Preserving Mr Motion Pictures

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Byline: Cherie Curtis

RAY McInnerney knows the importance of visual records.

"You can read about the history, but when you can see the visuals, it changes everything - that makes Doug Rattray's films important," the Bundaberg Regional Library services manager said.

A Bundaberg City alderman for more than 25 years, Doug Rattray used his personal film camera to record precious footage of Bundaberg from the early 1930s, earning him the nickname Mr Motion Pictures.

"He filmed the buildings in Bourbong Street, sugar festivals, car rallies and rowing regattas," the library's Sue Gammon said.

"Much of this historic footage has been passed on to the National Film Archives in Canberra, but many thousand feet of film remain in Bundaberg."

Bundaberg Regional Library has Doug Rattray photos and other materials, as part of its Picture Bundaberg Collection.

Sue said the remaining Doug Rattray film was being housed at a local resident's house until a suitable storage place could be found.

"Council allocated funds in 2007 for the films to go to a laboratory on the Gold Coast where a conservator assessed them," Sue said. …