100 Years of Australian Film.

In an unprecedented collaboration, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSAA) celebrate the past and present of Australian film with the new exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits. Louise Lovely and Gordon Collingridge in Jewelled Nights (1925), directed by Louise Lovely and Wilton Welch. In this classic double silhouette […]

BREAKING: It’s Our ABC Report

By 2022, the total funding cut to the ABC will be over $783 million. The ABC’s 2019-20 operational revenue from Government of $879 million represents a decrease in real funding of $367 million per annum, or 29.5%, since 1985-86. It is now operating with the smallest budget since the Howard Government’s extraordinary 2% funding cut […]

The Cootamundra Rail Disaster.

by Paula Bray This photograph from the Museum’s Tyrrell collection shows the aftermath of one of Australia’s worst rail disasters of the 19th century. The accident occurred in the early hours of the morning of 25 January 1885 about five kms south of Cootamundra. The train had left from Albury and was fully laden with […]

Migrants arriving in Sydney -1966 photo by David Moore.

‘Migrants arriving in Sydney, 1966’ by David Moore. Image courtesy of Lisa, Michael, Matthew and Joshua Moore. davidmoorephotography.com.au. It was a time when Australia reached out to the rest of the world to populate or perish. Mike Bowers Source: Great Australian photographs: Migrants by David Moore – an audio essay | Art and design | […]

Bargara, a place to call Home.

Photo by Sevgi Kahverengi · · From Pic of the Week Every day is just so beautiful. Lucky to live in such a great place. Bargara is a coastal town in Queensland. The town lies 384 kilometres north of Brisbane and just 13 kilometrs east of Bundaberg. Between 1912 and 1948, a railway connected the […]

John Lewin, our first Pro Artist.

When he stepped off the boat in Sydney Harbor on 11 January 1800, John Lewin was about to wield his paintbrush as the first free-settler professional artist in a wild frontier land. He’d already missed his first boat to Australia, the Buffalo, which his wife Anna Maria had boarded 18 months earlier. So, he took […]

Well, it’s Goodbye Pensioners…

To Help Save the Australian Economy the Morrison Government is considering deporting Old Age Pensioners who the Dept. of Deportation and Transport, feels don’t serve any useful purpose living in Australia. “They have been a burden on all of us for far too long, they just cost the Government so much” said the Prime Minister. […]

‘Back from Extinction’ Gilbert’s Potoroo 216.

Gilbert’s potoroo was only rediscovered in 1994. (Credit: Bill Hatcher) She’s known simply as 216. But she’s unquestionably special, and as the small, black bag is peeled back to reveal her long snout and large dark eyes she’s greeted with a hushed ripple of reverential “oohs” and “aahs”. This is the 216th Gilbert’s potoroo to […]

Three Aussie Native Bubs.

A baby Australian Wallaby.  The tiniest and strangest little baby you’ll ever see. The Platypus. Look of the size of this baby Koala. Simply amazing. via Buzzfeed Australia.

The Port Arthur Convict Coal Mine.

When an outcrop of coal was discovered at Plunkett Point by surveyors in 1833, immediate plans were made by the government to exploit the area. A local supply of coal for the colony was not the only benefit envisaged by Lt. Governor Arthur: “I think it is not possible that better employ will be found […]