Hall of Fame

Damien Parer

1912 - 1944

Parer was one of Australia's best-known combat cameramen.

As official movie photographer for the AIF, he decided early to film from as close to the action as possible.

He was on board HMAS Sydney after it sank the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni, and covered battlefield action in Greece, Syria and the Western Desert.

By mid-1942 Parer was in New Guinea, where he filmed some of his most famous sequences.

His documentary Kokoda Front Line won an Oscar.

He died on the Pacific island of Palau, shot walking backwards as he filmed a group of marines advancing under fire.

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