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‘Miss Australasia’

Miss Australasia is the first segment in this episode of the satirical weekly newsreel Cartoon of the Moment. Harry Julius’s animated cartoon was inspired by news reports that only products made in Australian could be relied upon to be available for sale. The second item satirises Germany’s Crown Prince as he congratulates Turkish leader Enver Pasha on Turkey’s victories over the Allies at Gallipoli. The third item illustrates Colonel Cameron’s statements in support of compulsory national service and the need for more Australian men to enlist in the war.

Year:c. 1915

Location:Australia

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‘Miss Australasia’

Miss Australasia is the first segment in this episode of the satirical weekly newsreel Cartoon of the Moment. Harry Julius’s animated cartoon was inspired by news reports that only products made in Australian could be relied upon to be available for sale. The second item satirises Germany’s Crown Prince as he congratulates Turkish leader Enver Pasha on Turkey’s victories over the Allies at Gallipoli. The third item illustrates Colonel Cameron’s statements in support of compulsory national service and the need for more Australian men to enlist in the war.


Year: c. 1915

Length: 03:42

Production Company: Australian Gazette

Credits: Cartoonist: Harry Julius

Source: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Catalogue Reference: Moving image NFSA title: 58201; Sound NFSA title: 608786


People: Cartoonist: Harry Julius

Location: Australia

Tags: Australia, Harry Julius, cartoons, animation, newsreels


In January 1915 Australia’s largest film production company, Australasian Films, commissioned ‘lightning’ sketch artist and caricaturist Harry Julius to provide the country’s first-ever satirical cinematic commentaries on the news. These were included in the company’s nationally distributed weekly newsreel, the Australasian Gazette. Julius (1885-1938) was already a household name after delivering satirical sketches for the major newspapers for some years. Each edition of Cartoons of the Moment is a mixture of live action and stop motion technology, and follows a similar format. Harry Julius appears in his workroom reading a newspaper or mulling over his thoughts before he begins to sketch. Julius’ cartoons nearly always ended with a laugh – although the three segments in this clip are uniformly serious in tone.

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‘Miss Australasia’

  • Australia

  • 0:00

    Intertitle: CARTOONS OF THE MOMENT. By the Australian Cartoonist Harry Julius. Australian Gazette

  • 0:16

    Julius sits in his studio reading a newspaper. He circles an item, then starts drawing

  • 0:23

    Sped up footage of Julius drawing a ‘fashionable women’. Text reads, ‘MISS AUSTRALASIA before the war purchased yearly £500,000 worth of GERMAN and AUSTRIAN wearing apparel. “MADE IN GERMANY”’

  • 1:11

    The text changes to, ‘MISS AUSTRALASIA in future will only but wearing apparel MADE IN AUSTRALIA or by the Allies

  • 1:24

    Sped up footage of Julius writing, “The Crown Prince of Germany has sent his congratulations to the Turks for their recent ‘victories’ (?) at Suvla Bay Gallipoli”

  • 1:47

    Sped up footage of Julius drawing a German (Kaiser Wilhelm?) and a wounded Turk (Enver Pasha?). Text reads, ‘Ah brave Turk, fight until the last drop of your blood and Papa will give you a nice new Iron Cross’

  • 2:59

    Sped up footage of Julius writing, “Colonel Cameron back from the Dardanelles says that Australia should lead the Empire by adopting National compulsory service. The great need is more men if the war is to be brought to an early conclusion”

  • 3:30

    Animation of a map of Australia and New Zealand and a ‘To Turkey’ road sign. Text reads, ‘If the call comes every man will take his turn cheerfully'. The man flips sideways and transforms into an Anzac soldier