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A slice of life in Tasmania from 1903 to 2008

BY BETH TAYLOR

To celebrate the 'Apple Isle' here are a range of films featuring Tasmania, dating from 1903 to 2003.

If you have any information about the people or places in these films, we would love to hear your comments.

Fanny Cochrane Smith, 1903

Image courtesy of the Tasmanian Museum.

 

Performed by Fanny Cochrane Smith, these are the first and last recordings of Tasmanian Aboriginal songs and language. Recorded by Horace Watson between 1899 and 1903 on wax cylinders.

 

Viewpoint on Hobart (1975). Directed by Barry Williams. From the Viewpoint series. Produced by Film Australia. Part of the NFSA’s Film Australia Collection.

A film about the city of Hobart, Tasmania, as seen through the eyes of European migrants. Beautiful observational footage of Hobart, nearby agriculture, factory work, schools and shops. One man says poignantly in voice-over:

"When we left our own countries, we pulled up our roots, and we personally will be migrants until the day we die. We will strive to obtain citizenship. That’s as far as we can assimilate … We will always remain Europeans and we don’t want to become anything else. We only want to live our lives in this beautiful country, where we have space, clean air and far less pollution than over in Europe and we want to be left in peace."

There are 14 Tasmanian-themed DVDs for sale from the NFSA shop, including Lake Pedder (1997) and Wildness (2003).

For more films about Tasmania check out the NFSA Films YouTube channel.

For more footage from around Australia, see the West Australian and Far North Queensland time capsules.