Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

Titles curated by Graham McDonald

9 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

Bye Bye Baby music – 1959

The first big hit from Australia’s original rock’n'roll star.

Chant Vénitien music – 1904

This is an early surviving commercial recording made by international opera star Nellie Melba in her London home in 1904.

Country Gardens music – 1919

A pianola version of Percy Grainger’s ‘Country Gardens’ performed by the composer.

Jack Luscombe music – 1953

An oral history containing the first recorded collection of Australian folk song.

Lionel Rose Wins the World Title radio – 1968

In this radio broadcast from 1968, we hear Indigenous Australian boxer Lionel Rose declared a world champion.

Rebetika: Songs of Greece music – 1986

Rebetika music evolved in the 1920s, combining jail songs and hashish-smoking songs of the Greek underworld with music brought to Greece by refugees from the Greek-Turkish War.

The Sailors spoken word – 1927

A theatrical comedy routine by vaudeville performers Stiffy (Nat Phillips) and Mo (Roy Rene) recorded in 1927.

Waltzing Matilda music – 1926

This was the first recording of Australia’s national song.

Wrap Me Up With My Stockwhip and Blanket music – 1936

New Zealand-born Tex Morton created an awareness that country and western music could be an Australian form as much as it was an American form.