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Apr 2018

Casting Diana Du Cane

The granddaughter of actress Diana Du Cane contacted us after seeing her grandmother in one of the Cinesound casting books featured in the Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits exhibition.

By Jennifer Coombes / 11 Apr 2018
Film
Object

Famous Australian aviators

The first trans-Arctic flight took place 90 years ago. It's one of many memorable flying feats chronicled in our new Early Aviators curated collection.

By Jeff Wray / 9 Apr 2018
Film
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
Feb 2018

Merle Oberon: The Lost Tasmanian

On her birthday, we share images of Merle Oberon from the NFSA's Taussig Film Stills Collection. Publicity for the Hollywood star always claimed she was born in Tasmania but a different story emerged after her death.

By Tenille Hands / 16 Feb 2018
Film
Photographs
Nov 2017

Phar Lap Forever

A winner with a big heart and a liking for sugar cubes - Phar Lap's story captivated the nation.

By Beth Taylor / 1 Nov 2017
Film
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
Apr 2017

Daredevil motorcycle chariot races!

Inspired by the 1925 silent version of Ben-Hur, two NSW police officers recreated the famous chariot race scene ... with motorcycles!

By Miguel Gonzalez / 6 Apr 2017
Film
Mar 2017

The boy on the Harbour Bridge

We found the family of the young boy who climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge in March 1932!

By Miguel Gonzalez / 14 Mar 2017
Film

Amy Johnson, Aviator

We pay tribute to aviation pioneer Amy Johnson this International Women's Day

By Mel Bondfield / 7 Mar 2017
Film
Sound