Title Details

Australia's Greatest River

A study of the Murray River.
Year : 1951 | Total Duration : 20.5 Minutes | Producer : Stanley Hawes
Opening titles, map of Australia, zoom to river system in NSW and Victoria, pan R-L following Murray river system to South Australia, pan L-R valley to Mount Kosciusko, pan snowfield, pan snowfield and valley, MCU pan leaves laden with snow, pan snow-covered foothills with bush in F/G, pan R-L snow-covered hills.
Access No. 57439 | 2 mins 6 secs | 1950s | Mount Kosciusko, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MCU water dripping from icicles, pan down ice to water drops hitting water, block of ice falling into water, block of ice floating, high angle pan icy stream, WS Snowy River flowing to camera, MCU pan down water pouring down rock surface, pan across raging torrents, high angle water surging with flimsy tree in F/G, pan along raging torrents of headwaters of Murray River, high angle foaming waterfall.
Access No. 57440 | 42 secs | 1950s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
High angle pan township construction work on banks of Kiewa River, CU bulldozer blade pushing mud, man on side of underground bulldozer entering tunnel, POV into darkness of tunnel, map showing Snowy River meeting sea, WS flowing river, possibly Snowy River, map showing river system between NSW and Victoria with pointer following Murrumbidgee River, pointer showing Burrinjuck Reservoir, pan R-L lake formed by Burrinjuck dam.
Access No. 57441 | 1 min 10 secs | 1950s | NSW and Victoria, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Pan down rocky cliff to concrete dam under construction, huge white foaming water entering dam with electric pylon and tree in F/G, low angle pan electric pylons, tilt up power lines and steel structure, MS power lines from pole, MS man turning valve wheel to release water, water gushing forcefully out of pipe forming huge spray, pan R-L serene Murray River with weeping willows to road bridge, pan under bridge, pan bridge with white railings spanning river.
Access No. 57442 | 46 secs | 1950s | NSW and Victoria, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
High angle view of tranquil treelined Murray River, pan R-L gum trees by river, MS eddying water, pan R-L trees in picturesque field to farmhouse with hills in B/G, map showing rivers and Hume Reservoir, MWS dead trees submerged in reservoir, MS concrete dam wall with water gushing, pan right to water cascading down wall of spillway, overhead shot man turning valve as water gushes from pipe, pan white foamy water surging out.
Access No. 57443 | 53 secs | 1950s | NSW and Victoria, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
POV travelling car past mounted drover and dogs herding cattle along roadside, water tank and windmill in B/G, past herd of cattle, farmhouse in B/G, WS small cattle herd driven across street of country town, MWS drover on horseback cracking whip behind herd with three kelp dogs at rear, pan L-R MWS men in livestock saleyards, MS men in hats gathered around pen, MS auctioneer calling from pigpen to gathered buyers.
Access No. 57444 | 39 secs | 1950s | NSW and Victoria, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MWS country people crossing bridge on horseback and bicycles, map showing river system and towns of Echuca, Cobram and Yarrawonga, pan R-L swollen Murray River, pan from river to concrete bridge pylons, MWS dam wall, MS dead trees in lake, channel of water, high angle WS man working by irrigation channel, turning wheel-move irrigation meter system, WS sheep and cattle in paddock.
Access No. 57445 | 1 min 1 sec | 1950s | NSW and Victoria, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS track two-tiered lorry carrying motor car bodies, passing sign for Tumut and Cooma, pan R-L wheatfield and distant trees, tractor and harvester header operated by farmer, POV tractor through wheat, CU teeth of header, CU harvester header through heads of wheat, farmer waving from driver's seat, LS couple waving from gate by farmhouse, MS farmer driving machine, LS header machine in field, pan R-L Murray River with overhanging trees.
Access No. 57446 | 1 min 8 secs | 1950s | NSW and Victoria, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS farmers working horses to dig channel, large team of horses past camera, CU team followed by workmen on foot handling large tray of earth, WS pan horse teams along country road to WS house in field dissected by narrow channel, tilt up pan workman carrying piece of lumber on roof of house to another man hammering on corner of roof, pan R-L Murray River lined by trees.
Access No. 57447 | 1 min 7 secs | 1950s | NSW and Victoria, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS loggers, MS two men releasing red gum log, tying pole to logs, pushing winch, MS young worker tying winch handle, MWS men working by moored paddle-steamer named ÒAdelaideÓ, quick shots face of man as he operates whistle, man fuelling fire, CU paddles turning, heron taking off, WS small paddle-steamer hauling raft of logs, high angle men on large raft, MS raft on water, POV moving boat to children on river bank, WS silhouetted steamer on river, fade to black.
Access No. 57448 | 53 secs | 1950s | NSW and Victoria, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Map showing Mildura, Boundary Bend and Swan Hill on Murray River, pan R-L sheep on flat treeless plain, windmill and water tank across flat plain, sheep on plain, large flock of sheep, stockmen and horses by windmill, sheepdog walking across dry ground with sheep, farmer with wife and two children by wagon, wife hands husband mug of water, drover on horseback helping lambs out of mud, hauling one out with whip around its neck.
Access No. 57449 | 1 min 28 secs | 1950s | NSW and Victoria, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MWS paddle-steamer moving quickly along river, POV boat along river towards bridge, tilt up to bridge as boat approaches, pylons as boat passes under, house and trees on river bank with moored boat POV passing boat, past Mildura Rowing Club, high angle WS township of Mildura, pan from man digging in soil to WS rows of grapevines, pan CU soil and grapevine leaves, farmer digging in citrus orchard to release water, CU running water, WS farmer shovelling small irrigation channels, oranges dangling in F/G.
Access No. 57450 | 56 secs | 1950s | Murray River, NSW and Victoria, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU map showing Adelaide and Murray River meeting Lake Alexandrina, pan R-L along Murray River to pumping station at Morgan, CU map with pointer going from Morgan to Whyalla on Spencer Gulf, MS concrete pipeline at pumping station, pan R-L along pipeline, LS Whyalla shipyards with pipeline in F/G, MS shipyard with stevedore, high angle pan upright steel scaffolding girders in shipyard. Dissolve.
Access No. 57451 | 59 secs | 1950s | Murray River, NSW and Victoria, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
POV boat past moored paddle-steamer, small paddle-steamer hauling logs along river, high angle small township of Mannum nestled by Murray River, pan barrage at mouth of Murray River creating fresh water Lake Alexandrina, pan sandbar with three seabirds in flight, pan sandbar and ocean at mouth of Murray, map showing Adelaide and Murray River meeting Lake Alexandrina.
Access No. 57452 | 46 secs | 1950s | Murray River, NSW and Victoria, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MCU bushfire flames, high angle WS smoke billowing from burning forest on hills, MS boy runs to ring fire bell, CU bell ringing, VS people startled by sound of bell and stopping their work, men entering garage to fire truck, CU boy ringing bell, CU bell, men on fire truck as it pulls away and man runs after with mop and jumps on board, pan up tall burning eucalypt trees with black smoke, kangaroo bounding R-L, burning bush, sign on tree ÒPrevent Bush FiresÓ, CU koala with baby, VS flames engulfing bush, men beating flames, charred kangaroo by fence, dead sheep, pan ghostly burnt remains of forest.
Access No. 57453 | 1 min 2 secs | 1950s | NSW and Victoria, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
High angle pan L-R bushland, CU axe chopping into tree trunk, pan up two ringbarked trees to foliage above, pan down from dead tree branches against sky to show ringbarked trunk of dead tree, WS pan L-R forest of dead trees covering hillside, CU deep crack in ground, MCU crevasse, MWS eroded rock formations, tilt up pillar of rock caused by erosion.
Access No. 57454 | 1 min 3 secs | 1950s | NSW and Victoria, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS tractors working in field, WS two tractors tilling soil in field, MS farmers on tractor-driven soil tillers past camera. WS tractors and horse team working in large paddock, LS line of farm machines in field, CU dry soil with dust blowing, MS pan L-R dust storm, high angle pan L-R from skeletons in sand across dunes with scrub in F/G, CU hand picking up sand and sand falling through fingers, pan L-R barren land and desert sands with scrub and sand dune in F/G.
Access No. 57455 | 1 min 23 secs | 1950s | Male Country, Victoria, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU hand operated plough tilling earth, MS farmer operating plough, MWS tractor pulling plough with contour plough lines in field in B/G, CU rainwater running down furrows in mud, CU rain hitting horizontally furrowed earth, aerial barren eroded land, then plough farmland, WS forestry men working in field with rows of young pine trees, CU tree seedling being planted, WS pan L-R hills covered by forest dissected by firebreaks.
Access No. 57456 | 1 min 3 secs | 1950s | NSW and Victoria, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
POV from behind pilots in cockpit of airplane, CU pilot talking into radio, aerial over hilly bushland POV aircraft with engine in frame, MWS snow covered electric wires, tilt up snow covered telegraph pole, pan L-R gum leaves with snow B/G, pan L-R bushland, LS pan township in valley, WS car along country road lined with poplars, CU dam water pouring down wall, overhead shot surging water in reservoir, farmer walking from wheel-move irrigation meter to dairy cattle.
Access No. 57457 | 1 min | 1950s | NSW and Victoria, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
High angle WS township of Mildura, WS drover on horseback watching over large flock of sheep in dry outback landscape, low angle sheaths of wheat against stormy sky, WS country town, MWS large tree overlooking Murray River. Fade to black.
Access No. 57458 | 26 secs | 1950s | NSW and Victoria, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |