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Nov 2018

Marvellous Melbourne

Take a step back in time and discover the charm of Melbourne more than a century ago.

By Jemma Pietrus / 12 Nov 2018
Film
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
Object
Nov 2015

Glass Slides

Through this glass slide we catch a glimpse of a European perspective of Australia, circa 1895.

By Beth Taylor / 30 Nov 2015
Film
Object
Sep 2015

Canberra time capsule

Discover the history of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, through these items from the NFSA collection.

By Adam Blackshaw / 7 Sep 2015
Film
Radio
Sound
Television
Jun 2015

Darwin time capsule

Discover the history of Darwin, Northern Territory through these items from the NFSA collection.

By Adam Blackshaw / 29 Jun 2015
Film
Sep 2014

Donation of rare disc

The first known Australian to make a commercially released recording, the long forgotten Syria Lamonte, is now preserved by the NFSA thanks to the kind donation of an 1898 recording acquired by Roger Neill.

By Tamara Osicka / 15 Sep 2014
Object
Sound
Jul 2014

Do Frenchmen play Cricket?

Film curator Sally Jackson investigates the makers of the world's first cricket films, shot in Australia in 1897.

By Sally Jackson / 3 Jul 2014
Film
Photographs
Nov 2013

1896 Melbourne Cup Carnival

Curator Sally Jackson researches famous faces and fashions of the 1896 Melbourne Cup.

By Sally Jackson / 1 Nov 2013
Film

Melbourne Cup fashion, 1896

Famous faces and fashions of the 1896 Melbourne Cup.

By Sally Jackson / 1 Nov 2013
Film
Photographs
Oct 2013

Excursion to London

The Excursion to London panorama toy is a pre-cinema artefact that reveals much about the intimacy of 19th century family life.

By Itzell Tazzyman / 23 Oct 2013
Object