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Fears Large Chunks of Australia’s 20th Century History Could Be Lost Forever Unless Priceless Film Archive Is Digitised by 2025

Posted by Jean-Yves on Jun 21, 2019

Large chunks of Australia’s 20th century history are in danger of being lost forever unless something dramatic is done by 2025. The National Archives of Australia has 220,000 hours of film footage on old and oxidising magnetic tapes with more than half, or 60 per cent of that content, still to be digitised.

David Fricker, the director-general of the commonwealth agency in charge of preserving Australia’s history, said maintaining the records was a race against time.

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