ROLL UP: The last advertisement in the Northern Star, April 4, 1945, for Bolton’s Talkies.
ROLL UP: The last advertisement in the Northern Star, April 4, 1945, for Bolton’s Talkies.

FRANK Edward Bolton cared about his community and showed thi

FRANK Edward Bolton cared about his community and showed this through his work as the Broadwater representative councillor on Woodburn Shire Council and as a prominent member of the local Masonic Lodge.

He was born in 1900 in Broadwater and lived there all his life.

Frank was the fourth of eight children born to Frank and Grace.

The Bolton brothers were an entrepreneurial bunch and Frank, along with brothers Maurice and David, saw a great opportunity in the new technology of "talkies" that was coming out from the USA. The brothers invested in "the latest complete talkie outfit, the dual Raycophone sound system, fitted to two machines, thereby ensuring continuous pictures", according to a report by The Northern Star in September 1932.

The Bolton brothers took their machine on the road showing drama, comedy and news reels to country folk within the Richmond, Tweed and Clarence areas.

They were known as Bolton's Touring Talkies and "only the best of the talkie world will be regularly presented".

The shows often included two movies, a comedy or cartoon and a news reel.

In 1933 Frank wrote to the Woodburn Literary Institute asking to install the talkie equipment in the hall at South Woodburn. They agreed and Bolton's Talkies became a regular feature both in Woodburn and Broadwater on Saturday and Wednesday nights.

Their last showing seems to have been April 7, 1945, in Woodburn. Frank Bolton died on 3 September, 1952, leaving behind his wife Ivy, sons Neville and William and daughters Alice and Francis.

Sources

http://www.bdm.gov.nsw.au

http://www.ancestry.com

http://www.trove.nla.gov.au

http://austcemindex.com



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