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In this program we feature a bush poetry competition in honor of the famous Australian bush balladeer Banjo Paterson. As locals of Winton use their sharp wit to entertain the audience with original odes. We get a stockwhip demonstration from a master. This champion shows us the "snake killer", a stagger and even how to play rhythms as he whips up a storm. The Two Tims bask in the colorful spectacle of the historic Melbourne Cup at Flemington Race Course. They may not win the best dressed competition, bet on the winning horse or be invited into the VIP area, where the champagne flows freely however, as usual, they are the life of the party at Australia's biggest party, the Melbourne Cup. The skeleton of an Orca called Old Tom, in Eden's Whale Museum, is luckily not the only whale on display in this coastal town. We see research scientists capturing images of humpback whales' flukes as they study the habits of these amazing creatures.

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Widely regarded as Australia's first ever film, footage of The Melbourne Cup horse race in 1896. See more »

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5 January 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Reputed to be the first film shot in Australia by Australians, THE MELBOURNE cup is a pretty sophisticated movie for 1896. It consists of three separate scenes: in the first, by the grandstand, in which everyone peers curiously at the camera; in the second, by the paddock, in which peoples' attention is split between the camera and the horse; and, in the third, at the rail, where everyone watches the horses running, except for one man in a straw boater who watches the camera for a bit. To me he looks like Snub Pollard, well-groomed for a social event, but that's probably due more to the boater and any sort of mustache, rather than reality.

Quite apparently, there was a lot more mixing of social classes at the Melbourne Cup than at the events that English movie makers were filming about this time.


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