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King Billy’s First Car advertisement – 1939

This cartoon carries the message that progress incurs sacrifice – be it moral, economic, social or political.

King of the Coral Sea feature film – 1954

A pearler in the Torres Strait uncovers an illegal people smuggling operation.

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Legacy of the Silver Shadow – The Feral Element television program – 2002

1950s superhero the Silver Shadow and his archenemy The Crab are revealed to four kids who carry on the struggle between good and evil.

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The Maitland and Morpeth String Quartet short film – 1989

A whimsical, animated tale of music and romance, narrated by Ruth Cracknell and set amidst the Great Maitland Flood of 1955.

Maranoa Lullaby music – 1950

Harold Blair was the first Aboriginal Australian to achieve recognition as a classical singer.

A Matter of Taste advertisement – c1954

This 1950s ad for Schweppes focuses on the drinks in the context of entertaining, socialising and recreation, rather than the science behind the 'Schweppervescent’ bubbles.

McIlwraith, Peter: Brisbane Show and Moonbi Park home movie – c1950

The experience of the Brisbane Exhibition (now officially called the Royal Queensland Show) is captured beautifully in this amateur footage.

Message Stick – Child Artists of Carrolup television program – 2003

This episode provides another perspective on the child removal policies and how the government of the day had specific designs on how half-caste children would occupy a place in society.

Message Stick – Tent Boxers television program – 2001

A tribute to the Aboriginal men who travelled around Australia in the 1950s and ‘60s with tent-boxing troupes.

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Ned Wethered short film – 1983

Lee Whitmore’s first animated film is a memoir of a frequent visitor to her home when she was growing up in the 1950s.

Newsfront feature film – 1978

Some believe that Newsfront, set in the late 1940s and incorporating extensive newsreel footage, is Australia’s best film.

Not Only the Need sponsored film – 1957

This sponsored film made for the Australian Council of Trade Unions argues for the provision of affordable housing to replace inner-city slums.

November Victory documentary – 1955

November Victory was reported by ASIO officials as being a 'scandalously untrue and distorted film version of the 1954 waterfront strike’.

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Overland Adventure: The Story of the 1954 Redex Reliability Trial documentary – 1954

Jack Murray earned the nickname ‘Gelignite Jack’ through his habit of blowing up outback toilets, livening up his entrance to towns along the route.

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Pacifica: Tales from the South Seas – Episode 6 documentary – 1993

Traditional stories, myths and legends from two Pacific Islands – Tahiti and Western Samoa.

Pensions for Veterans documentary – 1953

A first glimpse of the Waterside Workers’ Federation Film Unit’s agenda – to depict labour history from the point of view of the workers.

The Phantom Stockman feature film – 1953

A bushman known as ‘the Sundowner’ helps cattle station heiress Kim Marsden investigate the death of her father.

A Place to Live sponsored film – 1950

This Realist Film Unit documentary illustrates that the builders of homes belonging to the wealthy themselves live across the river in poor conditions.

Project Vlad short film – 1999

This 3D animated short is about the loneliness of the long distance astronaut.

A Pub With No Beer music – 1957

Slim Dusty’s original recording from 1957 of one of his most famous songs.

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The Queen in Australia documentary – 1954

The first colour feature made in Australia, documenting the first visit of a reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1954.

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Reg Grundy’s Wheel of Fortune television program – 1959

Reg Grundy’s television debut in 1959 was also his first game show.

Roamin’ Holiday home movie – 1954

This amateur travelogue made by John and Frank Straford records their trip to north-east Victoria in the 1950s.

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The Safe House short film – 2006

A young Lee Whitmore attempts to unravel the mystery of the spies living next door.

Sanitation and the City documentary – c1957

This documentary outlines the management of water supply and sanitation by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works.

Schools for Farmers sponsored film – c1950

This short film promotes schools for farmers during vacation time at Hawkesbury Agricultural College.

Service in the Sun sponsored film – 1957

In 1956, members of the American and Hawaiian surf lifesaving teams demonstrate the latest surfing techniques on Bondi Beach.

She’s My Baby music – 1959

One of the biggest hits for Australia’s first rock’n'roll star.

Shirley Thompson versus the Aliens feature film – 1972

Maverick filmmaker Jim Sharman’s first film is unique – an engaging potpourri of sci-fi, rock’n'roll, anarchic comedy and psychological drama.

Smiley feature film – 1956

A mischievous boy in a small town tries to reform himself, in order to earn a bicycle.

Smiley Gets a Gun feature film – 1958

A nine-year-old country boy tries to give up mischief in order to win a much-desired rifle.

Smoky Dawson and the Singing Bullet radio – 1955

Smoky Dawson rescues his young friend Billy from two villains in this classic episode of the Smoky Dawson radio show.

The Sound of One Hand Clapping feature film – 1997

Sonja Buloh returns to Hobart 20 years after leaving her violent father, Bojan. Their reunion ignites painful memories of shattered family life.

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Take the Tempo from the Teeth sponsored film – 1948

An early promotional film advocating milk as a key part of a balanced diet, with teeth acting as the barometer for good health.

They Chose Peace documentary – 1952

The Realist Film Unit covered the Youth Carnival for Peace and Friendship in Sydney, which took place in the highly political climate of 1952.

Think Twice sponsored film – 1958

This occupational safety film for metalworkers highlights three main sources of injury – heat, rays and fumes – and illustrates safe and unsafe ways to operate in the workplace.

The Tightrope Dancer documentary – 1989

A portrait of flamboyant Australian artist and dancer Vali Myers.

Tribal Music of Australia music – 1953

These are the first commercially available recordings of Australian Aboriginal music.

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The War Against the Rabbit documentary – 1954

This sponsored documentary made by the CSIRO is about a farmer’s campaign to eradicate a wild rabbit infestation.

Western Wonderland home movie – 1954

This 1954 travelogue of the Grampians National Park in Victoria features a poetically nostalgic voice-over recorded 50 years later.

White River of Life sponsored film – c1950

A short government film made in the early 1950s to promote the health qualities of milk and milk-based foods.

The Workman’s Nightmare short film – 1951

In the first short film from amateur filmmakers the Straford Brothers, a young man falls asleep on his work break and dreams that his ladder attacks him.

A World to Conquer short film – 1956

In this amateur science-fiction short, an alien surveillance camera lands in a man’s backyard, but his wife does not believe him.

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