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Dec 2018

2018 at the NFSA

The NFSA collects tens of thousands of items every year. What were some of the highlights for 2018?

By Adam Blackshaw / 17 Dec 2018
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Film
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Oral History
Photographs
Posters
Radio
Sound
Television
Aug 2017

A 1950s autograph book

The stars of Australian radio serials and cinema touched the lives of many, but one Sydney teenager of the 1950s had the autograph book to prove it.

By Jessica Bolton / 9 Aug 2017
Object
Jun 2017

Graham Kennedy candle

One of the most unusual Graham Kennedy items in our collection is a candle in the shape of his head.

By Maryanne Doyle / 22 Jun 2017
Object

The magical Kinora

The NFSA has recently acquired a Kinora 'flipper viewer', manufactured in England in 1901.

By Jenny Gall / 2 Jun 2017
Object
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
Sep 2016

A homemade TV

Television is celebrating 60 years in Australia this week. Did you know that in TV’s early days, a number of talented people built their own TV sets at home?

By Jenny Gall / 12 Sep 2016
Object
Television
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
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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
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Jan 2016

The Johnny O'Keefe scrapbooks

Curator Tamara Osicka on the secrets contained in the scrapbooks created by Johnny O'Keefe's mother Thelma.

By Tamara Osicka / 27 Jan 2016
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Photographs

Starstruck costumes

The musical comedy Starstruck (1982) and its colourful, outrageous costumes were ahead of their time.

By Beth Taylor / 25 Jan 2016
Film
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