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Double Drowning Fatality - Magic Lantern show, Bundanon, September 2016

This magic lantern show tells the story of an actual double drowning in the Shoalhaven River at Bundanon. Local actors read newspaper reports and give the testimony of eyewitnesses that were published in the Shoalhaven Telegraph on Wednesday 1 February 1922. The original magic lantern slides Martyn Jolly projected through two nineteenth century ‘dissolving-view’ magic lanterns which date from the 1870s were made between the 1880s and the 1920s. Some were made by amateur Australian photographers, while others were manufactured in the UK and the US and exported to Australia to be used as part of popular melodramatic, musical, instructional or comic entertainments. The slides were accompanied by live music and electronic samples from Alexander Hunter and the ANU Experimental Music Studio. 

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