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Building Construction (1899)


This actuality footage, filmed in 1899, shows demolition workers carrying rubble away in wheelbarrows. A wall then crashes down.

Curator’s notes

This actuality footage was filmed by the official photographer of the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Frederick Charles Wills, and his assistant Henry William Mobsby in 1899.

The site is presumed to be William Street, Brisbane, with workers clearing the site of the then new Agricultural Department building. Wills did most of his filming in Brisbane and around Queensland, but also captured images in Sydney (see North Shore Steam Ferry, 1899).