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Audio Collections

Audio collections

The State Library of South Australia's audiovisual collection was established in the 1970s. The Library began collecting audiovisual material in earnest in the 1980s and in 1989 successfully lobbied for the legal deposit legislation to be amended to include all non print formats.

Scope of the collection

The formats currently represented in the Library's audiovisual collection include analogue records (wax cylinders, 78rpm records, and vinyl records), audiocassettes, compact discs, videos, films, DVDs, computer files (including CD-ROMS), and websites (through the Pandora program). The audiovisual collection now consists of more than 6,000 titles, ranging from wax cylinders and gramophone records by such artists as renowned baritone Peter Dawson, produced before the First World War, to the latest videos by Peter Combe and CDs by contemporary artists including The Mark of Cain, Kasey Chambers, Wolf & Cub and the Hilltop Hoods.


Deserving a special mention are the trend-setting Adelaide rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s such as The Twilights, The Masters Apprentices, Fraternity, Mississippi, Little River Band, Cold Chisel, The Angels and Redgum. Singers who began their careers in South Australia such as Julie Anthony, Kamahl and Robyn Archer are also featured, along with recordings by Adelaide celebrities including Anne Wills, Ernie Sigley and Neil Kerley.

Some digitised music audio collections digitised arranged by genre:

Rock music



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