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Titles tagged with ‘Sounds of Australia’

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The 1930 Australian XI: Winners of the Ashes spoken word – 1930

Members of the victorious 1930 Australian cricket team talk about the Ashes winning tour.

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Aeroplane Jelly Song advertisement – 1938

The most famous recording of the ‘I Like Aeroplane Jelly’ jingle.

Along the Road to Gundagai music – 1931

This is a famous recording of one of Australia’s most popular songs.

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Bird and Animal Calls of Australia environmental – 1968

Extraordinary sounds of Australian wildlife.

Bye Bye Baby music – 1959

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

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The Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to the Torres Strait music – 1898

Yamaz Sibarud is a traditional song performed by ‘Maino of Yam’, recorded during an anthropological expedition to the Torres Strait in 1898.

Chant Vénitien music – 1904

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

Corroboree music – 1950

Incorporating Indigenous themes, this Australian orchestral work achieved international recognition.

Country Gardens music – 1919

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

Curtin Speech: Japan Enters Second World War radio – 1941

In a broadcast to the nation, Prime Minister John Curtin announces that Australia is now at war with Japan.

Cyclone Tracy radio – 1974

Journalist Mike Hayes describes the trauma experienced by the people of Darwin post-Cyclone Tracy, 1974.

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Dad and Dave from Snake Gully – Episode 1 radio – 1937

The first episode of the long-running Dad and Dave radio show from 1937.

Dame Enid Lyons: Maiden Speech radio – 1943

Enid Lyons, the first woman elected to the House of Representatives in Australia’s federal parliament, reads her maiden speech for radio broadcast.

Down Under music – 1981

Released in 1981, this catchy pop song was written as a light ‘tongue-in-cheek’ dig at Australian values. It became a number one hit in Australia, the UK and US and is still played regularly today as an unofficial Australian national anthem.

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Eagle Rock music – 1971

Dancing the Eagle Rock was one of Australia’s favourite pastimes in the early seventies and it still is today.

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Fanny Cochrane Smith’s Tasmanian Aboriginal Songs music – 1899

These are the earliest recordings of traditional Tasmanian Aboriginal songs and language.

Friday on My Mind music – 1966

‘Friday on My Mind’ was the first international pop hit by an Australian band, and a landmark in the distinguished career of songwriting team Harry Vanda and George Young.

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Georgia Lee Sings the Blues Down Under music – 1962

Georgia Lee was the first Indigenous Australian female singer to release an album. This was also the first Australian album to be recorded in stereo.

Give a Little Credit to your Dad; Lonesome for You, Mother Dear music – 1939

Two songs by then unknown country singer Buddy Williams, recorded in 1939.

Gold Gold Gold: 4 x 100 Metres Men’s Medley Relay spoken word – 1980

Norman May’s dramatic swimming-race call at the 1980 Olympics which has remained close to the hearts of Australians.

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Happy Little Vegemites advertisement – 1959

A radio jingle set to a marching tune promoting Vegemite, an Australian yeast spread.

The Hen Convention music – 1897

The oldest surviving Australian sound recording is a novelty song featuring chicken impersonations.

Hinkler’s Message to Australia; Incidents of My Flight spoken word – 1928

‘Now I want to tell you a few things about flying …’

Honest Toil March music – 1924

Award-winning Australian brass band puts Newcastle on the map.

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I Am Woman music – 1972

‘I am Woman’ by Helen Reddy was a worldwide hit and the first song by an Australian artist or composer to reach number one in America.

I’ll Never Find Another You music – 1964

A 1964 song by The Seekers, written and produced by Tom Springfield, which became the first million-selling record by an Australian band.

(I’m) Stranded music – 1976

A seminal Australian punk song.

In the Head the Fire radio – 1966

This radiophonic piece written by composer Nigel Butterley in 1966 won the prestigious Prix Italia and set a benchmark for radio in Australia.

Irkanda IV music – 1967

This is a 1967 recording of the first major work by leading Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe.

I Should Be So Lucky music – 1987

The second single from Kylie’s debut album, Kylie (1988), penned by English pop writing-producing phenomenon Stock, Aitken and Waterman.

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Jack Luscombe music – 1953

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

Jailanguru Pakarnu (Out from Jail) music – 1983

'Jailanguru Pakarnu’ ('Out from Jail’) was the first rock song recorded and released in an Aboriginal language (Luritja).

Just the Beginning music – 1971

'Just the Beginning’ was the first Australian jazz recording to earn a gold record for sales.

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Keating Speech: The Redfern Address spoken word – 1992

In his famous ‘Redfern Address’, Prime Minister Paul Keating articulates injustices suffered by Australia’s Indigenous peoples and how society can redress them.

Ken Howard Calls the Melbourne Cup radio – 1941

A 1941 recording of famous sports broadcaster Ken Howard calling the Melbourne Cup.

Kerr’s Cur historical – 1975

On 11 November 1975, on the steps of Parliament House, the dismissed Prime Minister Gough Whitlam delivers his now-famous verdict on the day’s events.

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The Landing of the Australian Troops in Egypt historical – c1916

A short commercial recording dramatising the Australian troops arriving in Egypt, before Gallipoli.

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.

Living in the 70’s music – 1974

Unrestrained by cultural cringe, the title song of this Skyhooks album captured what it was like growing up in the suburbs of Australia in the 1970s.

The Loner music – 1973

‘The Loner’ by Vic Simms is regarded as Australia’s great lost classic album of Aboriginal protest songs.

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Majestic Fanfare music – 1943

The original 1943 recording of the ABC’s much loved ‘Majestic Fanfare’, used in various forms since 1952 to introduce news broadcasts.

Maranoa Lullaby music – 1950

Harold Blair was the first Aboriginal Australian to achieve recognition as a classical singer.

Menzies Speech: Declaration of War radio – 1939

The announcement by Prime Minister Menzies in 1939 that because Great Britain has declared war upon Germany, Australia is also at war.

Most People I Know (Think That I’m Crazy) music – 1972

The song ‘Most People I Know (Think That I’m Crazy)’ saw the coming of age of Australian rock music.

My Country spoken word – 1958

Dorothea Mackellar, aged about 73, reads her most famous poem, 'My Country’.

My South Polar Expedition spoken word – 1910

Sir Ernest Shackleton tells how the loss of a pony affected his attempt to reach the South Pole in 1908.

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Pick a Box – Episode 170 television program – 1963

An episode of the classic quiz show featuring celebrity contestant Barry Jones, who later became a state and federal member of parliament.

A Pub With No Beer music – 1957

Slim Dusty’s original recording from 1957 of one of his most famous songs.

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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.

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The Sailors spoken word – 1927

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

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