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May 2021

Dame Nellie Melba lost footage

In celebration of the 160th anniversary of Dame Nellie Melba’s birth, we reveal previously unseen private footage of Australia’s ‘Queen of Song’.

By Simon Smith / 13 May 2021
Film
Mar 2021

Corrick Collection Digital Restoration

The Corrick Collection of films has now been digitised and is once again able to be shared with audiences.

By Jillian Mackenzie / 10 Mar 2021
Film

Australia in Colour: Season 2

A second season of the landmark factual series arrives on SBS from 10 March 2021, featuring over 160 minutes of NFSA collection footage.

By Stephen Groenewegen / 9 Mar 2021
Film
Television
Nov 2020

NFSA Stories: Explorer Jack Hides

The NFSA's Teilo Nicholls discovered a recording in the collection featuring the voice of his great uncle – a well-known explorer in Papua New Guinea in the 1930s.

By Amanda Diaz / 16 Nov 2020
Radio
Sound
Oct 2020

1970 West Gate Bridge Disaster

Fifty years ago, on 15 October 1970, Australia's worst-ever industrial accident occurred when the West Gate Bridge collapsed into the Yarra River in Melbourne, killing 35 people.

By Adam Blackshaw / 13 Oct 2020
Television
Sep 2020

NFSA + DNA

An iconic moment which has metaphorically become part of Australia’s DNA – Cathy Freeman's historic Olympic victory from 20 years ago – is now stored on actual DNA, thanks to a new NFSA data storage pilot project.

By Miguel Gonzalez / 25 Sep 2020
Television
Jun 2020

Mavis Ripper, Costume Designer

NFSA curator Jenny Gall shines a spotlight on Mavis Ripper, a pioneer of Australian costume design for film and theatre.

By Jenny Gall / 30 Jun 2020
Film
May 2020

Last Tasmanian Tiger

The NFSA has digitised in 4K a 21-second newsreel clip from 1935 featuring the last-known images of the extinct thylacine.

By Simon Smith / 19 May 2020
Film
Apr 2020

Trams and Melbourne streets

Take a step back in time and discover the charm of Melbourne more than a century ago.

By Jemma Pietrus / 28 Apr 2020
Film

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