'Before the Bridge -- Sydney in the silent film era (1896-1929)' is a series of silent film highlights originally compiled for Sydney Film Festival 2012, including: Scenes: -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.