Amateur filmmaker and professional photographer John Mack manages to convey the experience of flight in a light aircraft.
This short segment is one of three reels of nitrate film chronicling significant events and celebrations in the Albion family during the early 1920s.
This beautiful example of early movie making in 1920s Australia was rediscovered by Douglas Albion decades after it was filmed.
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).
Much like a family album, this home movie collection records events over a period of time. From baby shots in the backyard, to outings at the beach.
The Noorong Gazette is a series of seven film gazettes compiled between 1927 and 1932 by the Archibald family of Strathfield, Sydney.
These gazettes made by members of the Archibald family are some of the earliest examples of home movie making.
The Archibalds were a successful business family who had interests in the milling industry in Queensland and New South Wales.
Interestingly, the 26 January 1938 parade celebrating 150 years since the arrival of the First Fleet does not reflect Australia’s convict history.
The bus-rail hybrid was designed to service minor rail lines in Sydney that did not have enough passengers to justify the larger rail motor.
Most footage of the Second World War is in black-and-white, making this 16mm colour home movie by former Prime Minister Robert Menzies even more extraordinary.
Bali Hi c1971
Bali has always been a popular destination with Australians and this film was made at a time when cheaper air travel meant that more Australians travelled overseas.
Balinese Holiday c1933
This rare example of amateur footage of Bali and Java in the 1930s represents a particular Westerner’s view of the Asian region at that time.
This family holiday footage shows landmarks such as Katoomba Falls, the Sublime Point Lookout, Orphan Rock and the Three Sisters rock formation.
These amateur role-plays are a real treat to watch and were clearly a source of great amusement for all involved.
This footage is rare because Australians travelled infrequently to South-East Asia in the 1920s.
This unedited footage was shot by freelance cameraman Keith Bushnell in the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Tracy which hit Darwin on Christmas Day 1974.
Cameras were relatively expensive in the 1920s and mostly confined to families who could afford the new technology.
Christmas Crackers 1945
This amateur film from 1945 shows the joy of a family reuniting at the end of the Second World War after the men return from overseas service.
Cine Safari c1977
Cine Safari was made during a month-long trip by approximately 30 members of the Cine Society in the spring of 1977.
This home movie footage was taken by professional cameraman Robin Clarke, one of Australia’s first television cameramen.
Con Colleano was the first performance artist to perfect the toe-to-toe forward somersault on a wire.
This footage offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at one of Australia’s most accomplished circus performers from the early twentieth century.
This amateur production provides an almost behind-the-scenes view of the women as they went through their VAD training.
This Balinese cremation was apparently the first such ceremony to be witnessed and filmed by a white man.
This is home movie footage of opera star Dame Nellie Melba at her home, the Mitchell Estate Garden in Lilydale, Victoria.
This home movie by Canberra resident Konrad Dimpel documents the bushfires that swept through the ACT in January 2003 and their destructive aftermath.
Most of this home movie footage captures scenes of sporting and leisure activities around Canberra, such as the woodchopping competition at a local show.
In this 1960s home movie, a curious baby kangaroo joins a Lutheran Sunday School picnic at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve outside Canberra.
Some of the first houses built by the ‘Jennings Germans’ are still standing in O’Connor, Ainslie and Yarralumla.
This silent 8mm colour footage provides a snapshot of Canberra social life in the 1960s.
Konrad Dimpel has recorded his family’s history through home movies since his arrival in Australia from Germany in 1954.
This colour home movie, captured by Konrad Dimpel, shows his children quietly entertaining themselves over Christmas in 1964.
This is a unique record of Australia’s interests in the natural resources of our Asia-Pacific neighbours.
Amateur home movie maker Frederick Simpson Dyer made a number of movies covering family events such as outings, holidays and birthdays.
This footage reveals the excitement of going to the cinema at a time when the moving image was not all pervasive, as it is today.
This footage offers a beautiful glimpse of suburban Australia during the Second World War through the everyday recreational activities of the Dyer family.
FE Winton was apparently the only person in Australia in the 1950s doing elapsed time photography using electric flashes.
Lesley Francis Farey captured what it would have been like to be in the crowd at the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
This 16mm home movie captures a number of holiday scenes and places including ice and snow in Mount Buffalo, Victoria.
Part travelogue and part historical record, this home movie captures official visits as well as the prime minister’s own travel.
This beautiful colour footage captures how the Greek community in Canberra lived at the time, and the ways they contributed to community life.
Gerakiteys: Greek Scenes c1955
The Gerakiteys home movies represent a detailed example of multicultural life in Australia during the 1950s.
This is a rare example of home movie footage of migrant communities living in Australia in the 1950s.
This clip from a home movie by Emmanuel Gerakiteys beautifully captures a wedding in a small Greek town, soaked in afternoon sunlight.
This rare home movie captures informal scenes of Don Bradman and Australia’s 1930 touring cricket team, as filmed by the manager.
A Hero’s Reward 1950
This delightful ‘family farce’ home movie production was filmed over a weekend around the Lindfield area in Sydney.
This beautifully filmed home movie contains some of the earliest examples of home movie footage held by the National Film and Sound Archive.
Historic Beechworth 1971
This colour home movie gives us a glimpse into Beechworth, showing us the local scenery and architecture and people panning for gold.
These scenes of colonial-era South-East Asia are an early example of actuality footage which captures Australian perspectives of the region.