Title Details

Australia Now

These scenes from various parts of Australia illustrate the wide range of environments and industries across the nation.
Year : 1965 | Total Duration : 28 Minutes | Producer : Malcolm Otton
Director : Douglas White |
A view of Sydney Harbour taken from Kirribilli, includes a passenger ship, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Audience gathered outdoors to listen to a public speaker in Sydney's Domain park. Cinematographer John Shaw, standing on top of a station wagon, filming a public gathering at Sydney's Domain park. Cinematographer John Shaw, standing on top of a station wagon, filming at a public gathering in Sydney's Domain park. Cinematographer John Shaw, standing on top of a station wagon, filming at a public gathering in the Domain.
Tracking shots around civic area of Canberra city past Ethos statue in Civic Square with MLC and National Bank buildings behind and high angle shot of Ethos with fountain in foreground. GS city buildings and tilt to WS of cars parked in front of buildings with tower. WS domed Academy of Science building and WS of Old Parliament House with row of cars outside. CU to Australian coat of arms.
Access No. 40551 | 1 min 5 secs | 1960s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Zoom out from Canberra represented on graphic relief map to WS of Australia. WS of patch of sunlight on ocean. High angle pan across WS landscape of planes and distant mountains. Spectacular WS of valley in the Blue Mountains and WS of Three Sisters, Katoomba. Various WS of plains and mountain landscapes. High angle pan across rocky red Central Australian river gorge and aerial track across rounded red ridges of mountain ranges.
Access No. 40552 | 1 min 6 secs | 1960s | Katoomba, NSW; NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerial shots over Uluru and surrounding red countryside. WS with LS to aircraft flying past Uluru. WS 4WD vehicle driving away from camera at base of Uluru. WS tilt up steep red walls of Uluru to patch of bright blue sky visible above saddle.
Access No. 40553 | 32 secs | 1960s | Uluru, NT, Australia | © Restricted Access | Colour |
Zoom out from high angle shot of pedestrians crossing busy city street and GS of same. Note woman in head scarf. Track of dogman travelling down to construction site foundations. MS shirtless worker with tattoo on back and hat on head. MS newspaper seller doing business on street in front of stand. CU policeman directing traffic and zoom out from face of woman to her supervising kindergarten children on slippery dip. MS migrant construction worker beating metal piping. GS young couple kissing in park.
Access No. 40554 | 37 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS farmer with sheep in yards, MS dentist examining patient with dental nurse on other side, GS postman delivering mail on push bike blowing whistle. Low angle shot of man with apprentice drafting at table, CU driver in beret, CU man working on machinery. High angle pan over lines of cars parked in chevron formation, VS young woman trying out motor scooter with salesman, GS woman at supermarket checkout with trolleys. MS three stylish women window shopping, teenage girl in shop looking at dress with sales assistant and high angle shot of couple with daughter looking at furniture and televisions in store. Pan across various television models to woman purchasing one with sales assistant.
Access No. 40555 | 59 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Voting at polling booths with VS people at tables and casting votes into locked boxes. MS speaker in Sydney's Domain with pan of audience. GS church band in Domain singing and playing piano accordions and upright piano. Pan across audience reclining on grass. WS tilt down church to people entering for service, MS men wearing hats entering synagogue and family entering temple with columns at front. VS Asian men praying at alter with one shaking object. MS Greek Orthodox service with boys kissing upheld bible. Islam service with CU to shoes being left at door and VS worshippers bowing in prayer. Tilt up exterior towers of mosque.
Access No. 40556 | 1 min 32 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle shot over Storey Bridge, Brisbane, across river to city. High angle shot over AAerial View of Adelaide city skyline from statue in overlooking park. High shot over ferries coming into Circular Quay, Sydney. Note buildings no longer there. Busy shots of trams and pedestrians crossing city streets of Melbourne. WS Tasman Bridge over Derwent River, Hobart. WS picturesque stone bridge in rural landscape. Tilt from children playing on beach and yacht to LS Perth skyline. High angle WS over city of Perth from park.
Access No. 40557 | 56 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, Qld; Adelaide, SA; Sydney, NSW; Melbourne, Vic; Hobart, Tas; Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS graphic relief map of Australia showing cities then farmland areas. High angle shot of harvesting wheat seen from behind farmer driving harvester. WS chutes from harvesters emptying grain into truck. VS bagging grain. WS men in pineapple plantation hand picking crop and loading them onto tray of truck. VS workers sugar cane harvesting by hand and VS mechanically. VS digging and bagging potatoes. VS fruit pickers picking oranges in orchard and loading them into truck. VS grape picking by hand into tins and WS truck driving away with load of grapes.
Access No. 40558 | 1 min 54 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Various scenes trucks unloading produce to markets, VS crates of bananas , melons and other fruits and vegetables. CU pineapple stall with large price signs in decimal currency. WS typical Australian country towns with broad main streets lined with shops. GS man delivering newspapers to shop. Gs people gathered outside newsagency. WS grand two story white house with iron lace. CUs to architectural details including windows, iron lace and shadows of iron lace on walls. WS house with wide verandahs.
Access No. 40559 | 1 min 6 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tilt to agricultural scientists working at tables in series of greenhouses in experimental nursery. VS seedlings undergoing climatic tests. WS drought stricken land with derelict fencing and cracked earth. Tilt from barren landscape to clouds in sky. WS pan across countryside near Jindabyne to Snowy Mountain Scheme dam. VS irrigation canals, flood gates. VS Snowy River. VS man at irrigation canal and WS pan across irrigation sprays over orchard. High angle tilt over hectares of farmland with geometrically laid out crop plantings.
Access No. 40560 | 1 min 50 secs | 1960s | © NFSA | Colour |
Graphic relief map of Australia showing great interior plains of Australia. Farmer driving 4WD jeep with dog then WS dog rounding up sheep. Tracks across merinos being herded in pens. CU shearer parting merino's fleece to camera and CUs of sheep being shorn. VS sheep shearing in shed. High angle view fleece being sorted on table. VS crop dusting plane taking off and flying over countryside including aerial views and shadows on hills. VS cattle mustering with stockmen on horseback cracking whips. High angle WS over Aboriginal stockmen droving cattle in red dust.
Access No. 40563 | 2 mins 3 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS track of road train across desert. MS truck driver in cabin and VS of his rig. Aerial tracks of road train raising dust as it travels across red dirt road. GS ute on dirt road and WS dust storm whipping up between trees. WS of Warning sign to travellers in desert during dust storm. Pan past farm house to windmill. CU man speaking on two-way radio. VS of man in room looking onto dog and boy in yard and stack of communication equipment in room.
Access No. 40564 | 1 min 9 secs | 1960s | Alice Springs, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle pan across town of Alice Springs. VS car around town and cattle being loaded into truck and others being unloaded. WS mural on wall of Don Thomas Stockman's Clothing building to rear view of three cowboys walking towards and into building. GS mothers with babies in prams and locals walking past shops. GS traffic on Alice Springs street. Aerial track of coastline with strip of beach in front of chalky two tone cliffs. VS open cut mining with front loader shovelling bauxite. VS minerals being loaded from tractor onto conveyor belt with WS ship in port. Aerial over large mine with associated buildings.
Access No. 40565 | 1 min 41 secs | 1960s | Alice Springs, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS coal miners down lift. VS elderly miner drilling underground. VS miners with lights on helmets. CU molten metal out of furnace and sparks flying in steel production. VS steel production with VS steel worker in tinted glassed directing machinery. VS car production in factory, refrigerator parts manufacture, women working in general manufacture. WS launch of the ship Empress of Tasmania with crowds on wharf cheering. WS TAA jet plane taking off. Aerial track over Indian Pacific train across desert.
Access No. 40566 | 1 min 29 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS boats and ships pulling into wharves around Sydney Harbour showing sections of masts, flags and rigging. WS cargo ship under Sydney Harbour Bridge. MS funnel past city buildings. Pans past embassy buildings and flags including those of Peru, Syria, USA and Philippines. GS two men entering American Embassy with tilt to emblem above the door. Pan across rugged mountains to Australian with two Papuan men discussing plans next to electrical power station. WS men working on Australian Antarctic Territory transporting building materials across snow and ice with snow mobile. WS men using raft next to ice ledge and good MS of man with weather balloon in antarctic setting.
Access No. 40567 | 1 min 16 secs | 1960s | Australia; Papua New Guinea; Antarctica | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerial track over New York city skyline including the United Nations building. United Nations delegates including the Australian representative to the UN and African delegates. VS inside hall. GS men travelling in small outboard motor boat with Australian flag on bow with zoom into flag. VS Australian with Chinese working on the Mekong River Plan. High angle shot over men working on drill head, pipe laying etc. WS Australian high school and pan across children walking to their bicycles and various shots of children and staff travelling around school and between classes. Pan across children working at tables in school library
Access No. 40569 | 1 min 43 secs | 1960s | New York, USA; China; Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of couple walking towards university buildings. CU tilt down flask in science experiment to CU student looking through microscope. CU wave pattern on electronic graph and VS of science activities. Zoom out from female Indian student studying in library and VS of students of various nationalities around university grounds. WS couple in art gallery looking at John Coburn painting. MS couple talking and CU section of Russell Drysdale painting. Pan across people looking at paintings to large Brett Whitely painting "Woman in the Bath", 1964.
Access No. 40571 | 1 min 6 secs | 1960s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS Sydney Opera House under construction surrounded by cranes and scaffolding. Closer profile and oblique views. MS track of wardrobe mistress delivering costumes to clothes rack for Cosi Fan Tutte Act II opera. WS of performance in progress on stage. VS performers singing on stage. High angle track of Australian Rules Football game. VS people on T-bar lift past camera and WS skiers down slope. GS horse racing in progress and crowd watching. WS and GS of cricket game in progress.
Access No. 40575 | 2 mins 12 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS beach with MS young woman in bikini being sprayed with sun tan lotion. WS crowds on beach under umbrellas at Bondi Beach. GS swimmers in water enjoying surf and high angle WS of surfboard rider catching swell out to sea. Board riders on small wave. Elevator up building construction site of cruise ship at Circular Quay west passenger terminal with Sydney Harbour Bridge behind. GS construction workers looking up to WS of dogman riding on cylinder up crane. Tilt up metal beams of construction site to underside of crane. Tilted pan across crane and scaffolding. GS man welding beams.
Access No. 40576 | 53 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS tilt up multi storey building to skyscraper under construction in background. WS space rocket taking off from Woomera Range. Tilt to observers watching launch from viewing platform. WS rocket travelling upward.
Access No. 145036 | 42 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |