Anzac Sights & Sounds

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Written by: Chris Pugsley

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About – exploring the sights and sounds of the First World War was developed in partnership between Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision – the New Zealand film, television and sound archive and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA). The site was built to commemorate the centenary of Australia and New Zealand’s involvement in World War One by showcasing audiovisual material related to the war held by both Archives.

Rather than replicating the many print and online histories already available, we aimed to offer fresh approaches to World War One by showcasing some of the surviving film, sound and documents and to bring some new content to light. Similarly, we did not set out to present a comprehensive history of the war – with a modern design backed up by lively and engaging text, we built a site that delivers unique stories and perspectives about the war framed by the collections of the NFSA and Ngā Taonga.

Because the centennial commemorative period – 2014 to 2019 – has finished we will no longer be adding any new content to this site. We are, however, very interested in your feedback and would love to hear from you.

If you’re interested in discovering more we recommend you search the online catalogues for both Ngā Taonga and the NFSA.

About Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is the brand name for the New Zealand Archive of Film, Television and Sound Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua Me Ngā Taonga Kōrero. The Archive was formed in August 2014, when three of New Zealand’s major audiovisual archives: the New Zealand Film Archive Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua, Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero, and the Television New Zealand Archive were integrated.

The archive holds a large and diverse collection of moving image and audio items, along with related documentation (publicity materials, stills, posters, production records, props, costumes and equipment). The collections date from 1895 and span our sound and moving image history – from the earliest days of cinema, audio recording and television, to contemporary film, television, advertisements, music videos, computer games and radio productions. The collections include amateur recordings, public broadcasts and commercially released productions. They present a range of perspectives on what it has meant to be a New Zealander across history.

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About The National Film and Sound Archive

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is the nation’s “living archive” – collecting, preserving and sharing our audiovisual heritage.

The NFSA is the custodian of the national audiovisual collection, which contains 2.1 million items spanning over 100 years of creative production in film, sound, and broadcast. The NFSA preserves an average of 7,000 titles every year, ensuring that our audiovisual memory survives the passage of time and is available to contemporary and future generations.

The collection includes every audiovisual format imaginable. It also encompasses documents and artefacts such as photographs, posters, lobby cards, publicity items, scripts, costumes, props, memorabilia, oral histories, and vintage equipment. These are priceless, irreplaceable objects which tell countless stories about Australia – who we were, who we are, and who we could become.

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