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Feb 2020

Australia's Diverse Radio History

On World Radio Day in 2020, we celebrate diversity in Australia's radio broadcasting history and the NFSA collection.

By Mel Bondfield / 12 Feb 2020
Radio
Jul 2019

The Loneliest Journey

Fifty years after the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, the NFSA has unearthed a rare recording of the historic event on Australian commercial radio, as it happened in 1969.

By Ashlinn Harty / 15 Jul 2019
Radio
Apr 2019

NFSA Stories: Quiz Kids

An Ancient History professor explored her own past when she watched an episode of a quiz show she'd participated in as a child.

By Amanda Diaz / 1 Apr 2019
Radio
Television
Mar 2019

Introducing Lillian Roxon

Australian journalist Lillian Roxon was one of the first to take rock and punk music seriously.

By Beth Taylor / 4 Mar 2019
Photographs
Radio
Feb 2019

World Radio Day: Behind the Violence

The NFSA marks World Radio Day 2019 on 13 February by profiling the community radio series Behind the Violence.

By Maryanne Doyle / 12 Feb 2019
Radio
Feb 2018

Top 40 radio turns 60

Sixty years ago this month, the Top 40 pop chart helped bring the golden age of radio to a close and kickstarted a new era.

By Chris Arneil / 28 Feb 2018
Oral History
Radio
Oct 2017

Berlei's Beauty in the Balance

Berlei cinema and television advertisements and educational glass slides from the 1920s to the 1960s offer a window onto Australian fashion and social mores.

By Beth Taylor / 9 Oct 2017
Film
Object
Jul 2017

Bobo

The NFSA recently acquired costumes, scrapbooks and other memorabilia recording the career of Hal Turner, who played one of the first recognisable children's characters on Australian television.

By Adam Blackshaw / 21 Jul 2017
Film
Object
Oral History
Photographs
Television
Dec 2016

2016 at the NFSA

The NFSA collects tens of thousands of items every year. What were some of the highlights for 2016?

By Adam Blackshaw / 23 Dec 2016
Documents
Film
Object
Oral History
Photographs
Radio
Sound
Television
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