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Titles from the 1960s

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1960

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate – ‘Happiness for Two’ advertisement – c1960

These three advertisements all use the same jingle and slogan, but take slightly different approaches to promoting Cadbury Milk Tray chocolates.

Dangerous Immigrant documentary – 1960

This CSIRO documentary alerts the general public to the dangers of the European house borer.

Dimpel, Konrad: Jennings Germans home movie – c1960

Some of the first houses built by the ‘Jennings Germans’ are still standing in O’Connor, Ainslie and Yarralumla.

McKenzie, Roger and Kent, Bernie: Silent Car Trip Australia home movie – c1960

This travelogue is from a trip around Australia made by Bernard Kent and Roger McKenzie, enthusiastic film collectors and amateur filmmakers.

Mr Squiggle and Friends – Episode 148 television program – c1960

Mr Squiggle is one of the most recognised children’s television characters. Although no longer on air, he continues to appear at exhibitions and science fiction conventions.

The Piano Tuner short film – 1960

Amateur filmmakers the Straford Brothers started making this comedy short to test their newly purchased 16mm Bolex camera.

Shell Animated Commercial: Poster Man advertisement – 1960

This advertisement was made to screen only in cinemas prior to a feature film program despite being made after the introduction of television.

The Sundowners feature film – 1960

The Sundowners is remarkable for the number of Australian actors it showcases. Chips Rafferty plays Quinlan, the contractor at an outback shearing station.

The Tasmanian Tiger sponsored film – 1960

This documentary – a partly-dramatised look at Tasmania’s animals and birds – is a good example of innovative documentary making in the early 1960s.

1961

ABC Children’s TV Club – Monday Showcase television program – 1961

The iconic Children’s Hour on ABC radio morphs into television. This episode features artist Jeffrey Smart and Aroora the Red Kangaroo.

Dimpel, Konrad: Manuka Swimming Pool home movie – 1961

This silent 8mm colour footage provides a snapshot of Canberra social life in the 1960s.

Expedition South documentary – 1961

A film record of a year at Mawson, Australia’s largest Antarctic station.

Four Corners – The First Program television program – 1961

This interview with Olympic swimming champion John Konrads, from the first Four Corners in 1961, leaves us with a better understanding of how a great athlete’s mind works.

1962

Australia’s Land of Tomorrow sponsored film – 1962

An Australian Inland Mission patrol witnesses a prospering region where industry and agriculture have grown and the population has greatly increased since the last visit.

The Big Boomerang documentary – 1962

This promotional film about Qantas has information about the company’s only foray into aircraft construction, which was in 1926.

Dancing Orpheus television program – 1962

This black-and-white nature program from the earliest years of ABC TV features the unique lyrebird. Narrated by John West, it won an AFI Gold Award in 1963.

General Motors Holden – Export Holden advertisement – c1962

By 1962, when this ad was made, GMH was shipping to 45 overseas territories in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

General Motors Holden – Export Holden Version 2 advertisement – c1962

This presents Holden as an important export and ambassador for Australian industry.

General Motors Holden – Happy in a Holden advertisement – 1962

This ad uses a vox pop style interview to appear spontaneous and therefore genuine.

General Motors Holden – John Fisher, Another Holden Driver advertisement – 1962

This 1962 Holden ad offers a good example of associating a product with a well-known personality, in this case Hawthorn AFL footballer John Fisher.

General Motors Holden – Postgraduate Research Fellowship Plan advertisement – c1962

This advertisement presents General Motors Holden as a company at the forefront of research and development in Australia.

Georgia Lee Sings the Blues Down Under music – 1962

Georgia Lee was the first Indigenous Australian female singer to release an album. This was also the first Australian album to be recorded in stereo.

Interview with Archbishop Mannix television program – 1962

Interviewed at age 97, Dr Daniel Mannix, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, was a man of considerable influence in Australian public life.

McKenzie, Roger and Kent, Bernie: Around Sydney with a Camera home movie – 1962

Bernard Kent met Roger McKenzie in 1947. Aside from collecting films, they made their own amateur movies such as this travelogue of Sydney’s harbour suburbs.

Wambidgee television program – 1962

An early children’s animated puppet series about the adventures of a young Aboriginal boy living in the bush.

With Gentle Majesty television program – 1962

The high point of the Melbourne Royal Agricultural Show each day is the Grand Parade. The initial languid pace of the filming and editing nicely underscores the images of the huge, slow-moving workhorses.

A World for Children documentary – c1962

Siblings Maret, Juri and Yanni convey the experience of European immigrant children arriving at the Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre in Victoria.

1963

All Quiet on the Surfie-Rocker Front newsreel – 1963

A short newsreel item from 1963, outlining police efforts to curb gang violence between outer suburban ‘rockers’ and surfers at Manly beach.

Australia Today – Antarctic Pioneers documentary – 1963

Photographer Frank Hurley discusses his Antarctic exploits in his last appearance on film.

Ikara the Weapon Thrower sponsored film – 1963

This black-and-white film, classified 'confidential’ at the time, shows the lead up to the Ikara weapons trials and the trials that began in April 1963.

Jungle Road sponsored film – c1963

While the film is patronising in its approach, it promotes the army’s work as vitally contributing to preparations for Papua New Guinea’s eventual independence.

The Land That Waited television program – 1963

This remarkable documentary tells the early history of colonial Australia through etchings, paintings and drawings produced by the first colonists.

Ninety Nine Per Cent short feature – 1963

Pino, an Italian immigrant widower, seeks an agency bride to keep house and be wife and mother to him and his son Peter.

Operation Blowdown sponsored film – 1963

This is the official film of Operation Blowdown, the classified project that aimed to replicate the effects of a nuclear explosion on a tropical rainforest environment.

The Pearl Fishers television program – 1963

This black-and-white television production of the opera was one of the earliest performances ever broadcast on the ABC and one of the most elaborate.

Pick a Box – Episode 170 television program – 1963

An episode of the classic quiz show featuring celebrity contestant Barry Jones, who later became a state and federal member of parliament.

Poetry In Australia – Judith Wright television program – 1963

This simple, talking heads interview is most informative and a delight to watch. It is a must-see for students of Judith Wright’s work and fellow poets.

Research on Survival in Bushfires documentary – 1963

This specialist documentary gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Bushfire Research section of the CSIRO.

Snowy Hydro – Sound and Safe sponsored film – 1963

Produced in 1963, this safety film focuses on 'drill and blast’ tunnelling on the Snowy Mountains Scheme in an effort to save lives and prevent injury.

Snowy Hydro - Where Men and Mountains Meet sponsored film – 1963

This film is a fascinating depiction of the national ideal of postwar masculinity, looking at the spectrum of workers involved in the Snowy Mountains Scheme.

1964

An Airman Remembers television program – 1964

This early ABC documentary is about Sir Gordon Taylor, a fighter ace in the First World War and one of the pioneers of aviation in Australia.

A Changing Race documentary – 1964

An insightful portrait of Aboriginal people in Central Australia in the 1960s, highlighting their experience of racial discrimination and their integration in non-Aboriginal society.

Cinesound Review: That Mersey Sound: Beatles at the Stadium newsreel – 1964

This newsreel special of the 1964 Beatles tour captures footage of the band in Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand, concert excerpts and the attendant 'Beatlemania’.

Dimpel, Konrad: Red Hill home movie – 1964

This colour home movie, captured by Konrad Dimpel, shows his children quietly entertaining themselves over Christmas in 1964.

I’ll Never Find Another You music – 1964

A 1964 song by The Seekers, written and produced by Tom Springfield, which became the first million-selling record by an Australian band.

King of the Surf sponsored film – 1964

In 1964, ten of the world’s best surfers converge on Manly Beach to fight for the title of world champion.

The Legend of Damien Parer television program – 1964

The life of the legendary Australian combat cameraman Damien Parer, through the eyes of those who knew him and through footage shot before his death in action in 1944.

The Mavis Bramston Show – Series 1 Episode 1 television program – 1964

A weekly variety show featuring topical satire, sketches and songs.

Menzies in Profile documentary – 1964

A tribute celebrating the life of Sir Robert Gordon Menzies, the 12th and longest-serving Prime Minister of Australia and founder of the Australian Liberal Party.

Snowy Hydro – Safety on the Snowy Scheme sponsored film – 1964

The culture of the all-male workplace was one where risk taking and daring were highly valued, an environment intensified by the experiences of two world wars.

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