Royal Historical Society of Victoria - February Film & Lecture

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 05:15 PM


Royal Historical Society of Victoria
239 A'Beckett St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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Event contact

Lauren Indiveri-Clarke

(03) 9326 9288


  • Film provides an intimate and revealing look at farming and our attachment to country and tradition
  • The Farmer’s Cinematheque received a commendation in the Victorian Community History Awards

Join documentary filmmaker Malcolm McKinnon for a viewing of ‘The Farmer’s Cinematheque’ at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV). An open Q&A session with the Mr. McKinnon will take place immediately following the film. 
This intimate film is an interpretation of a remarkable cinematic archive created by a family of farmers at Rupanyup, in the Victorian Wimmera. The Teasdale family began making films of their farm and their community in the 1930’s and have continued to document their local history ever since. 
The film, much of it in beautiful 1950s and ‘60s Kodachrome colour, demonstrates how communities sustain their culture and heritage through storytelling. ‘The Farmer’s Cinematheque’ celebrates the power of memory, the nature of our attachment to country and the ways in which communities strive to balance change and tradition. 

  • Who: Malcolm McKinnon in partnership with the Royal Historical Society of Victoria
  • What: Documentary film ‘The Farmer’s Cinematheque’
  • When: Tuesday, 21 February 2017 / Refreshments at 5.15pm / Film at 5.45pm with Q&A immediately following
  • Where: Royal Historical Society of Victoria / 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne 3000 / 9326 9288 / [email protected]
  • Cost: RHSV members free / $10 for non-members 
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The History Council of Victoria acknowledges the State Library of Victoria and the Public Record Office Victoria for supply of the archival images that appear on this website.

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Image credits

  • Italian sailors on ship at Port Melbourne 1938, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese procession in Collins near Elizabeth Street 1901, Harvie & Sutcliffe, photographers, State Library of Victoria
  • People’s homes, Aboriginal station Coranderrk 1878, Fred Kruger Photographer, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese nurses at Children’s Hospital under scholarship 1947, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Ladies physical culture class VRI Melbourne c1931, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001, 011/02
  • Melbourne Cup, Derby and Oaks Day, Flemington Racecourse 1936, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001/4802, 372/30
  • Flinders Street viaduct at foot of Market Street with advertisement for McRobertson’s Chocolate on bridge, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12800/P0003, ADV 1342