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Jewel of the Pacific, 1932: The rat's tale

This black-and-white clip from a travelogue on Lord Howe Island features scenes of a rat hunt for a 'sixpence a tail' bounty. Filmmaker Frank Hurley's animated narration and his plays on words add humour to footage that provides detailed observations of a rat hunt by two women and their dogs as well as close-ups of two ...

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FW Thring Introduces the Stars, 1931

This black-and-white clip shows Frank Thring senior, film director and studio head, giving a speech on stage in Melbourne in November 1931. He introduces his all-Australian talking picture program and the stars who feature in the films, expressing his pride in his achievement and his hopes for the Australian film industry. ...

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Tatler Social Newsreel - Social Party in South Yarra, c1934: Sherry, olives and cocker spaniels

This black-and-white clip from a newsreel shows people at a party in about 1934 in the South Yarra garden of the Connollys, a wealthy couple who were part of Melbourne's high society set. In the opening shot, party host Lou Connolly shoots an arrow from a bow before handing the bow to another guest. The narrator identifies ...

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Eventide and Westbrook Farm Home - Brisbane City Mission, 1950: Westbrook Farm Home

This black-and-white clip from 1950 is part of a promotional film made for the Westbrook Farm Home, a juvenile detention home for boys in Queensland. It opens with a long panning shot of the exterior of the sleeping quarters and cuts to shots of the superintendent and his wife, boys working on their vegetable plots, farm ...

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Fashionista - Alex Perry, 2003: The fittings

This clip shows fashion designer Alex Perry being interviewed while he adjusts a wedding dress worn by a bride-to-be during a fitting in his Sydney salon. Interviewer Lee Lin Chin asks him about how he negotiates with his clients and about the fitting process. As the camera moves around Perry and the bride-to-be, the bride's ...

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Fashionista - Donna-May Bolinger, 2004: Passionate about shoes

This clip shows shoe and accessory designer Donna-May Bolinger in her Sydney showroom talking about her design process with interviewer Lee Lin Chin. She tells Chin that each of her collections is inspired by a different imaginary muse. She shows Chin a slipper from about 1930 and the new shoes that the slipper inspired. ...

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Fashionista - John Macarthur, 2003: 'A leftover hippy'

This clip shows knitwear specialist John Macarthur in his Sydney shop and workroom as he describes taking knitting into new, more creative directions to interviewer Lee Lin Chin. He is filmed standing in front of stacks of knitwear and then seated at his knitting machine where he talks about discovering how to use graph ...

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Fashionista - Mambo, 2003: Surfie chic

This clip shows artist Robert Moore in his studio explaining to interviewer Lee Lin Chin how he began working for the surfwear company Mambo. As he talks, there is footage of him sketching cars and footage of Mambo designs, the Mambo work team and surfing. Surf music and a rhythmical music soundtrack accompany the visuals. ...

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Fashionista - Naomi Goodsir, 2003: Like a bower bird

This clip shows milliner Naomi Goodsir talking to interviewer Lee Lin Chin about how she started working as a milliner and about her distinctive approach to hat construction. In her showroom she works on a hat and describes her design process. The camera ranges around the showroom, focusing on a range of Goodsir's hats. ...

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Letters to Ali, 2004: The first long march

This clip shows the Kirby family recalling their first visit to see 'Ali', a young refugee in detention in Port Hedland, Western Australia. It opens with images of printed text from 'Walking in their shoes', Trish Kirby's published account of the family's first visit to see Ali. Kirby reads from the article in voice-over. ...

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Overland Whippet Motor Car: Advertisement, c1926

This silent black-and-white clip shows an advertisement designed for Australian audiences for the US Overland Whippet car, with animation illustrating its economy, speed, ease of parking and comfort. White captions on a black background describe each feature, and drawn and cut-out animations with some live-action shots ...

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Commonwealth Bank - The School Bank, 1951: Withdrawing funds

This black-and-white clip taken from a sponsored film 'Commonwealth Bank - The School Bank' shows children being instructed in the Commonwealth Savings Bank in Martin Place, Sydney, on how to withdraw money from bank accounts. As a narrator describes the process there is footage of a man filling in the withdrawal form and ...

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The New Inventors - Series 1 Episode 8, 2004: Modern alchemy

This clip shows a segment from the television series 'The New Inventors' featuring an inventor, John Walker, who describes two of his inventions - the TumbleTainer and the VermiTainer, which together turn landfill into compost. The clip shows the TumbleTainer (a very large container that is rotated mechanically), a bio-filter ...

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Cradle of Creation, 1944: An ancient civilisation

This black-and-white clip shows part of a travelogue of the Middle East made by Frank Hurley as he travelled up the Euphrates River on a paddle-steamer and observed at close quarters the life of the Ma'dan people of southern Iraq. It opens with a shot of his colleagues sipping tea in the shade before boarding the paddle-steamer. ...

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Australia Post - Onward Speed, 1970: Secretaries and executives

This clip from a humorous instructional film made in 1970 by Fred Schepisi teaches secretaries and executives how to improve internal efficiencies in handling business mail. In the clip two actors (siblings Jon and Rhonda Finlayson) play multiple roles that caricature female secretaries and male executives. The actors demonstrate ...

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Homes for Crippled Children, c1940: Rehabilitation

This clip is taken from a silent colour home movie and shows children afflicted with polio undergoing rehabilitative hydrotherapy at a place named as Franston Home in an intertitle (not seen in the clip), but believed to be Frankston House, in Frankston, Victoria. Two boys are levered in and out of the pool while braced ...

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South Melbourne Methodist Mission News, c1924: Warmth and happiness

This silent black-and-white clip taken from a sponsored film shows the Reverend Robert Williams from the South Melbourne Methodist Mission distributing weekly rations of firewood to needy families as part of the Mission's work. The Reverend fills wheelbarrows, prams and firewood carts with firewood for women and children ...

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Dig a Million, Make a Million, 1968: The discovery

This clip shows Lang Hancock describing how he discovered iron ore in the Hamersley Range of Western Australia as he retraces his route by air. The film begins with a shot of Hancock in his four-wheel drive watching a freight train carrying iron ore rattle past. Hancock's audio interview is then played over a re-enactment ...

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Melbourne Today, 1931: Melbourne city

This clip shows the city of Melbourne in 1931 and is from a black-and-white travelogue made by Frank Thring senior as part of his 'Cities of the Empire' series. The clip begins with a panoramic view from the Morehouse Tower of St Paul's Cathedral looking south over the Yarra River, followed by a tracking shot of St Kilda ...

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The Kid Stakes, 1927: Hector learns to fly

This silent black-and-white clip from the film 'The Kid Stakes' shows aviator Horatio (Jimmy Taylor) and Madeline (Eileen Alexander) offering to fly Fatty Finn's goat Hector to a goat race. En route to the airfield Fatty (Pop Ordell) and his gang meet their friend Seasy and a Chinese hawker. The film then cuts to a goat ...