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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

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
Jan 2017

Ronald Ryan: The Last Man Hanged

Ronald Ryan was the last man hanged in Australia, 50 years ago on 3 February 1967.

By Bronwyn Barnett / 30 Jan 2017
Television

Remembering Daddy Cool

We look back at the legacy of Daddy Cool, a band which delivered many firsts for Australian music.

By Karen Hewitt / 16 Jan 2017
Photographs
Sound
Television
Aug 2016

Olympic home videos

There were several future film and TV makers shooting home movies at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.

By Adam Blackshaw / 1 Aug 2016
Film
Mar 2016

Aussie Superman

Superman may be the most iconic of all American superheroes, but back in 1949, he was a true blue Aussie fighting the forces of evil on 2GB radio.

By Miguel Gonzalez / 21 Mar 2016
Radio
Sound
Feb 2016

JP McGowan

David Donaldson, the inaugural Director of the Sydney Film Festival, shines a light on the career of South Australian-born Hollywood pioneer JP McGowan.

By David Donaldson / 15 Feb 2016
Film

Smithy turns 70

We celebrate the 70th anniversary of Charles Kingsford Smith biopic 'Smithy' with a look at Billy Hughes' cameo in the film.

By Beth Taylor / 15 Feb 2016
Film
Photographs
Posters
Jan 2016

Maurene Edson

Completing an internship at the NFSA led Emily George to an unexpected family connection to the radio collection.

By Emily George / 11 Jan 2016
Photographs
Sound
Television