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Dec 2017

Harold Holt's disappearance

The disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt, on 17 December 1967, remains one of Australia’s greatest mysteries.

Adam Blackshaw
Film
Television
Nov 2017

World Television Day 2017

This year, we're marking World Television Day on 21 November by sharing two recent ‘finds’ in the NFSA’s vast television collection.

Simon Smith
Television
Oct 2017

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.

Beth Taylor
Film
Object
Jul 2017

Bobo

The NFSA recently acquired costumes, scrapbooks and other memorabilia recording the career of Hal Turner, who played one of the first recognisable children's characters on Australian television.

Adam Blackshaw
Film
Object
Oral History
Photographs
Television

Graham Kennedy abroad

The story behind Graham Kennedy's overseas trip in July 1961, and his break from hosting 'In Melbourne Tonight'.

Simon Smith
Photographs
Television
Jan 2017

Ronald Ryan: The Last Man Hanged

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

Bronwyn Barnett
Television
Nov 2016

Jimmy Hannan: a winning smile

The Gold Logie-winning entertainer Jimmy Hannan recently donated a wealth of memorabilia to the NFSA.

Beth Taylor
Photographs
Sound
Television
Oct 2016

Darling Harbour's Steamy Past

The new NFSA documentary Steam on the Harbour showcases Darling Harbour as a busy railway goods yard, long before it became a Sydney tourist destination.

Nicholas Behrens
Film
Jul 2016

TV history

Fifty years ago, on 21 June 1966, Australia was shocked when Labor and Opposition Leader Arthur Calwell was shot at close range by 19-year-old Peter Kocan.

Bronwyn Barnett
Television
Feb 2016

Decimal currency in Australia

Commemorating 50 years since the conversion to decimal currency in Australia. As the jingle says 'Clink go the cents folks, clink, clink, clink. Changeover day is closer than you think.'

Beth Taylor
Film
Television