Title Details

Health is Their Business

The production of biologicals, such as penicillin, Salk vaccine and antivenines at the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories.
Year : 1959 | Total Duration : 11 Minutes | Producer : Shan Benson
Director : W S Shepherd |
Opening titles. Little girl lying in bed with pneumonia, mother and grey haired doctor look on, mother strokes girl's head. Doctor prepares injection of penicillin, puts needle onto syringe using tweezers. Label on box of drug showing CSL (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories) logo.
Access No. 41404 | 56 secs | 1950s | Wahroonga, Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Logo CSL Commonwealth Serum Laboratories. Exterior CSL building, VW Kombi van drives past. Man in white coat gets out of vehicle. VS men and women working in laboratory testing and researching various biologicals / drugs used in preparation of vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, typhoid, influenza, tuberculosis, small pox, cholera and yellow fever. Also insulin and penicillin.
Access No. 41405 | 59 secs | 1950s | Faukner Park, Parkville, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
At CSL (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories) . CU large black spider in laboratory dish. VS men and women in laboratory working on biologicals / drugs used for treatment of spider and snake bites, anti venom. HAS tractor working on land pulling straw baler. Cattle under tree, flock of sheep in green grass. Two men looking at calves, one in white coat. Horses in paddock trotting through grass.
Access No. 41406 | 39 secs | 1950s | Faulkner Park, Broadmeadows farm, Parkville, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS Men and women working in CSL (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories) processing Salk Vaccine for protection against Polio, good shots equipment including pipette filling petrie dishes. Man checking tissue culture, VS production and tests. Women at microscopes. Vials of vaccine on conveyor belt and packed into boxes.
Access No. 41407 | 2 mins 27 secs | 1950s | Faukner Park, Parkville, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
At CSL (Commonwealth Seru m Laboratories). Packets of crystalline penicillin. VS production of penicillin, testing. Good shots men and women working in laboratory. VS testing. Man scooping penicillin crystals into tray.
Access No. 41408 | 1 min 49 secs | 1950s | Faukner Park, Parkville, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Man in white coat walking past buildings of Commonwealth Serum Laboratory. Men and women working in research laboratory, CU eyes and hand writing, microscope, graph. Funnel web spider being milked for venom for preparation of anti venom. Man passing another package of Taipan Antivenin. Pan packets of various medicines including penicillin, aquacaine, influenza and tetanus, salk vaccines, BCG, triple antigen.
Access No. 41409 | 8 mins 50 secs | 1950s | Faukner Park, Parkville, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Group of small children gathered around camera. Doctor in white coat giving baby injection / innoculation (could be for a prevention of a number of diseases) whilst sitting on mother's knee, nurse stands by. CU young girl to camera. Mother with child on her lap, both receive injection, woman smiles. CU young boy to camera. Older girl receives injection. CU small girl smiling. CU doctor.
Access No. 41410 | 44 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Young girl gets out of sick bed as mother approaches, mother helps her put on (chenille?) dressing gown. Girl runs out to balcony and waves to girls playing outside. They all stop and wave to camera.
Access No. 130860 | 34 secs | 1950s | Wahroonga, Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |