We recently received a copy of a home movie of the Official Opening of the New Council Chambers & Offices in Wellbank Street, Concord in 1962.  It was made by local resident Alexander John Fuller and donated by his son Andrew, who told us a little about his father, who everyone knew as John. He grew up at 19 Wellbank Street, Concord and went to Mortlake Public School. He ended up working for PMG/Telecom.

He was an amateur 8mm photographer and belonged to a local Amateur Cine (Movie) club. Wherever my dad went, so did his camera, and he made many films of all manner of things. His main body of work was to film and produce all the race car meetings at the then Oran Park in the 1960s. These films included sound tracks.

All the films were put together at 19 Wellbank Street. Every month or two the NSW Road Racing Club would hold their meetings at the Sea Scout Hall at Rhodes near the Ryde bridge and my dad would go and show the films. Being in colour, it was a bit of a novelty and was well received because TV was still black and white up until 1975.

As part of this, he actually pioneered what we call today “Racecam”, used by the TV station to cover modern events. He would mount small cameras on the race cars and get some amazing shots for the time. I’m very proud of this. It is the last remaining color record of this quality of motor racing of this era.”

Thank you, Andrew, for this generous donation to our archives.


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