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Australian Navy: Destroyers (c.1930)


This short documentary made by Herschells Films features Royal Australian Navy destroyers launching torpedoes with dummy warheads attached for training purposes. It also shows a smokescreen created by one of the vessels, Anzac, to safeguard the larger vessel, Success. Torpedoes are filmed with an ultra-rapid camera so they appear in slow motion on screen. Intertitles throughout the film describe the action.

Curator’s notes

This film was part of the 'Real Australia Kinegrams’ series, also known as 'Herschells Real Australia’, made by Herschells Films in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Herschells was a Melbourne-based production company that specialised in short industrial documentaries.