Title Details

Tropical North

Life and work in the tropical areas of northern Queensland.
Year : 1954 | Total Duration : 11 Minutes | Producer : John Martin-Jones
Director : John Martin-Jones |
North Queensland beach. WS rainforest down to sea. Pan across rainforest and CU to snake on rock. CU wallaby (probably Black-striped Wallaby) in long grass. Snake slithering over log with moulting skin. Waterfall to view over green pond and rocks. River and with hills in background. Mangrove banks from water with CU of mangrove roots. Seagulls taking flight from sandbank.
Access No. 141850 | 2 mins 18 secs | 1950s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Naked Aboriginal man wading into shallows with fishing spear raised and CU to his face as he throws spear. Warning: subject probably now deceased.
Access No. 141851 | 16 secs | 1950s | Qld, Australia | © Restricted Access - Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Sandy inlet with mountains in background. Mountains and sea with ute past camera then down dirt road through rainforest. Timber mill with crane lifting sawn log then high angle shot over red truck laden with logs over bridge and climbing hillside road. Coastal plains and various countryside around the base of Cape York Peninsula. Tractor ploughing red dirt and man pushing hand plough though small plot. Cultivated gardens on tablelands. Man tending vegetable garden and men picking pineapples. Cultivated plots with bush in background.
Access No. 141852 | 1 min 31 secs | 1950s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Orchards and woman in headscarf picking fruit from tree. Tractor pulling truck of sugarcane from fields behind him. Homestead. Flame and burning off in sugarcane field. Cane worker stripping back burnt cane and men cutting and gathering cane. Sugar train arriving at mill with loads of sugarcane. Town of Innisfail across water and main street. River and men loading fish onto truck. Cairns and bay with surrounding mountains. Main street of Cairns and Hides Hotel. New building developments. Pedestrians and women riding bicycles down main street holding parasols. Architecture.
Access No. 141853 | 2 mins 45 secs | 1950s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Palm tree to fruit. Woman tending flower bed. Pink bougainvillea vines. Branch of frangipani flowers against blue sky and shrubs. CUs pink orchids. Couple walking along line of palm trees at Trinity Bay with mountains in background. Two boys in dinghy sailing in shallows. Ships in port and catamaran sailing in blue sea with views from water to harbourfront and ships docked at wharves. Young indigenous men looking out to sea from harbour. People looking out on harbour as yachts sail past. Two men unwrapping sail and indigenous man on wharf watching.
Access No. 141854 | 1 min 46 secs | 1950s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
People arriving at Atherton Tablelands lake (probably Lake Eacham or Barrine), people relaxing on shores. Small speedboat leaving jetty splashing people sitting on jetty as it departs. Picknickers settled on ground between stand of trees. Speedboat with passengers waving. Women standing in waist length grass looking at lake. People riding in small paddle boats. Women in grass waving to boats. Woman in swimsuit riding on front of rowboat. Waterlilies pond.
Access No. 141855 | 1 min 17 secs | 1950s | Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |