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Oct 2014

Licence to... watch TV?

Broadcast curator Helen Tully writes about a time when listening to the airwaves or watching TV required a licence.

By Helen Tully / 15 Oct 2014
Radio
Television
Sep 2014

Caring for two million collection items

Stewart Shannon reveals some of the tricks and secrets that the Collection Management team use to keep the NFSA collection safe.

By Stewart Shannon / 22 Sep 2014
Object

Australian style

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

By Tara Marynowsky / 15 Sep 2014
Film

Donation of rare disc

The first known Australian to make a commercially released recording, the long forgotten Syria Lamonte, is now preserved by the NFSA thanks to the kind donation of an 1898 recording acquired by Roger Neill.

By Tamara Osicka / 15 Sep 2014
Object
Sound
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

Casey Kasem and American Top 40

American DJ Casey Kasem's American Top 40 was a fixture on commercial radio stations all over the world. He passed away on 15 June 2014.

By Graham McDonald / 16 Jun 2014
Radio

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
May 2014

Ernest Singer home movies

In partnership with the St Kilda Film Festival, the NFSA presents six of Ernest Singer’s 16mm home movies from the 1950s, projected on the big screen for the very first time.

By Simon Smith / 21 May 2014
Film
Feb 2014

Women leaders in radio

The NFSA joined with nine other organisations to produce Australia’s first online Encyclopedia of women leaders including women who have made notable contributions to radio.

By Maryanne Doyle / 28 Feb 2014
Radio

Lottie Lyell or Louise Lovely?

Library Officer Kerryn Poynter helped a client discover the identity of a silent-era actress she saw ... on the wall of a Tasmanian pub.

By Kerryn Poynter / 25 Feb 2014
Film