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Sound Recordings in the National Archives


12. Works

This section includes sound recordings created by the Department of Works (later the Department of Housing and Construction) and two agencies involved in construction projects (the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority and the Parliament House Construction Authority).

Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority

This agency was created by the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Power Act 1949. The authority’s function is to provide hydro-electric work in the Snowy Mountains area. The electricity generated by the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme is used to supply power to the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria.

MISCELLANEOUS SOUND RECORDINGS, 1953–72
(in agency custody)
This series contains tape recordings of speeches, laboratory tests, opening ceremonies, interviews and newsreels. The tapes are in both standard 8mm and 16mm studio master reel-to-reel tapes.
Series: A5690
Quantity: 0.93 metres
Recorded by: 1953–72 Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority (CA 75)
DOCUMENTS ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS SCHEME, 1963–72
Canberra
This series consists of three sound tapes that were included with documents collected for use in a book on the history of the Snowy Mountains scheme.
Series: A2618
Quantity: 64.12 metres
Recorded by: 1963–72 Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority (CA 75)
Tape no. 1, interviews with people of Jindabyne district, March 1964 A2618, 4926/4

Director of Works

The Director of Works was responsible for the planning, execution and maintenance of Australian government works, and for the design, provision and maintenance of furniture, furnishings and fittings for Australian government buildings.

FILMS, VIDEOS AND AUDIO TAPES OF VARIOUS DEPARTMENTAL ACTIVITIES, 1960–95
Sydney (part only sound material)
This series consists of 16mm black and white and colour films, videos and audio tapes of various activities of the Department of Works in NSW and its successor departments. Subjects include the construction of the Commonwealth Government Centre in Sydney, a demonstration of the Hydrozol 100 fire supressant at Kingsford Smith Airport, and various training and building films.
Series: C1806
Quantity: 2.79 metres
Recorded by: 1960–74 Director of Works, New South Wales (CA 1029); 1974–75 Director of Housing and Construction (I), New South Wales (CA 2401); 1975–78 Director of Construction, New South Wales (CA 2385); 1978–82 Director of Housing and Construction (II), New South Wales (CA 3022); 1982–83 Department of Transport and Construction, New South Wales (CA 3287); 1983–87 Department of Transport and Construction, New South Wales (CA 3553); 1987–95 Australian Construction Services, Regional Office, New South Wales (CA 6342)

Australian Broadcasting Commission

The Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC), Head Office (CA 251) was established under the Australian Broadcasting Commission Act 1932. The Commission was a government-controlled body, closely modelled on the British Broadcasting Commission, responsible for broadcasting music, current affairs, religious, educational and other programs. (See Chapter 3 for a more comprehensive description.)

RADIO ARCHIVES MASTER AUDIO TAPES, SUBJECT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM, 1970–71
Sydney
This series contains material dating from the 1930s. It contains master and working tape copies of gramophone discs from the ABC's sound library. The discs are spoken word recordings and cover a wide variety of subjects. They were catalogued by a subject classification system, which was also used to control the tape copies.
Series: C102
Quantity: 46.62 metres
Recorded by: 1970–71 Australian Broadcasting Commission, Radio Archives (CA 251)
Ceremony of the opening of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme at Adaminaby, 1950 C102, OC24

Parliament House Construction Authority

The Parliament House Construction Authority was established in 1979. The authority’s responsibilities included the design and construction of Parliament House, and the provision of information about the design or construction of the building to the appropriate Minister and to any relevant parliamentary committee.

On 9 May 1988 the new Parliament House was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Parliament House Construction Authority was abolished on 30 August 1990 and its functions were transferred to the Department of Administrative Services.

VIDEO AND AUDIO TAPES RECORDING THE NEW PARLIAMENT HOUSE PROJECT, 1982–89
Canberra
This series consists of videotapes, Umatic, VHS and audio tapes of television and radio programs on the construction of the new Parliament House in Canberra. These programs were mainly recorded by the media monitoring agency 'Monitair'and provided to the Parliament House Construction Authority. The series also contains some video documentaries on different aspects of the construction produced by Film Australia.
Series: A8274
Quantity: 3.24 metres
Recorded by: 1982–89 Parliament House Construction Authority (CA 2871)

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