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Arthur Phillip’s hopes for the new colony

Extract from A Nation is Built (1938). Cinesound Movietone Australian Newsreel Collection, 7586, National Film and Sound Archive

Directed by Frank Hurley for Cinesound Productions, this documentary traces the first 150 years of Australia's development. It was sponsored by the New South Wales state government to celebrate the 1938 sesquicentenary (150th anniversary) of the British colonisation of Australia.


1. What does this short film clip show? Summarise what you see and hear.

2. Does the film appear to have a main purpose or message? If so, what do you think it is?

3. Who made the film clip and when was it made? Use this information to try to work out why the film was made. Does this change what you think about the purpose of the film?

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