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Mar 2015

Oral History: Actors

Three actors recall highlights of their lengthy careers in TV and film in these recent Oral History interviews.

By Bronwyn Murphy / 25 Mar 2015
Film

Oral History: Journalists

Three journalists talk about their careers in these Oral History interviews.

By Bronwyn Murphy / 23 Mar 2015
Feb 2015

Colour TV in Australia, Part 2

Television archivist Bronwyn Barnett continues her look at the arrival of colour TV in Australia 40 years ago, on 1 March 1975.

By Bronwyn Barnett / 20 Feb 2015
Documents
Television

Colour TV in Australia, Part 1

The colour TV revolution hit Australia 40 years ago, on 1 March 1975. Television archivist Bronwyn Barnett explains what was involved in reaching this milestone - and why it took so long.

By Bronwyn Barnett / 20 Feb 2015
Television
Dec 2014

2014 at the NFSA, Part 2

Tens of thousands of items are collected by the NFSA each year. What did we collect in 2014? Part 2 includes wild sounds, rock stars, Indigenous music and Mardi Gras.

By Adam Blackshaw / 29 Dec 2014
Oral History
Radio
Sound
Television

A Star Wars Connection

Grace Barrand, a recent volunteer at the NFSA’s Melbourne office, uncovers the surprising connection between Australia's first community TV station and 'Star Wars'.

By Grace Barrand / 11 Dec 2014
Television
Oct 2014

Licence to... watch TV?

Broadcast curator Helen Tully writes about a time when listening to the airwaves or watching TV required a licence.

By Helen Tully / 15 Oct 2014
Radio
Television
Sep 2014

Donation of rare disc

The first known Australian to make a commercially released recording, the long forgotten Syria Lamonte, is now preserved by the NFSA thanks to the kind donation of an 1898 recording acquired by Roger Neill.

By Tamara Osicka / 15 Sep 2014
Object
Sound
Jul 2014

The Fourth Channel

50 years ago today Melbourne’s fourth television channel, ATV Channel 0 (now Channel 10), broadcast its opening night gala variety show THIS IS IT and thanks to preservation by the NFSA you can watch some of it here.

By Helen Tully / 29 Jul 2014
Television

Do Frenchmen play Cricket?

Film curator Sally Jackson investigates the makers of the world's first cricket films, shot in Australia in 1897.

By Sally Jackson / 3 Jul 2014
Film
Photographs