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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
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
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
Jun 2016

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
Mar 2016

International Women's Day

Highlighting the achievements of nine Australian leaders for International Women's Day on 8 March.

By Stephen Groenewegen / 7 Mar 2016
Film
Oral History
Photographs
Radio
Television
Nov 2015

Glass Slides

Through this glass slide we catch a glimpse of a European perspective of Australia, circa 1895.

By Beth Taylor / 30 Nov 2015
Film
Object
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
Mar 2014

Andrew Denton

Andrew Denton is usually the one asking all the questions, but he swapped roles for a day and opened up during an interview for our Oral History program.

By Bronwyn Murphy / 12 Mar 2014
Oral History
Radio
Sound