These two 20 minute (approx) videos, linked below and now placed on You Tube, are from a found film reel that was given to Wal Galvin of Cootamundra on DVD. The creator is unknown. It is uncaptioned and silent. Two things are clear from watching. They were amateur films shot in the early 1950s. The main town featured is Harden-Murrumburrah, with some film also from Young and Goulburn as well as from a farm.
It would be wonderful to fill in the gaps. Who are the people? What Rugby League matches are being played and where? (Roberts Park, Murrumburrah?) What about the other sports the buildings and towns? So much to discover. Please leave some comments if you know.
The first film features sport. Here are the contents:
0.01 Maher Cup match
1:05 Second Rugby League match
2:25 Third Rugby League match
5:07 Fourth Rugby League match
6:20 Lawn Bowls
10:38 Another Lawn Bowls comp.
15:30 Motor Racing
17:28 Dogs and Men
17:35 More Golf
18:15 More Motor Racing
The second film has some overlap with the sport in the above film but is more about social life. It was some colour sections:
0:01 Farmer and wife, friends, sheep dog and sheep
1:25 Town street scene – looks like Young – Silknit, Royal Hotel
3:00 Murrumburrah street scene – Commercial Hotel, CBC Bank, Sewell’s
4:10 More Sheep
4:30 Maher Cup – possibly Harden v Young
5:55 Rugby League – maybe Harden v Gundagai
7:15 Rugby League – possibly Harden v Temora (could be Coota)
10:18 Rural scape – possibly construction camp
12:30 Rugby League – maybe Harden v Tumut
13:53 Street scape with people and toddler
15:13 Show Parade – animals and vehicles (looks like Harden)
16:32 Goulburn Ambulance
17:30 Colour – garden party at prosperous rural home
19:00 Colour – holiday by the sea, learning to swim
20:20 Plane landing and taking off
21:30 Cricket – as SCG?
21:40 Colour – children’s dress up party
22:05 Royal Visit 1954 and Parliament House Canberra