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Australian Labor Government 1916 Conscription Referendum Campaign: Referendum Bullets (1916)

This is a silent cinema short presented by the then Prime Minister, Billy Hughes, promoting the ‘Yes’ vote for the 1916 conscription referendum. [read more]

Billy and Percy (1974)

This dramatised documentary is based on the diaries of Percy Deane, who became the private secretary of Prime Minister WM Hughes during one of the most controversial and exciting periods of Australian history. It was during the First World War ... [read more]

Australians at War – The Thin Khaki Line (2002)

During the Second World War, the outlook for Australia in 1942 was grim. When the Japanese struck at Pearl Harbour, only a ragtag group of conscripts was still at home in Australia. The AIF was overseas in ... [read more]

Super 8 Soldiers (1991)

In the 1960s a group of Australian conscripts took 8 mm cameras to Vietnam. Super 8 Soldiers intercuts that footage with interviews with the men and their families in the early 1990s. The Vietnam veterans reflect on the war, the ... [read more]

ALP: Federal Election 1966 (1966)

This is from a collection of the Australian Labor Party’s television advertisements for the 1966 federal election. It consists of ten ads – five each of five minutes duration and five each of 30 seconds duration. The longer advertisements were ... [read more]

Vietnam (1988)

This epic story of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War is told through the history of a middle class family, the Goddards, whose son Phillip (Nicholas Eadie) is conscripted to fight in the war and whose father, Douglas (Barry Otto), ... [read more]

The Odd Angry Shot (1979)

After his 21st birthday, Bill (John Jarratt) goes to fight in Vietnam, as part of the Australian forces. He’s in the Special Air Services, elite professional soldiers who look down on the ‘nashos’, the conscripted troops. Bill’s best mate is ... [read more]

Australasian Gazette – Returned Anzacs (c1917)

This segment from an Australasian Gazette newsreel shows returned Anzac soldiers marching through Melbourne as part of the First World War 'Fill-the-Gap’ recruitment drive. [read more]

Interview with Archbishop Mannix (1962)

Dr Daniel Mannix was the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne from 1913 until his death in 1963. He was a man of considerable influence in Australian public life, not only in the religious field but also in social and political ... [read more]

Cartoons of the Moment – The Economy in Germany (c1915)

Cartoons of the Moment is an animated satirical segment created by Australian cartoonist Harry Julius during the First World War for the Australasian Gazette newsreel. In this edition from approximately 1914, Julius comments on the economic decline in Germany and ... [read more]

Cartoons of the Moment – Australia’s Prime Minister Delights the Empire (c1915)

In this edition of Cartoons of the Moment, cartoonist Harry Julius comments on the war in Europe and Australian Prime Minister Hughes’s policy of restrictions on trade with Germany. [read more]

The Mavis Bramston Show – Series 2 Episode 1 (1965)

This is the first episode for 1965 of The Mavis Bramston Show, a weekly sketch and variety series featuring topical satire, sketches and songs. [read more]

Cartoons of the Moment – Miss Australasia (c1915)

Cartoons of the Moment was an animated segment by Harry Julius that appeared in wartime editions of the Australasian Gazette newsreel. This edition comments on First World War-related events in Australia and Europe. In the first of three sketches, women ... [read more]

Cartoons of the Moment – The Kaiser War (c1918)

Cartoons of the Moment was an animated segment by Harry Julius that appeared in wartime editions of the Australasian Gazette newsreel. This edition comments on events at the end of the First World War in Germany and on Australia’s wartime ... [read more]

Delegates to the Australian Labor Party’s Easter Conference at the Trades Hall Melbourne (1928)

This is mute newsreel footage, edited with caption cards identifying individual delegates, of the Victorian Labor Party’s 1928 Easter conference at the Melbourne Trades Hall. [read more]

The Enemy Within (1918)

Late in the First World War, Jack Airlie (RL 'Snowy’ Baker) is recalled secretly to Australia after four years of 'special duty’ abroad. He returns to enthusiastic merriment at his gentleman’s club and society parties thrown by his oldest friend, ... [read more]

Cartoons of the Moment – Today the German Monster Threatens the World (c1916)

This propaganda cartoon from a wartime Australasian Gazette newsreel is part of cartoonist Harry Julius’s Cartoons of the Moment series. In this edition, a King Kong-like monster wreaks havoc on the world in a bloodthirsty rampage that destroys women and ... [read more]

You Can’t See ‘Round Corners (1969)

Frankie McCoy (Ken Shorter) is young, stylish and tough, an illegal 'SP’ bookmaker in the working class Sydney suburb of Newtown. Sent to train for the war in Vietnam, he goes AWOL and returns to his old haunts, but ... [read more]

Hellfire Jack: The John Curtin Story (1985)

Produced on the centenary of John Curtin’s birth, Hellfire Jack: The John Curtin Story is an absorbing portrait of the life of the prime minister who led Australia for the vast majority of the Second World War. Hellfire Jack ... [read more]

Menzies in Profile (1964)

Menzies in Profile explores the history and political career of the 12th and longest serving – 18 years – Prime Minister of Australia, conveying his thoughts, political tactics and life, the founding of the Liberal Party of Australia and the ... [read more]

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