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Titles tagged with ‘recreation’

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1900s

Higgins, Bryce: Family and Holiday Scenes: 1909-1924 home movie – c1909

This beautifully filmed home movie contains some of the earliest examples of home movie footage held by the National Film and Sound Archive.

Jack Johnson Training Film historical – c1909

American boxer Jack Johnson trains before an intimate crowd, months after he became the first-ever African American to claim the heavyweight title.

1910s

Pathe Animated Gazette (Australasian Edition): The First Instalment of Australian Notes newsreel – c1910

Australasian editions of the Pathe Animated Gazette combined local and international news items and screened to cinema audiences from around 1908 until the First World War.

The St Kilda Esplanade on Boxing Day historical – c1913

A vivid snapshot of public life on a sunny day at the St Kilda esplanade and foreshore on Boxing Day 1913.

1920s

Australasian Gazette – A Unique Audience newsreel – c1920

This 1920 Australasian Gazette newsreel shows injured soldiers from Caulfield Military Hospital attending a special matinee at Elsternwick Theatre.

Australasian Gazette – Some Sunday Morning newsreel – c1920

This newsreel vividly captures 'some Sunday morning’ at St Kilda Beach, Melbourne, showcasing 1920s swimming costumes, parasols and beach culture.

Kiddies of Queensland Enjoy Outings in their Billy Carts: Rockhampton newsreel – c1920

This newsreel novelty item from approximately 1920 features boys riding on the back of goats and children in billycarts on the streets of Rockhampton, Queensland.

Sorrento historical – c1922

The many attractions of the Victorian seaside town of Sorrento are promoted in this 1920s footage produced for the Sorrento Progress Association.

Sunshine Sally feature film – 1922

The working-class Sally falls in love with the adopted son of wealthy parents from whom she was kidnapped as a child.

Australasian Gazette – Sun Worshippers newsreel – c1924

This newsreel from approximately 1924 shows surfers and swimmers at Bondi Beach enjoying the first day of real summer weather of the season.

Australasian Gazette – Ship Building as Hobby newsreel – c1925

In this 1925 newsreel, builders of model passenger liners sail their boats on a pond in Moore Park, Sydney.

Peach Growing and Canning in Australia sponsored film – c1926

At the time the film was made, the Leeton State Canning Factory employed approximately 250 people and processed 120 tonnes of fruit a day.

Picturesque Portsea Provides Perfect Pageant newsreel – c1926

This clip of the popular beach and pier at Portsea in Victoria vividly captures the beach fashions and social customs of the 1920s.

Archibald Family: Noorong Gazette: Parts I - IV home movie – c1927

The Noorong Gazette is a series of seven film gazettes compiled between 1927 and 1932 by the Archibald family of Strathfield, Sydney.

Archibald Family: Noorong Gazette: Parts IX - XII home movie – c1928

These gazettes made by members of the Archibald family are some of the earliest examples of home movie making.

Life Guards at Bondi Beach documentary – c1929

From around 1929, this fragment of actuality footage shows a Surf Life Saving carnival at Bondi Beach.

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.

Browne, George: Blue Mountains home movie – c1930

This family holiday footage shows landmarks such as Katoomba Falls, the Sublime Point Lookout, Orphan Rock and the Three Sisters rock formation.

Farrow, H: Victorian and South Australian Holiday Scenes home movie – c1930

This 16mm home movie captures a number of holiday scenes and places including ice and snow in Mount Buffalo, Victoria.

Henshall, Mr: Australian Cricketers Visit Ceylon, Naples, Switzerland and Practise at Lords home movie – 1930

This rare home movie captures informal scenes of Don Bradman and Australia’s 1930 touring cricket team, as filmed by the manager.

Melbourne Today documentary – 1931

Probably the first ‘talkie’ documentary made about Melbourne – in 1931, films with sound were still relatively new in Australia.

Rodeo documentary – c1934

This silent documentary is about a rodeo held in northern Queensland in approximately 1934. It features 500 participants parading through the streets of Townsville.

Tatler Social Newsreel: Social Party in South Yarra newsreel – c1934

Only a few Efftee newsreels have survived and this one is a vivid record of Melbourne society at play in the 1930s, complete with a society party in South Yarra.

The Maryborough Railway Employees’ Picnic historical – 1938

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, thousands of children and their families would attend the Maryborough Railway’s annual employees’ picnic.

1940s

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.

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.

Kellogg’s Cornflakes: Tell Me a Story advertisement – c1943

This advertisement appeals to children as a story, and their mothers as the children’s carers.

Thrill of the Surf documentary – 1949

This short Cinesound documentary from Ken G Hall boasts beautifully filmed visuals, with surfers seen in silhouette and sunlight bouncing off the water.

1950s

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.

Evolution of the Australian Crawl documentary – c1952

Swimming champion Andrew 'Boy’ Charlton, who has a picturesque Sydney pool named after him, is one of those interviewed.

Dimpel, Konrad: Canberra and Snowy Mountains home movie – c1954

Most of this home movie footage captures scenes of sporting and leisure activities around Canberra, such as the woodchopping competition at a local show.

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.

Roamin’ Holiday home movie – 1954

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

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.

Gerakiteys: Greek Scenes home movie – c1955

The Gerakiteys home movies represent a detailed example of multicultural life in Australia during the 1950s.

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.

Syme, Ken: Melbourne Olympic Games home movie – 1956

This silent, colour home movie, shot by Ken Syme, provides a snapshot of both the 1956 Olympic Games, and the city that hosted it.

1960s

McKenzie, Roger and Kent, Bernie: Silent Car Trip Australia home movie – c1960

This travelogue is from a trip around Australia made by Bernard Kent and Roger McKenzie, enthusiastic film collectors and amateur filmmakers.

Dimpel, Konrad: Manuka Swimming Pool home movie – 1961

This silent 8mm colour footage provides a snapshot of Canberra social life in the 1960s.

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.

Dimpel, Konrad: Red Hill home movie – 1964

This colour home movie, captured by Konrad Dimpel, shows his children quietly entertaining themselves over Christmas in 1964.

Dimpel, Konrad: German Christmas celebrations, Lutheran Sunday School picnic home movie – c1966

In this 1960s home movie, a curious baby kangaroo joins a Lutheran Sunday School picnic at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve outside Canberra.

Dimpel, Konrad: On the Voyage to Germany home movie – c1966

Konrad Dimpel has recorded his family’s history through home movies since his arrival in Australia from Germany in 1954.

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 – Saturday Kind of Car advertisement – 1967

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

General Motors Holden – Monaro, Three New Models advertisement – 1968

With this ad Holden shifted away from promoting reliability, functionality and economy to marketing the car as an object of desire.

1990s

Marn Grook documentary – 1996

'Marn Grook’ is the Indigenous name of a game very similar to AFL. This revealing documentary contends that AFL is in fact derived from Marn Grook.

2000s

The Beach documentary – 2000

A documentary about Australians’ love affair with the beach.

National Treasures – First Surfboard documentary – 2004

Duke Kahanamoku shows Australians how to ride a wave in 1914, using a board he built himself.