Title Details

Way We Live, The

Produced for immigration purposes, the film introduces migrants to Òthe Australian way of lifeÓ.
Year : 1959 | Total Duration : 54 Minutes | Producer : Frank Bagnall
Director : John Gray |
Mother and her young child looking at fish through a shopfront window in Avalon. Mother and her young child standing in a clothing shop talking with shop assistant.
Two men driving down new suburban street in open jeep throwing newspapers onto residential lawns. Postman delivering mail to man raking soil of front garden, children in background. Postman delivers mail. Newly arrived migrants down gangplank of Sitmar Line ship. Migrants board buses to migrant hostel. CU family at bus window. Bus arriving outside nissen hut, migrant family entering hostel hut. VS interiors. VS playground and rows of huts. VS canteen and crowds in dining hall, families at tables. Pre schoolers and carers in day nursery, children at tables with bottles of milk and oranges. Mother kissing daughter in bed goodnight. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 41271 | 4 mins 31 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Mother taking washing from line outside nissen hut at migrant hostel. Couple reading real estate classifieds. Good shots of various 1950s housing styles: two storey home, house in bush setting, settler's cottage, flats, terraces, new, Federation, fibro. Couple entering large North Sydney office building and with bank manager in office. Couple surveying block of land in Frenchs Forest with agent then driving off in Holden. VS building plans. Men clearing land and digging house foundations. VS carpentry and timber framework, builders stacking roof tiles. Couple in front yard and having tea on porch of house, toddler playing in dirt. Young man leaves neighbour' car and joins sister in garden. Man inspecting flowers and vegetable garden, throwing feed to hens, son mows lawn. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 54365 | 6 mins 11 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS people on Bondi Beach. VS racecourse, high angle shots over milling crowds, VS punters and horse race, man tearing up ticket. VS couple playing golf on public course. Men playing lawn bowls. Track of sailing boats on harbour, boat taken onto sand. Australian Rules game with cheering crowd. Local soccer game. Start of dog race. Game of night tennis. Harness racing at night. Cars arriving at Skyline drive-in, usher, man placing speaker box in car, buying ice cream cones from shop. Milk man delivering milk from milk truck, exchanging bottles on step. WS of church. Family dressed for church leaves house. Sunday drive with FJ Holden in bushland, around hairpin bend in road, family and friends having picnic. Car departing with caravan from picnic site. Man building stick fire for billy. Man falling into water when attempting to cool drink tied with string in water. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 54428 | 6 mins 8 secs | 1950s | Bondi Beach, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Woman at dressing table, CU alarm clock, waking husband. Schoolgirl making bed as brother in cot looks on. Man getting out of bed, girl takes baby out of cot. Wait for bathroom, CU cuckoo clock. Breakfast bacon and eggs being cooked, Kelloggs cereals, family at table. Man departing for work and boarding bus. Train arriving at station. Bus arrives at Westeels, factory workers alight. Workers in overalls clocking on at Bundy machine, filing cards. Toolmakers on factory floor working machinery. Inspector chatting with man. Woman leaving house with toddler in stroller and shopping at local shopping centre. VS shop signs and displays (some in foreign languages), butcher's window and woman buying meat, buying bread in continental cake shop, shopping in green grocers and in fish shop. VS in supermarket and meat display. Mothers with strollers past suburban florist. Woman looking at dress on store dummy, child in stroller playing with pineapple. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 54490 | 7 mins 50 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS workers in toolmaking factory, VS machinery. Factory workers eating at canteen tables. Woman approaching Woolworths store then at office counter to collect Child Endowment money. Interior of Baby Health Centre with VS mothers, babies and children. Nursing sister at desk while mother weighs baby. Glass ÒDental SurgeonÓ sign. Dentist demonstrating teeth cleaning to schoolgirl in chair, inspecting teeth. Doctor listening to young boy's chest. VS high school girls lining up outside Anti-tuberculosis Association van, interior with girls at chest x-ray machine. VS schoolchildren in playground receiving free milk in crates. Exterior WS of public hospital, patients and visitors on ward verandah. Nurses attend to male patients in mens' ward. VS men basketweaving in occupational therapy clinic. Doctor examining toddler on mother's lap in surgery. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 54552 | 5 mins 15 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Pre-school children finger painting. VS preschool centre, little girls holding tea party. Exterior of public school. Interior of Year 6 classroom. Male teacher at blackboard instructing children at classroom desks. VS children and boy assisting teacher with positioning map of Australia over map of Europe comparing land masses. Diesel train past camera and electric train over bridge. Laden semitrailer past camera. Passenger plane landing on tarmac. Teacher with map of Australia. WS of outback and VS cattle grazing. Herds of cattle in stock yard. Dairy cows in pasture, cattle in milking dairy. Cargo being loaded onto ship at dock. VS grape pickers. Large flock of sheep on dusty red outback property. Men shearing sheep with electric shears. Shearer throwing fleece onto sorting table. Sugar cane farmer slashing crop after burn. Tractor towing cut cane for mills. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 54597 | 5 mins 34 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of snow fields and skiers. Water skiing displays on lake. WS of open-cut coal mine. Worker sets off explosive with plunger, coal exploding. Mechanical shovel loading coal into open truck. CU map of eastern Australia. WS container ship under Sydney Harbour Bridge. GS down busy Melbourne city street. Tram down main street of Adelaide. WS pan of Canberra and GS Government buildings. High shot new building works. WS (Old) Parliament House, Canberra. Commonwealth car at stairs of Parliament House, men enter building. VS buildings, city streets and cityscapes of Australian capital cities. WS of large country town. VS main streets of large country centres, WS country hotel. Car passing under gateway with sign for Manjimup, WA. WS people by lake in park. WS lake and bridge, WS country town, LS of adults exercising on oval. Track past new houses in new suburb of Elizabeth, SA. GS brick house. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 54640 | 4 mins 48 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia; Melbourne, Vic, Australia; Adelaide, SA, Australia; Canberra, ACT. | © NFSA | Colour |
Factory exteriors. Sign with factory job vacancies. Women and male factory workers assemble refrigerators and televisions, antennae, wiring and machinery. Men shovelling, furnace of steel foundry. Control panel, steel block production. Automotive parts factory. Car assembly factory. Dam walls of hydroelectricity scheme. Two schoolgirls at their with hands clasped. Male students under tree at Sydney University. Campus buildings, students enter building. Tutor at blackboard. Students in chemistry lab, experiments,tutor supervision. Australian universities with Sydney Uni, Uni of Melbourne, Uni of WA. Male students being instructed in operating machinery at Technical School. Young man at desk in office job. Sign for Apprentice Training School. Copy boy in newspaper office flirting with typist, VS with journalists and editors, using mail chute. Manual typewriters. Cadet reporter at police station with Sergeant. WS of the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW. Students entering. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 54685 | 4 mins 47 secs | 1950s | Snowy Mountains, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Record on gramophone, record cover. Female violinists and flautist from Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Facade Art Gallery of NSW, FJ Holden outside. VS paintings including Rubens, Van Gogh and Drysdale, sculpture. Pan relief sculptures on Art Gallery facade. Exterior shot Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, actors performing in Julius Caesar. Candlelit table, posters for William Warfield and for My Fair Lady. Exterior of Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne. Ballerinas rehearsing and at barre. VS couples swing dancing in pairs. Elderly barman moves to the beat. GS peoples' feet running down stairs. Pedestrians cross busy city street. Teenage girl applying lipstick using hand mirror. Group of young women sitting on low wall. Schoolboys travelling on ferry. Group of men and women in beer garden laughing and chatting. Wine being poured into glass, WS people dining in wine cellar. Montage of Sydney neon signs at night advertising restaurants, clubs, dancing venues; radio stations etc. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 54722 | 3 mins 27 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS suburban home. Interior of lounge and dining room area. Teenage student studying at dining table, mother and daughter washing and drying dishes, father painting door frame of laundry. Family gathering on front verandah and waving to neighbours gardening who then join them on the verandah. They all sit and talk together on the verandah. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 54748 | 2 mins 32 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |