Melbourne in Colour 1940 and 1942




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Published on Jan 22, 2012

Colour films of Melbourne from 1940 and 1942. Sound track is a Melbourne radio program from 1940, the Pepsodent Show presents, Sunday Night at Eight.

The first film was shot around April 1940 as a home movie. It captures the last operating cable car line, which closed around 2 months later. If you look carefully you will see an ad for the Melbourne Aquarium on on of the cable car cars. The old Melbourne Aquarium was located next to the Exhibition buildings, it was closed during the second world war. Melbourne did not get another aquarium until around 10 years ago.

The second film was shot by the U.S. army on ANSCO Color film stock in 1942. Part of this film was used in the opening sequences from the Australian movie, Death of a Soldier. I would imagine that more of this film exists somewhere, it would be great if someone could post the entire film.

The soundtrack is from a 1940 radio program on 3AW, called the Pepsodent Show presents, Sunday Night at Eight. The show was hosted by the very smooth Terry Dear. I remember Terry Dear as judge on New Faces in the early 70s. His vocal style seems to blend British, North American and Australian accents... as often was the the case, using your Australian accent was considered unattractive.

Enjoy travelling to another time.


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