The Arts

First book publisher

First book publisher

Melbourne-based George Robertson was Australia’s first regular book publisher and published over 600 works from 1855 to 1890.

First book publisher

Melbourne-based George Robertson was Australia’s first regular book publisher and published over 600 works from 1855 to 1890.

Australia's first comic

Australia's first comic

Australia’s first comic came off the press in Melbourne in May 1934 and was called Fatty Finn’s Weekly.

Australia's first comic

Australia’s first comic came off the press in Melbourne in May 1934 and was called Fatty Finn’s Weekly.

The first public art gallery

The first public art gallery

The first public art gallery was founded on 24 May 1861 and was named Melbourne Museum of Art. It later changed its name to the National Gallery of Victoria. It...

The first public art gallery

The first public art gallery was founded on 24 May 1861 and was named Melbourne Museum of Art. It later changed its name to the National Gallery of Victoria. It...

Youngest documentary writer and director

Youngest documentary writer and director

Arshaan Ameer became the world’s youngest documentary writer and director, aged 10 years, 10 months and 15 days, for his six minute documentary ‘Generation Green’, filmed at the Gold Coast, Queensland...

Youngest documentary writer and director

Arshaan Ameer became the world’s youngest documentary writer and director, aged 10 years, 10 months and 15 days, for his six minute documentary ‘Generation Green’, filmed at the Gold Coast, Queensland...

Highest ever price paid at an art auction

Highest ever price paid at an art auction

Date of Record: 26th of November, 2020   Large painting, Henri’s armchair, by artist Brett Whiteley, found a new home at an art auction that started with an opening bid...

Highest ever price paid at an art auction

Date of Record: 26th of November, 2020   Large painting, Henri’s armchair, by artist Brett Whiteley, found a new home at an art auction that started with an opening bid...

The most UN country national anthems sung continuously from memory

The most UN country national anthems sung conti...

Date of Record: 21/9/2021   Two Brisbane sisters, Augnes and Teresa Joy, sung from memory, the national anthems of all the countries of the United Nations.   They sang for...

The most UN country national anthems sung conti...

Date of Record: 21/9/2021   Two Brisbane sisters, Augnes and Teresa Joy, sung from memory, the national anthems of all the countries of the United Nations.   They sang for...