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Sep 2020

Before They Were Famous: Joan Sutherland

It was 70 years ago – on 10 September 1950 – that the 23-year-old Joan Sutherland won a major singing competition that helped set her on the road to international stardom.

By Adam Blackshaw / 8 Sep 2020
Radio
Sound
Aug 2020

Australian History Timeline 2

The Australian History Timeline features over 90 film clips showcasing a unique collection of Australian history documentaries. Part 2 covers the 1900s to the 1940s.

Film
Television
Jun 2020

Vale Dame Vera Lynn

We commemorate the life of celebrated English singer Dame Vera Lynn, affectionately known as the 'Forces' Sweetheart', who has passed away at the age of 103.

By Jillian Mackenzie / 22 Jun 2020
Radio
Television
Nov 2019

Welcome to Television: A Mystery

For World Television Day on 21 November, curator Simon Smith investigates the surviving footage of Australian television's opening night.

By Simon Smith / 18 Nov 2019
Television
Nov 2017

World Television Day 2017

This year, we're marking World Television Day on 21 November by sharing two recent ‘finds’ in the NFSA’s vast television collection.

By Simon Smith / 20 Nov 2017
Television
Aug 2017

Australia's Tin Pan Alley

Australia's 'Tin Pan Alley' was born 75 years ago with a burst of patriotic wartime songwriting.

By Nick Henderson / 7 Aug 2017
Sound
Jul 2017

Australia's first gold record

What was Australia’s first gold record? You may be surprised to learn that it involved a harmonica and the Three Bears.

By Nick Henderson / 6 Jul 2017
Documents
Sound
Mar 2017

Prue Borthwick on making Gaywaves

Dashiell Hannoush talks to Prue Borthwick about the LGBTI radio program Gaywaves and how she turned her personal stories into social statements.

By Dashiell Hannoush / 3 Mar 2017
Radio
Sound
Feb 2017

Radio Amateur Hour

We're celebrating UNESCO's World Radio Day with Australia's Amateur Hour (1940-1958), 'the largest radio show of all'.

By Chris Arneil / 13 Feb 2017
Radio
Sound
Sep 2016

A homemade TV

Television is celebrating 60 years in Australia this week. Did you know that in TV’s early days, a number of talented people built their own TV sets at home?

By Jenny Gall / 12 Sep 2016
Object
Television