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Roma Street Station (1899)


This actuality footage shows a train pulling up to Roma Street Station, Brisbane in 1899. Commuters, many of them wearing boaters and suits, disembark from the train and walk up the stairs towards the camera.

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. According to Chris Long and Pat Laughren ('Australia’s First Films’, Cinema Papers, 1993, No. 96, p 37), it was screened to the Queensland Amateur Photographic Society in May 1899, along with Wills’s footage of Queen Street and Victoria Bridge and the Opening of Queensland Parliament (both 1899).