Fire-Awareness Magic Lantern Slides
In its 1929-30 Annual Report, under the title of Propaganda, the Forests Commission noted that it had:
Raising public awareness of bush fires continued with publicity programs such as, from 1934 for a couple of years, the Postmaster General's Department cancelled postage stamps with an anti-bush fire slogan; the Victorian Railways Department and many city firms displayed special fire posters; and Bryant and May posted messages on match-box covers. Also in the 1930s enamel road-side fire pevention signs (about 2m X 1m in size) were erected on most roads leading to forest areas.
From 1930 and up until about the 1950s the Forests Commission produced a series of 'Magic Lantern' slides promoting bush-fire awareness which, by arrangement with Val Morgan, were projected in picture theatres around the State.
As indicated in the images below, some of the slides were made by GUNN’S of Collins Place, Melbourne; and it appears that GUNN’S name was blacked out on others; those without attribution were made by T. W. CAMERON of Bourke Street, Melbourne.
Although specific dates of manufacture can’t be determined, one slide depicts Sir Albert Arthur Dunstan KCMG, who was Premier of Victoria between 1935 and 1945. The FCRPA appreciates the foresight of Andrew Pickworth (DELWP - Arthur Rylah Institute) who found these slides and a trove of photographic negatives (copies of some of which are also included in this website) and digitised them.