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Sep 2018

A Portrait of Pearl

Jennifer Coombes explores the life of Pearl Schweig, an actress from the 1930s Cinesound casting books who features in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

By Jennifer Coombes / 10 Sep 2018
Film
Object
Photographs
Oct 2017

Starstruck casting books

These 1930s Cinesound casting books form the heart of the NFSA and National Portrait Gallery collaborative exhibition, 'Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits'.

By Jennifer Coombes / 31 Oct 2017
Object
Photographs
Feb 2017

Cricket legends in action, 100 years later

We had to build a custom-made device and photograph 465 frames in order to bring back to life a 1901 Kinora cricket film!

By Miguel Gonzalez / 21 Feb 2017
Film
Object
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

Pest control

How the NFSA takes care of pests and mould, and what you can do at home to protect your own collections.

By Robert Waterfall / 10 Aug 2016
Object

Staff Profile: Jennifer Gall

Meet Jenny Gall, Assistant Curator - Documents and Artefacts, who has a passion for the performing arts, an obsession with textiles and a love of musical instruments.

By Adam Blackshaw / 2 Aug 2016
Object
Dec 2014

2014 at the NFSA, Part 1

Tens of thousands of items are collected by the NFSA each year. What did we collect in 2014? Part 1 includes elephant heads, fake moustaches and the wild one.

By Adam Blackshaw / 22 Dec 2014
Documents
Film
Object
Oral History
Posters
Sound
Jul 2014

Bendigo Wax cylinder

There are relatively few surviving brown wax cylinders recorded in Australia prior to 1903, which made the donation of one to the NFSA a very exciting prospect for Sound Curator Tamara Osicka.

By Tamara Osicka / 21 Jul 2014
Object
Sound
Aug 2013

Bringing records back to life

Audio officer Gerry O'Neill reveals the mysteries of disc cleaning and digitisation, to make those old records sound like new.

By Miguel Gonzalez / 9 Aug 2013
Object
Sound

Wurlitzer 1015 Jukebox

Film, documents and artefacts curator Jillian Mackenzie lifts the lid on a 1947 Wurlitzer Jukebox from the NFSA collection.

By Jillian Mackenzie / 6 Aug 2013
Object