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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

Olympic home videos

There were several future film and TV makers shooting home movies at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.

By Adam Blackshaw / 1 Aug 2016
Film
Jul 2016

TV history

Fifty years ago, on 21 June 1966, Australia was shocked when Labor and Opposition Leader Arthur Calwell was shot at close range by 19-year-old Peter Kocan.

By Bronwyn Barnett / 22 Jul 2016
Television

'Treaty'

Warning: This article may contain names, images and voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

By Nick Henderson / 15 Jul 2016
Oral History
Sound
Jun 2016

Number 96

Three Number 96 experts - series creator David Sale, TV historian Andrew Mercado and author Nigel Giles - discuss the taboo smashing 1970s soap opera.

By Jemma Pietrus / 6 Jun 2016
Television

Brian Nankervis

In his Oral History interview, the multi-talented Brian Nankervis talks about his time in radio and on the SBS program, RocKwiz.

By Bronwyn Murphy / 2 Jun 2016
Oral History
Radio
Sound
Television
May 2016

From Little Things Big Things Grow

Released 25 years ago today, 'From Little Things Big Things Grow' has become an iconic Australian protest song, symbolic of the movement for Indigenous equality and land rights in Australia.

By Nick Henderson / 26 May 2016
Film
Sound
Apr 2016

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 / 26 Apr 2016
Documents
Film
Photographs
Television
Mar 2016

Madonna

We take a look back at the early 1990s, to see how Australia reacted to Madonna's first tour.

By Miguel Gonzalez / 14 Mar 2016
Television