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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.

2013 Additions[edit]

ABC Archives

2012 Additions[edit]

2011 Additions[edit]

2010 Additions[edit]

2009 Additions[edit]

2008 Additions[edit]

2007 Additions[edit]

2007 Foundation List[edit]

Selection criteria[edit]

  • Recordings must be at least ten years old to be nominated
  • Recordings are assessed on their cultural, historical and aesthetic significance and relevance, and how they inform or reflect life in Australia
  • For the purposes of the Registry, 'sound recordings’ are defined as works that result from the fixation of a series of musical, spoken, or other sounds, but not including the sound component of a moving image work, unless it is available as a stand alone sound recording or is the only surviving component of the work
  • Recordings may be a single item or group of related items; published or unpublished; and may contain music, spoken word, or any other sound
  • Recordings do not have to be part of the National Film and Sound Archive’s National Recorded Sound Collection.

Sounds of Australia Patrons[edit]

Each year the NFSA board appoints a highly recognisable public figure with a strong professional and/or personal commitment to Australia’s heritage of recorded sound as Sounds of Australia patron.

2012 - David Bridie, musician and producer.

2011 - Richard Gill, conductor and educator.

2010 - Joy McKean, singer, writer and musician.

2009 - Robyn Archer AO, , singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate for the arts.

2008 - Renée Geyer, ARIA Hall of Fame inductee and iconic 'first lady of soul’.

2007 - Paul Grabowsky, musician and composer and Dr Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE, composer.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sounds of Australia on nfsa.gov.au
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  21. ^ The Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to the Torres Strait on australianscreen online
  22. ^ The Sailors on australianscreen online
  23. ^ Ken Howard Calls the Melbourne Cup on australianscreen online
  24. ^ Dame Enid Lyon's maiden speech on australianscreen online
  25. ^ Dame Dorothy Tangney's maiden speech on australianscreen online
  26. ^ Sounds of Australia on nfsa.gov.au
  27. ^ 'I'll Never Find Another You' on australianscreen online
  28. ^ Living in the 70’s on australianscreen online
  29. ^ Cyclone Tracy on australianscreen online
  30. ^ 'I Should Be So Lucky' on australianscreen online
  31. ^ 'Voss' on australianscreen online
  32. ^ Message to Australia/Incidents of My Flight on australianscreen online
  33. ^ Wrap Me Up In My Stockwhip and Blanket on australianscreen online
  34. ^ Menzies’ Declaration of World War II on australianscreen online
  35. ^ Curtin’s announcement of war with Japan on australianscreen online
  36. ^ Bye Bye Baby on australianscreen online
  37. ^ Pick A Box on australianscreen online
  38. ^ Just the Beginning on australianscreen online
  39. ^ Eagle Rock on australianscreen online
  40. ^ Opening Concert of the Sydney Opera House on australianscreen online
  41. ^ The 4×100 Medley Relay Final at the Moscow Olympics on australianscreen online
  42. ^ Rebetika: Songs of Greece on australianscreen online
  43. ^ We Are Going on australianscreen online
  44. ^ From Little Things (Big Things Grow) on australianscreen online
  45. ^ Paul Keating’s Redfern Address on australianscreen online
  46. ^ Honest Toil March on australianscreen online
  47. ^ Happy Little Vegemites on australianscreen online
  48. ^ Smoky Dawson on australianscreen online
  49. ^ My Country on australianscreen online
  50. ^ Georgia Lee on australianscreen online
  51. ^ In the Head the Fire on australianscreen online
  52. ^ Lionel Rose wins the World Title on australianscreen online
  53. ^ I Am Woman on australianscreen online
  54. ^ The Loner on australianscreen online
  55. ^ Treaty on australianscreen online
  56. ^ Country Gardens on australianscreen online
  57. ^ Waltzing Matilda on australianscreen online
  58. ^ Sir Donald Bradman on australianscreen online
  59. ^ I Like Aeroplane Jelly on australianscreen online
  60. ^ Theme from Blue Hills on australianscreen online
  61. ^ Pub With No Beer on australianscreen online
  62. ^ Irkanda IV on australianscreen online
  63. ^ Bird and Animal Calls on australianscreen online
  64. ^ Most People I Know (Think That I’m Crazy) on australianscreen online
  65. ^ We Have Survived on australianscreen online
  66. ^ Fanny Cochrane Smith on australianscreen online
  67. ^ My South Polar Expedition on australianscreen online
  68. ^ Dad and Dave From Snake Gully on australianscreen online
  69. ^ Majestic Fanfare on australianscreen online
  70. ^ Maranoa Lullaby on australianscreen online
  71. ^ Corroboree on australianscreen online
  72. ^ Jack Luscombe on australianscreen online
  73. ^ Friday On My Mind on australianscreen online
  74. ^ (I’m) Stranded on australianscreen online
  75. ^ Jailanguru Pakarnu on australianscreen online
  76. ^ The Hen Convention on australianscreen online
  77. ^ Chant Vénitien on australianscreen online
  78. ^ Landing of Australian Troops in Egypt on australianscreen online
  79. ^ Along the Road to Gundagai on australianscreen online
  80. ^ Buddy Williams on australianscreen online
  81. ^ Graeme Bell on australianscreen online
  82. ^ Tribal Music of Australia on australianscreen online
  83. ^ She’s My Baby – on australianscreen online
  84. ^ Gough Whitlam on australianscreen online
  85. ^ Down Under on australianscreen online

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

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