Arts & Recreation

Detail from an Australian travel poster designed by Percy Trompf

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Sport is regarded as the great national pastime in Australia. It is also a tool of diplomacy.


Australia's cultural life includes visual and performing arts, literature, film and fashion. The records are a rich reflection of this life, as artists submitted samples of their work to the government for copyright protection or for financial support.

Official photographic records of many artistic pursuits are also held. These were useful in promoting Australia as culturally rich and diverse to potential immigrants.