While no single series of sound records relates entirely to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, relevant items are included in several general series created by the Australian Broadcasting Commission (later Corporation) and the Film Division.
The Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) 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 Australian Broadcasting Commission, Chapter 3 for a more comprehensive description.)
|PROGRAM RECORDINGS, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 'SA' (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) PREFIX, 1933–70|
|This series consists of 10" and 12" gramophone disc recordings of Australian Broadcasting Commission radio programs broadcast in South Australia. They include speeches, documentaries, plays and music. In 1991 preservation tape copies of the discs were made by the Sydney Office of the National Archives. Reference cassette copies are available.
Quantity: 0.99 metres
Recorded by: 1933–70 Australian Broadcasting Commission, South Australia (CA 2639)
|Australian Aboriginal songs, parts 3–6 (gramophone disc), by 1950||C1829, SA82|
|Sister Eileen – Kim Corcoran: Hostel for Aboriginal Children (gramophone disc), 1952||C1829, SA93|
|ACETATE RECORDINGS OF ABC AND BRITISH BROADCASTING COMMISSION (LOCALLY PRODUCED) PROGRAMS, 1945–81|
|This series contains material dating back to 1932. It is effectively a 'catch-all' series for acetate recordings that do not belong to other series.
It contains 78 and 331/3 rpm 10", 12" and 16" acetate gramophone recordings of ABC and BBC programs recorded from short-wave broadcasts by the ABC's Radio Archives in 1980-81.
The programs cover a wide variety of subjects. The ABC programs are mostly sports and music broadcasts, and the BBC broadcasts are mostly of news events and commentaries. All the recordings have been dubbed onto tapes by the ABC's Radio Archives (see C102).
Quantity: 0.36 metres
Recorded by: 1945–81 Australian Broadcasting Commission, Radio Archives (CA 251)
|Aboriginal music (sound recording), c.1951||C119, TA1049|
|ABC TRANSCRIPTION RECORDINGS, UNREGISTERED SERIES, 1950–|
|This series consists of transcription recordings of ABC programs, including book readings, orchestral music and documentaries.
Quantity: 9 metres
Recorded by: 1950–83 Australian Broadcasting Commission (CA 251); 1983– Australian Broadcasting Corporation (CA 3589)
|Groote Island Aboriginal songs, National Geographic-Australian Government expedition to Arnhem Land (sound recording), by 1950||C918, 12|
|Port Darwin Aboriginal songs, National Geographic-Australian Government expedition to Arnhem Land (sound recording), by 1950||C918, 13|
|The Oldest Australians, John Maher and Professor Mountford – school broadcast (sound recording) – Sydney, 1952 (disk 1 of 2)||C918, COL980|
|RADIO ARCHIVES MASTER AUDIO TAPES, SUBJECT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM, 1970–71|
|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.
Quantity: 46.62 metres
Recorded by: 1970–71 Australian Broadcasting Commission, Radio Archives (CA 251)
|Harold Blair – talk – 'Does the white Australian expect too much of the Australian Aborigine?' (audio tape), 1956||C102, AA1|
|Aboriginal children – reception – Melbourne Town Hall (audio tape), 1947||C102, AA2|
|Albert Namatjira, interviewed by Kim Corcoran at exhibition in Alice Springs, 1952||C102, AR25|
|Aboriginal songs – N B Tindale introduced by Bob Lange (audio tape), 1949||C102, NAT13|
|Sandra Le Brun-Holmes, Aboriginal songs, music, chants, effects, etc (audio tape), 1964||C102, NAT22 part 1|
|Sandra Le Brun-Holmes, Aboriginal songs, music, chants, effects, etc (audio tape), 1964||C102, NAT22 part 2|
|Solo didgeridoo playing at Bagot Aboriginal Settlement (audio tape), 1959||C102, NAT25|
|RADIO ARCHIVES LIBRARY TAPES, ANNUAL MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1973–|
|This series contains material dating back to 1946. It consists of master tapes kept by the Australian Broadcasting Commission's Radio Archives of programs considered to merit permanent retention for their historical and/or artistic value. The items are arranged in a multiple number sequence in which the first number signifies the year, the second the tape size, and the third is a consecutive registration number.
Quantity: 666 metres
Recorded by: 1973–83 Australian Broadcasting Commission (CA 251); 1983– Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Archives (CA 6879)
|Senator Neville Bonner, first Aboriginal in Parliament (audio tape), 1971||C100, 73/7/50 CUT 3|
|Aboriginal legends recorded by Eugene Lumber (audio tape), c1968||C100, 73/7/244|
|Aboriginal Echo(e)s, John Thompson (audio tape), 1972||C100, 73/7/299|
|Jack Davis, Aboriginal leader at the United Nations HQ, New York (audio tape), 8 October 1970||C100, 73/7/1547|
|FILMS OF ABORIGINAL CULTURE, ETHNOGRAPHIC FILMS, 1965–73|
|For a description of the Film Division, see Film Division, Department of Information, Chapter 3.
Quantity: 39.58 metres
Recorded by: 1965–73 Film Division, Australian News and Information Bureau (CA 1670)
|Desert People – Pintubi Aboriginals in the Western Desert (video cassette), 1966||C1164, FP1825|
|Namatjira the Painter (video cassette), 1974||C1164, FP26022 part 1|
|Namatjira the Painter – revised version (video cassette), 1974||C1164, FP26022 part 2|