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Isle of Many Waters (1939)


Made for the Tasmanian Government Tourist Bureau, this travelogue filmed and narrated by Frank Hurley promotes Tasmania as an idyllic holiday destination.

Curator’s notes

Isle of Many Waters was one of two sponsored films Frank Hurley made in early 1939 for the Tasmanian Government Tourist Bureau (the other being Scenes That Are the Brightest). The opening credits read 'a portrayal by Frank Hurley described by himself’ and contain the relaxed and descriptive narration style evident in many of his travelogues. The films were screened to audiences in the UK and designed to attract tourists to Tasmania from abroad.

The first half of the film tours Tasmania’s historic sites and traditions – Hobart’s harbour, hunting, mining, apple growing, the towns of New Norfolk and Port Arthur – before moving downstream along the west coast and the rugged natural landscape in the quiet surrounds of mountains, rivers and valleys. The opening intertitle introduces the tone of the film to come, reading, 'on holiday amidst the lovely waterways, crags and vales of sunny Tasmania’.