There are many film and sound titles relating to Southern Queensland in the NFSA collection. This includes historic footage of Brisbane, Kingaroy, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Maryborough and Doomben. To celebrate Big Screen’s upcoming tour to Nanango, here is a sample of the collection (including sound, documentary, newsreel and home movies) dating from 1938 to 1994. The sample features snapshots of local towns depicted as industrious and prosperous centres of agriculture, industry and sports, and a rarely seen depiction of slum housing in Brisbane before World War II.
Throughout 2013 the NFSA is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Film Australia Collection, which preserves and provides access to the nation’s documentary record – our collective memory.
If you have any information about the people or places in these films, we would love to read your comments.
First, to get you in the mood for this step back in time, here is a cheeky tune about the region performed by Gwen Ryan and Claude Carnell’s Orchestra.