NFSA Blog

Caring for two million collection items

Collection Services Coordinator Stewart Shannon reveals some of the tricks and secrets that the NFSA Collection Management team use to keep the national audiovisual collection safe.

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Hair, fashion and shopping: Australian style, c1950–68

Film curator Tara Marynowsky looks at three 'fashion’ films from the NFSA’s extensive collection of amateur films and home movies.

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A voice from the 19th century sings again

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.

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National Indigenous Music Awards 2014

Brenda Gifford from the Indigenous Connections team talks about the recent National Indigenous Music Awards and the NFSA Indigenous Oral Histories program.

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Gaywaves: classic LGBTI radio lives on at NFSA

Did you know that Gaywaves, Sydney’s first gay and lesbian radio program, went to air in a time when homosexuality was still illegal in New South Wales?

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Vale Peter Sculthorpe

The music of Peter Sculthorpe has influenced three generations of Australians more deeply than we perhaps realise.

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Finding Baz Luhrmann's 'lost' project

Film historian and writer Jeannette Delamoir uncovers the truth behind Crocodile Creek, a community musical that unfolds amidst the 1867 anti-Chinese riots at the Crocodile Creek goldfield.

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Top 10 YouTube clips

With over 3.5 million hits since 2008, viewers from 230 countries, 200 new subscribers each month and 2,500 hits per day, the NFSA Films YouTube channel provides access to the NFSA’s archival collection for people all around the world.

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The Fourth Channel: celebrating 50 years of Melbourne’s ATV Channel 0

50 years ago today Melbourne’s fourth television channel, ATV Channel 0 (now Channel 10), broadcast its opening night gala variety show THIS IS IT and thanks to preservation by the NFSA you can watch some of it here.

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The Fourth Channel: the vision and voices that created Melbourne’s ATV Channel 0

The NFSA looks to the television collection to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Channel 10 in Melbourne, then known as ATV0. Launched on 1 August 1964 ATV0 became, as promised, part of the life of Melbourne. Television Curator Helen Tully looks back at the establishment and challenges of ATV0’s development.

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