A look at how quickly radio ascended from a novelty to an essential part of life for most Australian households.
A look at the early days of radio, charting its rise from crystal sets through to first broadcasts and advertisements, the emergence of commercial stations and radio personalities, and how the public’s voracious appetite for daily music, sport, news and conversation hinted at what radio would become.
Amy Butterfield shares the challenges and surprising discoveries of curating for Radio 100, including how Australia was a radio ‘vanguard’, dating the oldest radio broadcast in the NFSA collection, and – despite the gap in time – the parallels between the rise of radio and the internet as a means of human connection.
This rare home movie footage from 1939 features the Australian rugby union team en route to the UK – and a tour that would never take place due to the outbreak of war.
Samuel François-Steininger has colourised footage from the NFSA collection of the last Tasmanian Tiger in captivity.
The NFSA's Teilo Nicholls discovered a recording in the collection featuring the voice of his great uncle – a well-known explorer in Papua New Guinea in the 1930s.