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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.
Fanny Cochrane Smith’s Tasmanian Aboriginal Songs Fanny Cochrane Smith 1899 500445
"My South Polar Expedition" Sir Ernest Shackleton 1910 562537
Dad and Dave from Snake Gully
First episode
George Edwards Players May 31, 1937 737158
"The Majestic Fanfare" Charles Williams 1952 737182
"Maranoa Lullaby" Harold Blair 1950 245797
Corroboree Sydney Symphony Orchestra 1950 297286
"Sam Griffiths" Jack Luscombe, recorded by John Meredith 1953 737269
"Friday on My Mind" The Easybeats 1966 492436
"(I'm) Stranded" The Saints 1976 322350
"Jailanguru Pakarnu" Warumpi Band 1983 244155


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1816 news items

ABC Online

ABC Online
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:11:52 -0800

The classic Australian song, I Was Only 19, about the plight of returned Vietnam soldiers, has been added to the Sounds of Australia registry. The song by Australian band Redgum was one of 10 sounds officially added to the National Film and Sound ...

ABC Online

ABC Online
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:33:45 -0800

Among this year's entries into the official Sounds of Australia are demonstrations of an instrument which can replicate any sound. The groundbreaking Fairlight CMI synthesiser was invented in 1979 by Australian team Peter Vogel and Kim Ryrie. The ...


Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:22:30 -0700

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia includes a speech by Robert Menzies, the vegemite jingle and even the sound of a Lyrebird as well as songs by Men At Work, Kylie Minogue and Cold Chisel but it does not include the historic classic 'I ...

Calcutta Telegraph

Calcutta Telegraph
Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:06:11 -0800

Geeta, on her first tour as Harbhajan's wife, pointed out that she was "really looking forward" to seeing the sights and sounds of Australia. "I hope to enjoy this trip," Geeta added, smiling. An Overseas Indian Citizen (OIC), Geeta holds a British ...

93XRT Radio

93XRT Radio
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 08:00:00 -0700

Kevin Parker of Tame Impala performs at the 2014 Big Day Out Festival. (Matt Roberts/Getty Images). 2. Last week, we looked at music of Scandinavia and I know deep down you're looking to go to a warmer climate after being stuck in 100 plus days of cold.

Music Feeds

Music Feeds
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:22:16 -0800

Classic songs by Australian bands Cold Chisel, Icehouse, The Go-Betweens and Divinyls have been added to the Australian National Film & Sound Archive. The four tracks have been officially added to the Sounds of Australia register, as songs which have ...

ABC Online

ABC Online
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:46:56 -0800

The Sounds of Australia registry at the National Film and Sound Archives is a collection of iconic national sounds, and the Sydney-based musician said it was "truly remarkable" to see his work added to the list. "It's extraordinary, [especially] if you ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Tue, 20 Aug 2013 23:20:00 -0700

There are now more than 70 entries in the Sounds of Australia. They include the Easybeats' Friday on my Mind (1966), Skyhooks' Living in the '70s (1974); Yothu Yindi's Treaty (1991), Slim Dusty's Pub with no Beer (1957); a 1954 Vegemite jingle; and a ...

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