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Sounds of Australia
Country Australia
Presented by National Film and Sound Archive
First awarded 2007
Official website Sounds of Australia on NFSA

Established in 2007, the Sounds of Australia (formerly known as the National Registry of Recorded Sound) is the National Film and Sound Archive's selection of sound recordings with cultural, historical and aesthetic significance and relevance, which inform or reflect life in Australia.

Each year, the Australian public nominates new sounds to be added with final selections determined by a panel of industry experts. The new additions are announced in August.

2007 Foundation List[1][edit]

Recording or collection Performer or agent Year NFSA Title No.
"The Hen Convention"
Earliest known Australian sound recording
JJ Villiers 1897 452097
"Chant Vénitien" Nellie Melba 1904 301462
"The Landing of the Australian Troops in Egypt" 1915 229758, 190559
"Along the Road to Gundagai" Peter Dawson 1931 189022
"Give a Little Credit To Your Dad; Lonesome For You Mother Dear" Buddy Williams 1939 190438
"Swanston St Shamble/Two Day Jag" Graeme Bell 1944 232811
Tribal Music of Australia A. P. Elkin 1953 242999
"She's My Baby" Johnny O'Keefe 1960 291386
"Kerr's cur" speech Gough Whitlam November 11, 1975 156392
"Down Under" Men at Work 1981 406936

2007 additions[edit]

Recording or collection Performer or agent Year NFSA Title No.
"The Hen Convention"
Earliest known Australian sound recording
JJ Villiers 1897 452097
"Chant Vénitien" Nellie Melba 1904 301462
"The Landing of the Australian Troops in Egypt" 1915 229758, 190559
"Along the Road to Gundagai" Peter Dawson 1931 189022
"Give a Little Credit To Your Dad; Lonesome For You Mother Dear" Buddy Williams 1939 190438
"Swanston St Shamble/Two Day Jag" Graeme Bell 1944 232811
Tribal Music of Australia A. P. Elkin 1953 242999
"She's My Baby" Johnny O'Keefe 1960 291386
"Kerr's cur" speech Gough Whitlam November 11, 1975 156392
"Down Under" Men at Work 1981 406936

References[edit]


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