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Paul Kelly gold record

Made in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1991.

This award has significance as an illustration of Festival Records’ success in generating sales of Australian artists who recorded for locally-owned independent labels. Originally from Adelaide, Kelly is widely regarded as one of Australia’s finest songwriters. He recorded his first two critically acclaimed albums with the Dots on Mushroom Records. With the acoustic ‘Post’ and the double classic ‘Gossip’ albums, he fulfilled his potential as a songwriter. His songs show a remarkable talent for t...


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Physical Description

Music award, gold record, 'So Much Water So Close to Home' by Paul Kelly and the Messengers, metal / glass / paper, made and used by Festival Records, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1991

Gold record award in large gold metal frame with solid backing board and glass cover. Blue border, yellow mount, blue LP record cover with picture of Paul Kelly. Gold LP disc with Mushroom Records label. Gold plaque with the text 'Presented to Paul Kelly and the Messengers by the executives of Mushroom Records and Festival Records for the outstanding achievement of attaining an Australian gold award for the album 'So Much Water So Close to Home', March 1990'. String for hanging stapled on reverse.



514 mm


815 mm


24 mm



Made by Festival Records at their factory in Miller St Pyrmont.





When Festival Records prepared gold and platinum awards to present to its recording artists, the company sometimes made duplicates to display in the board room and the reception area of its premises. This award was also displayed in the Museum's exhibition 'Spinning Around: 50 Years of Festival Records', from 2001 to 2003.


Credit Line

Gift of Festival Mushroom Records, 2007

Acquisition Date

19 April 2007

Cite this Object


Paul Kelly gold record 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 November 2018, <>


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