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Feb 2015

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
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
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
Jun 2014

Rare AFL footage released

The NFSA has released rare footage of one of Australian Rules football’s greatest players, Essendon forward John Coleman. Film curator Simon Smith made the discovery.

By Simon Smith / 6 Jun 2014
Film
Apr 2014

Thailand's fragile film heritage

Thai Film Archivist Kedsuda Jina recently visited the NFSA to learn about our preservation work. She told Clair Hurford that her country's heritage is in danger because of a lack of interest from the public.

By Clair Hurford / 9 Apr 2014
Film

Vale David Hannay

Meg Labrum on the life and work of prolific film producer David Hannay (1939-2014).

By Meg Labrum / 1 Apr 2014
Film
Feb 2014

Women leaders in television

The NFSA joined with nine other organisations to produce Australia’s first online Encyclopedia of women leaders including women who have made notable contributions to television.

By Helen Tully / 28 Feb 2014
Television

The Box

It’s staggering to think that on 11 February 2014 it will be 40 years since one of Australia’s best rating soap operas, The Box (1974-1977), premiered on ATV O in Melbourne.

By Frances Baldwin / 10 Feb 2014
Television
Nov 2013

Vale Robin Clifton

Film Location Scout and Location Manager Robin Clifton passed away on 1 November 2013, following a battle with cancer.

By Pamela Willis Burden / 22 Nov 2013
Film
Television