There are many film and sound titles relating to Brisbane in the NFSA collection. See historic footage, sound, newsreels and home movies dating from 1889 to 1994.
Brisbane only had 600,000 inhabitants. How many of them smoked their pipes on the tram?
The city of Brisbane, Queensland as seen through the eyes of European migrants in 1975.
Produced by the Department of Labor and Immigration. Part of the NFSA’s Film Australia Collection.
A look inside an early childcare centre located in Brisbane in the late 1940s.
Matilda the Kangaroo, mascot of the 1982 Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane, winks at the crowd during the opening ceremony of the games.
Champion racehorse Bernborough wins the 1947 Ahern Memorial 10,000 at Doomben.
This 1994 documentary is about the original Indigenous custodians of the Brisbane area.
Re-enactment of an Aboriginal man moving with spear in hand is intercut with historical photographs of Aboriginal men.
This clip shows historical photographs and drawings of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and townships are intercut with contemporary images of Brisbane.
A portrait of the sub-tropical city of Brisbane, Queensland in the mid 1950s.
Late 1940s in the industrial centre of Ipswich, Queensland.
Gwen Ryan and Claude Carnell’s Orchestra – Coolangatta’s Souvenir Record MX54594.
Trams recorded at the corner of Adelaide and Wharf Sts, Brisbane, Qld in May 1967.
This footage from 20 March 1938 is from the Maryborough Railway employees’ picnic held at Scarness, Queensland.
Over a montage of slum housing in the city of Brisbane, a voice-over talks of the plight of the poor and ‘indecently housed’.
This is a moving portrait of the charity work of the Brisbane City Mission for the poor at a time when many people struggled financially because of the Depression.
At Eventide, the government-run home for the aged and infirm, a Brisbane City Mission welfare officer pays a visit to those within the ground’s hospital wards.
The boys at Westbrook Farm Home for Boys in Queensland’s southeast sleep in open wards.
This actuality footage shot in 1899 shows electric trams in Queen Street, Brisbane, with the Treasury building and Victoria Bridge in the background.
This actuality footage was taken by the official photographer of the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Frederick Charles Wills, and his assistant, Henry William Mobsby in 1899.
This actuality footage shows a train pulling up to Roma Street Station, Brisbane in 1899. Commuters disembark and exit the platform via a side gate or walk up the stairs towards the camera.
This short film is actuality footage of Lord Lamington, Governor of Queensland, arriving by horse-drawn carriage to open Queensland Parliament on 18 May 1899.
This clip of actuality footage was shot in 1899. It shows Queensland politicians boarding the paddle steamer Lucinda, moored at a wharf on the Brisbane River.
Officers of the Queensland Mounted Infantry lead some reluctant horses down a ramp to board the SS Cornwall on 31 October 1899 in Brisbane, prior to departing for the Boer War.
This actuality footage from 1899 shows workers carrying away rubble in wheelbarrows from a demolition site.
This actuality footage from 1899 shows the unloading of timber spars from the SS Katoomba at a busy wharf in Brisbane.
See the tropical beauty of Far North Queensland in these films from the NFSA collection.
See Sydney in all its shiny magnificence: the harbour and its world-famous bridge, the Opera House, the Rocks, Paddy's Markets, ferries, beaches, traffic, trains, sport, song and suburbia.
We take a peek at the sugar-laden world of children's parties, with films dating from the 1920s to 1950s.
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