Title Details

Australia Today

Survey of Australia's growth, covers all capital cities
Year : 1946 | Total Duration : 34 Minutes |
Graphic map of Australia with compass in top left corner , Australian Coat of Arms in right corner and surrounding oceans marked. Mountain ranges, river paths, capital cites and major country town names, including small drawings of rural and industrial activities in various regions.
Access No. 2293 | 1 min 30 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of sea, small waves rolling in, flock of seagulls, blue sky, white clouds. GS of rocky beach and outcrop. VS of jagged headlands jutting into rough sea (probably southwest Victoria). WS of red rock coastline and calm ocean. WS of London Bridge (Arch) rock formation, Vic. WS of bay and headland with house perched atop. CU of waves on rocks. HA WS of partially cleared coastline, possibly Stanwell Park and Sydney south coast. HA WS of twelve apostles with sunlight glinting on water. WS through trees to farmland, ocean in hazy distance.
Access No. 2294 | 49 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS pan over flat farmland to distant mountains. WS of green hills. WS pan of Blue Mountains escarpment and LS of valley with wattle tree in foreground. VS of Australian native wildflowers including Red Spider, Sturt Desert Pea, Kangaroo Paw, Geraldine Wax, Wattle, gum nuts and blossoms. VS of tree trunks and woman walking into hole in large gnarled trunk. GS of Wallaby foraging. Night GS of albino wallaby. VS of kangaroos and joeys in pouches. VS of koalas eating and climbing in trees. Two shots of platypus, swimming and climbing out of pool.
Access No. 2299 | 3 mins 34 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS of Australian birds including bittern, heron, kookaburra eating worm then laughing, white cockatoo, water hens on river, black swans in nest, seagulls in shallow sea water.
Access No. 2317 | 51 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS of marine life on Great Barrier Reef. CUs of orange, pink and white corals in shallow water. Sea urchin amongst coral. Bright red starfish gripping coral with clown fish flitting through sea anemones. CU of blue starfish attached to clam shell. Various tropical fish. Crab in shell digging in sand.
Access No. 2319 | 42 secs | 1940s | Great Barrier Reef, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Rural scene with tin farm shed in mid frame, two large gums in foreground. WS of large stone shed or barn. (film frame jumps) Quick WS of line of yoked bullocks in paddock. WS up slope to two farmers standing in hay windrow and Clydesdale horse pulling load towards camera. CU of hay. Two WS of cattle grazing on river bank. Pan of Blue Mountains escarpment.
Access No. 2321 | -1 mins -21 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Good footage of traditional hay harvest on sunny day. VS of sheaves dotted across hay (wheat) field and Clydesdale horse drawn Sunshine harvester at work. Workers stacking sheaves. WS pan across sheaves stooked (for drying) in paddock. VS of two workers relaxing in paddock with dog, eating lunch and drinking tea. Dog gets bite of food. VS of workers forking hay sheaves onto large horse drawn cart and cart through paddock. WS pan across row of traditional haystacks to workers forking hay onto new stack.
Access No. 2325 | 1 min 31 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of golden wheat field with machine harvesters working in distance. Various CUs of wheat blowing in breeze. VS of mechanical sunshine harvester at work. CU of bagging process on harvester. Farmer lifts bag of wheat from harvester. CU of wheat grains running through hands. MS of large silos and surrounding buildings. WS and pan of silos. VS of main street in country town, Gundagai.
Access No. 2343 | 3 mins 44 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle LS of cattle herd in very dry valley floor. VS of indigenous and Anglo-Saxon stockmen on horseback, droving cattle through dust. VS of stockman and sheepdogs herding sheep through dry paddock, haystacks nearby. VS of men in 1940s suits and hats crowded around sheep at auction. WS of stockman on white horse with sheepdogs, LS to flock of sheep in green valley below. VS of sheep and stockman on horseback herding with whip. WS of flock running through gate from paddock, kicking up dust.
Access No. 2362 | 1 min 19 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS and CU of man sharpening shears on spinning wheel. GS of shearers at work and VS of men skirting and rolling fleeces (high contrast lighting). GS of large flock of shorn sheep running thorough yard gate past camera. As they pass two leap into air. Reverse MS of woman in brown jodhpurs herding shorn sheep on foot. High angle WS of large herd of shorn sheep in yard pen.
Access No. 2363 | 26 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of waves rolling over white water towards rocky outcrop with small yacht in background sailing out of shot. WS of fishing trawler at sea. VS across deck of trawler to stern as two fishermen use hand lines to bring in numerous large fish. CU of newly caught fish thrashing on deck. WS of fishing trawler being tossed by waves. Continue GS of fishermen hurrying to pull in fish, throwing them onto deck of trawler. WS of green coastal area with scattered buildings, beach in mid shot and grassy headland in background.
Access No. 2369 | 1 min | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
LS through tree branches across river to Adelaide city skyline with billowing clouds overhead. Low angle GS of statue of Colonel William Light in silhouette. Pan across dark brooding sky to Adelaide skyline in dusky light. GS of sandstone church with spires. WS of Adelaide university in golden light with green hills in background. High angle WS down slope with row of trees in blossom to lush green crop paddocks. Buildings visible in background and mountain range in distance. WS of fruit tree in blossom. CU of blossoms on branch against blue sky.
Access No. 2377 | 48 secs | 1940s | Adelaide, SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle WS pan across broad meandering section of Murray river. GS of paddle steamers moored on river. WS of large paddle steamer moored at jetty with person walking across. High angle WS through trees to water cascading over dam wall spillway. WS of water rushing over rocks at side of dam spillway. Pan to dam wall and spillway.
Access No. 2384 | 40 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS pan of vineyard. CU of hands cradling bunches of black grapes. WS of man and young woman handpicking grapes. MS of young woman smiling to camera. Pan down to gloved hands placing grapes in metal basket on ground. WS of farmyard with man guiding suspended crate from truck to corrugated iron vat. CU over crate of green grapes being submerged in vat of dirty water (for washing). CU pan across grapes hanging from racks outside. Pan across mats of drying sultana grapes on ground to man kneeling on haunches running hands over top. CU of sultanas running through hands.
Access No. 2388 | 43 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of hilly pineapple plantation with small fruit on plants in foreground. WS of pickers at work in pineapple field, young man in foreground with battered hat and rolled up sleeves places fruit in basket on arm. MS of picker carrying cane basket of pineapples on shoulder to cart laden with fruit. LS of woman in straw hat and man walking towards camera though orange orchard. Pan to MS of tree in fruit. VS of orange pickers at work. CUs of laden fruit tree branches - unnaturally bright red cherries, peaches, pears, red apples. WS of rural scene with crops in foreground and green hills in background, steam train passing through middle.
Access No. 2396 | 47 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS across Yarra river to Melbourne skyline (low light). WS across Yarra to church on far shore, tree branch hanging overhead. High angle LS over tree lined Collins Street with light traffic and trams. WS of city street with crowded footpaths and light traffic. High angle WS of city intersection crowded with pedestrians, bright yellow cabs and tram passing. VS of intersection outside Flinders Street railway station with heavy foot traffic in 1940s fashion. VS of ÒnewÓ Royal Melbourne Hospital exterior. Two WS of exterior of modern apartment blocks.
Access No. 2408 | 1 min 1 sec | 1940s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS over Yarra river with paddle steamer passing to large houses on the opposite bank. WS of river from behind group of spectators gathered on grassy bank, most sitting. Couple in foreground with backs to camera, woman in bright orange coat and man in suit. WS pan across river with sculling boats training. LS of bend in Yarra river, two cyclists riding along bank and bridge in background.
Access No. 2421 | 24 secs | 1940s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle WS pan across green Queensland cane fields studded with trees, river curving through. High angle WS of cane plantation stretching to distant mountains with river in foreground, house on opposite bank. VS of men hand cutting cane after burning, in tatty clothes and hats and covered in soot. VS of canecutters picking up and carrying heavy bundles of cane, placing on pile. WS of small steam engine pulling sugar train loaded with cane stalks past field of green cane. VS of train past camera with CU of cut cane load and WS of arrival at mill.
Access No. 2425 | 1 min 29 secs | 1940s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle WS over Brisbane buildings and houses with bridge across curve in river and mountains in distance. High angle WS over city street with Storey Bridge visible in background. GS of street outside Brisbane City Hall with passing trams and pedestrians. WS of City Hall and Municipal Offices, tilt up to clock tower. GS of exterior of Queensland Parliament House as car drives down driveway towards camera. Low angle WS of top of Brisbane War Memorial. GS of Urn in war memorial with ÒEternal FlameÓ burning and red wreath at base.
Access No. 2438 | 40 secs | 1940s | Brisbane, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
LS along side of Storey Bridge. WS pan across row of modern Queensland style elevated houses in leafy outer Brisbane suburb. WS of older suburban house with hedge front fence. WS of Queenslander house and CU pan across pot plants lining front of breezeway beneath. WS of park with two large coral trees in bloom, people sitting on park bench underneath. Two CUs of coral tree branches and flowers. Low angle CU of tree branch covered in pink blossoms with palm tree in background.
Access No. 2439 | 49 secs | 1940s | Brisbane, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle blue tinged WS over section of Hobart harbour. High angle WS pan across Hobart city and harbour, mountains in background. WS of old building with populated hillside behind, mountains in background. LS down sloping city street with light traffic and trams. Unsteady WS of busy city street. Sign on building for 'Fitzgerald Department Store'. Tram passes in front of camera. GS of tram passing to reveal street scene. LS of city street, double-decker tram advertising Bushells and trolley bus pass. Sign for 'National Mutual Life' painted on building.
Access No. 2454 | 49 secs | 1940s | Hobart, Tas, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle WS pan across flat cleared countryside to small mountain ridge in Western Australia. GS of logging road in forest with red flag on poles indicating tree felling in progress. WS of two topless men using hand axes to chop at large Jarra tree. WS of two men using saw to finish cut. They jump aside as tree crashes down. VS of bullock team dragging logs through forest with CUs of large logs.
Access No. 2461 | 46 secs | 1940s | WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of forest clearing with man standing at end of large Jarra log. Another man follows two more logs as they are dragged along beside it. LS of large log rolling across wooden platform onto railway trolley. VS of small steam train pulling logs through forest, man running alongside and jumping on. WS of man standing with back to camera beside huge log on trolley. It rolls past him and down slope, sending up clouds of dust and crashing into another log at bottom.
Access No. 2462 | 28 secs | 1940s | WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle WS pan across Perth with Swan river in foreground. High angle LS beneath tree branches across river to Perth skyline. VS of exterior of buildings at University of Western Australia. One shot includes small ornamental pond in foreground and group of students walking past.
Access No. 2472 | 42 secs | 1940s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Two aerial shots over heavy industry complex with smoking chimneys (possibly power of fuel) on banks of waterway. WS of factory building with smoking chimneys. Closer shot of roof area of building beside it with two chimneys, one belching dark smoke the other white smoke. GS of silhouette of chimneys on factory roof, shot on angle. MS of grimy miners in metal hard hats walking through past camera in single file. Sign on building in background reads 'Paint & Elect Shop'. Low angle GS of metal framework with Australian flag on flag pole.
Access No. 2477 | 25 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Low light MS of two miners with drill. Low light CU of front end loader moving rocks in mine. GS of small engine pulling carts through mine tunnel, each cart mechanically tipping out load. CU of large mechanical bucket tipping out coal. Good WS and CU of rocks falling off conveyor belt running around rim of large concrete wall. CU of mechanised mine cart moving across foundry yard. CU of stream of red hot molten steel pouring from lip of container. CU of line of white/red hot steel. WS of suspended bucket travelling across heavy metal gantry.
Access No. 2478 | 55 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle WS over Sydney railway junction marshaling yards. High angle WS pan over city area with Hyde Park in foreground, finishing on Sydney War Memorial. High angle WS of St Marys Cathedral. Low angle WS of city building on Macquarie Street with Hyde Park Prince Albert statue in foreground. VS of Hyde Park with people relaxing and reading during lunch hour on sunny day. GS of city street crowded with pedestrians and tram moving through. LS of crowds of pedestrians along city street outside GPO. Good 1940s fashion.
Access No. 2493 | 51 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU of back of tram moving to reveal good LS of city street with traffic and pedestrians. LS of city street with crowded footpath and double-decker bus painted in war time camouflage colours pulling up. LS of train moving towards Sydney harbour bridge with arch and pylons in background. WS of ferry pulling into crowded wharf. VS of large crowd on wharf boarding and alighting from ferry, many in formal wear. High angle WS over Spit bridge with red and white double-decker bus crossing bridge and water in background dotted with sailing boats.
Access No. 2495 | 27 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS of beach at middle harbour with small sailing boat pulled up on sand. Other boats on water and houses dotted through vegetation on far shore. High angle WS pan across Middle Harbour and Spit Bridge. VS of small wooden sailing boat on harbour with sails billowing in wind, crew straining against sails and crew overboard treading water with hull of upturned boat visible.
Access No. 2496 | 45 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
High angle WS pan across farmland with river in foreground to Canberra in distance. LS over dry paddocks to distant Canberra. LS of Parliament House, two guards walking away from camera. WS of Institute of Anatomy building with two women strolling between conifers on lawn. Low angle GS of government building with clock tower. WS of entrance to War Memorial with two women climbing stairs. WS of government building as bus passes. GS of group of young women walking between trees along path in front of building, autumnal colours.
Access No. 2517 | 48 secs | 1940s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of three girls wheeling bikes along grass area with other bicycles leaning against wall of building behind. WS of building on winding street with pedestrians and numerous cyclists on road. LS of row of suburban houses with colourful flowering gardens. Forested mountains in background. Closer shot shows children playing with ball on lawn with dog rolling around. WS of large group of preschool children walking towards camera in garden, glimpse of veiled nurse leading them on right edge of frame.
Access No. 2519 | 22 secs | 1940s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS of four babies sitting in line on grass and closer shot of one holding carnation with another eating flower. CU of blonde preschool aged girl in arms of veiled nurse. WS of group of toddlers piled onto wooden seesaw, nurse helping to push it. Two low angle shots of preschool children climbing on wooden frame. MS of two boys sitting at table blowing bubbles from pipes. MS of girl with ringlets blowing bubble from pipe. VS of girls in outdoor play kitchen bathing, dressing and feeding doll then putting it into miniature brass bed. Good CUs of plastic doll.
Access No. 2539 | 46 secs | 1940s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS of group of primary school age boys boarding bus and bus driving down dirt country road past cluster of children waiting on corner. Blue hazy mountains in distance. CU of sign on school reading 'Kilmany Park State School No 4240'. WS pan across garden lawn with primary school children in uniform reading in groups. Each group has one child standing, one sitting on chair and the rest sitting on grass. MS of two girls and one boy sitting on lawn. MS of girl standing and reading from book. WS of class on lawn with male teacher in middle.
Access No. 2540 | 20 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS of primary school agricultural plot with girls in uniform digging soil, female teacher observing. CU of one student with blonde ringlets and bow in hair looking at camera. VS of schoolboys planing wood at outdoor table. Reverse GS of schoolboys painting farm fence and pan from paintbrush to MS of one boy smiling. GS pan along line of high school boys feeding calves and smiling at camera. VS of high school boys ploughing field and waving to camera. Low angle GS of boy forking bundles of hay up to another boy and teacher atop haystack.
Access No. 2542 | 36 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS of primary school boy turning globe of world. World map hangs on wall behind. Pan to globe. WS of exterior and interior of brick pillared verandah in private high school. Young men walk though and stand chatting. WS of entrance to brick building in private high school with group of adolescent boys sitting on lawn. Teacher and students walk out, one student tossing book to another sitting in foreground. VS of Sydney University sandstone building. WS of exterior of another old university building and closer shot of academics in robes milling out front.
Access No. 2559 | 29 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS of large group of young women (university students) walking across lawn, some carry flags (including British, Australian Red Ensign), standing to attention and smiling at camera. CU of young man standing to attention against blue sky. WS of young male university athletes in sports uniforms with logo marching in formation across oval carrying same flags. Some spectators in stands behind.
Access No. 2560 | 14 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of Clydesdale horse drawn plough moving across red soil, farmer following. High angle WS over sheep crowded in pen, two farmers closing gate. High angle WS of cattle herd moving across dry valley floor. WS of industrial building with white smoke drifting from chimneys. WS of miners in grimy clothes and hardhats walking past camera. High angle LS down tree lined Collins Street, Melbourne (as seen previously at 00:18:44:15). WS of sheaves of hay dotted across golden field stretching to horizon with blue sky and white clouds. Fade to black.
Access No. 2561 | 27 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |