Sydney in the silent film era, 1896-1929 - part 2

Sydney in the silent film era, 1896-1929 - part 2
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Before the Bridge – Sydney in the Silent Film Era (1896–1929) is a series of silent film highlights that screened at Martin Place during the 2012 Sydney Film Festival.


Footage filmed on top of a Sydney tram heading south down George Street in 1906.

American boxer Jack Johnson filmed training at Rushcutters Bay in December 1908, in preparation for his World Heavyweight Championship title match at Sydney Stadium against Canadian Tommy Burns.

Daylight saving is introduced to NSW on 1 January 1917. Swimmers flock to Bondi Beach.

Rugby League representative game, SCG, 5 June 1922. New Zealand Maori vs NSW Second Thirteen. This is the earliest known surviving film of rugby league action in Australia.

Excerpt from a government sponsored documentary on the major landmarks of the city of Sydney, circa 1927.

Images from the collection of the National Film and Sound Archive curated by Simon Smith.