Know Your Melbourne (c1945)

This colour cinema advertisement from around 1945 is for CE Miller and Company, a removal and storage business based in Melbourne and shows off Melbourne city and suburbs of the mid 1940s.

This beautifully photographed advertisement was shot by Australian cinematographer Ross Wood. Wood worked as a cameraman in the 1940s and 50s on feature films, documentaries, advertisements and television productions.

He also worked briefly for Fox Movietone and the Shell Film Unit. It is clear from this advertisement that Wood was an accomplished cameraman and contributes to this advertisement's high quality production values. As a cinematographer, he worked on the reconstructed documentary The Back of Beyond (1954), the bush western Captain Thunderbolt (1955) and The Forerunner (1958) - about the building of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme.

This short film can also be seen in the current Melbourne Museum exhibition: The Melbourne Story.

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Know Your Melbourne (c1945)

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