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Sep 2020

NFSA Stories: The Drifting Avenger

On a recent holiday to Australia, a former child actor visited the NFSA to watch the Japanese Western he starred in more than 50 years ago.

By Amanda Diaz / 16 Sep 2020
Film
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

Wanda Beach Murders and the Beaumont Kids

Amy Butterfield considers the wave of high-profile crimes in the 1960s that led commentators to proclaim that Australia had 'lost its innocence'.

By Amy Butterfield / 12 Jun 2020
Television
Feb 2020

Freedom Ride 1965

In February 1965, Dr 'Kumantjayi’ (Charlie) Perkins AO led students from the University of Sydney on a 'freedom ride’ through rural NSW to expose racial segregation in Australia.

By Adam Blackshaw / 19 Feb 2020
Film
Dec 2019

Christmas TV Pantomimes

Watch clips from three of the annual Christmas pantomimes produced for TV in the 1960s by NWS9 in Adelaide.

By Adam Blackshaw / 18 Dec 2019
Television
Nov 2019

World TV Day 2019: Ten Years of TV

For World Television Day on 21 November, curator Simon Smith shares bloopers and behind-the-scenes footage from a program marking the first 10 years of Australian television.

By Simon Smith / 18 Nov 2019
Television

Welcome to Television: A Mystery

For World Television Day on 21 November, curator Simon Smith investigates the surviving footage of Australian television's opening night.

By Simon Smith / 18 Nov 2019
Television
Sep 2019

Alternative Canberra Designs

The NFSA has acquired 24 glass slides by Walter Scott Griffiths illustrating his alternative vision for Australia’s future capital city.

By Tamara Osicka / 16 Sep 2019
Object
Aug 2019

Fredd Bear Costume

Fredd Bear, the much-loved children’s television character from the late 1960s and early 70s, has arrived at the NFSA.

By Bronwyn Barnett / 20 Aug 2019
Television

John Farnham's Early Years

Before he was 'Whispering Jack', John Farnham was a teen idol named Johnny who was crowned 'King of Pop' five times.

By Mel Bondfield / 16 Aug 2019
Sound
Television