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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 ...

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The Kid Stakes, 1927: Hector, Hector, Hector!

This silent black-and-white clip from the film 'The Kid Stakes' shows a goat derby in which Fatty Finn (Pop Ordell) and his goat Hector overtake archrivals Bruiser Murphy (Frank Boyd) and his goat Stonker to win the race. The clip opens with a man writing a humorous notice on a blackboard at the track. It then cuts between ...

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These American Tourists Leave Melbourne After Breakfast, c1926: Aircraft workshop

This silent black-and-white clip shows home-movie footage of DH50A biplanes being built by Qantas airlines in Longreach, Queensland, and US tourists embarking on a flight. In the first scene a series of pan shots and dissolves reveals a hangar where men make timber parts such as wing frames and assemble the aircraft. A ...

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Toora Vale Ice Company Advertisement: The Ice Man Was Never Like This, c1934

This black-and-white clip shows an animated cinema advertisement for the Toora Vale Ice Company that promotes ice refrigerators over electric ones. It opens with a repairman crouching before a broken electric refrigerator as an alarmed housewife looks on and the narrator predicts the family will soon replace the 'costly' ...

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Toora Vale Ice Company Advertisement: Welcome Mr Ice Man, c1934

This black-and-white clip from the 1930s shows a cinema advertisement for the Toora Vale Ice Company that promotes ice and ice refrigerators as products that provide 'health and comfort'. An ice delivery man is shown delivering ice to a suburban home before the clip cuts to a kitchen where a housewife displays her ice refrigerator. ...

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Wrong Side of the Road, 1981: The police arrive

This clip shows the members of the band No Fixed Address leaving a house and driving to a performance. They perform to a dancing, largely Indigenous audience, singing lyrics about being black and the need to 'fight for your rights'. Police cars pull up outside the venue, a few people outside the hall disperse or re-enter ...

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The 1930s Golden Era of Australian Movies - A Tribute to Ken Hall, 1988

This clip shows pioneer Australian filmmaker Ken G Hall speaking directly to camera about the making of the 1932 film 'On Our Selection' and about the effect of the film on his career. Hall says that he was initially reluctant to make the film, but was won over by the commercial sensibilities of writer-performer Bert Bailey ...

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Cactus, 1986: 'It has to be removed'

This clip shows the inner turmoil felt by Colo (Isabelle Huppert) after learning that she may lose her sight unless she has an urgent operation. Instantly rebuffing the ultimatum from her eye specialist (Sean Scully) to have her left eye removed or to lose her sight completely, Colo returns to a house in the countryside ...

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The Home Song Stories, 2007: The lady from Shanghai

This clip set in the 1960s shows Rose (Joan Chen), a recent Chinese immigrant, angered that her Australian husband Bill (Steven Vidler) has departed for four months. Rose seeks familiarity and company at a local Chinese restaurant. Dressed in a glamorous outfit she walks along suburban streets to the restaurant, where she ...

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Modern Love, 2006: 'Voices in the dark'

This clip shows John (Mark Constable) seeing and speaking to his dead uncle Tom (Don Barker) and being reluctant to inform his wife Emily (Victoria Hill) of his predicament. Trampling through long grass and imagining, or perhaps recalling another time, John catches a glimpse of a man whom he believes is his uncle. Sitting ...

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On Our Selection, 1932: Home dentistry for Dad Rudd

This black-and-white clip shows the extended Rudd family welcoming a guest, Mrs White (Dorothy Dunkley), when the unseemly entrance of Dad Rudd (Bert Bailey) in a nightshirt and suffering a toothache becomes the catalyst for a series of chaotic events. Having scared off Mrs White, Dad has his tooth pulled by Mr Maloney ...

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A Big Country - The Drover, 1981: The long paddock

This clip shows drover Jack Tawney on horseback as he and another drover move a large mob of sheep along a travelling stock route in the Australian outback. Music accompanies Tawney's voice-over in the opening scene of drovers at work. Tawney is interviewed by ABC reporter Stewart McLennan (not shown on camera) while casually ...