Title Details

Great Barrier Reef, The

A look at life on the Great Barrier Reef - on the shore and under the waters.
Year : 1930 | Total Duration : 16 Minutes |
Opening titles and captions. Men in suits on yacht waving hats at camera as the leave Cairns (or possibly Barron River). Small group of men walk up beach with Indigenous man carrying trunk on sand cay (possibly Low Isles or Green Island). Indigenous man catching large Brown Booby on beach. He and non-indigenous man hold the bird's wings to show span.
Access No. 40887 | 50 secs | 1930s | Cairns, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Massive flock of terns nesting on coral cay. Man in pith helmet walks through them to camera picking up a few chicks. CU and pan seagulls on ground. CU recently hatched chicks around eggs. CU one displayed in man's hand. Flock hovering above nesting ground.
Access No. 126938 | 1 min 3 secs | 1930s | Great Barrier Reef, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Indigenous man standing in sea close to rocks holding fish on spear. CU fish gasping for air. VS CU's live marine life displayed on rocks including blue Linkea starfish with epulet shark and two bech de mer (sea cucumbers). VS coral in shallow water. Hand feeling opening in giant clam (Tridacna Gigas) on beach.
Access No. 126939 | 1 min 33 secs | 1930s | Qld, Australia | © Restricted Access - Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
Two Indigenous men in small boat drowning young dugong as another dugong broaches in background. One mansculls as the other holds its tail. Reach larger boat and non indigenous man helps haul it aboard. Inspect animal (now dead) and indigenous man cuts it open . Non-indigenous man inspects animal's ears and mouth showing Aboriginal man the seagrass from dugong's mouth. A stingray spike is also pulled from the dugong's head. Aboriginal men butcher the dugong in traditional manner. Cut up meat displayed.
Access No. 126940 | 3 mins 31 secs | 1930s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Man in deep sea diving suit and helmet hauled aboard pearling lugger. Indigenous man in suit smiles to camera. VS on boat with two indigenous divers inspecting oyster shells with other crew members. Inside shed, indigenous men sorting piles of shells. CU crate being packed with shells.
Access No. 126941 | 1 min 29 secs | 1930s | Probably Broome, WA, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Indigenous man with eye glass (possibly well known Singhalese pearl-skinner TB Ellies) pealing natural pearls. CU groups of pearls on desk. Slow pan estuary and mud flats, boats. Looking out to ship, long jetty. Indigenous pearlers on board lugger including one in diving suit. Team of donkeys or mules on beach (possibly Cossack area) ready to pull load. On boat, man in diving suit smiles to camera. On shore, donkey team and boat.
Access No. 126942 | 2 mins 14 secs | 1930s | Probably Broome, WA, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Indigenous men on board pearling lugger, one opening oyster shell. Diver on side of board with others preparing him for a dive. Man on boat holding up empty diving suit to show camera. Non indigenous man showing woman in cloche hat some shells. Good shot pearling luggers sailing.
Access No. 126943 | 2 mins 44 secs | 1930s | Probably Broome, WA, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Caption Òclear water for sight fishingÓ, man in boat with spear. CU underwater octopus. Man in Greek boat spears octopus and shows camera. Three men in rowing boat with small boy in bathing suit, one man holding box with glass to look underwater. CU underwater tropical rock lobster or crayfish, small boy dives in. Looking down at boy swimming underwater, brings lobster to boat. Group row away. Men looking through box. Brief shot jelly fish (possibly Box Jelly - Chironex flekeri).
Access No. 126944 | 1 min 24 secs | 1930s | North Qld, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |