About the Registry

The NFSA’s Sounds of Australia is a public registry of recordings that celebrates the unique and diverse recorded sound culture and history of Australia

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The Registry was launched in February 2007 with a foundation list of ten. Each year, the NFSA calls for public nominations which are assessed by a panel of experts from the recorded sound industry and cultural institutions who select ten new recordings to be added to the Registry.

List of additions by year

2010 Additions

  1. 1928 – Hinkler’s Message to Australia/Incidents of My Flight – Bert Hinkler
  2. 1936 – Wrap Me Up In My Stockwhip and Blanket – Tex Morton
  3. 1939 – The announcement of the declaration of World War II – Prime Minister Hon. Robert Menzies
  4. 1941 – The announcement of war with Japan – Prime Minister Hon. John Curtin
  5. 1959 – Bye Bye Baby – Col Joye
  6. 1948-1962 – Pick A Box – Bob Dyer
  7. 1971 – Just the Beginning – Don Burrows Quartet
  8. 1971 – Eagle Rock – Daddy Cool
  9. 1973 – Opening concert Sydney Opera House – Sir Charles Mackerras/Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Birgit Nilsson
  10. 1980 – The 4×100 Medley Relay Final at the Moscow Olympics – Norman May
  11. 1987 – Rebetika Songs – Apodimi Compania
  12. 1983 – We Are Going – Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker)
  13. 1991 – From Little Things (Big Things Grow) – Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody
  14. 1992 – Paul Keating’s 'Redfern Address’ – Paul Keating

2009 Additions
  1. 1924 – London recordings – Newcastle Steelworks Band, conductor Albert Baile
  2. 1954 – The Vegemite Jingle
  3. 1955 – The Adventure of the Singing Bullet – Smoky Dawson
  4. 1958 – My Country – read by Dorothea Mackellar
  5. 1962 – Georgia Lee Sings the Blues Down Under – Georgia Lee
  6. 1966 – In the Head the Fire – Nigel Butterley
  7. 1968 – Lionel Rose Wins the World Title
  8. 1972 – I Am Woman – Helen Reddy
  9. 1973 – The Loner – Vic Simms
  10. 1991 – Treaty – Yothu Yindi

2008 Additions
  1. 1919 – Country Gardens – Percy Grainger
  2. 1927 – Waltzing Matilda – John Collinson
  3. 1930 – The 1930 Australian XI: Winners of the Ashes
  4. 1938 – The Aeroplane Jelly Song – Joy King
  5. 1949 – Theme from Blue Hills – New Century Orchestra
  6. 1957 – Pub With No Beer – Slim Dusty
  7. 1967 – Irkanda IV, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  8. 1968 – Bird and Animal Calls of Australia – Harold J Pollock
  9. 1972 – Most People I know (Think That I’m Crazy) – Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs
  10. 1981 – We Have Survived – No Fixed Address

2007 Additions
  1. 1899 – Fanny Cochrane Smith’s Tasmanian Aboriginal songs – Horace Watson
  2. 1910 – My South Polar Expedition – Ernest Shackleton
  3. 1937 – Dad and Dave from Snake Gully (Radio Series) – George Edward Players
  4. 1943 – The Majestic Fanfare (ABC radio news theme) – Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra
  5. 1950 – Maranoa Lullaby – Harold Blair – Harold Blair
  6. 1950 – Corroboree – Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  7. 1953 – Jack Luscombe – interviewed by John Meredith
  8. 1966 – Friday On My Mind – The Easybeats
  9. 1976 – (I’m) Stranded – The Saints
  10. 1983 – Jailanguru Pakarnu – The Warumpi Band

2007 Foundation List
  1. 1897 – The Hen Convention – Thomas Rome
  2. 1904 – Chant Venitien – Nellie Melba
  3. 1915 – The Landing of the Australian Troops in Egypt – Zonophone
  4. 1931 – Along the Road to Gundagai – Peter Dawson
  5. 1939 – Give A Little Credit to Your Dad; Lonesome For Your Mother Dear – Buddy Williams
  6. 1944 – Swanston St Shamble; Two Day Jag – Graeme Bell
  7. 1953 – Tribal Music of Australia – A P Elkin
  8. 1960 – She’s My Baby – Johnny O’Keefe
  9. 1975 – 'Kerr’s cur’ speech – Gough Whitlam
  10. 1981 – Down Under – Men at Work

Sounds of Australia Patrons

  • 2010 Joy McKean, singer, writer and musician.
  • 2009 Robyn Archer AO, singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate for the arts.
  • 2008 Renée Geyer, ARIA Hall of Fame inductee and iconic 'first lady of soul’.
  • 2007 Dr Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE, composer.
  • 2007 (inaugural patron) Paul Grabowsky, musician and composer.