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A 5000 Mile Tour Through Central Australia (1930)


This documentary-style footage follows a 1930 expedition by a group of men through central Australia and up to the Northern Territory. Shot by CJ Stanley Low, and complete with intertitles, this silent 16 mm footage captures the flora, fauna and landscape of Australia’s vast outback.

Curator’s notes

This footage came into the National Collection of the National Film and Sound Archive from the Uniting Church organization, Frontier Services, formerly the Australian Inland Mission. The Australian Inland Mission began with congregational ministers who travelled out to remote Australia as early as the 1890s and today services remote communities in areas such as housing, health and social services. While this footage may have been one such journey, and at one point looks to pass through a Mission community, the expedition appears more like a hunting expedition in parts. One of the cars in their convoy has 'Central Australian Tours’ written on its side, which may indicate that this is the case.