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.
Items in this collection date as far back as 1899.
Its famous Opera House was still under construction, but Australia's largest city was already a busy metropolis in 1966.
At Anzac Parade Junction, trams carry crowds from the racecourse to Circular Quay and from the Sydney Showground to Central Station.
At the conclusion of the final race in the Sydney Cup at Randwick Racecourse, a large crowd is marshalled out to waiting trams.
From an elevated position above Central Square (now Railway Square) in Sydney, the camera films the bustle of the streets at rush hour where people transfer from trams to trains and suburban trams
At Bondi Beach, the Queen observes an Australian surf carnival, a gathering of teams from surf clubs around the country and New Zealand, all wearing the traditional neck-to-knee surfing costume tha
Sydney, Australia, is established as the location of the film and the narration introduces the film’s premise and establishes the filmmaker as the story-teller.
Sir William McKell was a boilermaker who rose to become premier of NSW from 1941 to 1947. While premier, he started the Housing Commission that built the landmark accommodation towers in Waterloo.
Made by The Commonwealth Film Unit 1971. Directed by Brian Hannant. Travelling around Sydney using a variety of public transport.
Made by The Commonwealth Film Unit 1970. Directed by Chris McCullough. Paddington is one of Sydney's oldest suburbs.
This powerful sequence shows the violent clashes between the government and developers planning Sydney’s large-scale re-development and those that opposed it – the unionists, residents, conservatio
This short film documents the construction of one of the world's great landmarks in its various stages, and provides a fascinating glimpse of life around Sydney Harbour and Circular Quay in the twe
This actuality footage from 1899 begins with a shot of commuters on a Sydney railway platform approaching an incoming train. A man holds a folded newspaper, while one woman carries a parasol.
The opening of the Columbia pressing plant in 1926 with its brand new technology of electrical (as distinct from purely acoustic) recording opened the doors to Australian performers to record their
Made by Film Australia in 1975. Directed by Michael Edols. The scene is Sydney's famous landmark, Paddy's Market.
God calls on Arthur Stace to write 'Eternity’ on the pavements of Sydney. Summary by Damien Parer
A still taken on the set of the documentary Constructing Australia: The Bridge, 2006 - Film Australia Collection © NFSA.
This recording was made on 27 March 1966 at central railway Station, Sydney, NSW. The whistle of Mikado 59 class engine 5914 leaving Central for Katoomba, preceded by an announcement.
This clip uses old paintings and engravings to trace the early history of the Rocks area from its inception.
Summary by Damien Parer
This black-and-white Australasian Gazette newsreel shows highlights of the 1932–1933 England versus Australia cricket series.
From the Film Australia Collection. Made by Film Australia 1973. Directed by Peter Weir. Green Valley was a housing commission estate in western Sydney, much maligned by the media of the day.
'Before the Bridge -- Sydney in the silent film era (1896-1929)' is a series of silent film highlights screening on the big screen at Martin Place for SFFTV @ Martin Place, part of Sydney Film Fest
'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:
A look at the Rocks area, focusing on restored old buildings, and tourist attractions including retail outlets.
Home movie footage of the Wirth family at work and play. Performers and family members in costume perform routines for the camera.
Sydney was written and recorded in 1927 by Maurice Chenoweth, a well known ‘silvery tenor’.
Sydney gay and lesbian radio program Gaywaves presenter Dietmar Hollman reports in October 1985 from a rally and AIDS Candlelight Vigil, the first held in Sydney, organised by Sydney City
This simple home movie clip captures afternoon tea on board a boat at Pittwater, Sydney in 1932.
A row of houses in Sydney, all displaying balconies made of ironwork. Still from the shoot of the documentary Artisans of Australia: Ironcraft, 1984 - Film Australia Collection © NFSA.
This actuality footage shows a steam ferry docking at the Milsons Point Ferry Wharf in 1899. Workers prepare to receive the ferry as passengers on board ready for disembarkation.
A short sequence of contemporary nightlife in The Rocks, showing it active with live music, restaurants and tourist attractions. Summary by Damien Parer
In this silent newsreel clip from 16 July 1948, actress Vivien Leigh opens a camellia show at the Killara Memorial Hall in Sydney.
This year marks 45 years since the official opening of the Sydney Opera House on 20 October 1973 – 14 years after construction began.
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.
Explore iconic sights and sounds of Melbourne dating back to a look down Collins Street in the 1890s and the 1896 Melbourne Cup.
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