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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

Deep Dive: Deborah Conway

Deborah Conway, along with her partner and collaborator Willy Zygier, performed a special concert at the NFSA.

By Travis Green / 18 Jun 2020
Sound
Mar 2020

Vale Don Burrows

With the news of the passing of Don Burrows, Australia has lost a giant and pioneer of modern Australian jazz.

By Thorsten Kaeding / 13 Mar 2020
Sound
Jun 2019

Anzac Sights and Sounds

New film and sound recordings have been added to the Anzac Sight Sound website to coincide with the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June, contributing to the final phase of First World War commemorations.

By Stephen Groenewegen / 27 Jun 2019
Film
Sound
Jan 2019

Jimmy Hannan: a winning smile

Vale Jimmy Hannan, who passed away on 7 January 2019, at the age of 84. We celebrate his life and work, and acknowledge his kind donation to the NFSA.

By Beth Taylor / 8 Jan 2019
Photographs
Sound
Television
Nov 2018

The Songs of Jack O'Hagan

This week marks 120 years since the birth of Australian singer-songwriter Jack O'Hagan, who wrote over 600 songs including 'Along The Road To Gundagai' and 'Our Don Bradman'.

By Nick Henderson / 26 Nov 2018
Film
Sound
Aug 2018

Ron Grainer and Doctor Who

Listen to a 1966 interview with Australian composer Ron Grainer, who wrote the memorable theme music for Doctor Who.

By Adam Blackshaw / 31 Aug 2018
Sound
Feb 2018

Louie the Fly

A look at the creation of the iconic 'Louie the Fly' jingle, named by the NFSA in 2018 as one of the Sounds of Australia.

By Amanda Diaz / 21 Feb 2018
Sound
Television
Oct 2017

Vinyl Lounge turns 4

Our free monthly Vinyl Lounge celebrated its 4th birthday on 6 October, with a memorable evening that included great music, delicious cake and a very special guest.

By Amanda Diaz / 11 Oct 2017
Sound
Jul 2017

Pathé's vertical groove

We recently acquired a small collection of seven rare Pathé vertical-cut disc records featuring recordings by Melbourne-born music hall star Billy Williams.

By Nick Henderson / 14 Jul 2017
Object
Sound