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WW1 Cinema Slides Collection


Tamworth’s Ison’s World War 1 cinema slides Collection of Tamworth Historical Society Image from Australian Memory of the World

The Ison family had an Open Air Theatre in Tamworth. During World War 1 Ison’s and the Royal Theatre showed quarter plate slides of local soldiers. There are over 400 photographs with each soldier identified with his name written onto the emulsion on the slide. Some have information on dates of battles and whether the soldier was injured or killed in action.

The local RSL rediscovered the slides in 2003 during renovations (having been given the slides by the Ison family) and donated the slides to the Tamworth Historical Society. These slides are held on behalf of THS by the Tamworth Regional Film and Sound Archive.

This collection of slides are of historical significance and have been included on the register of UNESCO’s Australian Memory of the World register at #62. To read more about this register go to

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