Film Collection Highlights

The State Library holds many interesting films made in, or about, Western Australia, showing different aspects of the State's history over a period of years. The following films are some of the "gems" of the collection, covering a wide range of subjects and dates, but many others can be located through the State Library Catalogue.

The Distant Lens is a “survey of the history of Western Australia through the eyes of its film makers, from 1907 to the 1950s. Includes the use of still photos to tell the story. Includes commentary and character voices”.  A compilation of the oldest and more curious films in the State Library collection.

Royal Show 1909 [motion picture] -  view of the showground with a train passing in the background, the Grandstand, Sir Gerald Strickland opening the show, horses, the Grand Parade of beef and dairy cattle, crowds and showground buildings, a trotting race, the judging of horse and buggies and horse jumping.

Sir Frederick Samson : Personal Film / Samson Film Collection. Reel 6. [Air Raid Wardens, Fremantle] [video recording] - filmed from 1940-1945 at Fremantle, it shows various views of Fremantle "at war."

Western Australian Heritage Film Showcase - a compilation of newly digitised heritage film from the State Library's collection. Local multimedia and visual arts collective Genrefonix created this compilation of selected restored and digitised footage that gives a snapshot of WA life in the 1920 to 1950s. The compilation was made possible by the WA Heritage Film Appeal.


Last updated on: 22 March 2021