Child's toy tin magic lantern with candle projection

Germany, c. 1900

ACMI Collection. Donated by William Kerr on behalf of Edwin Schefferle.

Photograph by Egmont Contreras, ACMI.

Magic Lantern with removable chimney and internal wooden block.

The Empire Magic Lantern Outfit was donated by Edwin Schefferle - “When Edwin was about 10 years of age, he acquired a Magic Lantern Outfit from his Grandma. This fired his imagination; he would make images with ink on strips of cellophane and project these through the Magic Lantern by means of a candle onto an old sheet draped on the wall. The result was disappointing but encouraging. The one candle did not provide sufficient light especially during daylight. Little did he realise that he had opened a door on a world of projecting images on large screens. He had abandoned merry-go-rounds and wind mills but this was different. He never let go of his Magic Lantern; it could well have been dubbed his lighthouse showing him the way to go. What happened to his Magic Lantern? After his death in 2014 it was found among his belongings and was donated to the Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) which superseded the State Film Centre, where Edwin spent most of his working life.” (text from book - ‘Life with a Purpose, Conversations with Edwin James Schefferle - Scheff’)

On display until:

ACMI: Gallery 1

16 February 2031



The Empire Magic Lantern Outfit


155 x 196 x 90mm

111 x 43 x 64mm

56 x 87 x 10mm

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Group of items

Magic lantern projectors


Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier


Curatorial section

The Story of the Moving Image → Moving Pictures → 02. Play and Illusion → MI-02-C01


tin, brass, glass, wood

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