A 21-second newsreel clip featuring the last known images of the extinct thylacine,
filmed in 1935, has been digitised in 4K and released by the National Film and
Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA).
last known thylacine (or Tasmanian Tiger). Taken from the travelogue Tasmania The Wonderland, the
images (shot in 1935) are thought to be the last ever filmed of Benjamin, months before his death in
1936. It is available at https://bit.ly/NFSAThylacine.
enclosure. At one point, two men can be seen rattling his cage at far right of frame, attempting to cajole
some action or perhaps one of the marsupial’s famous threat-yawns.
civilization,” says the film’s narrator.
away in 1931. Benjamin was acquired by Hobart’s Beaumaris Zoo in 1931 and passed away on 7
September 1936, a day which is now commemorated as National Threatened Species Day.
the last known moving images of a thylacine.
really precious. We’re very excited to make this newly-digitised footage available to everyone online.”
which were recorded at either Beaumaris Zoo or London Zoo. Combined, little more than three minutes
of black and white film of the carnivorous marsupial are known to exist. No known colour footage or
sound recordings of the thylacine have ever emerged.
Cook (1873-1937). The travelogue shows some of Hobart’s main attractions including Sandy Bay Beach
and the Lady Franklin Museum, Australia’s only double decker tram system, and Beaumaris Zoo, home
to lions, polar bears and native Tasmanian species.