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Anzac Hospitals at Home

Returned servicemen engage in handicrafts, music-making and a degree of flirting with nurses while convalescing in an Anzac hospital.

Year:1919

Location:Australia

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Anzac Hospitals at Home

Returned servicemen engage in handicrafts, music-making and a degree of flirting with nurses while convalescing in an Anzac hospital.


Year: 1919

Length: 1:54

Production Company: Amalgamated Pictures Australasia Pty Ltd

Source: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Catalogue Reference: NFSA title: 10517


Location: Australia

Tags: repatriation, hospitals, rehabilitation

Subject: repatriation, hospitals, rehabilitation


170,000 Australian troops survived WW1 with wounds or illness. The Australian Department of Repatriation was formed in 1917 and engaged 600 doctors to treat the totally incapacitated war neurosis cases, mental health cases, and the orthopaedic, tubercular and rheumatic cases in hospitals across the country.

This film was made to publicise the Department’s many rehabilitation schemes. It shows bed-ridden but cheerful men engaged in handicraft, music and other activities to assist their recovery.

This hostel  - Kamesburgh in Brighton, Victoria - was purchased with funds donated by the Baillieu family and opened on 5 July 1919.

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Anzac Hospitals at Home

  • Australia

  • 0:00

    Intertitle: Scenes in an Anzac Hostel

  • 0:06

    Camera pans the grounds of the hostel

  • 0:24

    Soldier convalescing in a bed on wheels watching a gardener

  • 0:37

    Nurses tend to soldiers in 'wheelie' beds while they occupy themselves with craft activities

  • 1:01

    Soldier carving timnber

  • 1:10

    Soldier playing a mandolin

  • 1:21

    Soldiers weaving

  • 1:32

    Soldier playing a claranet blows kisses to nurses on a balcony

  • 1:38

    Nurses on the balcony watch the soldiers below

  • 1:44

    Solider plays guitar while a nurse looks on