graham_shirleyGraham Shirley is a film historian and archivist, documentary director, researcher and oral historian.

He has been conducting oral history interviews since 1971, many of them with pioneers and present-day practitioners of the Australian film and television industries, as well as war veterans, power station and railway workers, and university vice-chancellors.

Graham has written prolifically on Australian film history, and is co-author of the book Australian Cinema: The First 80 Years (1983). From 2006 to 2014 he worked for the National Film and Sound Archive as a senior curator and historian. Graham has directed nine documentaries, with two of them, A Day Like Tomorrow (1974) and White Bay Power Station (2003), winning awards, and the others including programs on Australia’s contribution to World War 2 and the nation’s sports history.

For many years Graham was a valuer for film, video and associated materials under the federal government’s Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme. In November 2004 he was awarded the NFSA’s Ken G. Hall Award for his contribution to Australian film preservation. Periodically from 1997 to 2005 he worked for the Office of Film and Literature Classification as a classifier of audiovisual and literary materials. He has recently undertaken archival research for documentaries and, for Cinetel Productions, oral histories about Universities Australia and the Sydney suburb of Waterloo.