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TARA Online contains detailed records of selected ABC produced TV programs, segments and stock footage, plus some material produced by outside sources.

Records on AP Archive (Associated Press Archive) material that is held in Australia, are also in Tara Online.

This invaluable television program material, plus thousands of feet of selected trims now forms the most extensive stock-shot collection in the southern hemisphere.

TARA Online contains records on genres such as news and current affairs, science, music, sport and the arts, and is sourced from productions dating from 1956 when television was introduced in Australia. Also included are records on a selection of older items donated to the ABC.

TARA Online does not include records for drama, comedy, children's or education productions, nor station promotions. Records for pre-1984 filmed productions, some camera tapes, and some programs held in the ABC Program Library are also not detailed in TARA Online.

Many Australian-sourced news and current affairs records, from the last seven years, are not available online, however this material may be accessible through our researchers.

Remember that you can always contact us for access to our expert researchers who can perform detailed searches on in-house databases and systems. These items include dramas, film, stock footage and natural history.

You can also search for Natural History sound and vision in the WILD Online database.

Copyright information is not available in TARA Online. When we receive an access request and are made aware of usage requirements, we can advise on availability. Please note many of the items detailed in TARA Online are not fully ABC owned.

TARA was developed by the ABC's Content Services and Information Technology divisions to provide an index to the extensive collection of footage available in our library.

Please note the descriptive language used to catalogue material has been written to facilitate selection and provide ease of access for users. Where 'labels' have been used every effort has been made to avoid terms which could be interpreted as subjective, over simplistic or as portraying stereotypes.


This online version was developed by ABC New Media and Digital Services.