be surprised to learn that it involved a harmonica and the Three Bears.

By Nick Henderson / 6 Jul 2017
Documents
Sound
Feb 2017

Radio Amateur Hour

We're celebrating UNESCO's World Radio Day with Australia's Amateur Hour (1940-1958), 'the largest radio show of all'.

By Chris Arneil / 13 Feb 2017
Radio
Sound
Sep 2016

A homemade TV

Television is celebrating 60 years in Australia this week. Did you know that in TV’s early days, a number of talented people built their own TV sets at home?

By Jenny Gall / 12 Sep 2016
Object
Television

Paralympics

An Adelaide dentist and amateur filmmaker has donated almost 10 hours of footage which helps chronicle the Australian and international Paralympic movement in the 1970s and 80s.

By Annie Breslin / 5 Sep 2016
Film
Jul 2016

A Town Like Alice

A Town Like Alice premiered in Australia on 24 July 1956 and celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2016.

By Adam Blackshaw / 19 Jul 2016
Film
Posters
Sep 2015

Canberra time capsule

Discover the history of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, through these items from the NFSA collection.

By Adam Blackshaw / 7 Sep 2015
Film
Radio
Sound
Television
Jun 2015

Darwin time capsule

Discover the history of Darwin, Northern Territory through these items from the NFSA collection.

By Adam Blackshaw / 29 Jun 2015
Film
Sep 2014

Australian style

Watch three amateur films from the 1950s and 60s on the theme of 'fashion’.

By Tara Marynowsky / 15 Sep 2014
Film
Jul 2014

Do Frenchmen play Cricket?

Film curator Sally Jackson investigates the makers of the world's first cricket films, shot in Australia in 1897.

By Sally Jackson / 3 Jul 2014
Film
Photographs
Jun 2014

Rare AFL footage released

The NFSA has released rare footage of one of Australian Rules football’s greatest players, Essendon forward John Coleman. Film curator Simon Smith made the discovery.

By Simon Smith / 6 Jun 2014
Film