Two films and a collection of photographs will celebrate the life of legendary outback cattleman Sir Sidney Kidman. The first film, A Wild Birthday Party, records a 1932 rodeo held for Sir Sidney Kidman’s 75th birthday. Over 50,000 people attended, but not everything went to plan. The second film, Murracurra, documents a road trip with Sir Sidney Kidman, Mr Sidney Reid and Adelaide journalist Maurie Fisher, who wrote under the pen name ‘Murracurra’, in June 1928. Travelling by train to Broken Hill they embarked on a five week, 2160 mile motor trip though outback Australia to inspect Kidman properties in a year of extreme drought and hardship.
The films were the work of Christo Reid’s grandfather, Sidney Reid, who had joined Kidman’s business after marrying Kidman’s middle daughter Elma in 1911. Reid went on to manage the vast Kidman enterprise until 1935 and his son Reg – Christo’s father – also worked in the business until his early death at 56. Christo is the author of two contrasting books, Cactus: Surfing Journals from Solitude and Kidman: the Extraordinary Life of Sir Sidney Kidman.