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Nov 2019

Get Wet

In November 1979, Australian band Mental As Anything released their debut album 'Get Wet' and launched a long career.

By Sean O'Brien / 27 Nov 2019
Oral History
Posters
Sound
Television

Rural Bank Radio

Guest contributor Jennifer Bowen shares extracts from several rare regional radio programs in the NFSA collection funded by the Rural Bank of NSW.

By Jennifer Bowen / 13 Nov 2019
Radio
Sep 2019

Money, Not Harmony

Sydney community radio station 2SER 107.3 first went to air on 1 October 1979. Station archivist Dr Liz Giuffre shares excerpts from a music industry documentary by Richard Kingsmill that was broadcast on 2SER in 1988.

By Liz Giuffre / 26 Sep 2019
Radio
Oct 2018

Horror Radio

For Halloween, we're sharing three full-length episodes of popular horror and thriller radio serials of the 1940s and 50s.

By Chris Arneil / 26 Oct 2018
Radio
Aug 2018

SBS Vinyl Collection

The NFSA is now the custodian of more than 20,000 vinyl long play records from the SBS 3EA Melbourne and SBS Sydney 2EA radio collections.

By Thorsten Kaeding / 20 Aug 2018
Radio
Sound
Feb 2018

Top 40 radio turns 60

Sixty years ago this month, the Top 40 pop chart helped bring the golden age of radio to a close and kickstarted a new era.

By Chris Arneil / 28 Feb 2018
Oral History
Radio

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
Aug 2017

Australia's Tin Pan Alley

Australia's 'Tin Pan Alley' was born 75 years ago with a burst of patriotic wartime songwriting.

By Nick Henderson / 7 Aug 2017
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
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