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WALKING IN CANBERRA
Joining a regular walking program is a simple and
enjoyable way of life. During winter, Walking for
Pleasure conducts walks at 9.30am on Sunday,
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Walks
are between one and two hours long. You can
choose walks appropriate for your level of fitness
from the weekly schedule. Walks are planned for
various locations around Canberra. For details
about the current program of walks, please
call: 1300 799 719.
The Compassionate Friends ACT & Queanbeyan is
part of a worldwide family of bereaved parents,
siblings and grandparents offering support,
friendship and understanding to each other after
the death of a child of any age from any cause. We
have regular social activities, an excellent library
and monthly sharing meetings on the first Tuesday
of the month at 7pm at The Grant Cameron
Community Centre, Holder. Contact Maxine on
6286 6134 or Sue on 6290 2538.
GRIEVING DUE TO DEATH OF ONE'S
Solace ACT is a self-help group of sufferers grieving
because their partners have died and who can
listen, support and comfort. Meetings are held
every first and third Wednesdays of the month
12.30pm-2.30pm at Phillip and also the first and
third Thursdays of the month 7.30pm-9.30pm at
Jamison. Ring 6297 1052 for further details. Note
this number is kindly manned, 24 hours, by a
funeral director. Visit: www.solace.org.au
CANBERRA COMPANIONS SOCIAL
New in town, or just looking for something to do?
Then why not join an active over-50s group of men
and women who enjoy activities such as folk music,
movies, restaurant dinners, lunch in the
surrounding country towns, weekends away and
more. Ph:Judy on 6241 5136 or John on
WILDCARE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
Wildcare is on the lookout for a few more baby bird
carers for spring. Can you help care for a few
orphaned baby birds? It can be great fun. Training
will be given. Ph: Maryanne 0411 422 8976.
Are a friendly bunch of women and men who enjoy
singing gospel, folk and popular songs, usually in
four-part harmony. No auditions and lots of
support. $100 yearly membership. Wednesdays
7.30pm-9.30pm. St George's Church Hall, 67
Pethebridge Street, Pearce. Just turn up or call
Suzanne on 0403 677 495 or
CANBERRA FLOWER CLUB
Floriade brings thoughts of flowers and the
preparation of beautiful flower arrangements for
the home and elsewhere. The Canberra Flower
Club's next demonstration of the art of flower
arranging will be held at 9.30am on Tuesday,
October 14, at the Downer Community Centre,
Frencham Place, Downer ACT. New members and
visitors are always welcome. Ph: 6248 0518.
VIETNAM VETERANS AND VETERANS
The federation is a network advising and
supporting veterans. Veterans, particularly
younger veterans from operational deployments
such as Iraq, are welcomed and encouraged to
make use of the federation's advice and advocacy.
To make an appointment, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop into the federation's
office at 9 Burkitt Street, Page. Inquiries about the
federation's extensive Men's Shed activities can
also be made by either phoning or dropping in,
Ph: 6255 61599. Visit: vvfact.org.au
We are a friendly social group for people over 50
who would like to meet new people in their life.
Spring is here, no need to be bored or idle, join us
for activities which are varied including dinners,
lunches, picnics, barbecues, walks, theatre, music
venues, exhibitions, movies, day trips out of
Canberra and weekends away. Ph.6242 0840 or
Search is on for more Aussie cinematic survivors
Senior film curator at the National Film and Sound Archive Meg Labrum.
Picture: Matt Bedford
Inside our institutions
The National Film and Sound Archive
is searching for old film reels that
might hold the key to years of mystery.
Only a few fragments of the world's
first feature film, about the Ned Kelly
gang which was filmed and produced
in Australia in 1906, still survive
Not all hope is lost though. Senior
curator for film, documents and
artefacts Meg Labrum is still searching
for the missing pieces.
Incredibly, the first remnants of the
film were found in the 1970s in a cake
tin at a rubbish dump.
"I would like to find virtually all of
the lost feature films of Australia's
silent period,'' she said.
The rest of The Story of the Kelly
Gang is probably the really key one.
"Australia's film industry was out
there and competitive with the rest of
the world in those early days ... film
was produced on nitrate stock which
was volatile, but also the attitude to
film was once you've screened it you
don't need it any more so throw it
Ms Labrum holds out hope that
more of it still survives.
The original film was over an hour
long -- the current restored version
features just 17 minutes of footage.
The archive holds more than two
million items, including more than
300,000 films. One of the first
surviving films is the 1896 Melbourne
Cup. Other examples from the early
1900s include footage of Brisbane's
train station and cane cutters.
The archive also collects posters,
photographs and artefacts. Its most
valuable piece -- the 1942 Academy
Award-winning Kokoda Front Line --
is a nine-minute newsreel which
contains some of the most iconic video
footage of Australian soldiers in World
War II and is on show at present.
To mark 30 years since the
National Film and Sound Archive
home moved to Acton, The
Chronicle has 10 double passes to
the classic 1981 film Gallipoli to give
away for Friday's 7.30pm
screening. To enter the draw,
answer the following question:
What is the name of Mel Gibson's
character in the World War I epic?
Email your name and contact
details to email@example.com
before noon Thursday. Winners will
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