Name/Title

Photograph of NZ Radio Films Ltd sound truck

About this object

NZ Radio Films sound truck shooting a newsreel of Bishop Cleary’s funeral, Auckland. The resulting newsreel, ‘The Coubray-Tone News’, was the first New Zealand made ‘talkie’ to be screened in New Zealand, on 3 January 1930.
NZ Radio Films was the production company of pioneer film maker, entrepreneur, director, cameraman and inventor of sound on film technology, Ted Coubray. Coubray used his remarkable sound system, Coubray-Tone, to produce a number of newsreels. The system was employed by Alexander Markey for use in the feature ‘Hei Tiki’, but Coubray left the crew after a bitter disagreement. The film was completed without sound and Markey sold Coubray’s unique equipment. Coubray ceased filmmaking in the 1930s and moved to Australia.
On top of the truck are cameramen Fred Coubray (left) and Ted Coubray. Below are Eric Platt (supervisor) and Allen Rogers (electrician).

Place Made

New Zealand

Date Made

1929

Medium and Materials

Silver gelatin print

Measurements

21.5 x 12cm (WH)

Collection

Coubray Collection

Credit Line

Coubray Collection

Object Type

Photograph

Object number

S5026

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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Landrover
truck
vehicle
‘talkie’

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