Click ‘Read More’ to see further highlights from 2013, including Urthboy at the NFSA, a new collection storage facility and Digitise or Perish.

    • Eric Pearce (left) after presenting Graham Kennedy with his crown. NFSA title: 684373

    Crown fit for a king

    The NFSA acquires the crown and throne belonging to Graham Kennedy, the ‘King of Australian television’.

    • Zenadh Kes Mari at DVD launch of 'From Malo's Law to Native Title: 1898 to 1998'.

    • Mabo: Life of an Island Man (1997) DVD cover.

    • Gail Mabo at the launch of the DVD From Malo’s Law to Native Title: 1898 to 1998, NFSA, Canberra.

    Mabo Day Black Screen DVD

    On 31 May the NFSA releases a DVD compilation, From Malo’s Law to Native Title: 1898 to 1998, commemorating the 20th anniversary of Mabo Day.

    • The Hon Julia Gillard presents a film still to Timor-Leste’s Prime Minister, Xanana Gusmao.

    NFSA recognises Timor-Leste 10th anniversary

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard gives Timor-Leste’s Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao a photographic still from a rare and iconic film in the NFSA collection.

    Click ‘Read More’ to see further highlights from 2012, including Giorgio Mangiamele and Antarctica 100.

    Michael Loebenstein is appointed as the new NFSA CEO.

    • Audience sitting beneath cinema screen showing a close-up of Heath Ledger

      The Heath Ledger Young Artists Oral History Project launch, December 2010.

    Heath Ledger Oral History Project

    In December the NFSA launches the Heath Ledger Young Artists Oral History Project.

    • Robert Sestier and Marie-Dominique Petitbois with the Hon Peter Garrett AM MP

    Honouring Marius Sestier

    The NFSA honours the life and work of pioneer filmmaker Marius Sestier, who shot Australia’s earliest surviving films.

    • Gary Bond in Wake in Fright, 1971. Courtesy of the Wake in Fright Trustees. NFSA title: 775732

    Wake in Fright

    The NFSA-restored Wake in Fright screens at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and is re-released in Australian cinemas.

    • The Australian Mediatheque at ACMI, Melbourne.

    The Australian Mediatheque opens

    On 18 September the NFSA, in collaboration with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, opens the Australian Mediatheque in Melbourne.

    Dr Darryl McIntyre is appointed as the new NFSA CEO.

    • Indigenous smoking ceremony at the NFSA on 1 July 2008. NFSA title: 763091

    Statutory authority

    The NFSA becomes an independent statutory authority on 1 July.

    The NFSA launches Sounds of Australia to promote and celebrate the nation’s sound heritage.

    • Detail from The Year My Voice Broke poster, 1987. NFSA title: 752175

    Acquisition highlights

    New additions to the NFSA collection in 2005 include 35mm feature film prints of Moulin Rouge! (2001), Survivor (1981), The Silver Brumby (1993), Dingo (1991) and The Year My Voice Broke (1987).

    • Frank Taylor, Gerard Kennedy, Chuck Faulkner and Terence Donovan in Division 4, 1975. NFSA title: 685309

    • John Fegan, Terry McDermott and Lex Mitchell in Homicide, 1964. NFSA title: 476612

    • Denise Drysdale and Gerard Kennedy in Division 4, 1969. NFSA title: 592385

    Crawford Productions donation

    The NFSA receives a major television donation from Crawford Productions.

    • INXS, 1984. Courtesy Warner Music. NFSA title: 469289


    The NFSA acquires the first consignment of a major sound recording collection of INXS material.

    A new Indigenous unit is created to oversee development of the NFSA’s Indigenous audiovisual collection.

    Paolo Cherchi Usai is appointed as the new NFSA Director.

    Australian Film Commission merger

    The federal government merges the NFSA with the Australian Film Commission from 1 July. An estimated 800 people attend two ‘Save ScreenSound’ rallies in Canberra, which attract wide media attention, and stakeholder groups lobby for NFSA statutory autonomy. The following year, the ScreenSound brand is dropped and the name returns to National Film and Sound Archive.

    • Fire damaged photos at the NFSA, 2003.

    Family memories saved from fire

    The NFSA restores family photos from a major bushfire in the ACT that destroys or severely damages more than 500 homes and kills four people.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    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.