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Brooklyn in 1924

This is an excerpt from a 1924 silent documentary that was probably entitled 'Hawkesbury River and Wiseman's Ferry'. The excerpt features footage of the Brooklyn area, north of Sydney, New South Wales, on the Hawkesbury River. It shows sheds, jetties with moored small boats, houses in the bush above, and sandstone outcrops. ...


Sorting mother-of-pearl shells, Broome, c1953

This is a black-and-white photograph measuring 18.7 cm x 24.5 cm, showing three Malay or Indonesian men grading and sorting mother-of-pearl shells in Broome, Western Australia in about 1953. The photograph was taken by the famous Australian photographer Frank Hurley.


'Along the north west coast of Australia', 1917

This is an excerpt from a sepia-toned black-and-white silent compilation of film footage believed to have been taken by William Jackson during a 1917 expedition to the Kimberley area of Western Australia. The excerpt shows several stages in the mother-of-pearl industry. First, the oyster shells are turned from one side ...


Oyster Farmer, 2004: 'Everyone needs a drama'

This clip from a 2004 Australian feature film is divided into three distinct scenes. The first has Jack (Alex O'Lachlan) and Skippy (Jack Thompson) discussing love and life while fishing. A reunited Brownie and Trish (David Field and Kerry Armstrong) are then shown planning to retrieve an oyster lease, and the final scene ...

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Get Shucked Oysters

This is a short clip about a Tasmanian oyster farmer producing and serving farm-fresh oysters on site on Bruny Island. In this clip, oyster farmer and business owner, Joe Bennett, describes how he established his business from very small beginnings and has grown it to satisfy consumer demand. Watch to find out how this ...