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Sound Recordings in the National Archives


7. Education and Training

Along with items produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (see ‘Arts and Entertainment’ section), the National Archives of Australia holds sound recordings produced by agencies for staff training purposes.

Department of Civil Aviation

The Department of Civil Aviation was created in 1938 to oversee civil aviation operations and associated matters within Australia. These functions included providing, operating and maintaining the Australia air traffic control and air navigation network, and aeronautical information service.

CIVIL AVIATION SOUND RECORDINGS PRODUCED AS TRAINING AIDS FOR NEW AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TERMINOLOGY, 1951
Canberra
This series consists of a set of three 78 rpm sound recordings on shellac discs. The recordings were created to introduce new air-to-ground terminology and contain spoken explanations of how a pilot should communicate with an air traffic controller. The explanations used were later adopted for use in international guidelines by the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Two sets of the recordings in this series are held by the National Film and Sound Archive (now ScreenSound Australia), Canberra.
Series: A8516
Quantity: 0.36 metres
Recorded by: Department of Civil Aviation (CA 29)

Commonwealth Office of Education

The Commonwealth Office of Education was created in 1945. Its functions include advising the Minister and liaising on education matters with the States and other countries.

'LEARNING ENGLISH' – A RADIO AND CORRESPONDENCE COURSE FOR MIGRANTS, 1963
Canberra
This series comprises approximately 100 vinyl records, four lesson books and 30 small exercise booklets for a course entitled 'Learning English', which was prepared by the Commonwealth Office of Education for the Department of Immigration and produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Series: A7425
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: Commonwealth Office of Education (CA 590)

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. (SeeChapter 3 for a more comprehensive description.)

PROGRAM RECORDINGS, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 'SA' (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) PREFIX, 1933–70
Sydney
Series: C1829
Quantity: 0.99 metres
Recorded by: 1933–70 Australian Broadcasting Commission, South Australia (CA 2639)
Interview with Dr Callaghan; interview Miss A Miethke: School of the Air, 1950 C1829, SA83
SOUND RECORDINGS OF 'LEARNING ENGLISH; A RADIO AND CORRESPONDENCE COURSE FOR NEWCOMERS', SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1955–
Sydney
Series: C107
Quantity: 1.62 metres
Recorded by: 1955–83 Australian Broadcasting Commission, Radio Archives (CA 251); 1983– Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Archives (CA 3589)

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