This beautifully filmed home movie contains some of the earliest examples of home movie footage held by the National Film and Sound Archive.
Society Wedding c1914
This silent footage of a society wedding, beautifully framed and shot on 35mm nitrate film, is a rare example of a home movie from the 1910s.
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).
This short segment is one of three reels of nitrate film chronicling significant events and celebrations in the Albion family during the early 1920s.
Cameras were relatively expensive in the 1920s and mostly confined to families who could afford the new technology.
This is a good example of how, in the early days of moving images, people would often pose for the camera as if they were posing for a still photograph.
This home movie footage consists mostly of aerial shots taken during the flight that survey suburban areas around Melbourne.
The Noorong Gazette is a series of seven film gazettes compiled between 1927 and 1932 by the Archibald family of Strathfield, Sydney.
This is home movie footage of opera star Dame Nellie Melba at her home, the Mitchell Estate Garden in Lilydale, Victoria.
The father of amateur filmmakers the Straford Brothers was an avid maker of home movies himself, despite losing an arm during the First World War.
These gazettes made by members of the Archibald family are some of the earliest examples of home movie making.
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.
The Archibalds were a successful business family who had interests in the milling industry in Queensland and New South Wales.
This family holiday footage shows landmarks such as Katoomba Falls, the Sublime Point Lookout, Orphan Rock and the Three Sisters rock formation.
This Balinese cremation was apparently the first such ceremony to be witnessed and filmed by a white man.
This 16mm home movie captures a number of holiday scenes and places including ice and snow in Mount Buffalo, Victoria.
This rare home movie captures informal scenes of Don Bradman and Australia’s 1930 touring cricket team, as filmed by the manager.
Australians have engaged with the Asia-Pacific region through travel and enterprise for many decades, but moving image records like this one from the first half of the 20th century are not common.
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.
Lesley Francis Farey captured what it would have been like to be in the crowd at the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
These scenes of colonial-era South-East Asia are an early example of actuality footage which captures Australian perspectives of the region.
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.
Amateur filmmaker and professional photographer John Mack manages to convey the experience of flight in a light aircraft.
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.
This footage shows staged sequences of the Ballets Russes’ repertoire on their 1930s tours to Australia. It includes excerpts from ballets Les Presages and Thamar.
Dermatologist and amateur filmmaker Dr Ewan Murray-Will’s film captures solo dancers from the Ballets Russes du Monte Carlo performing on a Sydney beach.
Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe – shown here on tour in Australia during 1936-37 – revolutionised ballet by giving equal emphasis to dance, music, drama and design.
Interestingly, the 26 January 1938 parade celebrating 150 years since the arrival of the First Fleet does not reflect Australia’s convict history.
Dr Murray-Will befriended dancers from the touring Ballets Russes in the 1930s and filmed the wedding of ballerina Hélène Kirsova to the Danish Vice-Consul.
This footage offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at one of Australia’s most accomplished circus performers from the early twentieth century.
Con Colleano was the first performance artist to perfect the toe-to-toe forward somersault on a wire.
This unique and candid home movie footage of members of the Ballets Russes company was taken at Sydney’s Bungan Beach in the late 1930s.
Amateur filmmaker Murray-Will’s acquaintance with Ballets Russes members allowed him to capture unique images of one of the world’s greatest dance companies.
This footage offers a beautiful glimpse of suburban Australia during the Second World War through the everyday recreational activities of the Dyer family.
Many of the segments in this home movie compilation concern various farming or agricultural activities, including cotton harvesting and beekeeping.
This film is an important document of how children affected by polio and other crippling diseases were treated in the 1940s.
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.
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.
Part travelogue and part historical record, this home movie captures official visits as well as the prime minister’s own travel.
Sir Robert Menzies captures the atmosphere of London during The Blitz in 1941, recording the raid as it happened and then filming its immediate aftermath.
This is a compilation of film segments from the John Roberts Home Movie Collection that have been spliced together.
John Roberts filmed various scenes in and around his home city of Adelaide from 1939 to 1941, including Anzac Day and war bonds marches.
This amateur production provides an almost behind-the-scenes view of the women as they went through their VAD training.
This home movie shows two contrasting glimpses into the role of women during and after the Second World War.
This footage was filmed by John Mack, a South Australian photographer and cinematographer who served as staff sergeant during the Second World War.
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.
Four days after arriving home from the conference, Prime Minister John Curtin died and Forde was sworn in for a brief term as prime minister.