Marvellous Melbourne | Queen City of the South

An early documentary film about Melbourne, then the interim capital city of Australia.

Made in 1910, it shows early 1900s that includes Richmond Station, St Kilda Road, Collins St, Treasury, Bourke St, G.P.O, Elizabeth St, Exhibition Buildings, Law Courts, Government House, Queen Victoria Memorial, Library, Showgrounds, Yarra River, Flinders St Station, Princes Bridge and Port Melbourne.

Steam trains, cable pulled trams, horse drawn carriages, ladies with sun umbrellas,

A fabulous black and white look at our past, or as one comment put it.. This made me weep for the beauty of the past.

The director Charles Cozens Spencer was famous for his bushranger films: "Captain Starlight"(Robbery Under Arms), "Captain Midgnight - The Bush King", "The Life and Adventures of John Vane, The Notorious Australian Bushranger", "Dan Morgan, The Terror of the Australian Bush"(Mad Dog Morgan). He also made the 1915 Film "The Shepherd of the Southern Cross."He introduced Australia's greatest silent film-maker, Raymond Longford, to the business. He died in September 1930 (he shot himself after going on a killing spree in Canada).

Special contents of this edition copyright 2010 Shane I Sullivan. Permission to use these items is granted under creative commons licence.

This movie is part of the collection: The Video Cellar Collection

Producer: Charles Cozens Spencer
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: Documentaries; Australia; Melbourne;

Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0

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