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Browne, George: Blue Mountains (c.1930)


This compile of silent home movie footage was taken by George Browne in 1930 and records the scenery of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.

Curator’s notes

The first segment of this footage is taken from a reel of black-and-white film, while the second is taken from a colour reel shot around the same time.

These home movies were originally shot on 9.5 mm film, a narrow gauge film format introduced by the French company Pathe in the early 1920s. 9.5 mm was one of the first widely used amateur film formats, especially in Europe. It has single perforations in the centre of each pair of frames, rather than perforations along one edge of the frame. This allows extra space for the picture, while remaining small and compact, and was therefore relatively cheap to buy.