Title Details

Passport to Progress

A 1950s documentary examining the impact of immigration on Australia.
Year : 1957 | Total Duration : 11 Minutes | Producer : Eric Thompson
Director : Peter Dimond |
Migrants wave from ship New Australia's deck. Crowd on wharf return wave. Passengers disembark. High angle WS of harbour with ships. WS sea and coastline around headlands. WS palm trees on beach looking out to sea and islands. WS of green country landscapes. WS houses set in harbourside bushland suburb. View of ship with crane lifting cargo. Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) plane on tarmac. Freight train carrying cars on track past camera in outback. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 20271 | 1 min 49 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Car factory assembly line with migrant workers welding and loading cars onto trailers. WS steelworks. Migrant workers in steel factory. Building site. Steel rods being lifted by crane, CU driver. No safety equipment as workers climb over scaffolding. WS of sugar cane field. Migrant workers cutting cane and picking fruit. Snowy Mountain Hydro Electric Scheme. WS of power station and pipes up snowy mountain. Migrant men at work digging, driving tractors and loading dirt. Men working on suburban railway line track. CUs track lifting. High shot over train passing linesmen. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 20323 | 2 mins 45 secs | 1950s | Snowy Mountains, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Newspaper stand. Man selling newspaper and magazine. Woman looking in shop window with CU to multi-lingual sign. Exterior of continental style cafe and sign and people sitting at outside tables. CU neon sign for restaurant. VS chef preparing lobster salad in restaurant kitchen. Table of various plates of food. WS woman entering suburban home with garden in foreground. Woman in kitchen unloading shopping from basket. Note domestic appliances and Bakelite radio. MS female violinist playing classical piece in studio. Slow zoom. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 20345 | 1 min 41 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Hospital nursery. MS nurse in stiff veil and face mask tending newborn baby in nursery. CU baby in basinette being tucked in. Preschool children on play equipment and riding bikes. WS of old Parliament House, Canberra. Entrance to Department of Immigration building. VS migrant men at work on the Victorian Gas Making Project. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 132945 | 54 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS of soccer game. CU on spectators sitting on ground against fence with children. Girls playing game of competition netball. Craftsmen, the Otto family from Holland carve decorative wood pieces. Preschool girl paints at easel while other children play in sandpit looked on by teacher. High school girls in classroom sitting at desks. WS of Sydney University. VS students. Migrants wave from decks of ship. Ship travels under Sydney Harbour Bridge. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 132946 | 2 mins 17 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |