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In this issue, we need your help tracking down some missing movies! We also go behind the scenes with a range of odd and charming 'in-house' recordings and training videos, and get to grips with the Fell Locomotive train engine. Plus we have a special DVD prize pack up for grabs.

The Case of the Missing Movies

Scene from 'A Mild Case of Murder'.

We need your help solving a mystery! Robert Steele was a notable filmmaker of the 1950s – 1970s, but his work from the 30s and 40s is missing, with tantalising new clues having recently surfaced at the Archive. These films seem to follow the pulp themes popular at the time (A Mild Case of Murder is one delightful title) but no records of them seem to exist.

Read all about how we're trying to crack this case and if you have a lead, please get in touch!

A Cold Case?

DVD prize pack to be won!

Title card from Bowling: Wholesale V Retail 'Soft Goods Merchants' (F9919).

We have a collection of five great DVDs up for grabs – a mix of features, documentaries and archival goodies. To enter the draw, all you have to do is watch a short film and answer a simple question. 

The Match of the Century took place in February 1922 when Auckland's 'Soft Goods Merchants' had a fun afternoon of lawn bowls – with the Retailers taking on the Wholesalers. 

The question – which team was the overall winner of the afternoon's matches? To be in the draw, please watch the film and email your answer. A winner will be drawn at random at 4pm Friday 25 September and contacted via email. 

Watch and Win

A peek at in-house footage

Cobb & Co new menu October 1985.

Have you ever wondered how some staff were trained or new products were showcased? You can go behind-the-scenes with our range of odd and charming 'in-house' recordings – films produced to instruct and educate staff of various companies. Go from 'cow to cone' with Tip Top ice cream, learn about Cobb & Co's 'exciting' new 1985 menu, or take a guided tour of Levin New World.

In-house Footage

On the tracks of the Fell Locomotive

Fell engine on Rimutaka Incline. Courtesy Wairarapa Archive

The Fell Locomotive system was one way of navigating the very steep rail passages of New Zealand, where a third, central rail was gripped by horizontal wheels. We have rare footage of one of these engines on the challenging Rimutaka Incline from 1918.

Fell Locomotive
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All images from the collections of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, except where noted:
1. Scene from a photo album for A Mild Case of Murder.
2. Title card from Bowling: Wholesale V Retail 'Soft Goods Merchants' (F9919).
3. Still from Cobb & Co. New menu Oct. '85. (F25038).
4. Fell engine on Rimutaka Incline. Courtesy Wairarapa Archive 98-231/55.
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