In this clip, Tim Bowden explains that newsreels were how people received their visual 'current affairs fix' before television.
In this 1917 newsreel, troops from the Engineers’ Depot rehearse a raid on enemy trenches and are instructed by their commanding officers over the telephone.
This 1927 newsreel shows the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of York for the official opening of Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra.
The royal barge from the HMS Renown motors into Farm Cove, Sydney.
This 1927 newsreel shows many small boats and crowds in Sydney Harbour awaiting the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of York for the official opening of Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra.
The title of this Australasian Gazette newsreel, 'Defying Death', indicates just how life-threatening parachuting was in the 1920s.
This clip begins with a cartoon of Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II surrounded by skulls.
After the outbreak of war there was a growing public opinion that all Germans in Australia were a threat to security and should be interned.
WS Percy was a favourite Australian comic opera star.
Harry Julius’ animation shows a fez-wearing turkey watching over eggs labelled ANZAC, Suvla and Helles.