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)
https://www.britishpathe.com/video/fish-feeder-aka-fish-charmer-issue-title-is-one/

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)
https://www.britishpathe.com/video/soap-box-derby-7/

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. 

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/horses-aka-blue-blood

 

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

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVA3HY5HE3QD66AJTKZ0TJZ385PG-AUSTRALIAN-CHILDREN-PARTICIPATE-IN-NEWCASTLES-150TH-ANNIVERSARY

 

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

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/wild-horses-in-australia-aka-stud-farm

 

1949. Maitland Flood Film

 

1949. Thousand Homeless In Australian Floods (1949)

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/thousand-homeless-in-australian-floods

 

1949. Flood Disaster in New South Wales (1949)

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/flood-disaster-in-new-south-wales

 

1949. Floods Ravage New South Wales (1949)

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVAEEZGLM0C1MBR0RAMMWEKZCVKP-FLOODS-RAVAGE-NEW-SOUTH-WALES

 

1949. Australia Floods Aftermath (1949)

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/australia-floods-aftermath/

 

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)

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/australian-flood-wrecks-towns

 

1950. Flood Havoc In New South Wales (1950)

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/flood-havoc-in-new-south-wales

 

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.
https://www.britishpathe.com/video/talking-dog/

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
https://www.britishpathe.com/search/query/Flood+australia

1955. Australia’s Flood Havoc (1955)

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/australias-flood-havoc

 

1955. New South Wales – The Floods Retreat

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/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)

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVADKHB4EDDF97EAIRMFR9ZG6GPU-AUSTRALIA-AUSTRALIAN-SURFING-CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

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

 

1961. Australia: Hydro Mining In Australia

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVAZ449M6LK8S6HTYBF1LMGYUFO-AUSTRALIA-HYDRO-MINING-IN-AUSTRALIA

 

1962. We Live In This Valley

 

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.

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVA3P86ELAMB47F7GA1SLDAMAAVS-AUSTRALIA-FLOODS

 

1963. Prehistoric Monster (1963) North Gosford, New South Wales.
https://www.britishpathe.com/video/prehistoric-monster/

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.

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/parachute-jumping-championship

 

1963. Australia: Wheel-Making Plant Begins Production

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVA31NYEGIB3WH5F1516C4ZUPZ6M-AUSTRALIA-WHEEL-MAKING-PLANT-BEGINS-PRODUCTION

 

1963. Australia: Bloodhound Missiles Arrive

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVA9GJEQTV6U863WLCB08LYY7FKM-AUSTRALIA-BLOODHOUND-MISSILES-ARRIVE

 

1965. Speedboats Race at Sydney (1965)

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/speedboats-race-at-sydney/

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)

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/tankers-order-for-australia/

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

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVADXVQXM5GB1Z4MKNXHGG4XRE3Q-AUSTRALIA-DROUGHT-IN-NEW-SOUTH-WALES


1966. New Road Signs

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/new-road-signs

 

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

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/new-winery-in-australia

 

1967. Historic Moment At Vineyard Aka Australian Grapes

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/historic-moment-at-vineyard-aka-australian-grapes

 

1967. Australia: Coal Loader.

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVA2E111A3AMG7LTMSALMQRT9T28-AUSTRALIA-COAL-LOADER

 

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

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/new-bp-tanker/

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)

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/biggest-tanker-yet-launched-at-newcastle/

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

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVA692CFSKIBJ1NG5S8YZ93UKAQR-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.

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVAE10PZ31I3VIOL13VTNPA7ZG5I-AUSTRALIA-THREE-DAY-CALL-CLAIMS-AT-LEAST-SEVEN-LIVES-AND-CAUSES

 

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’.

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVA860RVSHWPA1QKNA6F2AN048IC-AUSTRALIA-AUSTRALIA-NEW-ZEALAND-AND-AMERICAN-FORCES-COMBINE-FOR

 

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

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVACSYVHO6E6ZNG4APMAJ9HQ6VF4-AUSTRALIA-YOUNG-AUSTRALIAN-CLAIMS-NEW-WORLD-RECORD-IN-MOTOR

 

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

https://www.britishpathe.com/video/VLVA29K0WSADSKCWINJMHS24YUJ9Q-AUSTRALIA-TEENAGE-MOTORCYCLE-STUNTMAN-CRASHES-IN-ATTEMPT-TO-LEAP

 

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)
See: https://hunterlivinghistories.com/2018/02/01/ethnic-newcastle/

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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