Title Details

Plant Quarantine at Work

Shows how quarantine officers keep a careful watch on all plant matter entering the country.
Year : 1960 | Total Duration : 10 Minutes | Producer : John Martin Jones
Director : Rhonda Small |
Woman picking chrysanthemum, two children playing in garden, boy on scooter. Young man with plants inside nursery greenhouse. Man driving tractor in field, cutting down produce. Man in helmet trimming lower branches from coniferous tree. Country scene.
Access No. 127119 | 47 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Sacks of imported seed winched from ship onto wharf, men undo ropes. Quarantine officer with hessian sacks on wharf, ship docked behind, fork lift truck passes. Man removing sample of seed from sack using tube. Sample in laboratory, woman in white coat testing for impurities, uses special goggles and tweezers.
Access No. 127121 | 55 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Man standing by machinery cleaning imported seeds, man lifting hessian sacks into chamber for fumigation using methyl bromide gas. Chamber sealed. Quarantine officer turning on gas to fumigate sacks which have been placed under plastic sheeting instead of chamber, danger sign. Man from Plant Quarantine Service opening brown paper packages in customs are. Many parcels around him and other workers.
Access No. 127122 | 1 min 1 sec | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Crate containing lily of the valley bulbs and compost tipped out. Bulbs treated in hot water in wire containers. Soil removed from roots of plant. Man with eye glass inspecting plant for disease, also uses microscope. Man enters quarantine glasshouse, closely inspects leaves of plants including using eye glass.
Access No. 127123 | 1 min 57 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Man opening back of utility truck (ute) containing plants and vegetables. Condemned plants (those carrying disease) tipped in furnace. Quarantine officer watches and makes notes. Flames and plants burning. Orchid, quarantine officer inspecting plants in large glass house.
Access No. 127124 | 40 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Imported timber floating in water, Sydney Harbour Bridge in distance, man bounds across logs and hauls rope. Quarantine officer walking across logs inspecting timber for disease. Men directing as logs lifted by crane and dropped into machinery at saw mill, log being sawn. Quarantine officer watches for insects in saw dust.
Access No. 127125 | 1 min 30 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Man hauling planks of wood into piles, quarantine officer incepting planks. Fork lift truck working amongst pile of imported sawn timber, quarantine officer in coat and hat inspects wood. Man inspecting bulbs using special glasses. In airport customs, confiscated fruit given to officer to remove. Travellers taking bags after inspection.
Access No. 127126 | 1 min | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |