Mona Donaldson

Mona Donaldson was an Australian film editor who was active during the 1920s and 1930s.

Mona Donaldson
BornOctober 1901
OccupationFilm editor
Spouse(s)Keith Murray


Mona began working for Australasian Films in Sydney when she was a teenager, and two years later took a job at Paramount as a film examiner and booking clerk.[1]

After taking a break from the industry to take care of her sick mother, she got a job as a film editor at Australasian. She did not receive credit on her earliest editing jobs for directors like Alexis Albert, Frank Hurley, and Arthur Shirley.[2] Editing on 1927's For the Term of His Natural Life was originally attributed solely to Katherine Dawn, but it was later revealed that it was Donaldson's work.[3][4]

She left Australasian in 1928 to work with Lacey Percival, where she'd spend the subsequent 18 years. She also did contract work for Automatic Film Laboratories during this period. She retired from editing after a lengthy illness in 1947[5], and opened her own millinery shop. She later married Keith Murray, who she had known for years.[2] Her date of death is unknown.

Selected filmography


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  2. "7 Aug 1985, Page 20 - The Age at". Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  3. "Mona Donaldson – Women Film Pioneers Project". Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  4. TmqmNuMCdj (2010-09-27). "For the Term of His Natural Life". Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  5. Kuhn, Annette; Radstone, Susannah (1994-01-01). The Women's Companion to International Film. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520088795.
  6. Film Daily; Film Daily (1940). Film Daily Year Book (1940). Media History Digital Library. New York, The Film Daily.
  7. "21 Dec 1936, Page 5 - The Sydney Morning Herald at". Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  8. "1 May 1999, Page 6 - The Sydney Morning Herald at". Retrieved 2019-03-11.
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