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Oct 2018

Sydney Opera House Opening

Photographs, news and home movie footage capture the excitement of the opening of the Sydney Opera House, 45 years ago on 20 October 1973.

By Beth Taylor / 16 Oct 2018
Film
Photographs
Television
Aug 2018

Newscaf: Police Under Attack

As part of our Newscaf series, we look back at a chilling crime that devastated Victorian police 30 years ago.

By Mel Bondfield / 27 Aug 2018
Television
Sep 2017

Reliving the 1980s

Our 100th curated collection is all about the 1980s, and it stars Charles and Diana, Kylie and Dannii Minogue, Edna Everage, David Attenborough, Linda Burney, Ken Done, Michael Hutchence and many, many more.

By Beth Taylor / 4 Sep 2017
Film
Photographs
Television
Nov 2016

Jimmy Hannan: a winning smile

The Gold Logie-winning entertainer Jimmy Hannan recently donated a wealth of memorabilia to the NFSA.

By Beth Taylor / 28 Nov 2016
Photographs
Sound
Television
Jul 2016

TV history

Fifty years ago, on 21 June 1966, Australia was shocked when Labor and Opposition Leader Arthur Calwell was shot at close range by 19-year-old Peter Kocan.

By Bronwyn Barnett / 22 Jul 2016
Television
Mar 2016

Jon English

Sound Curator Thorsten Kaeding marks the passing of entertainer Jon English.

By Thorsten Kaeding / 11 Mar 2016
Film
Photographs
Sound
Television
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
Nov 2015

'The Dismissal' footage

Forty years after the dismissal of the Whitlam Government, we look at the NFSA's digital preservation of the surviving original news footage.

By Bronwyn Barnett / 11 Nov 2015
Oral History
Television

The Dismissal: through the news camera lens

On the 40th anniversary of the Governor-General's dismissal of the Whitlam Government, we look at the unfolding events of the day from the perspective of two camera operators who filmed them.

By Bronwyn Barnett / 9 Nov 2015
Oral History
Television
Dec 2013

Horror Highway, 1974

Christmas drivers taking the coast road out of Canberra in 1974 had to face the rapidly deteriorating 'horror highway'.

By Bronwyn Barnett / 4 Dec 2013
Television