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Aug 2016

The Fairlight Sampling Synthesizer

In 1979 two young Australians invented the first Fairlight sampling synthesizer and changed electronic music forever. We have one in working condition!

Beth Taylor
Object
Nov 2015

A French view of Melbourne, circa 1895

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

Beth Taylor
Film
Object
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.

Tamara Osicka
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.

Sally Jackson
Film
Photographs
Nov 2013

1896 Melbourne Cup Carnival

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

Sally Jackson
Film

Melbourne Cup fashion, 1896

Famous faces and fashions of the 1896 Melbourne Cup.

Sally Jackson
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.

Itzell Tazzyman
Object
Oct 2011

Melbourne Cup magic

The NFSA is proud to present the race that stopped the nation… 114 years ago!

Miguel Gonzalez
Film
Object
Oct 2010

Melbourne Cup Stops the Nation Again

One of the first films ever recorded in Australia screens 12 times a day in Federation Square in the lead-up to the 150th Melbourne Cup.

Siobhan Dee
Film