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‘The Absent Minded Beggar’ is a patriotic poem written by Rudyard Kipling in 1899 in order to raise money for soldiers fighting in the Second Boer War.

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Light baritone Hamilton Hill (1869–1910) was a prominent early Australian music hall, vaudeville and recording artist born in Gordons (near Ballarat, Victoria).

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In 1901-02, Baldwin Spencer and Frances James (FJ) Gillen undertook an anthropological research expedition to Central Australia.

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Stiff Gins (Kaleena Briggs and Nardi Simpson) sing 'Dust', a song in two Aboriginal languages. A wax cylinder recording made on an original 1903 Edison Standard D model phonograph.

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Vocalist John James Villiers, with piano accompaniment, performs a song which features imitations of chooks.

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The Edison Standard D model phonograph dates from around 1908 and has a clockwork spring-powered motor. It has been fitted with a recorder head that can play back two-minute cylinders.

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A close up of the wax cylinder used to make Keith Potger's recording of Guardian Angel, Guiding Light.

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Tasmanian Aboriginal recordings are inscribed in the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.

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Vintage sound recording and reproduction equipment from the NFSA's artefacts collection.

Together, these beautiful artefacts contribute to the story of recorded sound in Australia.

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Long before vinyl records, cassette tapes and compact discs, there were wax cylinders.