Title Details

Australia's Profile

A short history of Australia
Year : 1976 | Total Duration : 16 Minutes | Producer : Don Murray
WS map of the world and zoom in to Australia. Zoom out and graphic of arrows to indicate movement of population from Asia. CU historic world maps and zoom to Dutch 1600s map of new Holland. Various CUs of illustrations of the landing of Europeans in Australia.
Access No. 40676 | 2 mins 33 secs | 1970s | Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
VS of Sydney Harbour Bridge traffic. High angle shots of cars through toll booths and zoom out to reveal Bridge and northern approaches. Aerial over Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Kirribilli and city. Tilt down from Harbour Bridge arch to cars along roadway shot from moving vehicle. GS to city skyline. GS cars stopping at toll booths. WS busy city traffic. VS passengers alighting from bus. MS commuters stepping onto platform from train and descending stairs. GS traffic policeman and crowd of pedestrians crossing city street. WS factories and smoke stacks and various industry shots. GS smelters and VS bauxite mines with trucks emptying diggings.
Access No. 40681 | 1 min 56 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Zoom out to GS of miner dwarfed between wheels of giant mining truck then turning to kick wheel. CU wheels of train past camera and good GS of seemingly endless load of mining trucks past along tracks past camera. Sydney ferry Kameruka past camera. Zoom out from ferry with city skyline in background to WS with further views of harbour and sailing boats with pan across water to Sydney Opera House. High angle pan across city skyline from Cahill Expressway with cranes signalling much construction in progress. GS busy city street with concrete mixing truck and concreter on crane at construction site amidst traffic.
Access No. 141880 | 1 min 8 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Tilt down office levels of Australia Square to people having lunch at ground level and pedestrians walking through. High angle shots of people sitting at cafe tables and lunching casually around city streets and malls. High angle WS Martin Place. Tilt from tower of Park Regis hotel to people sitting on park benches and on ground in Hyde Park. Zoom out from couple walking hand in hand past Archibald Fountain and VS people sitting around it. Zoom across Woolloomooloo and GS terrace houses in Paddington street. VS Sydney residential architecture from modern to traditional and home units. Track past high-rise housing commission unit blocks.
Access No. 141881 | 1 min 41 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Zoom out from high-rise Housing Commission flats to backs of terrace slums with corrugated iron fenced yards divided by lane (inner city, Redfern, Waterloo). Good shot woman pushing pram past down-and-outer sitting on step picking at scab on his leg. GS family group in a huddle on street corner and VS children in school clothes playing in street. WS local Aboriginal residents in Waterloo street with high-rise apartments in background. Good CU small Aboriginal boy turning away from camera. Good zoom out from back of slum terrace houses to sparse playground.
Access No. 141882 | 41 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
GS cars past camera. Pan to crowded sands of beach. VS women in bikinis and WS crowds on beach. CU boy riding body board across sand into sea. WS children playing in backyard aboveground pool. Good GS of two small girls wearing coats licking icecream cones. VS of crowd watching football match. GS men and women playing bowls on Milson's Point green and MS woman kicking bowling ball with foot. VS football game. GS children on wharf fishing. WS crowd of sailing boats and ferry on water. Zoom out to crowds watching from shore. VS horse racing and good CU of punter looking through binoculars holding banknotes in one hand.
Access No. 141883 | 1 min 31 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
GS group singing led by guitarist in Sydney's Domain. WS gathering with arches of Sydney Harbour Bridge in background across Botanic Gardens. MS Domain speaker in action. VS speakers and audience reacting. VS public chess games. GS children playing. WS row of elegant terrace houses with painter in foreground. WS entrance facade of Art Gallery of New South Wales. WS Sydney Opera House in front of Harbour Bridge seen from Mrs Macquarie's Chair. GS tourists looking at colonial terraces (probably Rocks area) and walking around Argyle Stores. Zoom out from rooftop flag to WS Parliament House, Macquarie Street. Graphic map of Australia with states and territories marked out.
Access No. 141884 | 2 mins 5 secs | 1970s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Zoom out from coat of arms to WS Old Parliament House. Aerial views of Canberra giving good indications of it's layout. Aerial over Captain Cook Memorial Water Jet and Commonwealth Avenue Bridge over lake Burley Griffin. Track past reflective pool in front of Parliament House. GS cars on freeway. Zoom out from Australian War Memorial exterior. WS embassy. Aerial tilt along Federation Mall to Old Parliament House. VS fashionable young women around streets and cafes of Canberra. VS people on city streets. VS retirement villages. Zoom out from child climbing down timber structure in playground to VS children playing on climbing structures. VS children playing and CUs drinking milk from glass bottles, playing and painting. VS couples.
Access No. 141885 | 3 mins 31 secs | 1970s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |