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Hobart Town

A description of Hobart, Tasmania, and its surrounding districts.
Year : 1952 | Total Duration : 9 Minutes | Producer : R Maslyn Williams
Director : Hugh McInnes |
CU of Australian flag billowing in breeze. CU of simple illustrated map of Australia with whales and compass around coast and text "Australia presents". Title over CU of drawing of early Hobart settlement across estuary at foot of Mount Wellington. Opening credits. CU of 1833 passenger list for ship "Aurora" from England, with handwritten details of convicts aboard. Hand turns to following page with list continued. CU of drawing of Hobart Town with ships on estuary in front of small settlement. CU of another drawing of Hobart Town.
Access No. 141348 | 1 min 13 secs | Various | Hobart, Tas, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
WS across Derwent River to Hobart and Mount Wellington. LS down empty Salamanca Place lined with colonial buildings and several parked cars. Mount Wellington in background. CU of corner of roof of abandoned colonial building in Salamanca Place. Pan and tilt across sandstone facade to hand painted tar sign under decrepit door. GS of rusting hoist outside colonial building. GS of building exterior with painted shopfronts. WS of whaler anchor set in street outside Customs House now the State House of Parliament.
Access No. 141349 | 51 secs | 1950s | Hobart, Tas, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Good WS of wharf with line of utility trucks parked at warehouse entrance and large ship docked. One truck drives away past camera. GS of bowsprit and prow of wooden sailboat on estuary. Large ship docked at wharf in background. WS of jetty with two small yachts docked in foreground and larger ships on far side. People stroll along jetty between. WS across estuary to buildings on foreshore. Front of large ship protrudes into left of frame. LS over small canal down city streetscape lined with telegraph poles. Pedestrians and light traffic in distance.
Access No. 141350 | 25 secs | 1950s | Hobart, Tas, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS of edge of park (probably Franklin Square) with large trees shading grass and woman walking through. City street visible in background with light traffic and pedestrians. WS of couple inspecting tomb in St. David's Park. Various CUs of 19th century gravestones in St. David's Park, including whaler, mother and five young children and bootmaker's wife. MS of row of small headstones in old cemetery. WS of Franklin Square with elderly men relaxing on park benches around statue and clock tower of general post office visible.
Access No. 141351 | 54 secs | 1950s | Hobart, Tas, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS of Hobart's historical buildings. Low angle WS of church spire through trees with glimpse of passing trolleybus at bottom of frame (probably Congregational Church, Davey Street). GS city square with statue in foreground. Parked cars and stone buildings in background. WS of parliament house with statue in foreground. WS across street to two storey colonial Georgian building with passing pedestrians. Man crosses frame in foreground through wrought iron gate. Closer shot of same building. Two low angle GS of upper storey and roof of colonial building with decorative quoin stones.
Access No. 141352 | 29 secs | 1950s | Hobart, Tas, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS of Hobart's historical buildings continued. Low angle GS of eaves. CU of ornate stone moulding above window and wider low angle shot of small wrought iron balcony around window. GS of front of building with wrought iron fence and glimpse of pillared entrance on right. MS of original convict handmade clay brick wall. CU of window with ornate moulding. CU of corner of ashlar stone church building (probably Congregational Church, Davey, Street). CU of chipped stone steps. Tilt up to reveal renderer repairing steps with fresh cement. Wider shot of steps, revealing church entrance.
Access No. 141353 | 38 secs | 1950s | Hobart, Tas, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS of Hobart streets and buildings. WS city streetscape seen through archway with pedestrians, trolleybus and light traffic. Good WS of trolleybus and traffic across intersection past town hall directed by traffic policeman in white gloves blowing whistle. GS to general post office clock tower seen through arches of building. WS Government Tourist Bureau (in old courthouse) with passing truck and pedestrians. VS of bureau shopfront cluttered with signs and two women across screen. CU of window display featuring "TAA Convair" advertisement.
Access No. 141354 | 32 secs | 1950s | Hobart, Tas, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
LS down narrow section of Derwent river near Salmon Ponds hatchery. Rowboat on calm water in foreground and trees growing along grassy banks. Lone man walks along right bank. VS of ponds at hatchery surrounded by English style gardens with visitors relaxing and children playing piggy in the middle. Includes CU of fish (salmon or trout) in ponds.
Access No. 141355 | 24 secs | 1950s | Plenty, Tas, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
LS down winding country road lined with bushes as line of cars drives towards camera. Pan with cars to base of Taroona shot tower (Tasmania's first armaments factory) and tilt up brick tower. Wider shot of tower with cars driving past.
Access No. 141356 | 26 secs | 1950s | Taroona, Tas, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
High angle WS over Derwent Valley countryside. Fields of hops with tree borders and farmhouse in foreground, misty mountains in distance. GS of colonial building exterior, possibly section of Cascade brewery. CU of foundation stone stating that builders were a family and that "Union is strength". CU of rudimentary foundation stone "God is Love". Low angle GS of roof of small tower with weathervane. Clouds pass swiftly. WS pan across hops fields seen previously. WS of countryside with tree lined river winding through cleared fields.
Access No. 141357 | 35 secs | 1950s | Derwent Valley, Tas, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS of country town of Richmond. CU of surface of river. Pan and tilt up to GS of 1823 foundation stone between arches of Richmond bridge. WS of bridge. LS under arch of bridge to woman relaxing and man walking along bank on other side. WS of small colonial country house with picket fence. WS of stone church with gravestone in foreground. LS down Richmond street with colonial buildings and lone man walking away from camera. WS of row of well maintained colonial buildings with flowering bushes along path. Black utility truck passes.
Access No. 141358 | 35 secs | 1950s | Richmond, Tas, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS of Port Arthur Ruins including LS up stone steps and dirt track to ruins with breeze blowing across surrounding grass. WS of church interior with group chatting at centre. WS of church exterior. Low angle GS through stone archway to turret and women descending steps. WS over ruins to river and mountains beyond. Closer shot of river with figures visible on small jetty.
Access No. 141359 | 43 secs | 1950s | Port Arthur, Tas, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS of Derwent estuary. WS pan across estuary with numerous small yachts. WS of estuary with small boats anchored and ramshackle wooden jetty in foreground, mountain range along far shore. WS of estuary with boats anchored and tree trunk in foreground. High angle WS across Derwent and Hobart to Mount Wellington. GS of jagged rocks on Mount Wellington. Very high angle WS from top of Mount Wellington with misty view over Hobart. Two men look out from mountainside in foreground.
Access No. 141360 | 35 secs | 1950s | Hobart, Tas, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |