A rapid fire look at Australian history

I present to you film images that I feel are bound to engender a sense of great interest and nostalgia

Australia captured in time, Part 1 – A re-look at old war photographs. Snippets of the Gough Whitlam and the Vietnam war years

Australia captured in time, Part 2 – Whitlam, the origins of the Snowy mountains scheme and historical Australian nature’s fury

Australia captured in time, Part 3 – Unusual film extracts from Cyclon Tracy and the Azaria Chamberlain affair

The dynamic nature of Australian football – Historical photographs of Australian footballers at their best

Australian portraits from yesteryear – Guess these famous faces if you can

From HMAS Sydney to Queen Elizabeth II – Out of the ordinary film snippets relating to the sinking of HMAS Sydney in World war two  and Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Australia in 1954

The information in the six videos above have been derived from the resources of Fairfax Media and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Interesting matters relating to the sinking of the Titanic in 1912

Interviews, documentaries, press reports, feature films and other material relating to the sinking of the Titanic


Press reports:

Depicts the Titanic leaving Belfast, a press ship going out to meet the rescue ship Carpathia, interviews with the survivors, the alleged iceberg itself, crowds of people outside the White Star Line office in New York seeking information about the survivors, Marconi the inventor of the radio apparatus on the Titanic, and like. I think that my readers may be interested in photographs of the surviving crew which you will find between the 3.20 and 4.10 mark. Especially see how the young men in life jackets were lightheartedly behaving after their rescue.




New documentary adds further light the sinking of the Titanic

I think that you will find this 2016 National Geographic documentary to be very informative and interesting



The alleged oldest recorded movie of the Titanic

This movie features Captain Edward J. Smith walking around parts of the deck of the Titanic



Animated real time simulation of the Titanic sinking

I found this video to be disturbingly graphic



Feature films:

The 1958 movie relating to the sinking of the Titanic

This movie is entitled “A Night to Remember” and features the popular English actor Kenneth More who plays the role of Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller



How does an unsinkable ship drown on it’s maiden voyage?

Inside the Titanic. A full length movie about the event



Full length Nazi propaganda film about the Titanic

It is in German without subtitles and features exceptional photography




I think what is most interesting about this 1957 interview is the informal nature of the interviewees and that the Titanic sinking was still fresh in their collective minds. In my opinion it is this fact that makes this Titanic sinking story far more personalized than those that were recorded many years later when people were much older. The quality of the film is not good. I feel that you should take special interest in the section that talks about the desperate attempts made by the wireless operator on the Titanic. This is when he was frantically attempting to get the rescue Carpathia to assist the Titanic. The radio operator of the Carpathia was one of the interviewees.



The Last Seven Titanic Survivors Tell Their Story

This is a 1997 remaster of the original interviews



The last British survivor of the Titanic sinking interviewed



The last American survivor of the Titanic sinking interviewed

This video has historical background information as well




In 1898 did Morgan Robertson correctly predict the circumstances in which the Titanic sank?

The answer to this question seems to depend on who you ask


“Although the novel was written before the RMS Titanic was even conceptualized, there are some uncanny similarities between both the fictional and real-life versions. Like the Titan, the fictional ship sank in April in the North Atlantic, and there were not enough lifeboats for all the passengers. There are also similarities between the size (800 ft (244 m) long for Titan versus 882 ft 9 in (269 m) long for the Titanic[3]), speed (25 knots for Titan, 22.5 knots for Titanic[4]) and life-saving equipment.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan


The ship Californian was allegedly visually nine miles away instead of nineteen miles away according to some eyewitnesses

One survivor said that she saw a ship standing nearby the Titanic as it was sinking at it probably was the Californian