A Toast to Melbourne

Australia, 1981

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Using archival film, aerial photography, stills, prints and contemporary footage, this documentary presents the city of Melbourne and its lifestyle. Looks at the unique Victorian architecture that transformed Melbourne from a tent city during the Gold Rush to a modern and prosperous city. Captures the vibrant streetscapes, the trams, the elaborate arcades and some of the institutions that cater to Melbourne’s elite such as the Georges store and the Melbourne Club. Highlights the range of sporting activities available, showing John McEnroe, Dennis Lillee and Greg Norman among others. Visits the Separation Tree in the Botanical Gardens planted to commemorate Melbourne’s independence from NSW, the bustling Queen Victoria Market, the suburbs of St Kilda and Brighton, its beaches and the Arts Precinct. Shows crowded restaurants and pubs with rock band performances that contribute to Melbourne’s nightlife. Also includes footage of areas and buildings which have disappeared or undergone major transformations since this film was produced: the docklands; the city square; Swanston Street; Foster’s Brewery; ports. The following Australian identities are also shown: Barry Humphries, Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum, Bob Hawke, Andrew Peacock, Phillip Adams, Dick Hamer, Joan Sutherland, Jon English, Derryn Hinch, Mike Brady, Lindsay Thompson and an assortment of VFL footballers.

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John Dixon


Kent Chadwick

production company

Cambridge Film Productions

Victorian Film Corporation



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Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Australia

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Australia - Description and travel

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Australia - Social life and customs

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Beaches

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Botanical gardens

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Cities and towns

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Cities and towns - Australia

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Melbourne (Vic.)

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → National characteristics, Australian

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Beaches

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Botanical gardens

Crafts & Visual Arts → Architecture - Australia


Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Leisure - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → National characteristics, Australian

History → Historic buildings

History → Historic buildings - Australia

History → History

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Beaches

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Leisure - Australia

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Outdoor recreation - Australia

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Sports

Hobbies, Recreation & Sport → Sports - Australia

Places → Australia

Places → Cities and towns - Australia

Places → Melbourne (Vic.)

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia






16mm film; Preservation Print (Section 5)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

MPEG-4 Digital File; ACMI Digital Access Copy - presentation

MOV file ProRes4444; Digital Preservation Master - presentation

MOV file H264; ACMI External Digital Access Copy

U-Matic (low band); Access Print (Section 1)

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