Sounds of Australia

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Sounds of Australia
Country Australia
Presented by National Film and Sound Archive
First awarded 2007
Website Sounds of Australia on NFSA

Established in 2007, the Sounds of Australia (formerly known as the National Registry of Recorded Sound) is the National Film and Sound Archive's selection of sound recordings with cultural, historical and aesthetic significance and relevance, which inform or reflect life in Australia.

Each year, the Australian public nominates new sounds to be added with final selections determined by a panel of industry experts.

In this table, '2007a' refers to the 2007 Foundation List (entries chosen before official voting began), while '2007b' refers to the first of the annual registry additions, also in 2007.

Recording or collection Performer or agent Release year Addition year NFSA
Title No.
"The Hen Convention"
Earliest known Australian sound recording
John James Villiers 1897 2007a 452097
"Chant Vénitien" Dame Nellie Melba 1904 2007a 301462
”The Landing of the Australian Troops in Egypt” 1915 2007a 229758
"Along the Road to Gundagai" Peter Dawson 1931 2007a 332353
"Give a Little Credit To Your Dad"/"Lonesome For You Mother Dear" Buddy Williams 1939 2007a 190438
"Swanston St Shamble"/"Two Day Jag" Graeme Bell's Dixieland Band 1944 2007a 232811
Tribal Music of Australia Indigenous Australians from the Yirrkala district in Arnhem Land; recorded by A. P. Elkin 1953 2007a 242999
"She's My Baby" Johnny O'Keefe 1960 2007a 291386
'Kerr's cur' speech Gough Whitlam 1975, Nov. 11 2007a 156392
"Down Under" Men At Work 1981 2007a 337398
Fanny Cochrane Smith's Tasmanian Aboriginal Songs Fanny Cochrane Smith, recorded by Horace Watson 1899—1903 2007b 500445
"My South Polar Expedition" Sir Ernest Shackleton 1910 2007b 562537
Dad and Dave from Snake Gully
First episode
George Edwards, and others 1937, May 31 2007b 737158
"The Majestic Fanfare"
ABC radio news theme
Queen's Hall Light Orchestra; Charles Williams, conductor 1943 2007b 737182
"Maranoa Lullaby" Harold Blair 1950 2007b 245797
Corroboree Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Sir Eugene Goossens, conductor; John Antill, composer 1950 2007b 297286
Jack Luscombe oral history Jack Luscombe; recorded by John Meredith 1953 2007b 737269
"Friday on My Mind" The Easybeats 1966 2007b 258900
"(I'm) Stranded" The Saints 1976 2007b 322350
"Jailanguru Pakarnu" Warumpi Band 1983 2007b 244115
"Country Gardens" Percy Grainger 1919 2008 510950
"Waltzing Matilda" John Collinson, tenor; Russell Callow, piano 1926 2008 283469
The 1930 Australian XI: Winners of the Ashes Don Bradman, Bill Woodfull, Clarrie Grimmett, Alan Kippax, Stan McCabe, Tim Wall 1930 2008 266765
"The Aeroplane Jelly Song" Joy King 1938 2008 402848, 281850
Theme from Blue Hills ("Pastorale") New Century Orchestra; Sidney Torch, conductor; Ronald Hanmer, composer 1949 2008 503205
"A Pub with No Beer" Slim Dusty 1957 2008 190647
Irkanda IV Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; John Hopkins, conductor; Peter Sculthorpe, composer 1967 2008 332275
Bird and Animal Calls of Australia Recorded by Harold J Pollock 1968 2008 255276
"Most People I Know (Think That I'm Crazy)" Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs 1972 2008 291714
"We Have Survived" No Fixed Address 1981 2008 210397
London recordings Newcastle Steelworks Band; Albert Baile, conductor 1924 2009 560469
"Happy Little Vegemites" 1954 2009 537271
Smoky Dawson and the Adventure of The Singing Bullet Smoky Dawson 1955 2009 281755
"My Country" Read by Dorothea Mackellar 1958 2009 328116
Georgia Lee Sings the Blues Down Under Georgia Lee 1962 2009 511557
In the Head the Fire South Australian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Singers, and other soloists and vocalists; John Hopkins, conductor; Nigel Butterley, composer 1966 2009 323123
Lionel Rose wins the World Title Ron Casey 1968 2009 283495
"I Am Woman" Helen Reddy 1972 2009 619633
The Loner Vic Simms 1973 2009 757646
"Treaty" Yothu Yindi 1991 2009 226648
"Hinkler's Message to Australia"/"Incidents of My Flight" Bert Hinkler 1928 2010 267488
"Wrap Me Up In My Stockwhip and Blanket" Tex Morton 1936 2010 365991
Announcement of the declaration of World War II Robert Menzies 1939, Sep. 3 2010 188388
Announcement of war with Japan John Curtin 1941, Dec. 8 2010 677049
"Bye Bye Baby" Col Joye 1959 2010 271642
Pick a Box Bob and Dolly Dyer 1963, Aug. 20 2010 569
Just the Beginning Don Burrows Quartet 1971 2010 263853
"Eagle Rock" Daddy Cool 1971 2010 300956
Opening concert of the Sydney Opera House Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor; Birgit Nilsson, soprano 1973, Sep. 29 2010 766280
Commentary of the 4 x 100 men's medley relay final at the Moscow Olympics Norman May 1980 2010 750967
"We Are Going" Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker) 1986 2010 699094
Rebetika Songs Apodimi Compania 1987 2010 138939
"From Little Things Big Things Grow" Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody 1991 2010 244410
Redfern Park speech Paul Keating 1992, Dec. 10 2010
Recordings of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to the Torres Straits Alfred Cort Haddon and others 1898 2011 8879
"The Sailors" Stiffy and Mo 1927 2011 253375
Ken Howard calls the Melbourne Cup Ken Howard 1941 2011 338699
The maiden parliamentary speeches of Dame Enid Lyons and Dorothy Tangney Dame Enid Lyons, Dame Dorothy Tangney 1943 2011 483285, 483102
The Art of the Prima Donna Dame Joan Sutherland 1960 2011 321750
"I'll Never Find Another You" The Seekers 1964 2011 82220
Living in the 70's Skyhooks 1974 2011 263933
Report on Cyclone Tracy, Darwin Mike Hayes and Bruce Grundy 1974 2011
"I Should Be So Lucky" Kylie Minogue 1987 2011 376096
Voss Australian Opera Chorus, Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Stuart Challender, conductor; Geoffrey Chard, Marilyn Richardson and other soloists; Richard Meale, composer; David Malouf, libretto 1987 2011 230032
"The Black Watch" Percy Herford c. 1907 2012 778653
Sydney recordings Queenie and David Kaili 1927—1932 2012
Grace Gibson Productions radio serials Various artists, produced by Grace Gibson 1944— 2012
The Luise Hercus Collection, AIATSIS Audiovisual Archive Dr Luise A Hercus 1962—1997 2012
"Royal Telephone" Jimmy Little 1963 2012 319442
Patrol from Da Nang Tim Bowden 1966 2012
A Track Winding Back Barry Humphries and Dick Bentley 1972 2012 1063868
"It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" AC/DC 1975 2012 291607
Tender Prey Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 1988 2012 425260
Aether The Necks 2001 2012 567489
"Hold Your Hand Out Naughty Boy" Florrie Forde 1913 2013 189112
Yes, What? Rex Dawe and others 1936—1940 2013 143364
"Bombora" The Atlantics 1963 2013 291724
The Land Where the Crow Flies Backwards Dougie Young 1964 2013 244102
"The Real Thing" Russell Morris 1969 2013 338066
"I Still Call Australia Home" Peter Allen 1980 2013 291702
Improvisations in Acoustic Chambers Ros Bandt 1981 2013 230121
This Sporting Life Roy and HG 1986—2008 2013
Recording of a superb lyrebird at Healesville, Victoria Greg Wignell 1987 2013
"Took the Children Away" Archie Roach 1990 2013 376653
"They Always Follow Me" Syria Lamonte 1898 2014 1251712
Speech at the opening of the Columbia Graphophone Company Australian factory Sir Dudley de Chair 1926 2014 774314
Concert in a cave at Tobruk Recorded by Chester Wilmot, ABC Field Unit 1941, Oct. 2014 1341683
"Fireworks" and "The Orgasmic Opus" Dr Val Stephen 1967 2014 1131993
"Khe Sanh" Cold Chisel 1978 2014 260154
"Boys in Town" Divinyls 1981 2014 296374
"Great Southern Land" Icehouse 1982 2014 428036
"Cattle and Cane" The Go-Betweens 1983 2014 736789
Recording of lone dingo Vicki Powys 1990 2014 1221379
Deadly Sounds Vibe Australia; hosted by Rhoda Roberts 1993—2014 2014 696283
Message recorded at Mena Camp, Cairo Second Lieutenant Henry Miller Lanser 1914 2015 1488057
"Love Will Find a Way" Gladys Moncrieff 1926 2015 273694
"Argonauts Row" Harold Williams 1941 2015 569911
Aboriginal recordings John Hutchinson 1959 2015 1275952
Sampling sounds Fairlight CMI 1979—1989 2015
"I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green)" Redgum 1983 2015 376284
"Like Wow – Wipeout" Hoodoo Gurus 1985 2015 305311
"Alive and Brilliant" Deborah Conway 1993 2015 803963
"LSD" djhmc 1995 2015 1458675
"The Nosebleed Section" Hilltop Hoods 2003 2015 661178
"When Father Papered the Parlour" Billy Williams 1912 2016 189178
"Life Without Love" Frank Coughlan’s Trocadero Orchestra 1937 2016 268433
"Skippy the Bush Kangaroo" Eric Jupp 1968 2016 495512
"C'mon Aussie C'mon" The Mojo Singers 1978 2016 409679
"And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" Eric Bogle 1980 2016 82399
"Power and the Passion" Midnight Oil 1982 2016 217837
"Sounds of Then (This is Australia)" GANGgajang 1985 2016 220914
Antarctica: Suite for Guitar and Orchestra Nigel Westlake 1992 2016 1461560
"My Island Home" Christine Anu 1995 2016 263311
"Toot Toot, Chugga Chugga, Big Red Car" The Wiggles 1998 2016 370632

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