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Mar 2020

The McDonagh Sisters

For International Women's Day, we present a portrait of the pioneering Australian filmmakers, the McDonagh Sisters – Isabel, Paulette and Phyllis.

By Graham Shirley / 4 Mar 2020
Film
Photographs
Nov 2019

Rural Bank Radio

Guest contributor Jennifer Bowen shares extracts from several rare regional radio programs in the NFSA collection funded by the Rural Bank of NSW.

By Jennifer Bowen / 13 Nov 2019
Radio
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
Sep 2018

Annette Kellerman's amazing life

Overcoming childhood adversity, Australian silent movie star Annette Kellerman took on the world – swimming, acting, performing and writing herself into the history books.

By Beth Taylor / 27 Sep 2018
Film
Photographs
Aug 2018

SBS Vinyl Collection

The NFSA is now the custodian of more than 20,000 vinyl long play records from the SBS 3EA Melbourne and SBS Sydney 2EA radio collections.

By Thorsten Kaeding / 20 Aug 2018
Radio
Sound
May 2018

Louise Lovely: 1916 fan mail

The NFSA recently acquired two signed photographs of silent film star Louise Lovely and a letter of hers responding to a fan in 1916.

By Jenny Gall / 22 May 2018
Film
Object
Photographs
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

Monkey Gripping Radio

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Helen Garner’s first novel, Monkey Grip.

By Maryanne Doyle / 5 Oct 2017
Radio
Sep 2017

Reliving the 1980s

Our 100th curated collection is all about the 1980s, and it stars Charles and Diana, Kylie and Dannii Minogue, Edna Everage, David Attenborough, Linda Burney, Ken Done, Michael Hutchence and many, many more.

By Beth Taylor / 4 Sep 2017
Film
Photographs
Television
Apr 2017

50 years of talkback radio

Did you know that until 17 April 1967, talkback radio was illegal in Australia?

By Chris Arneil / 12 Apr 2017
Radio