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The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) today added ten sound recordings with cultural, historical and aesthetic significance to the Sounds of Australia archive.

There’s Kasey Chambers in there with “Not Pretty Enough”, and John Paul Young with “Love is in the Air” as well.

There’s advertising jingles and Aussie stories to tell.

Most notably this year is the inclusion of the Play School theme song “There’s a Bear In There”, known to most -if not all- Australians and first broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Commission on July 18, 1966.

Play School is now the world’s second-longest running children’s television program and considered an institution by most.

Who doesn’t remember the Play School host of their own childhood? (Noni Hazelhurst and John Hamblin for this reporter). Tell us who were your Play School hosts in the comments section.

The Louis the Fly jingle (1957), a song about “Our Don Bradman” by Len Maurice, “Don’t Change” by INXS, Frank Ifield’s “I Remember You” and “Brand New Day” by Kuckles were also added this year.

There are now in excess of 120 sounds on the archive including a bonus recording from Australia’s Amateur Hour.

Established in 2007, the Sounds of Australia is the NFSA’s selection of sound recordings 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.

Complete Sounds of Australia list.

Kinglake Ranges News also maintains its own radio audio archives, including early radio transmissions, World War II and earlier radio news bulletins, amateur radio broadcasts (before radio was comercialised in the 1920s) such as 3AW’s Pepsodent Presents Sunday Night at 8 (1939) and much more.

Much of this material was provided by now deceased (silent key) amateur radio operators who worked as producers or technicians for 3AW, 3LO, 3DB, 3XY, 3MP & 3KZ when these stations threw out and/or destroyed their archival acetate discs and reel-to-reel recordings in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Kinglake Ranges News has been in possession of and digitising them since 1990 and continues doing so today.

We’ll be making some available here soon in our “On This Day” series.

-AAP/NFSA/ABC TV/Kinglake Ranges News.

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