1960s-70s home movies of Queensland - Walton Roy Sinclair collection

A collection of five 8mm home movies filmed in the 1960s-70s were digitised by State Library of Queensland in 2019 and made available online. Created by engineer Walton Roy Sinclair, the films contain footage of Mackay, Eungella, Brisbane, Whitsunday Coast, Airlie Beach, Bundaberg, Binna Burra, Margate, Buderim, Archerfield, Cape Hillsborough, Cannonvale, and other localities. We have pulled together several images taken from the amateur films for your enjoyment. You may recognise some of the destinations and places in Queensland.

Children's birthday party, ca.1960s. From 30009/3 Walton Roy Sinclair motion pictures. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Pioneer Shire float in the 1965 Tourist Procession, Mackay. From 30009/3 Walton Roy Sinclair motion pictures. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Highlights include a street parade and floats in Mackay, a road trip along the Eungella Range, a visit to the Big Pineapple and the plantation train at Sunshine Plantation in Woombye, swimming at the beach in Margate, external and internal footage of Toombul Shopping Centre, a visit to BTQ7 (Channel 7) studios at Mt Coot-tha to watch the filming of a Christmas show and picnicking and swimming at Springbrook.

Airlie Beach. From 30009/4 Walton Roy Sinclair motion pictures. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Big Pineapple, Woombye, ca.1960s. From 30009/5 Walton Roy Sinclair motion pictures. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Plantation train at Sunshine Plantation, Woombye, ca.1960s. From 30009/5 Walton Roy Sinclair motion pictures. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Swimming at the beach at Margate, ca.1960s. From 30009/3 Walton Roy Sinclair motion pictures. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Toombul shopping centre, Brisbane, ca.1960s. From 30009/3 Walton Roy Sinclair motion pictures. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

Outside BTQ 7 (Channel 7) studios, Mt Coot-tha, ca.1960. From 30009/3 Walton Roy Sinclair motion pictures. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

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The Big Pineapple tourist attraction opened in 1971, so perhaps the images of the pineapple and plantation train would be better labelled 'ca. 1970s'.