Historically significant films screened at the Roxy

October 24, 2013

A collection of films shot by local man, Peter Rose, and lost in a shed for many years, were screened to a small but appreciative audience at the Roxy Theatre on Saturday night.

The films were introduced by MC John Wearne, who commented about the significance of the films in documenting the history of the town and district.

Peter Rose with Historical Collection CD
Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, Senator John Williams, MC John Wearne and film maker Peter Rose.

Films included the Bingara versus Bundarra Rugby League Semi-Final in 1987, The film included several interviews, and players included Hank MacInnes, Wayne Reading, John Hogg and Michael Hayes and Rampling brothers. Bingara won 24-6.

1977 Bingara Sesqui Centenary Celebrations including a special race meeting with many people in period costume, a segment at the museum, Court House and Shire President Ray Whitfeld’s visit to the Central School.

The main feature on May 27, 1977 was a well attended parade.

Included in the film are the Allan Cunningham riding into Bingara re-enactment, and attempts to cross an obviously flooded Gwydir River (abandoned), with near-serious consequences.

Anti-Amalgamation of Bingara Shire Council Rally, August 4 1977, featuring a 5km long procession of cars.

The rally took place at Warialda Golf and Bowling Club.

Operation of Woodsreef Asbestos Mine at Barraba which involved hundreds of people from Barraba, Bingara Bundarra and elsewhere.

Interestingly, the film points out the differences between the highly toxic blue asbestos, and the less volatile white asbestos which was mined at Woodsreef.

Building of the Riverview Bridge, situated on the Keera road between Cooringoora and Keera. The bridge enabled access to properties, and joined the Whitlow road, completing a ring road.

Anzac Day 1976. Catholic Priest Father Bede Ryan narrated this film.

Copies of the DVD can be ordered by ringing Peter and Jan on 6724 1204.