FIAF Congress 2015, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney. Credit: Event Photos Australia


The NFSA hosts the 71st FIAF Congress in Sydney and Canberra in April.

Delegates from more than 40 countries come to Australia to discuss topics such as digitisation and copyright, as well as key challenges and opportunities for organisations preserving the world’s audiovisual heritage.


Color Your World: CTC-TV Color brochure from the Eric McRae Collection. NFSA title: 1292784

40 years of colour TV

On 1 March 2015, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the official commencement of colour television in Australia.

From 7 October 1974, Australians began to see colour test patterns being broadcast on their televisions.

Five months later, colour television launched in Australia, with every network embracing the new technology.

Film armourer John Bowring discusses making the famous knife for Crocodile Dundee, 1986. Photo: Tony Mott

That’s not a knife!

The NFSA launches a week-long online showcase of Oral History interviews with actors, musicians, filmmakers, journalists and behind-the-scenes film crew. Many of the anecdotes contained in these interviews have never been published before.

NFSA website: Oral History – TV Journalists and Musicians.



Australian swimmers in the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada, 1954.

Rare 1954 sporting film donation

On 5 November at North Sydney Olympic Pool, two of Australia’s greatest swimmers donate unique footage to the NFSA. Olympic champions Jon Henricks and Lorraine Thurlow (nee Crapp) present a never-before-seen film shot during their 1954 North American tour – including scenes of the Australian team’s participation in the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada.

NFSA website: The golden era of Australian swimming.