As time progresses and formats become obsolete, viewing and
preserving sensitive 8 and 16mm films becomes increasingly
difficult. This is why RACS has decided to digitise its
historically significant film collection.
Films in the collection which is currently housed in the RACS
- Plastic Surgery procedures from the Heidelberg Military
Hospital in the 1940s (collection of Sir Benjamin Rank)
- Anaesthesia films made in the 1940s - it should be noted that
RACS had a Faculty of Anaesthetists until ANZCA was formed in
- Films about Ophthalmology - one of the earliest specialties at
RACS but the specialty transferred to the Royal Australian and New
Zealand College of Ophthalmologists in 1969.
- General interest films such as the aftermath of the West Gate
Bridge Disaster, 1970 and the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge
in Washington State, 1950
- Films relating to RACS, specifically a film about the combined
meeting of RACS with the RACP and College of Surgeons and
Physicians of Canada, Sydney, 1980
A selection of seven of the digitised films are now available on
the RACS website (Member only
- login required).
Please note that may contain disturbing images of
surgical procedures. RACS believes that all parties have
consented to be in these films and the majority are out of
copyright. If you have additional information about the people
portrayed, the context of the films or any other concerns, please
contact the RACS Archivist: email@example.com;
61 3 92491270.
This material is not for public