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form y separately published work icon Moora Neya, or The Message of the Spear single work   film/TV  
Issue Details: First known date: 1911... 1911 Moora Neya, or The Message of the Spear
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Contemporary newspapers indicated that the film went through the following scenes:

  • The message of the spear.
  • Look for the attack on the Hut.
  • Harry teaches the Overseer a lesson.
  • A horrible revenge: the Overseer arranges with the Aboriginals to kill Harry.
  • To save her sweetheart.
  • Arrival of the Police.
  • Lovers re-united.


'West's Pictures', Gippsland Times, 21 December 1911, p.3 (via Trove Australia)


  • Moora Neya was one of the first Australian films to actually cast Indigenous Australians as Indigenous Australians, instead of reverting to the then-usual convention of blackface:

    The scenes are thoroughly Australian, and typical of the bush and backblock township life of Queensland, where the incidents of the drama were carried out. A strangely fantastic effect was obtained by the introduction of a tribe of genuine Australian aboriginals, whose grotesque war-painted bodies added to their weird corroborees. This is the first film introducing the Australian aboriginals in their native haunts and war dances.


    'Australian Films', The Advertiser, 19 August 1911, p.20.

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  • Darling River, Far West NSW, New South Wales,
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