Australian television and popular memory: New approaches to the cultural history of the media in the project of nation-building

Australian television and popular memory

Despite its importance to our everyday lives since the 1950s, there is no history of television’s role in Australian popular culture. This project will develop a series of collaborative histories that focus upon the popular experience of television and in particular its role in forming national culture. The research will not only involve conventional academic sources, but also those connected with ‘the people’: memories, memorabilia, personal collections as well as the full range of popular and ephemeral publications which support the popular engagement with the medium. The project is the first to examine television’s historical role in our national life.

DMRC research program

This project contributes to the research within the following DMRC research program:

Transforming Media Industries

Project team


  • Distinguished Emeritus Professor John Harley, Curtin University
  • Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner, University of Queensland
  • Professor Alan McKee, University of Technology (Sydney)
  • Professor Susan Turnbull, University of Wollongong
  • Associate Professor Chris Healy, The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Joshua Green, Slalom Consulting

Project funding

  • ARC Discovery Project (2009-2012)