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Oct 2019

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2019

The UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage takes place on 27 October. To celebrate we go behind the scenes with an early cinema home entertainment system: the Kinora.

By Jeff Wray / 24 Oct 2019
Object
Mar 2019

Starstruck: Betty Bryant

A look at Betty Bryant, once Australia’s most famed film ingénue, who features in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits, now open on the Gold Coast.

By Tenille Hands / 6 Mar 2019
Film
Object
Photographs
Oct 2017

Home cinema, 1940s style

Meet 99-year-old Eddie Vormister and his homemade film projector.

By Jessica Bolton / 25 Oct 2017
Object

Berlei's Beauty in the Balance

Berlei cinema and television advertisements and educational glass slides from the 1920s to the 1960s offer a window onto Australian fashion and social mores.

By Beth Taylor / 9 Oct 2017
Film
Object
Dec 2016

2016 at the NFSA

The NFSA collects tens of thousands of items every year. What were some of the highlights for 2016?

By Adam Blackshaw / 23 Dec 2016
Documents
Film
Object
Oral History
Photographs
Radio
Sound
Television
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
Aug 2016

Fairlight

In 1979 two young Australians invented the first Fairlight sampling synthesizer and changed electronic music forever. We have one in working condition!

By Beth Taylor / 29 Aug 2016
Object
Jan 2016

The Johnny O'Keefe scrapbooks

Curator Tamara Osicka on the secrets contained in the scrapbooks created by Johnny O'Keefe's mother Thelma.

By Tamara Osicka / 27 Jan 2016
Documents
Object
Photographs
Dec 2014

2014 at the NFSA, Part 1

Tens of thousands of items are collected by the NFSA each year. What did we collect in 2014? Part 1 includes elephant heads, fake moustaches and the wild one.

By Adam Blackshaw / 22 Dec 2014
Documents
Film
Object
Oral History
Posters
Sound
Jul 2014

Bendigo Wax cylinder

There are relatively few surviving brown wax cylinders recorded in Australia prior to 1903, which made the donation of one to the NFSA a very exciting prospect for Sound Curator Tamara Osicka.

By Tamara Osicka / 21 Jul 2014
Object
Sound