The “We Live In This Valley” (1962) Film Archive

For further info: https://uoncc.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/we-live-in-this-valley-1962/

The 1962 documentary feature by Douglass Baglin “We Live In This Valley” recently unearthed by Peter Smith and Greg & Sylvia Ray, as well as its (until recently) lost outtake reels, have now been digitised by the University of Newcastle (Australia) and available freely online.

We Live In This Valley (1962) Title Graphic

The film footage features a documentary snapshot of the Hunter Region as it existed during the early 1960s in the areas of public recreation, sport, agriculture, dairying and heavy industry.

We thank Yvonne Austin, niece of the late Douglass Baglin, for granting permission on behalf of the family for this film and its related materials, to be made available to the wider global community.

The original film was commissioned by Hunter Valley Co-operative Dairy Company Ltd. The original reel was unearthed by Peter Smith, a former worker for the company, and digitised by Greg & Sylvia Ray to accompany a DVD for their book Changing Places in 2012. The original reel was donated to the Cultural Collections (Archives) in the Auchmuty Library of the University of Newcastle (Australia).

Opening Sequence from We Live In This Valley (1962)
Opening Sequence from We Live In This Valley (1962)

Soon after this, another set of reels, totaling eight in total and including five outtakes reels (called “offcuts”) was located at the Morpeth Museum. These were also donated to the Cultural Collections at the University of Newcastle, who had all reels digitised, with the exception of Reel 4, which, due to its poor condition could not be done.

Please find below all the direct links to the UONCC Youtube channel for all the films, the link below each video directs you to the blog post that provides a second by second breakdown of the subjects in the footage.


We Live In This Valley (1962) “D. Gibison” Print (Colour, Sound)
Info: https://uoncc.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/wlitv-1962/

 


We Live In This Valley (1962) “K41028-9” Composite Projection Print
Info: https://uoncc.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/wlitv-1962/

 


We Live In This Valley (1962) – Reel 3 – Offcuts (Colour Silent)
Info: https://uoncc.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/wlitv-reel3/

 


We Live In This Valley (1962) Reel 5 Offcuts (Colour, Silent)
Info: https://uoncc.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/wlitv-reel5/

 


We Live In This Valley (1962) Reel 6 Offcuts (Colour, Silent)
Info: https://uoncc.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/wlitv-reel6/

 


We Live In This Valley (1962) Reel 7 Offcuts (Colour, Silent)
Info: https://uoncc.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/wlitv-reel7/

 


We Live In This Valley (1962) Reel 8 Offcuts (Colour, Silent)
Info: https://uoncc.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/wlitv-reel8/

 

Gionni Di Gravio
University Archivist & Chair, Coal River Working Party

 

 


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