At just over two minutes, The Hen Convention is the oldest surviving Australian sound recording. Recorded by Thomas Rome, it is a novelty song featuring chicken impersonations by vocalist John James Villiers to a piano accompaniment.
Rome also recorded Warrnambool Railway Accident, an audio re-creation of a local train derailment from March 1897. The recording features sound effects created by drum virtuoso George Twentyman (AKA ‘Herr Schoot’). The dialogue in the recording is courtesy of Warrnambool residents.