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Titles tagged with ‘Second World War’

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Along the Road to Gundagai music – 1931

This is a famous recording of one of Australia’s most popular songs.

ALP Cinema Advertisement: In the Wake of the Storm advertisement – 1946

This cinema ad for the 1946 federal election encourages Australians to stay with the Labor Party, which has successfully led the country through the end of the Second World War.

Angst documentary – 1993

Sandy Gutman, one of the comedians featured, released Australiana in 1983 and it is still the biggest-selling local comedy record.

Australia feature film – 2008

Three outsiders – an aristocrat, a stockman and a vulnerable child – are set against the malevolent forces of greedy neighbours, a world war and assimilationist policy.

Australians at War – The Thin Khaki Line television program – 2002

When the Japanese struck at Pearl Harbour, a ragtag group of conscripts known as ‘koalas’ were deployed overseas.

Australians Keep the Wheels of Industry Turning advertisement – c1943

An animated advertisement to persuade Australians to invest in National Savings stamps and the 4th Liberty Loan.

Australia Post – Post Office Film sponsored film – 1942

This is a mute, black-and-white film record of the dismantling of the Sydney GPO clock tower to relocate communications equipment during the Second World War.

Aya feature film – 1990

The story of a Japanese-Australian marriage in the aftermath of the Second World War.

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Belsen For Example documentary – 1985

The recollections of concentration camp survivors, now living in Australia, and rescuers, are extraordinary.

Black Soldier Blues documentary – 2004

African American veterans talk candidly about the friendliness of Australians compared with their callous treatment by white American servicemen.

Blood Oath feature film – 1990

A fictionalised drama about the true-life struggle to successfully convict Japanese military officers responsible for war crimes in Indonesia during the Second World War.

Breakout documentary – 1984

Japanese POWs were not trying to escape from their Cowra prison in 1944 so much as escape from the dishonour of capture.

Broken Sun feature film – 2008

Imagination and resourcefulness helped this small filmmaking team, lead by Brad Haynes, overcome the constraints of having only $50,000.

Browning Machine Gun sponsored film – c1940

An animated army training film that illustrates the operation of the Browning machine gun.

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Canberra Files, The documentary – 2006

Sir Robert Menzies filmed his own wartime tour in 1941, including meeting British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at his home.

Christmas Crackers home movie – 1945

This amateur film from 1945 shows the joy of a family reuniting at the end of the Second World War after the men return from overseas service.

Cockatoo Island: Newsreel Film of Dockyard Activities historical – c1939

The largest island in Sydney Harbour became the major shipbuilding and dockyard facility for the Pacific during the Second World War, following the fall of Singapore.

Come In Spinner television program – 1989

Lisa Harrow, Kerry Armstrong and Rebecca Gibney feature in the story of three very different women in wartime.The series won a slew of AFI awards.

Compass – Changi Days, POW Poets television program – 2003

Jim Connor was a POW who survived the Second World War but wondered whether he could survive the peace.

Compass – Quakers: Seeking the Light Within television program – 2003

Pacifism has always been a central tenet of the Religious Society of Friends. For Quakers, God is within each and every person.

Couch: Our Women of the VAD home movie – 1943

This amateur production provides an almost behind-the-scenes view of the women as they went through their VAD training.

The Cowra Breakout television program – 1984

In the early hours of 5 August 1944, 1,100 Japanese prisoners launched a mass breakout from a POW camp near Cowra.

Curtin television program – 2007

The Curtin telemovie is like a skilfully painted miniature: small in size and scope but, on closer examination, high on well-researched detail.

Curtin Speech: Japan Enters Second World War radio – 1941

In a broadcast to the nation, Prime Minister John Curtin announces that Australia is now at war with Japan.

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Dad Rudd, MP feature film – 1940

Dad Rudd, MP truly signals the end of an era, the last gasp of the cycle of rural comedies featuring yokels and livestock that went back 30 years in Australian cinema.

Dame Enid Lyons: Maiden Speech radio – 1943

Enid Lyons, the first woman elected to the House of Representatives in Australia’s federal parliament, reads her maiden speech for radio broadcast.

Division of Radiophysics documentary – 1950

This public relations documentary outlines research undertaken by the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics during the 1940s.

The Dunera Boys – Episode 2 television program – 1985

German Jews who had fled to Britain to escape Nazi persecution were then interned as 'enemy aliens’ in Australia and became known as the 'Dunera boys’.

The Dunera Boys – Episode 3 television program – 1985

Just who or what is a Jew is an important theme of this series. Private Dunstan’s response shows how sheltered Australia was from the maelstrom of Europe.

Dyer, Frederick Simpson: Milkshakes and Bomb Shelter home movie – c1940

This footage offers a beautiful glimpse of suburban Australia during the Second World War through the everyday recreational activities of the Dyer family.

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Edens Lost television program – 1988

A beautiful woman’s obsession with one man damages the lives of all around her.

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Father feature film – 1989

Elderly widower Joseph Mueller is accused of being a war criminal by Holocaust survivor Iya Zetnick.

First Australians – Episode 6, A Fair Deal for a Dark Race documentary – 2008

Episode 6 of First Australians explores Indigenous history from 1930–67, primarily in the south-eastern regions of Australia.

First Victory Home Loan: Squander Bug advertisement – 1945

This ad aimed to persuade Australians to donate money to the war effort, portraying it as patriotic and a show of commitment to the cause.

Fourth Liberty Loan advertisement – 1943

A Fourth Liberty Loan campaign was launched to encourage people to buy national savings stamps to contribute to the war effort.

From England to the USA: Menzies Wartime Tour home movie – c1941

Part travelogue and part historical record, this home movie captures official visits as well as the prime minister’s own travel.

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Give a Little Credit to your Dad; Lonesome for You, Mother Dear music – 1939

Two songs by then unknown country singer Buddy Williams, recorded in 1939.

Give Us This Day advertisement – 1943

This food rationing advertisement takes its title from a phrase in the Lord’s Prayer ‘give us this day our daily bread’.

Grave of the President documentary – 1984

In 1942, ocean liner President Coolidge accidentally struck two allied mines and sank. One of the world’s biggest shipwrecks is now a popular dive destination.

Green Tea and Cherry Ripe documentary – 1989

A portrait of Japanese women who came to Australia as war brides after the Second World War, and their experiences in an alien land.

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Harry’s War short film – 2000

Richard Frankland, writer and director of the short drama Harry’s War, is from the third generation of Indigenous men to have served in the Australian army.

Hellfire Jack: The John Curtin Story documentary – 1985

A portrait of John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia from 1941 to 1945.

Hewers of Coal sponsored film – 1957

This union-sponsored documentary dramatises the history of mining in Australia since the early 1900s, including the friction between miners and mine owners.

Hula Girls, Imagining Paradise documentary – 2005

Western imagination has transformed the spiritual hula dance of traditional Polynesian society into a (male) fantasy presenting the Polynesian woman as beautiful and exotic.

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In a Savage Land feature film – 1999

Evelyn’s misadventures in the Trobriand Islands are in the foreground of this exploration of racism, colonialism and voyeurism set during the Second World War.

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The Joys of the Women documentary – 1993

As a teenager, singer–songwriter Kavisha Mazzella rejected her Italian heritage, but now wants to keep a dying music tradition alive by recording and performing it.

Jungle Patrol newsreel – 1944

The story of eight Australian soldiers fighting the Japanese on Shaggy Ridge in New Guinea, in 1943.

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Kokoda Front Line! newsreel – 1942

This iconic and Academy Award-winning newsreel shot by Damien Parer contains some of the most recognised images of Australian troops in the Second World War.

Kraft Cheddar Cheese Cinema Advertisement: Unexpected Guests advertisement – c1940

This snack was marketed by Kraft as a quick and easy-to-prepare snack, and importantly an economical one.

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Land Short of People documentary – 1947

A narrative of white settlement pioneering against the odds – the tyranny of distance, the harsh conditions, and the massive landscapes.

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