Brian Johns Lectures (2015-2019)

The Brian Johns Lecture was established by the Centre for Media History and the Australian Copyright Agency to honour Brian Johns AO (1936-2016). Brian Johns had a lifelong commitment to Australian literature, broadcasting, digital media and the visual arts. Amongst his many roles, he served as publishing director of Penguin Australia, managing director of the ABC, CEO of SBS, and director of the Copyright Agency.

Presented by figures at the forefront of the Australian Media, the lectures track key moments in our country's media history:

2015: Mark Scott AO, Managing Director of the ABC, on 'The Future of the Australian Story'. Click here to watch the lecture.

2016: Professor Julianne Schultz AM, founding editor of Griffith Review and Chair of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, on 'Cultural Institutions and Ideas of Australia in the Age of Fang'. Click here to listen to the lecture.

2017: Amanda Wilson, journalist, communications professional and the first woman appointed Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald on "How the internet killed my business model: Saving news that matters in a time of information overload". Click here to watch the lecture.

2018: Morry Schwartz AM, esteemed book and journal publisher and founder of Schwartz Media Group, on ‘Slow News: Thinking in Public’. Click here to watch the lecture.

2019: Katrina Sedgwick, Director and CEO of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, ACMI in Melbourne, on 'Breaking Down the Silos - Creativity in the Digital Age'. Click here for the transcript of the lecture.

CMH YouTube Channel

The Centre for Media History's dedicated YouTube Channel hosts an expanding collection of recordings from its events.

Australian Media History Database

Administered by the CMH, the Australian Media History Database is an archived portal for all aspects of research into the history of the media in Australia. It aimed to alert researchers - from industry, academe and the wider community - to current work being undertaken in the field, and to direct them to relevant resources across Australia.

The AMHD has two components:

  • A database of researchers currently working on projects about the history of Australian newspapers, magazines, radio, television, film, advertising, music and games. The Researcher Database is searchable by title and researcher name.
  • Listings of relevant research resources, including libraries, archives, online resources, indexes, professional associations, courses and events.

Link to database

Media Archives Project Database

The Media Archives Project database is a register of lesser known archives for all types of mass media. The media's role in reflecting society makes it a vital source for the understanding of the wider history of Australia. This essential resource will assist researchers in locating and delving into the untold history of Australia and its media. More details

A history of Women's Pages

In the course of researching her entry on 'women's pages' for A Companion to the Australian Media, CMH Associate Member Dr Justine Lloyd has developed a public list in the National Library's Trove searchable database of digitised newspapers, which is archived here with her research notes.

Australian Literary Journalism Database

This database, developed by Associate Member Dr Willa McDonald, has been set up as part of a larger project that is working towards defining Australian Literary Journalism and tracing its history from the time of modern settlement to today. Further information and listings within the database itself can be found on its website here:

Australian History Museum

Macquarie University's Australian History Museum houses artefacts, documents and photographs relating to Indigenous Australia, war and society, women, migration, and domestic and working life. The Australian History Museum aims to enhance research teaching and community engagement experiences and outcomes for students and researchers at Macquarie University and beyond. To this end, the Australian History Museum is working to align the existing and future collection to the needs of the Centre for Media History and its affiliated researchers. The museum collection houses a varied selection of publications relevant to the development and interaction of media and history in Australia during the last 150 years.

Relevant publications held in the museum include: Argus (Melbourne), Australian Home Journal, Australian Woman's Mirror, Australian Women's Weekly, Bulletin, Country Life, The Dawn, Decent, The Home, The Idler, Illustrated War News, PIX, Punch, Stead's Review, The Sun (Sydney), Sydney Mail and Woman's Day.

Changing Stations: The Story of Australian Commercial Radio by Bridget Griffen-Foley (Index and Bibliography)

Immediate, intimate, portable and inexpensive, radio is the most pervasive medium in Australia. Changing Stations is the first full-scale, national history of commercial radio in Australia, from the experiments and schemes of the 1920s through to the eve of the introduction of digital radio in 2009.

Click here to download a full index and here to download a full bibliography.

KS Inglis Address: Making Australian Media History

Centre for Media History founder Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley's paper 'KS Inglis Address: Making Australian Media History' has just been published online at Media International Australia. Griffen-Foley is grateful to the convenor of the 10th Australian Media Traditions Conference, Dr Collette Snowden, for inviting her to deliver this address earlier this year. Click here for the full paper.

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