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Bush Policemen

The life of a bush policeman in outback Australia.
Year : 1953 | Total Duration : 10 Minutes | Producer : Stanley Hawes
Director : Lee Robinson |
Airline pilot delivering mail and supplies, standing with Mr and Mrs Parson. Bush policeman. Bush policemen on horseback on patrol in the outback. Bush policemen on horseback on patrol in the outback. Horse with foal in the outback.
L-R: Bush policeman talking to government official and policeman, Mr Parsons.
Three bush policemen on horseback at country property - two are Aboriginal. Leading horses carrying supplies across river. Bush policemen, black tracker and patrol are the basis of law and order administration in the outback. Windmill and water tank. Group on camels in outback landscape. Map of Australia showing Northern Territory where a force 80 bush policemen cover the whole state. VS outback landscape shots showing dry, desert scenes, cattle in shade of trees.
Access No. 11764 | 2 mins 14 secs | 1950s | NT, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Outback scene with old derelict shanty shed and old truck driving away . WS of river with weeds, mossy growth floating on surface and dense bush banks. Bush police paddling along river in canoe with injured man in canoe. CU of bush policeman helping injured man to drink water from enamel mug. CU of Aboriginal bush policeman in wide brim hat.
Access No. 11774 | 1 min 1 sec | 1950s | NT, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Nurse at the Daly River Station, Mrs. Tas Fitser (?) climbs stairs of homestead. She was the original nurse in the Northern Territory's Flying Doctor Service. Her husband is constable in Northern Territory police. Injured man, patient, helped into Police Station. Open truck along road with various CUs on group of Aboriginal men in back of utility truck. Superintendent Littlejohn and other policemen herd Aboriginal men into police station.
Access No. 11790 | 1 min 56 secs | 1950s | Daly River, NT, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Sign, Darwin Police Station. Young police officers in wide brim hats being trained at Darwin Police Headquarters. Man on horse gallops across outback farm paddock with good windmill and water tanks, white fencing and trees.
Access No. 11813 | 37 secs | 1950s | Darwin, NT, Timber Creek Station, Kimberley Ranges, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Timber Creek Station under control of Sam Parsons. He rides up to station gate, ties up horse. VS of interior of station with Sam using peddle radio. He is the only government official in the area, registrar of births, collector of public monies, electoral officer and policeman. Exterior shots of homestead with water tank and large stairway. Mrs. Parsons, nurse, monitoring health of Aboriginal community in the area. VS of Aboriginal women and baby in basket receiving health check, taking temperature with thermometer
Access No. 11814 | 1 min 16 secs | 1950s | Timber Creek Station, Kimberley Ranges, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
2 engine bi plane taxies towards camera on outback field. Aeroplanes used to deliver mail and supplies to isolated outback stations. Isolation. MS of two Aborigines sitting on haunches. Pilot greets waiting bush policeman and nurse. Policeman around outback station. VS horses at outback station and in corral. VS bush policeman climbing corral fence, saddle across rail of fence, and blacktrackers mustering horses in enclosure and breaking horses in.
Access No. 11844 | 2 mins | 1950s | Timber Creek Station, Kimberley Ranges, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Woman standing at top of steps outside outback station door , waving as bush policeman and group set out on outback patrol
Access No. 11873 | 29 secs | 1950s | NT, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |