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The Sydney suburb of Manly remembers the fallen

This film shows the unveiling of a monument for Alan David Mitchell, the first soldier from Manly to die in the war. Erected by his parents and unveiled on 14 October 1916, the monument remains in place along The Corso in Manly. Over time it has been updated to commemorate all those from the district who have died fighting in conflicts from the South African War to Afghanistan.

Year:14 October 1916

Location:Manly; Sydney, NSW, Australia

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The Sydney suburb of Manly remembers the fallen

This film shows the unveiling of a monument for Alan David Mitchell, the first soldier from Manly to die in the war. Erected by his parents and unveiled on 14 October 1916, the monument remains in place along The Corso in Manly. Over time it has been updated to commemorate all those from the district who have died fighting in conflicts from the South African War to Afghanistan.


Year: 14 October 1916

Length: 01:26

Production Company: Australasian Films Ltd.

Credits: Australasian Gazette

Source: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Catalogue Reference: NFSA title 35197


People: Sir Ronald Craufurd Munro Ferguson PC, GCMG, Governor General of Australia; Lady Helen Hermione Blackwood; Mr Mark Mitchell

Location: Manly; Sydney, NSW, Australia

Tags: Australia, memorial, remembrance; commemoration; Sir Ronald Crauford Munro Ferguson PC, GCMG, Governor General of Australia; Governor General of Australia, Sydney, Manly, flags

Subject: Unveiling of Memorial


Sir Munro Ferguson, Governor General of Australia, and his party are seen arriving to unveil a memorial in the Sydney suburb of Manly on 14 October 1916. The memorial was erected by Mr and Mrs Mark Mitchell. Their son Alan David Mitchell was the first soldier from Manly to die in the war, after wounds received at Gallipoli. As the flag goes up and the camera slowly pans, the couple seated in a prominent position, with the woman in dark attire, is likely to be the Mitchells.  

Atop the column is a globe of the world with Australia featured upon it. The word ANZAC is engraved on a band circling the globe. The two flags flanking the memorial are the Australian National Flag and the Union Jack. A raised wide shot captures the crowd around the memorial.

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The Sydney suburb of Manly remembers the fallen

  • Manly; Sydney, NSW, Australia

  • 0:00

    Intertitle: IN MEMORIAM. Mr Mark Mitchell erects a memorial on behalf of Manly’s dead soldiers. His Excellency the Governor -General performs the unveiling ceremony

  • 0:08

    Dignitaries arrive

  • 0:21

    The Governor-Genera; Sir Mungo Ferguson approaches the flag pole

  • 0:35

    Shot of the memorial

  • 1:14

    Wide shot of the memorial and crowd after the official ceremony