• Dot and the Kangaroo animation cel, 1977. Courtesy Yoram Gross Films. NFSA title: 497255

    Acquisition highlights

    Acquisition highlights include papers covering the career of Australian producer Anthony Buckley and animation cels from Dot and the Kangaroo (1977).

    The NFSA’s still image preservation services switch from analogue preservation processing to digital formats.

    • The Sentimental Bloke, 1919. NFSA Title: 357027

    Preserving our heritage

    The NFSA repairs and copies The Sentimental Bloke (1919), incorporating newly discovered material, and the nitrate print of Neptune’s Daughter (1914), starring Australian swimmer/actor Annette Kellerman.

  • Big Screen

    Big Screen commences touring Australian films to regional centres in 2001.

    • Sights + Sounds of a Nation exhibition. Photo courtesy Australian Capital Tourism

    Sights + Sounds of a Nation

    A major permanent exhibition, Sights + Sounds of a Nation, opens at the NFSA in February.

    • Leonard Teale, Terry McDermott and John Fegan in Homicide, 1964. NFSA title: 489007

    1000 scripts donated

    The Australian Writers’ Guild donates 1000 film, television and radio scripts to the NFSA.

    Volunteer advocacy group the Friends of the NFSA is formed.

    • Extension to NFSA building in progress, 1998

    A bigger building

    Major extensions to the NFSA building are opened in June by Prime Minister John Howard.

  • Radio with Pictures

    The Radio with Pictures interview project commences. It includes filmed oral histories with prominent media personalities such as Bruce Gyngell AO.

  • The Australian Jazz Archive

    The NFSA establishes the Australian Jazz Archive in partnership with the jazz musicians’ community to build a national collection of recordings and other jazz materials.

    Regional archives association formed

    The NFSA is instrumental to the formal establishment of the South East Asia-Pacific Audio Visual Archives Association (SEAPAVAA) in Manila, Philippines in February 1996.

    • Model of proposed NFSA building extensions

      Model of proposed NFSA building extensions, 1994. NFSA title: 354203

    An extension for the NFSA

    The NFSA is quickly outgrowing its current available space and an extension to the heritage building is announced.

    • Cinesound at Sydney Opera House, 1993. Photo: Roslyn Sharp

    Cinesound at Sydney Opera House

    More than 5000 people on the Sydney Opera House steps enjoy a summer evening screening of Cinesound newsreels and features from the NFSA collection as part of the Festival of Sydney.

    Ron Brent is appointed as the new NFSA Director.

    • Logo courtesy of IASA

    IASA at NFSA

    NFSA hosts the 24th International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives conference – the first to be held in the southern hemisphere.

    • Leon Becker at the launch of Once Upon a Wireless.

    Once Upon a Wireless

    In May the NFSA begins Once Upon A Wireless, the single largest Oral History project with which the NFSA has been involved.

  • Dealing with disaster

    Graham Gilmour, the NFSA’s first permanent director, talks about the circumstances that led to colour film in the NFSA’s care being damaged and the action taken in response.

    • Kookaburra Card and wallet, 1988. NFSA title: 789528

    Kookaburra Card

    The NFSA introduces the Kookaburra Card, a national membership and fundraising initiative based on sponsored cinema ticket discounts.

    • Take 88 poster. NFSA title: 498331

    Take 88

    The NFSA launches Take 88, a nationwide travelling exhibition, to commemorate the bicentenary of the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788.

    • The Last Film Search NFSA brochure

    The Last Film Search

    The Last Film Search unearths over 600 kilometres of nitrate film in five years.

    • Temporary work spaces in the NFSA's south gallery. NFSA title: 817083

    Growing pains

    The limitations of the 1930s heritage building force NFSA staff to find temporary accommodation within the exhibition galleries for preservation services and other activities.

    • Dressed to Thrill, 1985. NFSA title: 688917

    Dressed to Thrill

    The NFSA presents its first exhibition of props and costumes, Dressed to Thrill.

    • Time in Our Hands

    Time in Our Hands

    The NFSA Advisory Committee releases Time in Our Hands, a blueprint for the NFSA’s future.

    Graham Gilmour is appointed as the NFSA’s Acting Director.

  • Opening night

    On 3 October 1984, Prime Minister the Hon Bob Hawke officially opens the NFSA’s new headquarters in Canberra.

    Colin Pitson is appointed Interim Director of the NFSA in May 1984.

    • Film Division staff at the National Library of Australia, 1973. NFSA Title: 791074

    • Film racks at the National Library of Australia, 1979. NFSA Title:790853

    • Henning Schou (Preservation Officer), c1980. NFSA Title: 790667

    The early years

    Prior to gaining its independence, the NFSA operates as part of the Commonwealth National Library (now National Library of Australia).

  • Acknowledgements

    With thanks to all NFSA staff, past and present, who have contributed to this project. Special thanks also to…