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Feb 2020

Australia's Diverse Radio History

On World Radio Day in 2020, we celebrate diversity in Australia's radio broadcasting history and the NFSA collection.

By Mel Bondfield / 12 Feb 2020
Radio
Sep 2019

Starstruck on Tour

After successful seasons in Canberra, Adelaide, the Gold Coast and Bathurst, the Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits exhibition now opens in Geraldton, WA.

By Stephen Groenewegen / 24 Sep 2019
Object
Photographs
Posters
Jul 2019

The Loneliest Journey

Fifty years after the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, the NFSA has unearthed a rare recording of the historic event on Australian commercial radio, as it happened in 1969.

By Ashlinn Harty / 15 Jul 2019
Radio
Apr 2019

NFSA Stories: Quiz Kids

An Ancient History professor explored her own past when she watched an episode of a quiz show she'd participated in as a child.

By Amanda Diaz / 1 Apr 2019
Radio
Television
Mar 2019

Starstruck: Betty Bryant

A look at Betty Bryant, once Australia’s most famed film ingénue, who features in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits, now open on the Gold Coast.

By Tenille Hands / 6 Mar 2019
Film
Object
Photographs

Introducing Lillian Roxon

Australian journalist Lillian Roxon was one of the first to take rock and punk music seriously.

By Beth Taylor / 4 Mar 2019
Photographs
Radio
Feb 2019

World Radio Day: Behind the Violence

The NFSA marks World Radio Day 2019 on 13 February by profiling the community radio series Behind the Violence.

By Maryanne Doyle / 12 Feb 2019
Radio
Aug 2017

A 1950s autograph book

The stars of Australian radio serials and cinema touched the lives of many, but one Sydney teenager of the 1950s had the autograph book to prove it.

By Jessica Bolton / 9 Aug 2017
Object
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
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
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