National Film & Sound Archive in Canberra
Home to Australia’s largest compendium of video and audio, the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory serves to immortalize Australia’s finest output in both film and music. The archive has existed in various forms since 1935 and finally became an independent operation in 2008.
The public archive includes more than 1.6 million audio and video discs, tapes, film reels, phonograph cylinders, wire recordings, posters, scripts, costumes, props and other music and film memorabilia. It’s a place where the likes of “Kookaburra” songwriter Marion Sinclair, alternative rock band The Church, film legend Errol Flynn and award-winning actress Cate Blanchett can exist alongside each other.
Among its most precious documents are 1906’s The Story of the Kelly Gang, which was the world’s first full-length feature film, and a newsreel collection chronicling every major event in Australian from 1929 to 1975. Other prized collections include the National Film and Video Lending Service, Australian Jazz Archive, Kodak/Atlab Cinema Collection and Sounds of Australia.