Case for Canon Super 8 movie camera: Corporal Graham Lloyd Hale, 9 Squadron, RAAF

Place Asia: Vietnam, Vung Tau Special Zone, Vung Tau
Accession Number REL22430.003
Collection type Technology
Object type Optical equipment
Physical description Plastic, Vinyl
Place made Japan
Date made 1960s
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Leather patterned vinyl case for a Canon Super 8 auto zoom 518 movie camera, with the name 'CANON' impressed on the front of the case. Fitted with a sliding catch on a tab of leather, the case bears the name 'GRAHAM HALE' in red Dynotape. There is a vinyl shoulder strap with a grey vinyl shoulder pad backed with leather. The interior of the case is fitted with black velveteen and equipped with a fitted vinyl-backed plastic holder with spaces for the camera, the convertor lens and two sets of film cannisters (not present).

History / Summary

Canon Super 8 movie camera used by Corp[oral (later Warrnat Officer) Graham Lloyd Hale, born Brisbane on 14 July 1938, while serving with 9 Squadron RAAF at Vung Tau, South Vietnam from May 1968 to May 1969; he bought the camera in Hong Kong while on R&R leave in November 1968. Hale had previously served with 79 Squadron, based at Ubon, Thailand operating CAC Sabres from November 1965 until October 1966 under service number A15512 and was mustered as an electrical fitter with the rank of corporal.

Hale mainly used the Canon Super 8 at work while maintaining UH-1H Iroquois helicopters and modifying Iroquois to "Bushranger" gunship configuration. This camera was used to film footage which was used in the 1987 Channel 0 Brisbane production "Brothers in Arms". An example of a UH1-H Iroquois Bushranger gunship helicopter which served with 9 Squadron is held in the collection at REL45529.

Because of it ease of use, the zoom facility and the cassettes used for replacement film, the Canon Super 8 enjoyed a much popularity after its release in 1967, and was used by a number of servicemen in Vietnam.