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Sep 2019

Simon Before Wonder World!

Before he created and hosted Wonder World!, Simon Townsend had already forged a successful career in TV, print and radio journalism.

By Mel Bondfield / 18 Sep 2019
Documents
Radio
Television
Aug 2019

40 Years of Wonder World!

Celebrating 40 years of Simon Townsend's Wonder World! The show that changed the face of children's television in Australia.

By Mel Bondfield / 30 Aug 2019
Television

Fredd Bear Costume

Fredd Bear, the much-loved children’s television character from the late 1960s and early 70s, has arrived at the NFSA.

By Bronwyn Barnett / 20 Aug 2019
Television
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
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

SBS Vinyl Collection

The NFSA is now the custodian of more than 20,000 vinyl long play records from the SBS 3EA Melbourne and SBS Sydney 2EA radio collections.

By Thorsten Kaeding / 20 Aug 2018
Radio
Sound
Dec 2017

Mr Squiggle's Christmas cards

This collection of hand-illustrated greeting cards from Mr Squiggle creator Norman Hetherington to Pat Lovell is representative of a wonderful working friendship.

By Jessica Bolton / 20 Dec 2017
Documents
Television
Aug 2017

Australia's Tin Pan Alley

Australia's 'Tin Pan Alley' was born 75 years ago with a burst of patriotic wartime songwriting.

By Nick Henderson / 7 Aug 2017
Sound
Jul 2017

Australia's first gold record

What was Australia’s first gold record? You may be surprised to learn that it involved a harmonica and the Three Bears.

By Nick Henderson / 6 Jul 2017
Documents
Sound
Jun 2017

Feminist rockers you've never heard about

What would be the 'soundtrack of Australian feminist activism' of the 1970s? Sound Curator Nick Henderson has the answer.

By Nick Henderson / 9 Jun 2017
Sound