HIS MASTER'S VOICE IMPERIAL RADIOGRAM, 1970

NFSA title: 578316. Photograph by Paper and Stills, NFSA.
National Film and Sound Archive

The National Film and Sound Archive collects and preserves recorded sound – all genres of music in addition to spoken word, experimental, wildlife and other recordings – as well as the equipment on which it is played. This radiogram from the early 1970s was donated in 1994 by a Canberra homeowner. It is an interesting artefact in its own right – particularly its combination of radio and record player, which forecasts the integrated devices we use now. Together with the vinyl records that were played on it, this mass-produced, everyday object contributes to telling the history of Australian music and the evolution of the recording and playback technology that allowed us to enjoy it.

See this radiogram, and the rest of the national collection, in Canberra.