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Australasian Gazette – Maoris Give Their War Cry (c.1922)


This newsreel from about 1922 shows a Maori rugby league team doing a haka war dance before a football match. The New South Wales team poses for the camera and a match is captured in progress.

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.