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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
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
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Sound
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
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The magical Kinora

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

By Jenny Gall / 2 Jun 2017
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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
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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
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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Gaywaves Project

Radio Archivist Chris Arneil looks at the outcomes of our Gaywaves LGBTI radio preservation program.

By Chris Arneil / 19 Aug 2016
Radio
Sound

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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