Title Details

Army Apprentices

Life for apprentices at the Army Apprentices School at Balcombe, Victoria.
Year : 1965 | Total Duration : 20 Minutes | Producer : Frank Bagnall
Director : Neil Howe |
Title. WS of Army Apprentice School in Balcombe Victoria established in 1948. Official Army car drives past three soldiers. They salute each other and march off. CU sign Army Apprentices School Headquarters. Soldiers lined up on parade. CU on their commander. MS pan of soldier apprentices wearing blue overalls and khaki berets. Soldiers march towards camera. Green military bus arrives at Army Apprentices school. New intake of soldier apprentices dressed in civilian clothes file off the bus and are greeted by Army officer. Army uniform and equipment are issued to the new soldier apprentices. CU on soldier trying on hat. PAN of laid out uniform and equipment. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 128483 | 1 min 49 secs | 1960s | Balcombe, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU sign - Educational Wing. Interior of classroom with uniformed teacher and students. Interior of physics and chemistry laboratory. CU on soldier holding beaker. Soldiers carry out experiments overseen by supervisor.CU sign Metal Trades wing. Soldier apprentices being trained in machine shop. CU on civilian instructor guiding apprentice in machine operations. Soldier apprentice operates thirty-six inch radial drill machine. Instructor oversees. CU on board displaying samples of work done by apprentices. Soldier apprentices at work in the blacksmith shop. CU on board displaying iron objects made by apprentices. Soldier apprentices and instructor wearing masks work in welding shop. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 128485 | 2 mins 26 secs | 1960s | Balcombe, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU sign Motor Vehicles Wing. Soldier apprentices are instructed in mechanical and electrical engineering. Soldier apprentices operate various machines including the diesel engine, motorised fuel pump and petrol engine. CU on light showing Electrical Trades Wing. Soldier apprentices instructed in aspects of electrical and telecommunication trades. CU sign Architectural and Mechanical Drawing Wing. An instructor supervises apprentices as they do their mechanical drawings. Instructor turns the pages of a folder displaying drawings. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 128486 | 2 mins 36 secs | 1960s | Balcombe, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU sign Building Trades Wing. Soldier apprentice carpenters draw their construction plans. Building trade apprentices construct building frame, cement bricks and lay plumbing pipes. Soldier apprentices collect their lunch from canteen. A blackboard displays menu. A group of apprentices sit at table with their meals. CU on soldier apprentice eating from plate of meat, mashed potato and vegetables. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 128487 | 1 min 22 secs | 1960s | Balcombe, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU sign Army School of Music. Soldier apprentice musicians sitting at desks in classroom are instructed in musicianship. Trombonist is given individual tuition. Uniformed brass quartet rehearse. Army band perform led by conductor. CU on players. Company Commander seated at desk interviews soldier apprentice. School's chaplain in conversation with apprentice. Soldier apprentices in pews listen to priest speaking from pulpit. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 128488 | 2 mins 39 secs | 1960s | Balcombe, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Ill soldier apprentice lies in hospital bed with nursing sister by his bedside. Soldier apprentices in school gymnasium jump over vaulting horse and work on parallel bars. Apprentices compete in game of indoor basketball. Group of soldier apprentices dive into water at beach. Dog runs along shore. Soldier apprentices partake in various outdoor sporting activities including sailing, shot put, cricket, tennis, go-cart racing and rugby. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 128489 | 1 min 26 secs | 1960s | Balcombe, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Two soldier apprentices take a shower. Apprentice shaves whilst another combs his hair. Two apprentices towel dry themselves another puts on his white singlet. Apprentices relaxing in their barracks. Apprentices prepare themselves for an evening of recreational activities by putting on ties and polishing shoes. Apprentice wearing dressing gown reads a book. Group of apprentices relax in their barracks. Seated on his bed an apprentice plays the guitar. A game of chess is played while two apprentices watch on. One takes a drag of his cigarette. Two apprentices who are part of the amateur radio club speak into a microphone. Feature film posters & placards stuck on wall including - ÒCarry on Jack', ÒBig Bye BirdieÓ, ÒThe Scarlet BladeÓ and ÒTammy and the DoctorÓ. Apprentices walk past posters & placards. Apprentices order milkshakes and play the juke box at club. CU on black male shoe tapping. CU on trombone player, a member of the apprentices dance band. Couples dance along to the band's music. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 128490 | 2 mins 42 secs | 1960s | Balcombe, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Two uniformed soldiers patrol the school. exterior of barracks - ÒB Kokoda CoyÓ. Soldier sits at desk writing letter. On the desk there is a framed picture of a woman. Soldier with bugle stands in front of barracks and plays the Last Post. Soldier apprentices wearing pyjamas get into their beds. Lights are turned off. CU on apprentice turning over in his bed. CU on row of butts of rifles. Soldier apprentices carry out military training activities including rifle target practice, ground maneuvers and map logistics. Rows of graduating soldier apprentices on parade. CU pan of soldiers in uniform. Commanders salute each other and march off. Led by the Army Band the soldiers walk through the gates of the Balcombe Army Apprentice School. End titles. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 128492 | 4 mins 1 sec | 1960s | Balcombe, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |