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Feb 2018

Winifred Atwell in Australia

Meet the Amazing Miss A - popular ragtime pianist Winifred Atwell, who conquered the charts in the 1950s and later made Australia her home.

By Stephen Groenewegen / 23 Feb 2018
Sound
Oct 2017

Home cinema, 1940s style

Meet 99-year-old Eddie Vormister and his homemade film projector.

By Jessica Bolton / 25 Oct 2017
Object

Berlei's Beauty in the Balance

Berlei cinema and television advertisements and educational glass slides from the 1920s to the 1960s offer a window onto Australian fashion and social mores.

By Beth Taylor / 9 Oct 2017
Film
Object
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
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Jul 2017

Pathé's vertical groove

We recently acquired a small collection of seven rare Pathé vertical-cut disc records featuring recordings by Melbourne-born music hall star Billy Williams.

By Nick Henderson / 14 Jul 2017
Object
Sound

Australia's first gold record

What was Australia’s first gold record? You may be surprised to learn that it involved a harmonica and the Three Bears.

By Nick Henderson / 6 Jul 2017
Documents
Sound
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

Radio Amateur Hour

We're celebrating UNESCO's World Radio Day with Australia's Amateur Hour (1940-1958), 'the largest radio show of all'.

By Chris Arneil / 13 Feb 2017
Radio
Sound

Fanny's Memory of the World

Tasmanian Aboriginal recordings are inscribed in the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.

WARNING: this article contains names, images and voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

By Rod Butler / 8 Feb 2017
Sound
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
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Television