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The Alfred, Melbourne: One of Australia’s Greatest Hospitals (1931)


This four-minute cinema advertisement made by Australian Sound Films promotes the activities of the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne in order to raise funds. The film shows the hospital’s activities, facilities and grounds and includes a persuasive voice-over commentary.

Curator’s notes

In 1931, Melbourne-based Herschells Films joined with the Australian Herald newspaper to form Australian Sound Films. The company had produced the Herald Newsreel for less than a year when it was absorbed by Cinesound in 1932 and became the Herald Cinesound News Review (and later the Cinesound Review).