Friends of the National Film and Sound Archive Australia

Welcome to the Friends of the National Film and Sound Archive Inc.


The National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra

Welcome to the website of The Friends of the National Film and Sound Archive Inc (FNFSA). The Friends is a group of volunteer advocates working to further the aims of the Archive and to encourage links between the Archive, the film and sound communities and the general community.

To learn more about the history of the FNFSA download Ray Edmonson's PhD thesis here.

A copy of Tony Buckley’s Address to Friends of the Archive AGM December 9, 2013 can be downloaded here.

The NFSA Draft Strategic Plan 2014/5-2016/17 full version and an Executive Summary at

For some interesting reading check out 'Your view: on museums, art and heritage', a magazine which brings together the experiences of a variety of people who get their kicks out of all things art and history, including an article on the NFSA by Friends committee member Lindy Ross. Download here.


Our latest Newsletter is here Download Newsletter 41 for December 2017 Our FACEBOOK site is here.

Calling for volunteers. We are looking for people to join our friendly volunteer crew at the NFSA. If you like indexing, or working with databases, or reading film journals, this might be for you as our job is to index film journal articles for an international database. Training will be provided! WHEN: Wednesdays, 2.30-4.30pm (you can offer weekly, fortnightly, monthly, ad hoc, as suits your schedule) WHERE: NFSA Library

Please note that the NFSA may not be able to accept everyone, as overall numbers need to be managed, and there is some formal paperwork to complete. If you would like to take part or would like to find out more first, please email Sue at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



The birth of the Australian film industry coincided with Federation, and this compilation film tracks its first two decades. Directed by Alan Anderson and scripted by Joan Long, it was released in 1968 and was a revelation to audiences. Subsequent "finds" by the National Film and Sound Archive have fleshed out some of the gaps in our early film history, and Ray Edmondson will give an introduction bringing the story up to date. At Canberra Museum and Gallery. NSFA friends and Canberra Museum And Gallery members free, or by gold coin donation. There is plenty of parking adjacent to the Canberra Museum and Gallery in Civic Square, or in the Canberra Centre. The bus interchange is close, too.

Sunday 25 February, Bus tour of Canberra's Film and Theatre Suburb

Sunday 25 February, Bus tour of Canberra's Film and Theatre Suburb

Pick up at 1:30 pm – return by 3:30 pm Pick up and return point: Kambah Shops. Price: $10 for Friends, $15 for others
Did you know that all the streets in the Canberra suburb of Chapman are named after Australian film and theatre personalities? It’s unique! Come with us as we tour the suburb in comfort, and through expert narration and film clips we will meet the personalities after whom the streets are named. Among them are Roy Rene Mo, Chips Rafferty, Jocelyn Howarth, Joseph Perry, Arthur Tauchert (the original Sentimental Bloke) and many more.
You have never experienced a coach tour like this before! And we guarantee you’ll be surprised by some of the revelations!
The actual tour within Chapman takes about 2 hours, with a half time break for a cuppa and to stretch legs.
First come, first served – seating is limited!  Book online here.

Special Deals at NFSA for Members

See the Menu item on benefits to members for discounted tickets.