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Canberra Lake springtime sixty-four, The

The planning construction and inauguration of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.
Year : 1965 | Total Duration : 14 Minutes |
Director : Neil Howe |
Tulips in flower bed extending in park to line of Australian flags on poles and memorial in distance. Family , parents and two small children walking in park. CU of mother lifting small boy up to branches of blossoms. CUs bunches of pink and white blossoms on branches. Tilt from tulips to sprays of orchids along large pond. Mother and daughter looking at goldfish in pond and GS daughter running to smell tulips in garden bed. GS woman smelling and picking flowers from weeping blossom tree then throwing the bunch into pond where her reflection is also seen.
Access No. 142382 | 53 secs | 1960s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerial view over Canberra and surrounds then high angle pan across city with mountains in background to Lake Burley Griffin. WS Bridge across the Lake and pan of traffic along connecting roads. Pan along shores of the Lake and LS to Parliament House on the other side.
Access No. 142384 | 1 min 34 secs | 1960s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Zoom out from B&W photographic portrait of Walter Burley Griffin at his drafting board and CU zoom into plan of Canberra.
Access No. 142385 | 11 secs | 1960s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
VS concrete study model of Lake Burley Griffin used to observe normal and flood flow characteristics. GS man releasing water and VS of water flow in model showing where water settles. CUs dam section of model where flooding tests are carried out modelled on Molonglo River flooding. VS engineer measuring depth of water in model for bridge specifications. VS of experiments being carried out to determine water behaviour. VS of dam building with truck, scoops, digging and men drilling. VS land clearing in bed of lake, concrete construction and WS and track of heavy machinery with Parliament House in background.
Access No. 142386 | 1 min 55 secs | 1960s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Pan across newly built Lake Burley Griffin and dam. High angle pan across bridge over almost empty Lake towards Australian War Memorial. CU rain drops on swelling waters over grass and VS rain falling in city streets. Zoom out from flooding waters in Molonglo River then high angle WS over newly filled Lake Burley Griffin and city from Parliamentary Hill. Unsteady aerial shot from plane over Canberra and pan along distant snow capped mountains seen from Lake Burley Griffin. VS landscaping and roadmaking activities with large machinery. High angle zoom in to men laying bitumen on road and steamroller in action. VS tractor with driller making holes for tree planting and man planting sapling.
Access No. 142387 | 1 min 56 secs | 1960s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU Australian flag fluttering on pole. Zoom into her Royal Highness, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent turning soil in tree planting ceremony of English Oak watched by dignitaries by the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Good CU press photographer taking flash photograph. GS unveiling of memorial plaque as Princess Marina reads it. CU to inscription. Tack over water of Lake Burley Griffin with views of city buildings and others under construction. Track past bridge, buildings and parkland with people waving from shore. Track past Parliament House and tilting tracks under bridges of Commonwealth Avenue and Kings Avenue.
Access No. 142394 | 1 min 50 secs | 1960s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS people gathered around building and WS Prime Minister Robert Menzies inaugurating Lake Burley Griffin before seated audience with yachts sailing on Lake in background. MS man taking home movie footage of Prime Minister making speech and VS of crowd listening. CU face of small boy in knitted hat looking to camera over father's shoulder. CU young sailors, VS women wearing hats in audience and VS people taking photographs and home movies. MS woman in cat's eye sunglasses holding white poodle. CU memorial plaque.
Access No. 142396 | 2 mins 33 secs | 1960s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tilt from memorial plaque to watercraft on Lake Burley Griffin and people on shore. GS small yachts tacking on water, regatta teams rowing, father and sons paddling in dinghy and high angle zoom out from couple cycling on foreshores of lake. GS girl casting fishing line into lake and GS track of girl in kayak. VS recreational kayaking and canoeing activities on lake and people working paddle boat. VS father and son sailing model boats and WS man trying to right capsized boat. GS family having picnic on slope overlooking lake. WS couple walking along shore of sparkling lake. Track of yacht sailing in sparkling late afternoon light. Tilt from water to sunset behind mountains. High angle WS over city of Canberra in sunset light.
Access No. 142397 | 2 mins 40 secs | 1960s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |