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Nov 2020

NFSA Stories: Explorer Jack Hides

The NFSA's Teilo Nicholls discovered a recording in the collection featuring the voice of his great uncle – a well-known explorer in Papua New Guinea in the 1930s.

By Amanda Diaz / 16 Nov 2020
Radio
Sound
Oct 2020

Travel Home Movies

We mark World Day for Audiovisual Heritage and Home Movie Day with footage of Australia's top overseas travel destinations.

By Heather Gill / 21 Oct 2020
Film

Vale Helen Reddy

A tribute to the pioneering Australian singer Helen Reddy, who has passed away at age 78.

By Crispian Winsor / 2 Oct 2020
Sound
Sep 2020

Before They Were Famous: Joan Sutherland

It was 70 years ago – on 10 September 1950 – that the 23-year-old Joan Sutherland won a major singing competition that helped set her on the road to international stardom.

By Adam Blackshaw / 8 Sep 2020
Radio
Sound
Jun 2020

Mavis Ripper, Costume Designer

NFSA curator Jenny Gall shines a spotlight on Mavis Ripper, a pioneer of Australian costume design for film and theatre.

By Jenny Gall / 30 Jun 2020
Film

Vale Dame Vera Lynn

We commemorate the life of celebrated English singer Dame Vera Lynn, affectionately known as the 'Forces' Sweetheart', who has passed away at the age of 103.

By Jillian Mackenzie / 22 Jun 2020
Radio
Television
May 2020

Last Tasmanian Tiger

The NFSA has digitised in 4K a 21-second newsreel clip from 1935 featuring the last-known images of the extinct thylacine.

By Simon Smith / 19 May 2020
Film
Apr 2020

Anzac Day Marches

As public gatherings to commemorate Anzac Day in 2020 are not going ahead because of COVID-19, we're sharing home movies of marches from Anzac Day in 1933, 1946 and 1980.

By Heather Gill / 15 Apr 2020
Film
Mar 2020

The McDonagh Sisters

For International Women's Day, we present a portrait of the pioneering Australian filmmakers, the McDonagh Sisters – Isabel, Paulette and Phyllis.

By Graham Shirley / 4 Mar 2020
Film
Photographs
Feb 2020

Sky Bride

The NFSA celebrates Valentine's Day with recently restored footage of a unique wedding ceremony in the skies over Sydney in 1932.

By Jeff Wray / 11 Feb 2020
Film