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Australasian Gazette – Annual Christmas Treat (c.1925)


This segment from an Australasian Gazette newsreel from approximately 1925 shows Christmas celebrations for children in the Victoria Barracks, Sydney including a live puppet show and Father Christmas handing out presents.

Curator’s notes

Newsreels were an integral part of cinema programming in Australia before the advent of television in 1956. Issued on a weekly basis, newsreels enabled people to further engage with local and national political stories and events. Australasian Gazette began in 1913 and ran until the advent of talkies in the early 1930s.