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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
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
Dec 2013

Horror Highway, 1974

Christmas drivers taking the coast road out of Canberra in 1974 had to face the rapidly deteriorating 'horror highway'.

By Bronwyn Barnett / 4 Dec 2013
Television
Nov 2013

Cyclists protest for bike paths

On 21 October 1974 Canberra's cyclists took to the streets in protest. Watch how it was reported by the news of the day.

By Bronwyn Barnett / 5 Nov 2013
Television
Oct 2013

The Birdman

Every March from 1985 to 1992 thousands flocked to the shores of Lake Burley Griffin to witness one of the more spectacular events on the Canberra Festival program, the Capital 7 Birdman Rally.

By Bronwyn Barnett / 1 Oct 2013
Film
Television
Sep 2013

Canberra Raiders

The coming of spring means one thing to Australia's NRL fans ... Finals!

By Bronwyn Barnett / 9 Sep 2013
Television
Aug 2013

The legacy of Hector Crawford

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Hector Crawford in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, it is timely to reflect upon his contribution to Australia’s cultural life.

By Helen Tully / 14 Aug 2013
Documents
Oral History
Television