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May 2021

Dame Nellie Melba lost footage

In celebration of the 160th anniversary of Dame Nellie Melba’s birth, we reveal previously unseen private footage of Australia’s ‘Queen of Song’.

By Simon Smith / 13 May 2021
Film
Oct 2020

Dawn Swane

Production designer Melinda Doring has donated her mother's unique collection of home movies, including never-before-seen footage of The Beatles.

By Tara Marynowsky / 29 Oct 2020
Documents
Film
Photographs
Television

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

1970 West Gate Bridge Disaster

Fifty years ago, on 15 October 1970, Australia's worst-ever industrial accident occurred when the West Gate Bridge collapsed into the Yarra River in Melbourne, killing 35 people.

By Adam Blackshaw / 13 Oct 2020
Television
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

Wimbledon Tennis Stars

To coincide with the annual 'Wimbledon fortnight', Johnny Milner takes a look at some Australian tennis stars who have excelled on the traditional grass court at Wimbledon.

By Johnny Milner / 29 Jun 2020
Film
Television
May 2020

Deep Dive: The Final Quarter

Director Ian Darling, ex-footballer Michael O’Loughlin, and AFL Inclusion and Social Policy Manager Tanya Hosch discuss the Adam Goodes documentary The Final Quarter and racism in sport with ABC's Fran Kelly

By Travis Green / 28 May 2020
Film
Sound
Apr 2020

Trams and Melbourne streets

Take a step back in time and discover the charm of Melbourne more than a century ago.

By Jemma Pietrus / 28 Apr 2020
Film
Feb 2020

NFSA Stories: Paralympic Gold

A determined son found footage of his mother’s gold medal win at the 1972 Paralympics in the NFSA collection.

By Amanda Diaz / 28 Feb 2020
Film
Nov 2019

Welcome to Television: A Mystery

For World Television Day on 21 November, curator Simon Smith investigates the surviving footage of Australian television's opening night.

By Simon Smith / 18 Nov 2019
Television