Series 51 - Sound recordings

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Sound recordings


  • 1967 - 1989 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

6.3 m (29 type 1, 2 type 3 and 1 type 4 boxes)

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Name of creator

(1975 - 1996)

Biographical history

The Instructional Resources Unit (IRU) was established in July 1975 and incorporated and expanded the services offered by the Visual Aids Section (Central Administration) and the Language Laboratories (School of General Studies). The Unit worked in co-operation with the Office of Research in Academic Methods (ORAM) providing support facilities for teaching and learning. Services offered to the University included photographic production and processing, audio and television production and processing, language laboratories, preparation of graphics and desktop publishing service, international satellite radio and TV service, and upgrades to the audio visual facilities in lecture theatres and teaching areas of the University.

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Scope and content

The recordings are of undergraduate lectures, public lectures and debates on current issues, addresses delivered at seminars and conferences, readings of literary works including plays and poetry, interviews, and radio programs produced for 2XX. Among the presenters are the 14th Dalai Lama, academics Professor R Johnson, Dr B Rawson, Dr H Kinloch, Professor R Elliot (reading Chaucer), Professor G Sawer, Professor Manning Clark, Professor Ted Ringwood, Professor G Zubrzycki, Professor Robin Gollan and Professor Derek Freeman, Vice-Chancellors Dr HC Coombs and Professor DA Low, politicians Gough Whitlam and Senator Susan Ryan, writers Patrick White and Xavier Herbert, and poets AD Hope, Bob Brissenden, and Rosemary Dobson. Most are on reel-to-reel tapes but some audio cassettes were produced in the period 1984-1986.


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Single number system, replaced by annual single number from 1975

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Open access

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Digitised copies of some recordings at

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ANUA 423, Video recordings

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Prepared by Maggie Shapley on 30 January 2008; revised 26 August 2009 and 7 April 2011




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