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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

Bendigo Wax cylinder

There are relatively few surviving brown wax cylinders recorded in Australia prior to 1903, which made the donation of one to the NFSA a very exciting prospect for Sound Curator Tamara Osicka.

Tamara Osicka
Object
Sound
Jun 2014

The Art of Sound

'The Art of Sound' is a collaborative project between the NFSA and selected regional art galleries examining the intersections between sound and the visual arts.

Beth Taylor
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Sound
Nov 2013

One year of Fractured Heart

It’s been a year now that the NFSA has been home to the Gotye / Illuminart interactive sculpture 'Fractured Heart'.

Scarlet Barnett
Object
Sound
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
Sep 2013

Hollywood in Australia: Part 3

In part three, Jeannette Delamoir considers what Franklyn Barrett's 1925 tour of Far North Queensland with The Ten Commandments tells us about Barrett, film attendance and regional Australian audiences.

Jeannette Delamoir
Film
Object
Photographs

Hollywood in Australia: Part 2

In part two, Jeannette Delamoir describes filmmaker Franklyn Barrett's preparations for, and staging of, a live prologue to The Ten Commandments in Far North Queensland, 1925.

Jeannette Delamoir
Film
Object
Photographs

Hollywood in Australia: Part 1

Hollywood, local filmmakers and regional Australia intersect in the story of Franklyn Barrett's touring of a live prologue to Cecil B DeMille's The Ten Commandments in Far North Queensland, 1925.

Jeannette Delamoir
Film
Object
Photographs
Aug 2013

Bringing records back to life

Audio officer Gerry O'Neill reveals the mysteries of disc cleaning and digitisation, to make those old records sound like new.

Miguel Gonzalez
Object
Sound

Wurlitzer 1015 Jukebox

Film, documents and artefacts curator Jillian Mackenzie lifts the lid on a 1947 Wurlitzer Jukebox from the NFSA collection.

Jillian Mackenzie
Object