• 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

A Cabinet decision on 11 December 1935 leads to the creation of the National Historical Film and Speaking Record Library, with Australia’s film and sound collections to be managed within the Commonwealth National Library (now National Library of Australia). The National Library of Australia Act 1960 includes film and sound recordings in the definition of ‘library material’. During the 1970s, the importance of preserving film and sound gains momentum.

Ian Gilmour operates wire sound recording equipment, c1980. NFSA title: 565994

Ian Gilmour operates wire sound recording equipment, c1980. NFSA title: 565994

Peter Burgis with Edison phonograph, and  wax cylinder,1979. NFSA Title: 566059

Peter Burgis with Edison phonograph, and wax cylinder,1979. NFSA Title: 566059

National Film Library staff 1982_SEE WORD DOC FOR FULL CAPTION_790616

National Film Library staff, 1982. Includes Meg Labrum, Ray Edmondson, David Watson, Bob Overton, Bruce Hodsdon, Henning Schou, Ann Baylis, John Taylor, Steven Smith, Amanda Grant, Sue Terry, Kate McLoughlin. NFSA title: 790616

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Film Division staff, 1982. Far back (l-r): David Watson, Ray Edmondson; middle: John Taylor, Pat Stewart, Julie Hoogeveen, May Meyer, Mike Lynskey; front: Meg Labrum, Anne Hutton, Henning Schou. NFSA title: 494296