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Australasian Gazette – In and around Hamilton District (c.1920)


This Australasian Gazette newsreel from approximately 1920 shows the orchard districts of Hamilton, Queensland. Fruit pickers pick peaches off trees and empty their bags into a trough. They then sort the peaches into crates and hammer them closed for transportation. Three women arrive by truck and eat the peaches, demonstrating how delicious the peaches are to eat.

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, the newsreels enabled people to further engage with local and national political stories and events.