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Sep 2020

Before They Were Famous: Joan Sutherland

It was 70 years ago – on 10 September 1950 – that the 23-year-old Joan Sutherland won a major singing competition that helped set her on the road to international stardom.

By Adam Blackshaw / 8 Sep 2020
Radio
Sound
Aug 2020

Battle of the Sounds

In the late 1960s and early 70s, up-and-coming rock bands looked to find fame and win big by competing in the ultimate contest – Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds.

By Nick Henderson / 21 Aug 2020
Photographs
Radio
Sound
Jun 2020

Deep Dive: Deborah Conway

Deborah Conway, along with her partner and collaborator Willy Zygier, performed a special concert at the NFSA.

By Travis Green / 18 Jun 2020
Sound

Cassette Culture

The NFSA recently received a donation of 12 releases from the short-lived Melbourne-based cassette label Comfort 35.

By Nick Henderson / 17 Jun 2020
Object
Sound
May 2020

Deep Dive: Richard Lowenstein in conversation

Richard Lowenstein and film editor Tayler Martin discuss the making of Mystify: Michael Hutchence, the music of INXS, and the life of Michael Hutchence.

By Travis Green / 14 May 2020
Sound
Apr 2020

Anzac Day Marches

As public gatherings to commemorate Anzac Day in 2020 are not going ahead because of COVID-19, we're sharing home movies of marches from Anzac Day in 1933, 1946 and 1980.

By Heather Gill / 15 Apr 2020
Film
Feb 2020

Picnic at Hanging Rock Costumes

On 14 February 2020, it is 120 years since the (fictional) events in Picnic at Hanging Rock. Jenny Gall takes a close look at two of the costumes from Peter Weir's film, released 45 years ago in 1975.

By Jenny Gall / 3 Feb 2020
Documents
Film
Dec 2019

Elton John in Australia

To celebrate Sir Elton John's farewell tour, we've found some rare press conferences and interviews from previous visits to Australia in 1974, 1984 and 1988.

By Mel Bondfield / 3 Dec 2019
Television
Nov 2019

Get Wet

In November 1979, Australian band Mental As Anything released their debut album 'Get Wet' and launched a long career.

By Sean O'Brien / 27 Nov 2019
Oral History
Posters
Sound
Television
Sep 2019

Money, Not Harmony

Sydney community radio station 2SER 107.3 first went to air on 1 October 1979. Station archivist Dr Liz Giuffre shares excerpts from a music industry documentary by Richard Kingsmill that was broadcast on 2SER in 1988.

By Liz Giuffre / 26 Sep 2019
Radio