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Commonwealth Government Records about South Australia


2. Arts, recreation and sport

The Commonwealth Government has supported arts and cultural organisations, such as museums, libraries and galleries, through a variety of agencies. These agencies have been responsible for developing and managing cultural collections and artefacts, stimulating growth in cultural industries, and sponsoring activities and events to celebrate Australian culture.

South Australia is well known for its artistic heritage, as well as its contribution to the contemporary global arts scene. By Federation in 1901, South Australia already had a conservatorium and orchestra, museum, art gallery and art school. There were theatres and auditoriums presenting all types of performances, and cinemas had been established.

South Australia enjoys a rich cultural landscape and lively arts community. Countless South Australian artists, writers and performers have gained both national and international recognition. Although many cultural and recreational events are undertaken by private organisations or the state government, the Archives holds many files relating to South Australian creative industries and personalities, from promotional photographs to immigration case files. Many of these records come from large series, created by agencies such as the Australian News and Information Bureau, formed to document the Australian way of life.

SELECTED SERIES THAT CONTAIN RECORDS RELATING TO ARTS AND CULTURE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Canberra
Recorded by: Australian News and Information Bureau, Canberra
Photographic negatives and prints, 1945–71 A1200
Canberrra
Recorded by: Department of Immigration, Central Office
Immigration photographic archive, 1946– A12111
Canberra
Recorded by: Department of External Affairs, Central Office
Department of Foreign Affairs correspondence files, 1948–89 A1838
Adelaide and Canberra
Recorded by: Patents, Trade Marks and Designs Sub-office, South Australia
Applications for registration of copyright of literary, dramatic and musical productions, pictures, 1878–1906 AP476/4
Applications for registration of copyright of paintings, drawings, works of sculpture, engravings and photographs, 1880–1908 D4477
Name index of applications for registration of literary, musical and dramatic copyrights, 1916–36 A1961
Titles and subjects for literary, musical and dramatic copyright registration, 1916–36 A1962
Sydney
Recorded by: Australian Broadcasting Commission, Head Office
Television audiovisual program material, 1927– C475
Radio archives library recordings, radio audio production material, 1973– C100
SELECTED ITEMS RELATING TO ARTS AND CULTURE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Canberra
Photograph of National Gallery of South Australia, 1966 A1200, L56513
Melbourne
South Australian public library research service, 1947–51 MP61/1, 5/6/1229
Adelaide
HP Gill book, Art Gallery of South Australia Catalogue, 1903 AP476/4, B652
Recreation general hospitality extended to officers and ratings, including American and Allied forces, 1941–58 D292, 110/3/14
Construction Woomera village – public building – theatre, 1949–62 D174, P5518/6/5 part 1

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Chapter 2
Arts, recreation and sport