FILM AUSTRALIA COLLECTION

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Beyond Hell's Gate

A film about the rediscovery of a way into the goldfields of northern Queensland by three young explorers on trail bikes.
Year : 1979 | Total Duration : 28 Minutes | Producer : Peter Johnson
Director : David Roberts |
Men and boy pulling trail motorbike up rocky hillside. Dreamlike sequence with outlaw Christy Palmerston shooting rifle and motorbike rider falling back down rocky hillside. Opening titles. HAS Great Dividing Range, Conglomerate Range, west of Cooktown towards Palmer River. Superimposed map. Sign on board for gold indicating gold rush of 1873, James Mulligan
Access No. 124399 | 1 min 48 secs | 1980s | Cooktown, Palmer Valley, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Various still photographs & drawings of Palmer gold rush (1870's)
Access No. 124862 | 1 min 20 secs | 1880s | Cooktown, Palmer Valley, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerials coastline near Cooktown. Aerial Conglomerate Range part of Great Dividing Range from Cooktown to the Palmer Valley where miners crossed in 1870's during gold rush (Macmillans Track). Still photograph aboriginal police (Native Police) and Alexander Douglas. Map showing route from Laura across Conglomerate Range to Maytown, route known as Hell's Gate.
Access No. 124863 | 1 min 3 secs | 1980s | Cooktown, Palmer Valley, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
John Hay preparing motorbike, talking to camera about crossing Hell's Gate route. Three men on trail bikes through rugged terrain. Chinese man sitting by track, talks to camera about his father crossing track to gold rush. Reenactment Chinese men gold panning in Palmer River, attacked by aboriginal men (said to be cannibals) and outlaw Christy Palmerston, on horseback firing rifle. Skulls. Man on horse,
Access No. 124864 | 4 mins 57 secs | 1980s | Cooktown, Palmer Valley, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Men on trail motorbikes through rough terrain. Reenactment young man Andrew Binnie leading horse with mother and baby. HAS pull back across Conglomerate Range. Men on motorbikes. VS rock faces. Re enactment outlaw Christy Palmerston on on horse and washing in river. POV walking along track. Re enactment, Aboriginal cannibals with dead body, cooking (1870's). Enclosed rocky path, Hells Gate.
Access No. 124865 | 4 mins 28 secs | 1980s | Cooktown, Palmer Valley, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Re enactment (1870's) Chinese men with baskets on shoulders along path, one with rifle. Motorbike rider John Hay talks to camera about cannibalism of local aborigines and subsequent killing. Aboriginal rock paintings along Hell's Gate. Re-enactment young man Andrew Binnie running, CU man's hand with severed fingers. Cemetery in Maytown, CU gravestones.
Access No. 124866 | 4 mins 31 secs | 1980s | Cooktown, Palmer Valley, Maytown, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU spider's web pull out to one remaining miner from Palmer River gold rush, Sam Elliott. HAS Palmer River zoom in to Elliott panning for gold. CU's face and hands. CU fingers holding gold nugget. Elliott walking with swag and pistol, bare feet. HAS Ranges, pull back to men on trail motorbikes through rough terrain. Stop to look at pinned notice on tree.
Access No. 124867 | 3 mins 50 secs | 1980s | Cooktown, Palmer Valley, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Sunrise over Conglomerate Range. Motorbike rider John Hay, talking to elderly gold miner, Sam Elliott, examine disused mine shaft. Walk to top of hill,two figures silhouetted against blue sky. Two men sit by camp fire and talk about men and cannibals along Hell's Gate during Palmer River gold rush of 1860's. Still drawings of outlaw Christy Palmerston, reenactment of him shooting rifle.
Access No. 124868 | 4 mins 9 secs | 1980s | Cooktown, Palmer Valley, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |