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1900s

Pathe Animated Gazette: Fire Breaks Out at Hornsby, Sydney newsreel – c1908

Topics in this Pathe Animated Gazette newsreel from 1908 range from a fire at Hornsby, in Sydney, to women modelling harem pants in Melbourne.

1920s

City Traffic in Variable Moods newsreel – c1920

This newsreel item is an example of how simple camera techniques can dramatically alter the appearance and mood of scenes that are filmed.

Building a Motor Body sponsored film – c1925

The South Australian Government commissioned this promotional film to attract workers to the Woodville car plant; at the time, the second largest in the British Empire.

Melbourne Scenes historical – c1925

Various subjects such as Alfred Deakin’s funeral and an AFL match reveal glimpses of Victorian life in the 1920s.

Australasian Gazette – 10,000 Miles around Australia newsreel – c1926

In this Australasian Gazette newsreel from approximately 1926, Mr and Mrs F Dean arrive in Melbourne after their Shell-sponsored trip around Australia by touring car.

Overland Whippet Motor Car: Advertisement advertisement – c1926

The Overland was an American motor vehicle company acquired by John Willys early in the 20th century.

An AIM Patrol documentary – 1927

This film documented outback life in the 1920s and may have been made to accompany a written report.

Hoyts and Studebaker Cinema Advertisement: Touring Talkie Show advertisement – c1929

This advertisement positions the joint Hoyts, Shell and Studebaker venture as a service which audiences in country areas both need and deserve.

1930s

Archibald Family: Noorong Gazette: Parts XXI - XXIV home movie – c1930

The Archibalds were a successful business family who had interests in the milling industry in Queensland and New South Wales.

Victorian Police Radio Patrol sponsored film – c1931

This short dramatised scenario from 1931 demonstrates how wireless technology and morse radio clearly improve the ability of Victorian police to do their jobs.

The Opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge newsreel – 1932

This newsreel footage with on-the-spot commentary contains unique coverage of the official opening ceremony of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Saturday 19 March 1932.

Balinese Holiday home movie – c1933

This rare example of amateur footage of Bali and Java in the 1930s represents a particular Westerner’s view of the Asian region at that time.

Fez Please documentary – c1935

A short silent documentary made by the Owen Brothers about Melbourne’s fast-disappearing cable trams.

Magical Powers short film – 1936

The idea behind Magical Powers was to show the audience some of the illusions and simple tricks that can be created with a moving image camera.

Safety First sponsored film – c1936

This early road safety film uses drama, artwork and song to show children the correct way to behave when on the road.

King Billy’s First Car advertisement – 1939

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

1940s

Choo Choo documentary – c1940

An amateur film of the Spirit of Progress passenger train, made by the Owen Brothers.

Dyer, Frederick Simpson: Cinema and its Workings home movie – 1941

This footage reveals the excitement of going to the cinema at a time when the moving image was not all pervasive, as it is today.

Disturber of the Peace sponsored film – c1945

A short government announcement advising citizens to consider each other’s need for sleep and to keep noise levels low when others are sleeping.

City in the Sun documentary – 1946

Post-war austerity is nowhere to be seen in this romanticised look at the streets of Sydney in the summer of 1946.

Sydney Harbour and Anzac Day home movie – c1946

This colour home movie shows the official Anzac Day parade through central Sydney in 1946, one year after the end of the Second World War.

Birth of a Car sponsored film – c1948

Birth of a Car, made in 1948, proudly details the planning, testing and production of the first locally-manufactured Holden model sedan.

1950s

The New Car short film – 1953

An ambitious amateur production, most of which is set in the early 1900s, the film was shot on location at an historic homestead in Morphettville, South Australia.

Gerakiteys: Greek Wedding Reception: Canberra Scenes home movie – c1954

This is a rare example of home movie footage of migrant communities living in Australia in the 1950s.

Holden Car Cinema Advertisement: On a Tour of Tropical Australia advertisement – c1954

The presence of Coral Sea islanders in a Holden advertisement is probably the last thing that audiences at the time would have expected.

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.

Roamin’ Holiday home movie – 1954

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

Holden Car Cinema Advertisement: On a Tour of Australia’s Banana Plantations advertisement – c1955

This travelogue-style Holden advertisement was one of a series of 'on a tour’ films made for cinema audiences between 1953 and 1956.

General Motors Holden – FE Holden: The Average Man advertisement – 1956

This is one of GMH’s early ventures into television advertising.

General Motors Holden – Holden Ute advertisement – c1956

The utility was Holden’s first foray into model diversification after its standard sedan.

General Motors Holden – Proved Dependability advertisement – c1956

This ad introduces written testimonials from 'satisfied owners’ of Holden cars, 'taxi drivers, men in the outback, commercial travellers, family men’.

General Motors Holden – To Suit All Family Needs advertisement – c1956

In this mid-1950s Holden car ad, the cloud background makes the family look like they’re floating through the sky rather than driving on the ground.

Holden Car Cinema Advertisement: A New Star, the New Holden FE advertisement – 1956

Many of the FE’s aesthetic modifications reflected the fashions of the 1950s.

Let’s Go sponsored film – c1956

This film promotes the Shell Touring Service and Shell’s nationwide network of road-related services. Shell maps were produced from the 1920s until the late 1970s. Shell has deposited a significant amount of film with the National Film and Sound Archive for preservation, with a range of excerpts on this site.

The City of Geelong sponsored film – 1957

The Shell Film Unit made this promotional travelogue of Geelong; three years earlier, a large Shell oil refinery was built on the city’s outskirts.

General Motors Holden – Australia’s Ideal Family Car advertisement – c1957

This goes to great lengths to reiterate the key features on which Holden built its reputation – economy, dependability, performance, styling and comfort.

The Eyes Have It advertisement – 1958

This Australian Road Safety Council advertisement is built around the wide appeal of all-round cricketer Keith Miller, and draws analogies between cricket and driving.

General Motors Holden – Resale Value advertisement – c1958

Resale value became an important factor for motorists to consider when purchasing their new Holden.

1960s

Dangerous Immigrant documentary – 1960

This CSIRO documentary alerts the general public to the dangers of the European house borer.

General Motors Holden – Range of Products advertisement – c1960

This advertisement positions the GMH brand within the Australian landscape, broadening out from Holden cars.

General Motors Holden – Export Holden advertisement – c1962

By 1962, when this ad was made, GMH was shipping to 45 overseas territories in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

General Motors Holden – Export Holden Version 2 advertisement – c1962

This presents Holden as an important export and ambassador for Australian industry.

General Motors Holden – Happy in a Holden advertisement – 1962

This ad uses a vox pop style interview to appear spontaneous and therefore genuine.

General Motors Holden – John Fisher, Another Holden Driver advertisement – 1962

This 1962 Holden ad offers a good example of associating a product with a well-known personality, in this case Hawthorn AFL footballer John Fisher.

General Motors Holden – Postgraduate Research Fellowship Plan advertisement – c1962

This advertisement presents General Motors Holden as a company at the forefront of research and development in Australia.

McKenzie, Roger and Kent, Bernie: Around Sydney with a Camera home movie – 1962

Bernard Kent met Roger McKenzie in 1947. Aside from collecting films, they made their own amateur movies such as this travelogue of Sydney’s harbour suburbs.

General Motors Holden – Holden’s Got More Horses advertisement – 1966

By the 1960s, Holden had added theme music and jingles to the devices used to make their brand memorable.

General Motors Holden – Holden’s Number One advertisement – c1966

By the mid-1960s, Holden’s consumer base was broadening to include an increasingly affluent younger demographic.

General Motors Holden – The Time is Now advertisement – 1966

This ad targets a female audience, emphasising the car’s comfort and style as well as power.

General Motors Holden – Saturday Kind of Car advertisement – 1967

The 1960s Holden ads used catchy jingles and upbeat music, promoting the car as an object of desire.

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