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My Place - Episode 7: 1948: Jen, The pictures

Jen and her friends are at the 'pictures' watching a newsreel that includes an announcement of the birth of Prince Charles. In the cinema foyer the girls steal a movie poster of Prince Philip, the husband of Princess Elizabeth (who would later become Queen Elizabeth II). The girls discuss the importance of 'handsomeness' ...

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'Le Patineur Grotesque', 1896

This silent black-and-white footage from a longer piece shows a man smoking a cigar while performing on rollerskates for a crowd in a Melbourne park. The crowd is made up of mainly men with a few boys and one woman. As he skates backwards and forwards the man bends forward and lifts his coat to reveal a white hand printed ...

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Film study: school playground

View a clip from a newsreel about a school playground in 1925. Select different segments of the clip and identify what the children are doing in each segment. Interpret images and written language in the clip. Answer a series of questions on what you have seen in the clip. For example, comment on what the children are wearing. ...

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Film study: volunteer workers

View a clip from a silent newsreel showing men and women volunteers clearing land for returned soldiers after World War I. Select various sections of the clip and interpret the actions of the participants. Use sections of the clip to interpret people's feeling and emotions. Answer a series of questions on what you have ...

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Australian Movie Magazine, 1971: The year in review

This black-and-white clip from a narrated cinema newsreel shows the events selected by 'Australian Movie Magazine' as highlights of the year 1971 in Australia. Anti-apartheid protests at sporting events begin the footage. John Gorton, former prime minister, inspects troops in Vietnam and his replacement, William McMahon, ...

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The Canberra Files, 2006: Democracy in action

This clip shows actor Michael Caton introducing and commenting on black-and-white silent footage from a 1929 newsreel of James Scullin and members of his new Labor government arriving in Canberra for the opening of Parliament. Crowds greet them at Canberra railway station. Stanley Melbourne Bruce, the defeated former prime ...

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Speech by Prime Minister Scullin, 1931

This archival black-and-white newsreel footage shows Prime Minister James Scullin speaking at Canberra Railway Station on his return to Australia in 1931 after several months overseas. He thanks the crowd for their warm welcome and declares his love for Australia, his homeland. He then implores Australians to have confidence ...

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Kingsford Smith lands in Brisbane, 1930

This is a silent black-and-white newsreel item of Charles Kingsford Smith landing at Brisbane in the biplane, Southern Cross Junior, after his record-breaking flight from England. Two biplanes approach the airport and are tracked as they circle, land and taxi to a halt. Kingsford Smith is shown clambering out of the cockpit, ...

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Kingsford Smith lands in Brisbane - asset 1

This is a silent black-and-white film clip from a newsreel of Charles Kingsford Smith's biplane, 'Southern Cross Junior', landing in Brisbane after his record-breaking 12-day flight from England in 1930. A title 'Al Burne presents Kingsford Smith's ARRIVAL in BRISBANE -' is followed by 'Creating a world’s record in Aviation, ...

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Kingsford Smith lands in Brisbane - asset 2

This is a silent black-and-white film clip from a newsreel of Charles Kingsford Smith's arrival at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane, after his record-breaking 12-day flight from England in 1930 in the 'Southern Cross Junior' biplane. It shows Kingsford Smith climbing out of the cockpit, surrounded by journalists, smoking a ...

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Going to the football

This is an excerpt from a 1921 silent era newsreel that begins with the title 'CIVIC PICTURES PRESENT Warrnambool v Port Fairy FOOTBALL MATCH, Friendly Societies' Park, May 5th.' followed by the intertitle: 'A good muster of local supporters were present to see Port Fairy win.'. The excerpt ends with a focus on the large ...

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Scenes of Gundagai in 1922

This is newsreel footage of Gundagai, New South Wales, shot in 1922. An intertitle reads: 'Gundagai & Surroundings. Specially taken for Thr. Bownader, Gundabiggie Theatre.' It shows the Gundagai Court House with the Boer War Memorial in front. There are shots of the major streets of Gundagai (including Sheridan Street, ...

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At a pithead in 1925

This is short excerpt from a 1925 silent black-and-white newsreel, which comprises four scenes at an unidentified mine pithead. The first scene shows several miners boarding an open cage in a double-decker lift and descending to the mine below. The second scene shows about 20 miners returning to the surface in a similar ...

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Anzac Day in Gundagai in 1920 - asset 2

This is a short excerpt from a documentary about Gundagai's welcome home for the soldiers of Gundagai and surrounding districts returning from the First World War, filmed on Anzac Day in 1920. The excerpt shows a small crowd who have gathered, possibly at Gundagai's local hospital, to watch or take part in a two-up game.

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Fun at the race course at Gundagai in 1920

This is a short excerpt from a documentary about Gundagai's welcome home for the soldiers of Gundagai and surrounding districts returning from the First World War, filmed on Anzac Day in 1920. It begins with the intertitle 'Fun at the Race Course' followed by a wide panning shot of a crowd of children and adults. The next ...

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A Geelong street in 1929

This is a silent black-and-white film clip introduced by the intertitle 'Activity characterises its everyday life.' showing a distance shot looking up a main street in Geelong in 1929 with cars, trams, bicycles and pedestrians, followed by a medium-distance shot across the road from shopfronts, with police directing traffic ...

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Allied soldiers' athletics carnival, c1918 - asset 1

This is an excerpt from a segment in a black-and-white silent newsreel. Filmed in England, the footage begins with an intertitle, ‘The 100 Yards Championship’, and shows four running races (three of which appear to be heats), one after the other, each with five competitors. The last race is possibly the final as a Canadian ...

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Allied soldiers' athletics carnival, c1918 - asset 2

This is an excerpt from a segment in a black-and-white silent newsreel. Filmed in England, the footage begins with an intertitle, ‘Field Events’, and shows five soldiers competing in the long jump, with other soldiers measuring the lengths of the individual jumps. This is followed by two soldiers competing in the high jump ...

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The 'Oronsay' sails for Europe in 1924

This is an excerpt from an item in a silent British newsreel, 'Topical Budget', made in 1924. It shows footage of the departure of the RMS 'Oronsay' from Melbourne as part of its maiden voyage. An intertitle, not included in this footage, reads: 'Huge 20,000 ton boat sails for Europe. Ocean going ship "Oronsay" leaves Melbourne ...

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Onboard the 'Oronsay' in 1924

This is an excerpt from an item in a silent British newsreel, 'Topical Budget', made in 1924. It shows a scene on what appears to be the main deck of the ocean liner RMS 'Oronsay' as it leaves Melbourne. The camera pans right to survey the large number of people standing and waiting on the deck, apparently posing for the ...