Meticulously restored and accompanied by an authoritative commentary and period music, this program includes events captured on film by Australia’s first permanent Film Unit, the Salvation Army’s Limelight Department, Ballarat’s first Film Unit (producer of Australia’s first provincial newsreel, Pathe’s Ballarat Gazette), the Commonwealth Government’s chief cinematographer, Bert Ive; and amateur cine enthusiasts of the 1930s. Film historian, Chris Long, researched this video and prepared the commentary for the National Film and Sound Archive. It is one of a series of video which brings history to life while giving public access to Australia’s heritage of actuality and documentary film.
Our collection comprises over 40,000 moving image works, acquired and catalogued between the 1940s and early 2000s. As a result, some items may reflect outdated, offensive and possibly harmful views and opinions. ACMI is working to identify and redress such usages.
How to watch
In ACMI's collection
Black and White
VHS; Access Print (Section 1)