A street scene from Perth circa 1954. The street is lined with 3 and 4 story buildings and there are many cars parked on the side of the road, there are trees along the footpaths and a few pedestrians can be seen crossing the street.

Capital city time capsules

Vintage videos of Australian capital cities
 Stephen Groenewegen

Our latest curated collection - a Perth time capsule - focuses on the garden city of the golden west (pictured above). You can see street scenes from 1907, when Perth looked more like a frontier town in a Hollywood western than a cosmopolitan city, and chart the growth of the city through a series of short documentaries about Perth and its surrounding areas.

You can now find time capsules for every Australian capital city among our curated collections. Highlights include rare footage of the now extinct Tasmanian Tiger (Hobart time capsule), the laying of the foundation stone in Canberra, 1913 (Canberra time capsule) and the end of the 1896 Melbourne Cup (Melbourne time capsule).

See the chaos of 1920s Sydney traffic (Sydney time capsule), what Roma Street Station looked like in 1899 (Brisbane time capsule) and a horse-drawn fire brigade in action (Adelaide time capsule). Below is a 1995 news story about a 'seething nest of crocodiles' in Darwin Harbour, from the Darwin time capsule:

We've also published time capsules on regional centres like Ballarat, Newcastle and Far North Queensland, with more to come. So whether you're planning your next holiday or simply exploring the history of where you live, take a virtual trip with one of our time capsules today.