Victoria: 100 years of progress

Australia, 1934

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This documentary looks in detail at the history and development of Melbourne, using artist’s sketches and filmed footage to depict the history of Melbourne. Some items include the Manchester Unity Building, cars of the era travelling down St Kilda Road, St Kilda Beach, a brief history of the Princes Bridge, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Geelong and industries and transport existing in 1934. Also includes footage of the opening of Parliament.

Includes archival footage of early transport-cars; shipping; rail (Flinders Street Station); Prince’s Bridge; St. Kilda Beach; Anzac Parade; Flemington Race Course. Arrival of the Duke and Duchess of York for the first opening of Federal Parliament 1901. Also featured: scenes of the city: Collins and Swanston Streets; Melbourne Town Hill; The Exhibition Building; Parliament House and large private homes in the suburb of Toorak. Reference is made to agricultural and pastoral industries - wheat; wool production; fruit growing and tanning in Mildura. Three masted sailing vessels plus a farewell for the ocean liner Strathnaver. Finally, a re-enactment of gold mining/panning and heralding the first one hundredth birthday of the settlement of Melbourne
[SOURCE: NFSA Collection catalogue)

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