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Australasian Gazette – Miss Australia, Beryl Mills, Leaves for the US on the Sonoma (1926)


This Australasian Gazette newsreel clip shows a large crowd farewelling the first Miss Australia, Miss Beryl Mills, as she leaves for the USA in 1926.

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.

This newsreel was taken just as Beryl Mills was about to leave to compete in another beauty contest, on the ocean liner Sonoma on 28 July 1926.