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Mar 2018

Australia's Commonwealth Games

On the eve of the 21st Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, we look back at highlights from the previous four Games held in Australia.

By Adam Blackshaw / 26 Mar 2018
Film
Television
Dec 2017

Harold Holt's disappearance

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

By Adam Blackshaw / 12 Dec 2017
Film
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.

By Beth Taylor / 9 Oct 2017
Film
Object
Sep 2017

AFL, 1933: Wave the two flags!

Footage of a 1933 AFL face-off between Victorian and South Australian teams gives us rare glimpses of two goal-kicking legends.

By Simon Smith / 27 Sep 2017
Film
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.

By Adam Blackshaw / 21 Jul 2017
Film
Object
Oral History
Photographs
Television
Mar 2017

Cinesound's Sydney Harbour Bridge scoop

The Sydney Harbour Bridge opened 85 years ago and Cinesound Productions' newsreel secured the scoop of a lifetime.

By Beth Taylor / 8 Mar 2017
Film
Photographs
Oct 2016

Darling Harbour

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.

By Nicholas Behrens / 11 Oct 2016
Film
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.'

By Beth Taylor / 8 Feb 2016
Film
Television
Oct 2015

Chaplins, goats and Bathing Beauties

Just another day at the races: Charlie Chaplin lookalikes and a Bathing Beauty competition from 1921.

By Beth Taylor / 27 Oct 2015
Film
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