A Photo A Week Challenge: Movie Reference


My photo is a very old one which I originally took in 1981. The location is the Adelaide Railway Station and the occasion is a filming of a scene in the Peter Weir film Gallipoli

The scene was of the arrival in Perth of the two main characters, played by Mel Gibson and Mark Lee. I was there because I was a volunteer with the railway historical society who had provided the steam engine and carriages. My job had been to prepare all the carriages for the scene with a thorough cleaning. We got to watch the scene being made which was great fun and I was impressed that Peter Weir spent a lot of time making sure that the extras knew what to do even though it was a very short scene in the film.

The ballroom scene in Gallipoli was also filmed at the Adelaide Station upstairs the area known as Marble Hall. This was before the upper part of the station was turned into the Adelaide Casino. Some of the desert scenes were filmed near Port Lincoln in South Australia too.

Scene from Gallipolli directed by Peter Weir 1981
Scene from Gallipoli directed by Peter Weir 1981
Adelaide Railway Station
Adelaide Railway Station

Author: Taswegian1957

Born in England in 1957 my family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. David passed away in 2015 and I'm here on my own now but I have Cindy the dog and Polly the cat to keep me company. I currently co-write two Wordpress blogswith my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and a "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania.

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