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Australasian Gazette – Armistice Day, Melbourne (c.1925)


This newsreel clip from about 1925 shows a large crowd of people gathered on the steps of Parliament House, Melbourne for an Armistice Day ceremony. The crowd stands for two minutes silence then the 'Last Post’ is played. The clip ends with shots of Spring Street and Nicholson Street as the crowd disperses after the ceremony.

Curator’s notes

Weekly newsreels were an integral part of cinema programming in Australia before the advent of television in 1956. Not much has been recorded about the history of the Australasian Gazette newsreels but what survives is a wonderful collection of newsreels representative of the time. Being silent, the newsreels relied on intertitles to link footage together. Intertitles explained what the audience was about to see and also gave a chronological sequence to the story. Musicians often accompanied newsreel screenings.