Title Details

Bush Harvest

The manufacture and uses of eucalyptus oil.
Year : 1954 | Total Duration : 11 Minutes | Producer : John Martin Jones
Director : W.H. Shepherd |
LS of people with dog walking across rural landscape. High angle shot over forest and WS dense white eucalypt or gum tree forests. WS gum tree lined river bank. WS truck past timber mill with logged trees. WS timber house. GS truck across timber bridge towards camera and tilt up from railway tracks to steam train approaching camera. WS suburban house with mother and two children in front garden. VS gum trees. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 11988 | 1 min 33 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS gum leaves being blown by wind. Land Rover jeep 4WD towards camera laden with gum leaves. MS man unloading the eucalypt branches from back of 4WD using pitch fork then filling bucket with water from small waterhole. Shows the basic processes in the production of eucalyptus oil in the bush in heated vats. CU farmer sealing still with mud. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 11997 | 2 mins 12 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS of farmer lighting a cigarette. MS man cutting eucalypt branches with machete to improve the yield for next year. CUs of chopping. Pan across fields to gum trees. CUs shiny gum leaves and VS regrowth on pruned trees. CU machete blade in tree branch and MS men loading horse drawn wagon with leaves. VS draughthorse pulling load through the bush and high angle shot of horse and dray down steep dirt track. VS men unloading leaves from cart and filling still with leaves. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 11998 | 2 mins 43 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Men in the field setting up oil distilling process with eucalyptus leaves. CU worker holding glass of eucalyptus oil skimmed off from end of condenser pipe. Researcher in white coat in laboratory with tall white stills testing eucalypt species. GS shovelling coal into furnace then checking test tubes of eucalyptus oil. VS of laboratory equipment, tubes, Bunsen burners and MS chemist checking oil content. CU bottle of oil with menthol and thymol crystals poured either side. MS housewife standing at ironing board using eucalyptus oil to remove stain from spotted dress. GS woman waxing floor using floor polisher. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 12010 | 1 min 49 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Young woman walking down stairs inside house to sound of car horn. MS man in black car waiting. MS of woman as she dabs perfume behind her ears. MS small boy in cot being given eucalyptus oil on a spoon to aid cold relief. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 12016 | 21 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Scientist in white coat in distillery adjusting dials on vats. Woman working on bottling production line. Gum trees with new growth. Good laboratory shots for 1950's. VS of experimental gum tree forest planting for the production of eucalyptus oil. WS scientist walking along wall with bubbling test tubes (glass retorts) and MS taking sample. WS tall gum tree forest and hillsides. MS red gums. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 12023 | 1 min 2 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |