The National Film & Sound Archive have unveiled the list of inductees for 2018’s Sounds Of Australia.

Beginning back in 2007, the Sounds Of Australia archive is a collection of recordings that the National Film & Sound Archive deems to have “cultural, historical and aesthetic significance and relevance, which inform or reflect life in Australia.”

Over the years, numerous recordings have been added into the archive, ranging from examples of contemporary Australian music (such as the Hilltop Hoods, The Necks, The Go-Betweens, etc.), to recordings of historical value (such as Prime Minister Robert Menzies’ 1939 declaration of war speech).

Now, a new batch of recordings have been added into the hallowed halls of the archive.

This year’s additions see a variety of modern classics, and historically-important tunes being added into the National Film & Sound Archive, featuring recordings that date back over 113 years.


Turn-of-the century opera singer Ada Crossley’s 1905 recording of ‘Caro Mia Ben’ is the earliest piece inducted this year, while Sydney Simpson and his Wentworth Café Orchestra are included with After the Dawn, the first recording composed, performed, recorded and pressed entirely by Australians.