Chronology of Local Regional Film Productions

Chronology of Local Regional Film Productions

At the request of one of our GLAMx audio visual volunteers, Mr Mark Rigby, this is our first attempt at bringing together as much of the audio visual historic film and video legacy relating to the Hunter and Central Coast regions, including what has been digitised, what we know is there, but hasn’t been digitised, and what is lost or missing. This is where you come in.

Help us to locate missing or lost elements of our film history. At present, our earliest film appears to be 1917, are there earlier ones you may know of, and hold the original prints for? If so, please get in touch and help restore our local region’s film and video history.


1917. Prime Minister Billy Hughes visits BHP Steelworks, 1917


1920. Newcastle Surf Carnival, c.1920.

1925. Inspecting an Australian made ship at Newcastle, c1925

c. 1926. W. S. Pender Brothers Limited Beekeeping Film


c. 1932. [Pender Family Maitland] Home Movie



1938. Aftermath of ship collision in Newcastle, 1938.


1939. Fish Feeder (aka Fish Charmer) (1939)

Description: Part of issue ONE FOR THE ROAD. Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Issue Date: 04/05/1939. Various shots of disabled man on crutches, Mr. Laskey, being helped into sea from pier. Mr. Laskey holds a loaf of bread beneath the water, soon a shoal of small fish surround him, nibbling at the bread.


1941. Newcastle canoe race, 1941


1941. Soap Box Derby. Merewether, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. (1941)

Description: Title reads: “Soap Box Derby”. High angle shots of soap box cars (like go-carts) being pushed or towed to the starting line on a hill. Various shots of the boys racing down the hill in their soap boxes, one of them crashes into the crowd. C/U of winner, Jimmy Ireland. He sits in his cars and gets patted on the back by his friends.


1941. Horses Aka Blue Blood. Hunter river valley, New South Wales. Australia.


1945. Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day Newcastle (N.S.W.) in 1945 (16mm Colour)



1945. Story Of A City


1946. Moree


1947. Australian Children Participate In Newcastle’s 150th Anniversary Celebration


1948. Wild Horses In Australia Aka Stud Farm. ‘Widden stud: Valley of Thoroughbreds’. Hunter River Valley, New South Wales, Australia.


1949. Maitland Flood Film


1949. Thousand Homeless In Australian Floods (1949)


1949. Flood Disaster in New South Wales (1949)


1949. Floods Ravage New South Wales (1949)


1949. Australia Floods Aftermath (1949)


1949. Hunter Valley Story.  c.1949. (80 mins, Pacific Productions)


1949. Amphibious Squadron in Newcastle, 1949. A newsreel item from 1949 showing a military parade in Hunter Street, Newcastle of the amphibious Fifteenth Northern Rivers Lancers, part of the Citizen Military Forces.



1950s – 1960s. The Films of Jens Christensen, Lake Macquarie Film Maker.

Please note: These films are held by the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections, but not yet digitised. Donated by his daughters Betty Williams and Norma Clark in March 2011. They are on the hit-list! See the listing by clicking the link above.


1950. Australian Flood Wrecks Towns (1950)


1950. Flood Havoc In New South Wales (1950)


1950. Futuristic styles at hairdressing convention, c.1950


1950. Beach ‘fight club’ in Newcastle, Australia c.1950


1950. Roller skating in Newcastle, Australia c.1950


[1951] The Story of the Hunter Valley (Sequence only)


1951. Better Pastures, c.1951 (Athol Emerton) 


1951. Newcastle City of Contrast,  12 April, 1951. (Newbolds, ship QEII in Newcastle) (Held at Newcastle Local studies 791.43023/EDW)


1951. Newcastle City Of Contrast, 14 April 1951. Northern Documentary Films. (By K.G. Edwards)


1951. Newcastle City Of Contrast, 18 April 1951. Northern Documentary Films. (By K.G. Edwards)


1951. Newcastle City Of Contrast, 14 April 1951. Northern Documentary Films. (By K.G. Edwards)


1951. Newcastle City Of Contrast, 6 September 1951. (Mayfield 1900-1950 Jubilee Celebrations, meandering at Muree)) Northern Documentary Films. (By K.G. Edwards)


1952. Newcastle Aero Club, c. 1952 – September 1955 (8mm film by Jeffrey Allen Burns)



1952. Milk the Food, 26 April 1952. New England Films.


1953. First Newcastle University College Graduation Procession



1953. Talking Dog (1953) Maitland NSW.

Description: Good C.U. studies of various types of dogs. Mr. and Mrs. C A Brown with their talking dog Nicky, the dog performing tricks and the dog trying to repeat “Hello Mum” and “Here I am”.


1954. Queen Elizabeth II visit, 13 September 1954. Gordon Edwards Film


1955. Maitland Flood Film


1955. Maitland Floods, 1955. (8mm film footage by Jeffrey Allen Burns)


[1955] Floods in Australia

1955. Australia’s Flood Havoc (1955)


1955. New South Wales – The Floods Retreat


1955. The Coalminer.

1957. Coal Mining the Modern Way: Newcastle, 1957. Awaba State Coal Mine, near Newcastle in New South Wales.



1959. Industrial City The Story Of Newcastle


1959. The Sands of Yellow Rock


1960. Valley of the Hunter


1960. Last of the Windjammers (c.1960) Performer : The Ambassadors Quartet sig sea shanties. Produced as music. (Newcastle Local Studies search).


1960. Australia: Australian Surfing Championships. (1960)


c.1960s. OAK Flavoured Milk Stand at Muswellbrook Bike Races


1961. Australia: Hydro Mining In Australia


1962. We Live In This Valley (1962)


1962. We Live In This Valley (1962) “D. Gibison” Print (Colour, Sound)


1962. We Live In This Valley (1962) “K41028-9” Composite Projection Print


1962. We Live In This Valley (1962) – Reel 3 – Offcuts (Colour Silent)


1962. We Live In This Valley (1962) Reel 5 Offcuts (Colour, Silent)


1962. We Live In This Valley (1962) Reel 6 Offcuts (Colour, Silent)


1962 We Live In This Valley (1962) Reel 7 Offcuts (Colour, Silent)

1962. We Live In This Valley (1962) Reel 8 Offcuts (Colour, Silent)


1963. Australia. Floods.


1963. Prehistoric Monster (1963) North Gosford, New South Wales.

Description: North Gosford, New South Wales, Australia.  Various shots of erection of a large concrete dinosaur in Reptile Park in New South Wales. Various shots of a man who conceived idea of building the dinosaur, Mr Kenneth Mayfield, working on huge statue.  (Comb.F.G.) Date found in the old record – 26/03/1963.


1963. Parachute Jumping Championship.


1963. Australia: Wheel-Making Plant Begins Production


1963. Australia: Bloodhound Missiles Arrive


1965. Speedboats Race at Sydney (1965)

Description: Title reads ‘Annual Motor Boat Classic’. Various shots of annual speedboat race from Sydney to Newcastle and back. The speedboats tear through the choppy seas and the winners complete the course in 4 hours and 4 minutes. Boats racing and the people watching the race from the shore, some using binoculars. The winners wave from their boat. They are presented with winning prize and are kissed by attractive girl. (Comb. F.G.) Date found in the old record – 17/10/1965.


1965. Tankers Order for Australia (1965)

Description: Title reads ‘$1.2 Million Oil Tanker’. Various shots of the work starting on the first of 12 tankers that are to be built in the Newcastle State Dockyard for Australia. Various shots of the welding and keel being laid. Various shots of the Shipping Minister Freeth inspecting the job.  (Comb. F.G.)
Date found in the old record – 30/08/1965.

1965. Australia: Drought In New South Wales

1966. New Road Signs


1966. New Winery In Australia. Wybong, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia


1967. Historic Moment At Vineyard Aka Australian Grapes


1967. Australia: Coal Loader.


1967. “New BP Tanker”. Newcastle, Australia. (1967)

GV Pan over dockyard at Newcastle showing the new British Petroleum tanker ‘Endeavour’. Various shots from the tanker as she is towed out to under-go her final sea trails. Various shots of experts on board the new tanker putting the ship and her instruments through their paces. Aerial view flying over the new nineteen thousand ton tanker ‘BP Endeavour’.  (Comb. F.G.) Old record suggests that material dates from around 17/09/1967.

1967. ‘Biggest Tanker Yet Launched at Newcastle”. Newcastle, Australia. (1967)

Tanker ship BP Endeavour standing on the stocks at State Dockyard, Newcastle. Largest ship ever built on Australia’s East Coast. MS man knocking chocks away. MS BP Chairman’s wife Mrs Seddon launches tanker and it slips down to water. General view from rear of tanker as it slips down slipway. LS ship in water.


1969. Welcome to Our Valley


[1969] Newcastle A Place to Face the Future


1960s -1970s.  Trainspotting with Roger McKenzie: NSW trains 1960s-70s


1970. Australia: Queen Elizabeth Launches Ship At Newcastle Dockyard


1973. Backbone of the Industry : The Story if Refractories. (1973) Director : Athol Emerton. (Newcastle Local Studies search)


1973. Cinesound Review. Fierce fire destroys big store [other segments] (1973). Produced as documentary. Director : Athol Emerton. (Newcastle Local Studies search).


1973. Cinesound Review. Mobile Police Force [other segments] (1973). Produced as documentary. Director : Athol Emerton. (Newcastle Local Studies search).


1973. Cinesound Review. Wicket Crash in first test [other segments] (1973). Produced as documentary. Director : Athol Emerton. (Newcastle Local Studies search).


1973. Fox Movie News. vol. 45 No. 47 (1973). Produced as documentary. Director : Athol Emerton. (Newcastle Local Studies search).


1974. International News (1974) Vol. 48 No. 36. Produced as documentary. Director : Athol Emerton. (Newcastle Local Studies search).


1974. A Say In Your Community With The Australian Assistance Plan


1974. Australia: Three-Day Call Claims At Least Seven Lives And Causes Millions Of Dollars Damage.


1976. West of Coal Island: A Journey Round the Heart


1976. Australia: Australia, New Zealand And American Forces Combine For Anzus Pact Exercise Code named ‘Kangaroo Two’.


1978. Australia: Young Australian Claims New World Record In Motor Cycle Stunting.


1979. Australia: Teenage Motorcycle Stuntman Crashes In Attempt To Leap Across 15 Buses.


1985. Newcastle East End before and After


1985. The Wollombi Valley Political Decision Making


1985. Margaret Illukol Story on Good Morning Australia, 24 April 1985



1988. Australian Mosaic “Silverbeat” by Ugo Mariotti (19 November 1988)

1993. Auchmuty Library Students


1993. Huxley Library Students


1997. Newcastle 200 Years of History A Special Tribute to Dr John Turner (1997)

1998. Yengo of the Sandstone Country


1999. Aboriginals in Medicine

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