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TV killed the radio star

Can you imagine a time when, instead of watching dramas at home on a screen, people listened to them on the radio - a time when the most popular of those dramas were made in Australia? This Four Corners program from 1964 examines the reasons for the death of Australian radio serials, the role played by television in their ...

Interactive resource

Reading between the lines

Test the vision of four people to identify vision problems: myopia, hyperopia or presbyopia. Compare effects of corrective lenses on reading at different distances. Look at a cross-section of the eye showing focal variations linked to a vision problem. Explore how common vision problems are by doing a survey. This learning ...


Curtin's cablegram to Churchill requesting the return to Australia of the 9th Division AIF, 1942

This is a cablegram from Australian prime minister, John Curtin to his British counterpart, Winston Churchill, on 29 October 1942. Marked 'Most Immediate. Most Secret.', Curtin tells Churchill it is of 'vital importance' that the 9th Division of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), which has been fighting in North Africa, ...


Announcement of war, 1939

This is a broadcast made by the Australian Prime Minister, Robert Menzies, at 9.30 pm Eastern Standard Time on 3 September 1939, in which he announces that Great Britain has declared war on Germany and so Australia is also at war. This announcement was the beginning of Australia's involvement in the Second World War.


Boats and supplies at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, 1915

This is a sepia-toned photograph of Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey taken in early June 1915. Boats and barges are moored at several temporary pontoon piers. On the shore are many soldiers, a row of guns and several barrels. The photograph measures 17.1 cm x 27.7 cm.


Autographs of participants in the first Empire broadcast, 1927

This is an autograph card on which is recorded the signatures of those who played a role in, and attended, the first Empire broadcast by radio station 2FC, Sydney, New South Wales on 5 September 1927. A handwritten caption at the bottom of the card indicates that the program was broadcast from Sydney to the BBC in London ...


'Army dogs sniff out mines', 1971 - asset 1

This is an excerpt from an item in a 1971 black-and-white newsreel, Australian Movie Magazine, produced by Fox Movietone (Australia) and Cinesound Productions. The item is titled 'Army dogs sniff out mines'. The soundtrack includes narration, music and sound effects. The film simulates an explosion of a landmine that causes ...


'Army dogs sniff out mines', 1971 - asset 2

This is an excerpt from an item in a 1971 black-and-white newsreel Australian Movie Magazine produced by Fox Movietone (Australia) and Cinesound Productions. The item is titled 'Army dogs sniff out mines'. The footage shows a German shepherd walking along a bush track, and sitting down when it has located a hidden device. ...


Listening to the wireless from 'School in the mailbox', 1946

This is a black-and-white photograph of a group of four children seated around a wireless radio on a veranda of an Australian home.


Winners - Top Kid, 1985: What would you have done?

This clip shows Gary Doyle (Emil Minty), a young radio quiz champion, asking his headmaster (Rhys McConnochie) and Brother Kennedy (Joss McWilliam) about whether it is wrong to 'collude' in a rigged quiz show. The two men advise Gary, who comes from a poor family, to take advantage of the opportunity. Gary arrives home ...


It's Ruth, 1992: Lux Radio Theatre

This clip shows actor Ruth Cracknell speaking about her first acting job in a radio serial and describing how radio drama was made in front of a live audience. This is intercut with footage taken of a 1948 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast with a live audience watching actors on a stage deliver their lines into a microphone. ...


Australasian Gazette, c1917: Returned Anzacs

This silent black-and-white clip shows returned Australian First World War soldiers parading through the streets of Melbourne. The placards indicate that the march was an appeal for more recruits to join the Army and it may been in support of the 1916 referendum campaign. The parade comprises marching bands, soldiers in ...


Graeme Burgess remembers army training for the Vietnam War, 2006

This is an edited sound recording of a former Australian soldier, Graeme Burgess, speaking about the School of Military Engineering (SME) in Casula in western Sydney where he trained in 1967 before being sent to fight in the Vietnam War. Burgess gives details of the type of engineer training provided at the SME. He also ...

Teacher resource

Radio drama

This is a resource that focuses on how sound is used to create and enhance drama. It features a video of actor Marian Haddrick talking about sound in drama and performing a radio play with Brendan McCallum using props to create a sound score. The resource includes three activity sheets on soundscapes, radio advertising ...


Science Fiction: Radio Dramas

This resource for students is one in a series of three on science fiction. The introduction contains links to old radio dramas as great examples of story telling. Students are then asked to produce their own two minute science fiction radio drama. A link is provided to Celtx, an application which allows you to write the ...