The NFSA’s Thorsten Kaeding with singer-songwriter Vic Simms at the Vinyl Lounge’s fourth birthday.

The Vinyl Lounge turns 4

Singer-songwriter Vic Simms joined us to celebrate the fourth anniversary of our monthly Vinyl Lounge in Canberra. Vic played tracks from,The Loner, an album he recorded while incarcerated in Bathurst Gaol in 1973.




Frame from the cricket Kinora reel.

Rare Kinora cricket reel

We acquired a rare Kinora reel featuring 1901 footage of legendary cricketers KS Ranjitsinhji and CB Fry. To digitise the reel, we built a custom-made device that combined digital photos of each frame to create a moving image. The story was reported by Cricket Australia and the Times of India.



Kylie Minogue on Young Talent Time.

Our 100th curated collection

For our 100th online curated collection we submerged ourselves in 80s goodness with glimpses of fashion, music, technology, film, television, radio, sport and advertising from the decade.




Ben Mendelsohn with NFSA Ambassador Margaret Pomeranz at the Sydney Film Festival.

NFSA Restores: The Year My Voice Broke

We completed a digital restoration of The Year My Voice Broke (1987). The original negative was already showing early signs of degrading. If this preservation work had not been undertaken, sections of the film may well have been lost.

Ben Mendelsohn introduced the restored film at the Sydney Film Festival, accompanied by NFSA Ambassador Margaret Pomeranz.


Digital Directions 2017

NFSA CEO Jan Müller and Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, Director General of the National Library of Australia.

The third annual Digital Directions symposium brought together thought leaders, policymakers and key players in the GLAM (gallery, library, archive, museum) sector to work through the big picture issues surrounding the digitisation of cultural collections.

This year we focused on the users of digital collections, asking how collecting institutions can better facilitate access to the educators, researchers and creators served by the GLAM sector. We also showcased the institutional innovators in user-centric research and design.


The INXS song ‘Don’t Change’ was inducted into the Sounds of Australia.

Sounds of Australia 10 years

Sounds of Australia was established in 2007. Each year, the Australian public nominates new sounds to be added with final selections determined by a panel of industry experts. There are now in excess of 120 sounds.

This year recordings by INXS, Kasey Chambers  and John Paul Young were inducted. Also among this year’s inclusions were the Play School theme, Louie the Fly jingle and a song about our most famous cricketer.