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1910s

At Footscray a Church is Pulled Down newsreel – 1911

This footage shows the preparations for demolition of a small church in Paisley Street, Footscray. It was screened at the opening of the Grand Picture Theatre in November 1911.

Australasian Gazette – HMAS Brisbane Launched at Cockatoo Island newsreel – 1915

In this 1915 newsreel, the wife of then prime minister Andrew Fisher launches the HMAS Brisbane naval ship from the dockyard of Cockatoo Island.

Australasian Gazette – Patriotic Procession in Aid of the French Red Cross newsreel – 1915

In this 1915 newsreel, people in costume walk, ride horses or ride in horse-drawn carriages on a Melbourne street as part of a parade for the French Red Cross.

Australasian Gazette – Sheep Dog Trial newsreel – 1915

This newsreel segment from 1915 shows a typical Australian showground. A sheepdog trainer and his dog herd three sheep into a pen.

Australasian Gazette – The Last Innings of Victor Trumper newsreel – 1915

In this newsreel, a large group marches in front of the horse-drawn vehicle carrying the casket of Australian cricketer Victor Trumper to a Sydney cemetery.

Anzac Day Promotional advertisement – c1916

This advertisement encourages Australians to commemorate Anzac Day. The Gallipoli campaign was fought from 25 April 1915 and first commemorated in 1916.

Australian Labor Government 1916 Conscription Referendum Campaign: Referendum Bullets newsreel – 1916

This silent cinema short, presented by Prime Minister Billy Hughes, promotes the 'Yes’ vote for the 1916 conscription referendum.

Australia Prepared documentary – c1916

A recruiting film highlighting Australian wartime contributions, including shipbuilding and the manufacture of weapons and uniforms.

Across the Trans-continental Railway: From Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta documentary – c1917

The construction of the trans-continental railway began in 1912 with work being carried out at both ends simultaneously.

Australasian Gazette – First Shipment of Red Cross Supplies to Egypt newsreel – c1917

In this newsreel, workers at Federal Government House, Melbourne, load boxes of Red Cross supplies onto horse-drawn vehicles. The supplies are to aid soldiers in Egypt.

Australasian Gazette – Goodbye Sunny New South Wales newsreel – c1917

This newsreel footage from 1917 encourages young men to enlist for the First World War. It shows a public parade for soldiers travelling overseas to fight.

Australasian Gazette – Mimic Warfare newsreel – 1917

In this 1917 newsreel, troops from the Engineers’ Depot rehearse a raid on enemy trenches and are instructed by their commanding officers over the telephone.

Australasian Gazette – Returned Anzacs newsreel – c1917

This newsreel likely dates from the latter half of the First World War and shows returned Anzac soldiers marching through Melbourne as part of the ‘Fill-the-Gap’ recruitment drive.

Australasian Gazette – The Strike Spreads newsreel – c1917

In this Australasian Gazette newsreel, waterside workers unload perishables from a ship. This footage may be from the the New South Wales General Strike of 1917.

The Australians at Messines historical – 1917

Silent footage by Herbert Baldwin, Australia’s first official war photographer, of the Battle of Messines in Belgium, June 1917.

Australia in France, Part One documentary – c1918

One of the Australian War Memorial’s most important films – the most accurate filmed record of the Battle of Pozières in 1916.

The Australian Flying Corps in France, England and Palestine historical – 1919

A silent film depicting pilots and crew of the Australian Flying Corps, precursor to the RAAF, in training and at war in 1918 in France and the Middle East.

The Australians’ Final Campaign in 1918 historical – c1919

A compilation film covering Australian forces on the Western Front in the final year of the First World War.

1920s

Australasian Gazette – All for a Good Cause newsreel – c1920

A surf carnival at Bondi Beach in aid of the St John’s Ambulance Brigade features in this Australasian Gazette newsreel from approximately 1920.

Australasian Gazette – A Unique Audience newsreel – c1920

This 1920 Australasian Gazette newsreel shows injured soldiers from Caulfield Military Hospital attending a special matinee at Elsternwick Theatre.

Australasian Gazette – Conversion newsreel – c1920

In this 1920 newsreel, work commences at Victoria Parade for the electrification of the cable tram system of Collins Street, Melbourne.

Australasian Gazette – Dame Nellie Melba newsreel – c1920

This newsreel footage shows soprano Dame Nellie Melba, having arrived in Sydney from Vancouver on the passenger liner RMS Niagara after a world tour.

Australasian Gazette – In and around Hamilton District newsreel – c1920

This newsreel from approximately 1920 shows the orchard districts of Hamilton, Queensland. Workers pick, sort and pack peaches for transportation.

Australasian Gazette – Some Sunday Morning newsreel – c1920

This newsreel vividly captures 'some Sunday morning’ at St Kilda Beach, Melbourne, showcasing 1920s swimming costumes, parasols and beach culture.

The Australian Steel Works sponsored film – c1920

This Made in Australia Council documentary, made circa 1920, tours a steel works factory in Newcastle to promote the Australian steel industry.

Albion, Douglas: Children’s Party home movie – c1921

This beautiful example of early movie making in 1920s Australia was rediscovered by Douglas Albion decades after it was filmed.

Albion, Douglas: Wally’s Fifth Birthday Party home movie – c1921

Douglas Albion was about to throw this footage out when he heard of a search for source material to be used in the production of Our Century (1998).

Australasian Gazette – Maoris Give Their War Cry newsreel – c1922

In this 1922 newsreel footage, a Maori rugby league team perform a haka war dance before playing a game against New South Wales.

Australasian Gazette – 1st Chatswood Erects a Tower and a Rope Suspension Bridge newsreel – c1923

In this newsreel from approximately 1923, the 1st Chatswood Boy Scouts erect a tower and suspension bridge and compete in a boxing match.

Australasian Gazette – 1924 Melbourne Cup newsreel – 1924

This newsreel features highlights of the 1924 Melbourne Cup, including the horses entering the racetrack, crowds in the grandstand and the race, won by Backwood.

Australasian Gazette – A Seaplane Circles a Continent newsreel – 1924

In this extract from a 1924 documentary, A Seaplane Circles a Continent, a RAAF airplane arrives in St Kilda after circumnavigating Australia.

Australasian Gazette – Bon Voyage to Ex-Chief Justice, Sir William Cullen newsreel – c1924

This newsreel shows the 1924 farewell and departure from Sydney of the retired Chief Justice Sir William Cullen and Lady Cullen for an overseas trip.

Australasian Gazette – Pauline Frederick, World Famous Star of Stage and Screen newsreel – c1924

In this newsreel, stage and screen actress Pauline Frederick poses for the camera. It is an early example of the fascination Australians have with American actors.

Australasian Gazette – Sun Worshippers newsreel – c1924

This newsreel from approximately 1924 shows surfers and swimmers at Bondi Beach enjoying the first day of real summer weather of the season.

Albion, Douglas: Children’s Birthday Party home movie – c1925

This short segment is one of three reels of nitrate film chronicling significant events and celebrations in the Albion family during the early 1920s.

Australasian Gazette – Annual Christmas Treat newsreel – c1925

This segment from an old cinema newsreel shows Christmas celebrations for children at the Victoria Barracks in Sydney, including a live puppet show and Father Christmas handing out presents.

Australasian Gazette – Armistice Day, Melbourne newsreel – c1925

This newsreel clip from about 1925 shows the crowd gathered on the steps of Parliament House, Melbourne, for Armistice Day. 'The Last Post’ plays after two minutes of silence.

Australasian Gazette – Parliament Opens the New Session newsreel – 1925

In this newsreel from 1925, the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Dudley de Chair, arrives by car to open Parliament House in Melbourne.

Australasian Gazette – Ship Building as Hobby newsreel – c1925

In this 1925 newsreel, builders of model passenger liners sail their boats on a pond in Moore Park, Sydney.

An Australian Invention: Falkiner Cane Harvester in Operation sponsored film – c1925

This film, possibly made by the Queensland Cane Growers Organisation, promotes the use of the mechanical harvester – a real innovation at the time.

Australasian Gazette – 10,000 Miles around Australia newsreel – c1926

In this Australasian Gazette newsreel from approximately 1926, Mr and Mrs F Dean arrive in Melbourne after their Shell-sponsored trip around Australia by touring car.

Australasian Gazette – 70,000 Pounds Production Nears Completion newsreel – 1926

This newsreel clip from 1926 shows a scene from For the Term of His Natural Life in production at the Australasian Films’ Bondi studio in Sydney.

Australasian Gazette – Clive Barass, Australian Champion and Leader of the Troupe newsreel – c1926

In this silent black-and-white footage, Australian champion diver Clive Barass and his troupe perform at Clifton Gardens Baths near Mosman, Sydney.

Australasian Gazette – Master Pictures Lead the Way newsreel – c1926

In 1926, the general manager of Australasian Films and the producer of For the Term of His Natural Life leave for Tasmania to scout movie locations.

Australasian Gazette – Miss Australia, Beryl Mills, Leaves for the US on the Sonoma newsreel – 1926

This newsreel clip shows a large crowd farewelling the first Miss Australia, Miss Beryl Mills, as she leaves for the USA on the ocean liner Sonoma in 1926.

Australasian Gazette – Prickly Pear Infested Areas of Australia newsreel – 1926

By 1925, the prickly pear infested over 25 million hectares in New South Wales and Queensland. Caterpillar larvae were introduced in 1926 to combat the problem.

Australasian Gazette – Shopping Week, Sydney newsreel – c1926

This 1926 Australasian Gazette newsreel segment features a 'monster procession’ as part of Shopping Week in Bondi Junction, Sydney.

Australasian Gazette – Test Cricketers newsreel – c1926

Filmed at Headingley Oval, this newsreel from approximately 1926 features the Australian cricket team on tour in England. Also included are highlights from a match.

Australian Cement in the Making documentary – c1926

Everything you wanted to know about cement making — in the 1920s — but were afraid to ask.

An AIM Patrol documentary – 1927

This film documented outback life in the 1920s and may have been made to accompany a written report.

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