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Title Details

Operation Babylift

The stories of three Vietnamese-Australians who were among more than 3000 babies airlifted from Saigon orphanages at the end of the Vietnam War.
Year : 2004 | Total Duration : 55 Minutes | Producer : Helen Barrow
Director : Dai Le |
Archival colour footage of helicopter in sky and dissolve to mass of people running to meet helicopter.
Access No. 140456 | 11 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
MS archival colour footage of mass of Vietnamese people struggling to get into helicopter. Opening credits.
Access No. 140457 | 13 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
GS archival colour footage of tank past camera with armed soldier standing in open hatch of tank turret.
Access No. 140458 | 4 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
VS archival colour footage of women and children getting into boat. CUs faces of small boys.
Access No. 140459 | 8 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
MS nurses carrying babies and MS nurse placing baby into cardboard box alongside others waiting to be airlifted.
Access No. 140460 | 7 secs | 2000s | Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival colour MS of sleeping baby in cardboard box and tilt up to others also asleep in boxes. MS nurses with babies and pan to MS man holding toddler.
Access No. 140461 | 9 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © National Archives and Records Administration | Colour |
CU interview with Frea Bolt talking about her reasons for adopting a Vietnamese baby.
Access No. 140462 | 5 secs | 2000s | Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival colour MS of serviceman with tattoo on arm holding a young Vietnamese baby and CU of toddler being held by Vietnamese man looking to camera. MS nurse carrying baby down gangway from plane.
Access No. 140464 | 15 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © National Archives and Records Administration | Colour |
CU interview with Christina Tinker-Casson becoming emotional as she describes her confusion and pain arising from being adopted.
Access No. 140465 | 9 secs | 2000s | Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
CU hands typing on telex machine with fade to opening titles.
Access No. 140466 | 11 secs | 2000s | © NFSA | Colour |
VS Dai and Christina Tinker-Casson at Tan Son Nhut Airport and MS Christina at Vietnam immigration and GS her passport being stamped. GS of the two women leaving the airport and taking a taxi. Voice-over of Dai Le explaining that Christina was an orphan and she a refugee who were uprooted from Saigon when the city collapsed into the hands of the North Vietnamese in 1975. GS of crowded Saigon traffic consisting mainly of motorcycle riders.
Access No. 140467 | 37 secs | 2000s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
VS Christina Tinker-Casson and Dai Le travelling through Ho Chi Min City in the back of a taxi intercut with shots of the street and neighbourhoods as the taxi drives on. Voice-over from Dai, a refugee explaining that this is the first visit back for Christine who is searching for her birth mother after being one of 280 orphans brought to Australia for adoption as part of Operation Babylift. MS travelling shot of family travelling on motorcycles without helmets.
Access No. 140468 | 1 min 3 secs | 2000s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
Colour archival footage of crowds of Vietnamese refugees, army helicopters dropping supplies and MS man crouching in grass over sick man.
Access No. 140469 | 13 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
Colour archival footage of line of helicopters taking off and flying.
Access No. 140470 | 7 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
WS crowd of refugees. GS injured refugees on stretchers and man on crutches.
Access No. 140472 | 7 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
GS Vietnamese refugees getting into boat and zoom into child on boat crying. People fleeing on bicycles and on foot along streets of Saigon in panic.
Access No. 140473 | 14 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
CU small children looking up to camera.
Access No. 140474 | 8 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
MS interview with Allan Hogan from ABCs Four Corners program questioning whether Vietnamese children placed in orphanages during the Vietnam War really were orphans.
Access No. 140475 | 14 secs | 2000s | Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival colour high angle pan along row of small Vietnamese children sitting in long line of white seats in orphanage. CU small child crying in cot.
Access No. 140476 | 15 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
MS interview with Professor Nguyen Van Ham from the National Assembly, Saigon of 1975 talking about the number of soldier and civilian deaths in South Vietnam leaving their children orphaned. Subtitled.
Access No. 140477 | 15 secs | 2000s | Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival colour MS of Vietnamese baby lying on his back playing with toy truck. VS doctor examining crying baby with stethoscope.
Access No. 140478 | 14 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © National Archives and Records Administration | Colour |
CU interview with Rosemary Calder from the Australian Society for Intercountry Aid (Children) talking about the range of poor circumstances she witnessed of babies in Vietnam.
Access No. 140479 | 13 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU baby clinging to rails of cot crying and track along babies lying in row of cots in orphanage.
Access No. 140480 | 14 secs | 2000s | Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
CU interview with adoptive parent Frea Bolt talking about how she learnt of the plight of the Vietnamese orphans through the media in Australia.
Access No. 140481 | 8 secs | 2000s | © NFSA | Colour |
GS archival colour footage of small glum girl on swing and GS small girl crying.
Access No. 140482 | 12 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
GS archival colour photograph of Frea and Peter Bolt. Two archival B&W photographs of the Bolt's adopted mixed-race Vietnamese orphan Kim.
Access No. 140483 | 13 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © Frea Bolt | Colour |
CU interview with Frea Bolt where she speaks of wanting to get another Vietnamese orphan as the country's problems worsened.
Access No. 140484 | 5 secs | 2000s | Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival colour footage of small Vietnamese boys on seesaw at orphanage. ECU face of small Vietnamese girl smiling to camera with neglected teeth.
Access No. 140485 | 8 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
CU archival colour footage of small Vietnamese boy being held by journalist Allan Hogan in Saigon, April, 1975 and zoom out to MS.
Access No. 140486 | 9 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
WS map of South East Asia with Vietnam highlighted superimposed over archival war footage. CUs of North & South Vietnam with voice-over outlining war in the regions.
Access No. 140487 | 15 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © NFSA / Vietnam Film Institute | Colour |
WS archival colour footage of Vietnamese women refugees with children carrying suitcases and being moved along by the military.
Access No. 140488 | 6 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
Detail of B&W photograph of showing Elaine Moir with orphanage workers holding Vietnamese babies and children then WS of photograph.
Access No. 140489 | 12 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © Elaine Moir | Colour |
Archival footage of refugees and military at Tan Son Nhut Airport. MS newborn baby being roughly bundled into helicopter.
Access No. 140490 | 14 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
MS interview with Elaine Moir from Friends For All Children Crche talking about the chaotic process of getting Vietnamese refugees and orphans out of the country.
Access No. 140491 | 15 secs | 2000s | Australia | © Elaine Moir | Colour |
Archival B&W photograph of a baby sleeping on it's stomach with legs dangling through cot rails. Tilt along photo of young children sitting on floor of orphanage.
Access No. 140492 | 13 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © Rosemary Calder | B&W |
MS interview with Rosemary Calder talking about pressuring the Australian Government to airlift orphans out of Saigon.
Access No. 140493 | 9 secs | 2000s | Australia | © Rosemary Calder | Colour |
MS tracking shots following Christina Tinker-Casson on streets of Ho Chi Minh City past fruit vendors and into shop where she asks the shop assistant for a SIM card for her mobile phone and receives a blank answer. WS of Christina crossing the road.
Access No. 140494 | 32 secs | 2000s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
WS exterior of suburban brick house in Newton, South Australia. GS of single mother Christina Tinker-Casson and her daughter Olivia in their kitchen as Christina prepares Olivia's school lunch. MS with Christina talking about her feelings of growing up with her adoptive parents after being born during the Vietnam War. She speaks of obtaining her adoption papers from the state government which led her to search for her birth mother.
Access No. 140495 | 1 min 17 secs | 2000s | Newton, SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS of Christina Tinker-Casson walking her daughter Olivia along the street to school and WS entering school grounds. MS Tinker-Casson talking about her reaction to finding out the name of her biological mother and VS of her packing a suitcase with Olivia. MS Tinker-Casson talking of her determination to request a DNA test from two people claiming to be her parents.
Access No. 140496 | 1 min 14 secs | 2000s | Newton, SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS of Christina Tinker-Casson farewelling friends and daughter Olivia at the airport. WS of Tinker-Casson checking in.
Access No. 140497 | 23 secs | 2000s | SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of Encounter Bay with sea stretching beyond township and yellow grassy slopes in in foreground. Pan along street in Encounter Bay to yellow weatherboard house. Interior of house with MS of naturopath Martine Bach massaging client lying face-down on massage table. CU of Bach inserting acupuncture needle.
Access No. 140498 | 29 secs | 2000s | Encounter Bay, SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU interview with Martine Bach, an adoptee from the Vietnam War, airlifted out of Saigon when she was eight years old. CU interview with Bach where she describes the process of wanting to find her Vietnamese roots and perhaps some family. CU photograph of Bach around her 28th birthday when she decided to search for her past.
Access No. 140499 | 37 secs | 2000s | Encounter Bay, SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival colour footage of Vietnamese adoptee Martine Bach as a child on a swing and zoom into her as she points to camera. B&W photograph of Bach as a child holding up a sign with her name written on it. MS more current colour photograph of Bach.
Access No. 140500 | 35 secs | 2000s, 1970s, | Encounter Bay, SA, Australia | © Martine Bach | Colour |
WS of beach and headland at Yallingup. MS Shane Bolt walking along beach in wetsuit and VS attaching ankle strap from his surfboard and entering surf. CU interview with Bolt, an adoptee from the Vietnam War, talking about his complete disinterest in finding his birth family even though he'd be interested in exploring Vietnam. WS Bolt in the surf on his board.
Access No. 140501 | 44 secs | 2000s | Yallingup, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival B&W photograph of Frea Bolt hold her newly adopted Vietnamese baby Shane at six months old. B&W photograph of Shane as a toddler waving to camera. Colour photographs of Shane and the Bolt's first Vietnamese baby Kim as older children. Wider view of photograph with Shane and Kim on swing flanked by older blond boys.
Access No. 140502 | 19 secs | 1970s | WA, Australia | © Frea Bolt | Colour |
CU interview with Frea Bolt speaking about the perceived views on adoption at the time she adopted her two Vietnamese babies and her views which were based more on the urgency of the situation in Vietnam at the time.
Access No. 140503 | 14 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS street traffic in Ho Chi Minh City and WS of Christina Tinker-Casson and Dai Le walking along street to Benh-Vien Nhi-Dong Hospital. VS Christina crying with back to camera as she prepares to enter the hospital where she was left as a baby. MS interview with Christina explaining the thoughts she was having. VS Christina and Dai talking to nurse about whether any records existed which may mention her from the 1970s. GS Christina and Dai leaving hospital after finding no records exist.
Access No. 140504 | 1 min 25 secs | 2000s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
VS archival footage of streets of Saigon as the Vietnam War closed in on the city. VS street vendors.
Access No. 140505 | 13 secs | 1960s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
B&W photograph of Martine Bach as a child riding tricycle.
Access No. 140506 | 5 secs | 1960s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © Tony Dudman | Colour |
Colour archival footage of Martine Bach as a child playing on the street with another young girl.
Access No. 140508 | 7 secs | 1960s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © Tony Dudman | Colour |
MS interview with Martine Bach talking about being taken away from her birth mother at the age of eight and placed into an orphanage. MS interview with Bach's birth mother Mrs Chinh talking about the circumstances in which she decided to put her children in care at the beginning of the war.
Access No. 140509 | 23 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS streets of Saigon as the Vietnam War closed in on the city. VS street vendors. GS of woman sitting at the side of the road eating.
Access No. 140510 | 8 secs | 1960s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
MS interview with Martine Bach's birth mother Mrs Chinh talking about the circumstances in which she decided to put her children into care at the beginning of the war. Bach talking about her memories of being taken away from her mother.
Access No. 140511 | 28 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS looking down street along tall fence with barbed wire along top edge to woman in straw hat walking away from camera.
Access No. 140512 | 6 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS interview with Martine Bach's birth mother Mrs Chinh talking about how she reasoned that she would see her children again if they were well looked after during the war.
Access No. 140513 | 16 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Colour archival footage of Martine Bach as a child playing happily in the Saigon orphanage she was placed in just before the Vietnam War. Slow zoom in to her laughing face.
Access No. 140514 | 21 secs | 1960s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © Tony Dudman | Colour |
Archival colour footage of soldiers in burnt out jungle.
Access No. 140515 | 4 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
Archival colour footage of soldiers walking towards smoking burnt out target and MS soldiers in jeep past camera.
Access No. 140516 | 6 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
MS interview with Richard Palfreyman, former ABC Saigon Correspondent, 1975 talking about the fall of South Vietnam. CU illustrated map of North and South Vietnam showing cities of Nha Trang and Saigon with zoom into Saigon.
Access No. 140517 | 13 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival colour footage of cars and traffic along Saigon Street.
Access No. 140518 | 2 secs | 1970s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
High angle shot over Australian flag flying from Australian Embassy with Saigon street below.
Access No. 140519 | 8 secs | 2000s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
CUs cablegram montage with voice-over reading segment from one. CU hands typing. CU tape coming out of machine.
Access No. 140520 | 17 secs | 1970s | © Department of Foreign Affairs | Colour |
Archival colour footage of Communist flag and explosives on ground. WS smoke rising from explosion behind village buildings.
Access No. 140521 | 2 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
Archival colour footage of blindfolded prisoners sitting on ground with hands tied behind backs.
Access No. 140522 | 5 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
MS interview with Elaine Moir talking about the rumours of what the Communists troops would do in South Vietnam during the war. MS interview with Allan Hogan talking about the South Vietnamese peoples fear of change the North Vietnamese may bring. Interview with ex-war correspondent Richard Palfreyman where he talks of the Whitlam Government's reluctance to accept refugees from Saigon.
Access No. 140523 | 48 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival colour footage of refugee and orphan children in Saigon.
Access No. 140524 | 11 secs | 1970s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
Archival colour footage of MS babies crying in refugee crowd.
Access No. 140525 | 5 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
MS US President Gerard Ford making a televised announcement to Congress on 3 April, 1975, to provide a special foreign aid children's fund.
Access No. 140526 | 7 secs | 1970s | USA | © National Archives and Records Administration | Colour |
Archival colour footage of US soldier carrying two small Vietnamese refugee children to aircraft. GS of Vietnamese child walking from bus accompanied by adult. Tilt from young US soldier to small Afro-Vietnamese orphan sitting next to him and GS row of of orphans strapped into aircraft seats. MS small boy sleeping across companion's lap in plane.
Access No. 140527 | 25 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © National Archives and Records Administration | Colour |
Interview with Robert Devereaux, former Australian Consul Saigon, 1975 commenting on Australian adoption procedures at the time of the Vietnam War airlifts in the 1970s.
Access No. 140528 | 9 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival colour footage of US soldier lifting young Afro-Vietnamese child. GS US soldiers comforting young Vietnamese girl with other refugee children in background.
Access No. 140529 | 6 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © National Archives and Records Administration | Colour |
CU newspaper headline from the Sydney Morning Herald titled "PM authorises orphans' flight".
Access No. 140530 | 5 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © Sydney Morning Herald | Colour |
Interview with Richard Palfreyman, former ABC Saigon Correspondent, 1975 talking about Canberra's position in accepting Vietnamese orphans in Australia from the Vietnam War.
Access No. 140531 | 8 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Zoom in to CU of The Age newspaper with headline reading "500 Viet orphans here soon" with voice-over from Richard Palfreyman.
Access No. 140532 | 5 secs | 1970s | Australia | © The Age | Colour |
CU of Sydney Morning Herald article with overlay of telex tape and voice-over of contents of cablegram sent by Ambassador Geoffrey Price from 3 April, 1975.
Access No. 140534 | 4 secs | 1970s | Australia | © Sydney Morning Herald | Colour |
CUs of telex tape being output by telex machine.
Access No. 140535 | 8 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU headline from the Mercury Tasmania newspaper titled "Planes Will Fly Out Orphans".
Access No. 140536 | 4 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © Mercury Tasmania | Colour |
MS baby being placed into cardboard box in preparation for being airlifted and CU baby girl in nurse's arms.
Access No. 140537 | 7 secs | 2000s | Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
B&W archival footage of plane landing at Saigon Airport with planes on tarmac POV from inside of landing plane. WS cockpit of plane taxiing towards bare-chested traffic controller on tarmac waving paddles as plane approaches camera.
Access No. 140538 | 7 secs | 1970s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © Australian War Memorial | B&W |
MS interview with Rosslyn Richards, former RAAF nurse talking about evacuating Vietnamese babies en masse from Saigon during the Vietnam War.
Access No. 140539 | 5 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival colour still of newly evacuated Vietnamese children standing with soldier next to bus.
Access No. 140541 | 5 secs | 1970s | © National Archives and Records | Colour |
MS archival B&W still of RAAF nurse holding Vietnamese baby. MS archival B&W still of nurse with pilot holding Vietnamese refugee baby.
Access No. 140542 | 5 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © Department of Defence | B&W |
Archival B&W still of two people tending to rows of Vietnamese refugee babies in boxes on aircraft. GS B&W still of nurse securing rows of refugee Vietnamese babies in boxes on aircraft.
Access No. 140544 | 5 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © National Archives and Records | B&W |
Archival colour CU of refugee Vietnamese baby on woman's shoulder looking to camera.
Access No. 140545 | 3 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © National Archives and Records | Colour |
VS nurses carrying Vietnamese babies and placing them in cardboard boxes.
Access No. 140547 | 14 secs | 2000s | Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
MS interview with Elaine Moir recalling being closed out of Tan Son Nhut airport after finally being ready to airlift orphan babies from Vietnam.
Access No. 140548 | 5 secs | 2000s | Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival colour footage of two jet fighter planes across sky.
Access No. 140549 | 4 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Archival colour news footage of reporter Peter Munckton for ABC News reporting on American Babylift aircraft which had crashed killing over 100 children on April 4, 1975. WS pall of black smoke rising behind Pan Am jet plane tail and GS ambulances arriving at scene. GS soldiers lifting orphan Vietnamese babies from jeep and GS two babies on ambulance stretcher past cameras.
Access No. 140550 | 21 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
ECU newspaper headlines and photos relating to American Babylift flight which had crashed in Vietnam killing over 100 babies with voice-over of Tony Dudman, adoptive father of Martine Bach.
Access No. 140551 | 7 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © Herald & Weekly Times | Colour |
Archival colour footage of men inspecting plane wreckage, CU child's shoe, US flag emblem on part of plane wreckage and GS more wreckage lying in field.
Access No. 140553 | 15 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © National Archives and Records Administration | Colour |
MS interview with Tony Dudman, adoptive father of Vietnamese orphan Martine Bach talking about his shock at hearing the news of the Babylift flight crash in Vietnam in the 1970s when he and his wife were waiting for Martine.
Access No. 140554 | 11 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS interview with General Mai Chi Tho, Communist Party Secretary in 1973 talking about the effect the Babylift air crash had on the Vietnamese government. (English subtitles).
Access No. 140555 | 24 secs | 2000s | Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
B&W archival footage of Welcome to Tan Son Nhut sign and WS truck passing through airport.
Access No. 140557 | 4 secs | 1970s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © Australian War Memorial | B&W |
B&W archival footage of nose of large RAAF Hercules aircraft with side door closing and GS plane taxiing on tarmac.
Access No. 140558 | 7 secs | 1970s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © Australian War Memorial | B&W |
B&W archival footage of pilot in cockpit of RAAF Hercules as the plane takes off from runway.
Access No. 140559 | 3 secs | 1970s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © Australian War Memorial | B&W |
B&W archival ground to air footage of RAAF Hercules in sky.
Access No. 140560 | 1970s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © Australian War Memorial | B&W |
Archival colour GS of nurse feeding baby aboard Babylift flight and CU sleeping Vietnamese baby. MS blonde nurse rocking small child in her lap. VS man alighting plane holding baby followed by nurses and embassy staff starting to unload babies.
Access No. 140561 | 21 secs | 1970s | Australia | © National Archives and Records Administration | Colour |
MS interview with Rosslyn Richards talking about arriving with the airlifted Vietnamese babies.
Access No. 140562 | 5 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU face of eight year old Vietnamese refugee Martine Bach waving to camera in slow-motion on arrival to Australia.
Access No. 140563 | 10 secs | 1970s | Australia | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
MS interview with Martine Bach recalling the Babylift flight from Vietnam to Australia as an eight year old Vietnamese refugee.
Access No. 140564 | 14 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tilt down CU of B&W photograph of refugee babies in makeshift cots on aircraft.
Access No. 140588 | 1970s | Vietnam | © Val Seager | B&W |
Archival colour news footage of Qantas plane on tarmac at Sydney Airport 5 April, 1975. GS ambulance reversing towards plane on tarmac and GS nurses carrying airlifted Vietnamese babies from plane. VS older Vietnamese children on tarmac.
Access No. 140595 | 22 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
Archival colour footage of bus past camera and WS sign for North Head Quarantine Station.
Access No. 140598 | 6 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
MS interview with Rosemary Calder from the Australian Society for Intercountry Aid (Children) talking about the North Head Quarantine Station becoming a mini hospital for the newly arrived Vietnamese orphans.
Access No. 140601 | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival colour footage of nurses and Vietnamese babies and toddlers at North Head Quarantine Station. VS camera crew filming orphans. MS interview with Salvation Army officer expressing his hope that Australia had done the right thing in taking the children from their country.
Access No. 140603 | 29 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
High angle WS over Vietnamese city and WS street scenes with motorbikes parked along street and passing traffic. High angle shot over people walking along paved courtyard with Christina Tinker-Casson walking with Dai Le up stairs towards camera. MS Dai acting as a translator between Christina and Mr Tho who claims to be Christina's natural father.
Access No. 140617 | 1 min 30 secs | 2000s | Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
MS Dai Le acting as a translator between Christina Tinker-Casson and Mr Tho who claims to be Christina's natural father (English subtitles). Interview with Christina to camera speaking of her feelings during the three-way conversation she had with Dai and Mr Tho. VS Christina and Mr Tho lighting incense and bowing down in prayer. MS Christina attempting to follow Mr Tho's lead during prayer.
Access No. 140621 | 1 min 19 secs | 2000s | Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle WS looking towards the city of Adelaide. WS Martine Bach sitting with her adoptive parents around table in sitting room looking at photographs of her birth family together.
Access No. 140623 | 20 secs | 2000s | Adelaide, SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU colour photograph of Martine Bach and her Vietnamese birth mother smiling together. Zoom into their similar faces.
Access No. 140624 | 13 secs | 2000s | Adelaide, SA, Australia | © Martine Bach | Colour |
GS Martine Bach sitting with her adoptive parents around table in sitting room looking at photographs of her birth family together. CU interview with Bach talking about her trip to Vietnam to find her mother.
Access No. 140626 | 16 secs | 2000s | Adelaide, SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS busy street life in Ho Chi Minh City. WS women sitting and standing on steps in doorway of shop. CU interview in Vietnamese (with English translations) with Martine Bach's birth mother Mrs Chinh intercut with CU interview with Bach in which they both describe their first meeting.
Access No. 140632 | 1 min 2 secs | 2000s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
MS photograph of Martine Bach with her natural sister. Zoom out to photograph with her birth mother Mrs Chinh also in photo.
Access No. 140636 | 12 secs | 2000s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © Martine Bach | Colour |
WS tilt down to crowded street in Ho Chi Minh City packed with pedestrians. GS dog standing on step looking to camera next to motor bike on footpath. MS track from behind following Christina Tinker Tinker-Casson and Dai Le down narrow back street. VS arriving at Mrs Huong's house and greeting her. VS tentative and tearful meeting conducted through Dai as Christina attempts to find out if Mrs Huong is her birth mother. MS interview with Christina to camera.
Access No. 140637 | 2 mins 46 secs | 2000s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
ECUs newspaper article about Vietnamese war orphans arriving in Australia and US.
Access No. 140642 | 4 secs | 1970s | Australia | © Herald & Weekly Times | Colour |
ECU of Sydney Morning Herald headline "PM visits orphans".
Access No. 140643 | 4 secs | 1970s | Australia | © Sydney Morning Herald | Colour |
CU B&W photograph in The Age newspaper of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam holding a Vietnamese baby.
Access No. 140644 | 2 secs | 1970s | Australia | © The Age | B&W |
Archival colour footage of MS Prime Minister Gough Whitlam holding a Vietnamese baby as media flash bulbs explode.
Access No. 140645 | 6 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
CU newspaper headline "Operation Babylift: Mums Rush Waifs - More on Way".
Access No. 140651 | 7 secs | 1970s | Australia | © Daily Telegraph | Colour |
CU interview with former Charge Nurse, Val Seager talking about the cancellation of a flight from Sydney to Saigon to start the second Babylift. WS plane parked outside airport terminal seen from inside.
Access No. 140652 | 25 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
ECU pan across typed letter with the words "Cancellation of Second Orphan Flight".
Access No. 140653 | 3 secs | 1970s | Australia | © Department of Foreign Affairs | Colour |
CU typewriter typing letter in yellow light. MS interview with General Mai Chi Tho, former Communist Party Secretary, 1975 disagreeing with the removal of babies from war torn Vietnam (English translations). WS cable tape snaking onto floor then tilt up to typist. CU interview with Tran Thi Ngo "Hanoi Hannah", broadcaster from 1965-1975 expressing her disapproval at taking people out of the country under any circumstances.
Access No. 140654 | 1 min 5 secs | 1970s | © NFSA | Colour |
CU newspaper headline and article "Saigon allows rush airlift to Australia".
Access No. 140655 | 3 secs | 1970s | Australia | © The Australian | Colour |
CU newspaper headline and article "Way cleared for more orphans".
Access No. 140656 | 5 secs | 1970s | Australia | © The Advertiser | Colour |
MS interview with Robert Devereaux, former Australian Consul Saigon, 1975 talking about procedures adopted for the second Babylift.
Access No. 140657 | 7 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CUs three B&W photographs of Vietnamese babies serving as documentation before being airlifted out of Vietnam to Australia.
Access No. 140658 | 8 secs | 1970s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © IPCCC Vietnam | B&W |
MS interview with Robert Devereaux, former Australian Consul Saigon, 1975 talking about procedures adopted for the second Babylift.
Access No. 140659 | 7 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival footage of soldiers running to helicopters, VS soldiers, soldier's hat in street and war torn street as the communist forces approached Saigon. WS burnt out building still smouldering.
Access No. 140661 | 13 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
MS interview with Ian Frame, former RAAF pilot talking about the tension in Saigon and needing a police escort to drive to the airport.
Access No. 140662 | 8 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CUs archival colour photographs of Vietnamese refugee children and babies accompanied by nurses arriving at airport. CUs soldiers and young child.
Access No. 140663 | 16 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © Ian Frame | Colour |
MS interview with Ian Frame, former RAAF pilot talking about being left to care for the refugee children and babies before airlifting them out of Saigon.
Access No. 140664 | 5 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
B&W archival photograph of RAAF pilot Ian Frame holding small Vietnamese refugee baby on bouncinette and MS of Frame feeding baby with bottle. WS photograph of single male RAAF pilots feeding and attending to children. Photograph of crew and children outside plane and cars and people on tarmac waiting next to RAAF Hercules.
Access No. 140665 | 21 secs | 1970s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Australia | © Ian Frame | Colour |
MS interview with former Charge Nurse Val Seager talking about the urgency to airlift the Vietnamese orphans out of Saigon as the war grew closer the the city.
Access No. 140666 | 11 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival tracking aerials from helicopter of columns of smoke rising over buildings of city.
Access No. 140671 | 13 secs | 1970s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © National Archives and Records Administration | Colour |
MS interview with Dr Ron Lucas describing desperate Vietnamese mothers offloading their babies in a bid to give their babies a chance as war loomed.
Access No. 140672 | 21 secs | 2000s | Australia | © National Archives and Records Administration | Colour |
WS babies being carried in the arms of nurses from the newly arrived TAA plane, the last airlift of orphans from Saigon.
Access No. 140673 | 17 secs | 1970s | Australia | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
CU newspaper headline "Sick Waifs Rushed to Medical Centre".
Access No. 140674 | 4 secs | 1970s | Australia | © Sydney Morning Herald | Colour |
Archival colour photograph of nurses gathered around ambulance, B&W MS still of nurse holding young baby up to camera, CU small baby on hospital bed intubated and small Vietnamese child sitting up in cot being spoon fed in hospital.
Access No. 140675 | 14 secs | 1970s | Australia | © Val Seager | B&W |
CUs woman holding young Vietnamese girl smiling to camera and CU man holding young child joined by smiling woman.
Access No. 140676 | 7 secs | 1970s | Australia | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
Archival colour CU women looking through window at baby being held by woman inside. GS bus driving through airport.
Access No. 140677 | 7 secs | 1970s | Adelaide, SA, Australia | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
MS interview with Frea Bolt talking about arriving at the airport to pick up her newly adopted Vietnamese refugee baby.
Access No. 140678 | 8 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival footage of men in suits and air hostesses in uniforms walking across tarmac from plane to airport in slow motion.
Access No. 140679 | 7 secs | 1970s | Adelaide, SA, Australia | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
MS interview with Frea Bolt talking about arriving at the airport to pick up her newly adopted Vietnamese refugee baby.
Access No. 140680 | 7 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU B&W photograph of Frea Bolt and her young son holding their newly adopted Vietnamese baby Shane. zoom in to Shane's face.
Access No. 140681 | 11 secs | 1970s | Australia | © Frea Bolt | Colour |
Archival colour footage of Martine Bach as an eight year-old refugee alighting with adult Vietnamese from bus and MS holding doll and waving to camera.
Access No. 140682 | 10 secs | 1970s | Australia | © ABC Content Sales | Colour |
MS interview with Martine Bach about how she felt as a newly arrived eight year-old refugee in Australia.
Access No. 140683 | 7 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival colour home movie footage of Vietnamese Martine Bach in the garden with her adoptive family.
Access No. 140684 | 10 secs | 1970s | Australia | © Tony Dudman | Colour |
MS interview with Martine Bach about how she adjusted to Australian life as a newly arrived eight year-old Vietnamese refugee in Australia.
Access No. 140685 | 6 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival colour home movie footage of Vietnamese Martine Bach as a child patting donkey.
Access No. 140686 | 8 secs | 1970s | Australia | © Tony Dudman | Colour |
WS Frea Bolt standing in doorway at night and GS her adopted Vietnamese adult son Shane preparing food in kitchen and VS barbecuing outside house.
Access No. 140687 | 17 secs | 2000s | Adelaide, SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU archival colour photograph of Shane Bolt's adoptive family posed in backyard with the parents, three blond children and two Vietnamese children. Zoom into face of Shane's brother Peter with voice-over of Shane describing the protectiveness in the family.
Access No. 140688 | 1 min 16 secs | 1970s | Adelaide, SA, Australia | © Frea Bolt | Colour |
CU interview with Shane Bolt talking about growing up with his adoptive family.
Access No. 140689 | 13 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS archival colour photograph of Shane Bolt's adoptive family posed in backyard with Shane as teenager and another photo taken a few years later of the family with grandchildren.
Access No. 140690 | 4 secs | 1970s | Adelaide, SA, Australia | © Frea Bolt | Colour |
WS white brick wall covered in racist graffiti in black paint.
Access No. 140691 | 3 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU anti-Asian graffiti on wall.
Access No. 140692 | 3 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU interview with Frea Bolt talking about the anti-Asian sentiment in Western Australia during the 1970s and 1980s and how all the seven in their family would go out to remove any racist graffiti.
Access No. 140693 | 10 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Stills from film with GS Asian man walking past poster on pole and CU to sign on pole reading "Stop the Asian Invasion".
Access No. 140694 | 7 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU interview with Shane Bolt talking about his family's stand against racist and anti-Asian activities.
Access No. 140695 | 8 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS graffiti on white wall reading "Asians Out".
Access No. 140696 | 3 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU interview with Frea Bolt talking about her family's stand against displays of anti-Asian sentiment.
Access No. 140697 | 5 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU interview with Shane Bolt talking about his family's stand against racist and anti-Asian activities.
Access No. 140698 | 5 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS Christina Tinker-Casson and her birth mother Mrs Huong walking hand in hand along busy city street shopping. MS Tinker-Casson interview talking about her mixed feelings about her relationship with Mrs Huong. VS of the two women looking at fabric at stall and VS at fruit stall.
Access No. 140699 | 1 min 27 secs | 2000s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
VS Christina Tinker-Casson and her birth father Mr Tho crossing busy city street accompanied by another woman and walking down lane. VS food being placed on floor in front of Tinker-Casson and Mr Tho sitting together holding hands on bench. GS Tinker-Casson passing a photograph to Mr Tho.
Access No. 140700 | 21 secs | 2000s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
CU of photo of Christina Tinker-Casson sitting with two others on floor.
Access No. 140701 | 3 secs | 2000s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © Christina Tinker-Casson | Colour |
CU Christina Tinker-Casson and her birth father Mr Tho looking at photograph together. VS Mr Tho's family eating together seated on floor. GS Mr Tho's sister handing Tinker-Casson a small gift and VS of Tinker-Casson opening gift and holding necklace and bracelet.
Access No. 140702 | 47 secs | 2000s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
GS Christina Tinker-Casson walking towards International Clinic and MS interview with her talking about the prohibitive cost of DNA testing. GS busy street with line of motorbike riders towards and past camera. GS Tinker-Casson's birth father Mr Tho standing on street waiting for her and CU to Tinker-Casson sitting in van upset with her hand partially covering her face.
Access No. 140703 | 1 min 51 secs | 2000s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
MS interview with Christina Tinker-Casson talking about the emotional toll the trip to Vietnam has cost her. MS Tinker-Casson sitting in van crying with her birth father Mr Tho as he wipes tears from her face. GS street at night and GS of Tinker-Casson's birth mother's house. VS Tinker-Casson and Mrs Huong in the kitchen cooking and Tinker-Casson discussing DNA testing with her.
Access No. 140707 | 1 min 2 secs | 2000s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
MS interview with Christina Tinker-Casson's birth mother Mrs Huong in her kitchen talking about her financial circumstances (subtitles). MS Tinker-Casson to camera talking about the difficulty she has in accepting Mrs Huong as her mother without DNA testing. MS Mrs Huong talking about having the DNA testing at a future time. MS Tinker-Casson looking dejected.
Access No. 140708 | 36 secs | 2000s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
WS people on street at night under glowing red light of lanterns overhead. MS track of Christina Tinker-Casson walking in red street glow. WS large ornate building lit up at night. MS interview with Prof Nguyen Van Ham from the National Assembly, Saigon, 1975 talking about the large proportion of orphans which have survived to be part of Vietnam today (subtitled). WS busy street scene with crowds of people on motorbikes driving along road.
Access No. 140709 | 44 secs | 2000s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
VS street vendor holding tray of drinks and GS boy walking out of shop.
Access No. 140710 | 10 secs | 2000s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © NFSA | Colour |
MS interview with Tony Dudman, adoptive father of Martine Bach talking about the difficult lives that orphans left in Vietnam have led.
Access No. 140711 | 9 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS photographs of Martine Bach with her birth family and adoptive father in Vietnam.
Access No. 140712 | 11 secs | 2000s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © Tony Dudman | Colour |
Interview with Martine Bach speaking of the conflict she felt between her duties to her birth family in Vietnam and her adoptive family in Australia.
Access No. 140713 | 9 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS and CUs of photograph of Martine Bach with her birth family in Vietnam.
Access No. 140714 | 10 secs | 2000s | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | © Tony Dudman | Colour |
Interview with Martine Bach speaking of the conflict she felt between her duties to her birth family in Vietnam and her adoptive family in Australia.
Access No. 140715 | 5 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival photograph of Martine Bach as a young girl with her adoptive family at Circular Quay. CU photograph of Bach with her adoptive father.
Access No. 140716 | 43 secs | 1980s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © Tony Dudman | Colour |
Interview with Martine Bach speaking of the bond she felt for her adoptive Australian family. Good WS of sunset over sea with yellow rays beaming through. WS Shane Bolt sitting on rocks with ocean in background then MS to him drinking from bottle of beer. CU interview with Bolt speaking of his luck and happiness at being adopted by his Australian family.
Access No. 140717 | -599 mins -32 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS colour archival photograph of Frea Bolt with her adoptive son Shane on the beach in winter. Detail of Shane with his brothers and sisters as children.
Access No. 140718 | 12 secs | 1970s | SA, Australia | © Frea Bolt | Colour |
Interview with Frea Bolt talking about adoption being the second best option under the circumstances.
Access No. 140719 | -599 mins -53 secs | 2000s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Archival B&W photograph of young Vietnamese babies and children in orphanage.
Access No. 140720 | 13 secs | 1970s | Vietnam | © Rosemary Calder | B&W |
MS archival photograph of Frea Bolt sitting in a bikini with her adoptive son Shane as a baby on the beach. CU Shane as small child looking to camera.
Access No. 140721 | 9 secs | 1970s | Adelaide, SA, Australia | © Frea Bolt | Colour |
Track of Christina Tinker-Casson walking her daughter Olivia along street to their red brick home. MS Tinker-Casson and Olivia looking through photo album as Tinker-Casson speaks to camera about her feelings for her possible birth family in Vietnam. CUs of photos in album. CU Tinker-Casson talking about her options with DNA testing. Closing supers and credits.
Access No. 140722 | 3 mins 1 sec | 2000s | SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |