The Sights and Sounds of our History

We collect and preserve the ABC Radio and Television recordings that have documented the cultural life of Australians since the first Radio broadcast in 1932. Our archives provide an audiovisual history of Australian news, current affairs, documentaries, entertainment, education and sport as broadcast by the ABC. Our collections include audio, moving image, stills and more.

Check out some of our projects. If you have questions about getting access to Archives content see our Get in Touch below.

The Sydney Opera House Project

The Opera House Project

Experience the story of an Australian icon

Mabo

Mabo

Timeline of Native Title in Australia

Crew on Camel for 'Weekend Magazine' near Alice Springs 1977

ABC Open Archives Flickr photostream

Crew on Camel for 'Weekend Magazine' near Alice Springs 1977

Harold Holt with ABC crew 1966

ABC Open Archives Flickr photostream

Harold Holt with ABC crew 1966

ABC TV Logo 1956

Moments In Time

ABC TV Logo 1956

Melbourne Cup Fashion 1968

Moments In Time

Melbourne Cup Fashion 1968

3LO Children's Hour Publicity Still

ABC Open Archives Flickr photostream

3LO Children's Hour Publicity Still

80 Days That Changed Our Lives

80 Days ABC 80th Birthday site

To celebrate the ABC's 80th birthday we collected 80 pieces of content to mark 80 important moments in our shared history. Looking back it's easy to see these moments changed the way Australians lived and thought.

The Opera House Project

The Opera House Project

The Opera House Project is an online documentary that tells the story behind one of the greatest buildings of the twentieth century and explores the cultural heritage that has ensued for more than forty years to the present day.

Mabo

Mabo Native Title Timeline

A selection of archival content documenting the timeline of native title in Australia. The timeline was produced by ABC Archives as part of the web presence for the ABC TV drama Mabo.

Moments in Time

Moments in Time Gems from the Archives

Moments in Time showcases a cross section of gems from the ABC Archives presented in an easy to use timeline. Content will be continually added to the timeline so be sure to check in regularly to see what's new.

Get in Touch

There are a number of ways in which we can be of assistance. See which one below is right for you

I'd like to get a copy of a show I enjoyed on the ABC.

I want to show some ABC footage to my students.

I'm making a doco / website / film & I'd like to use some ABC content in it.

I'm researching for a book or thesis and would like to look around the archives.

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