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Made by the Department of Immigration in the mid 1960s to entice immigrants from Great Britain, this film shows an idyllic picture of life in the West Australian town of Geraldton in the mid 1960s.
Series : Life in Australia Series | Year : 1966 | Total Duration : 19.5 Minutes | Producer : Eric Thompson
Director : Christopher McCullough |
Montage wheat harvester, sheep, girls in ballet class, man sailing on trapeze. Aerials over Geraldton peninsula. VS of Falcon station wagon through countryside. Aerials over township and yellow and brown fields. POV car past fields and WS car towards airport sign, aerial over tarmac. WS landscape, LS aircraft across sky. Staffer Charles Eden-Clark arriving at airfield, children at fence watching plane land. GS MMA aeroplane landing, small crowd at gate. Ground staff guiding plane on runway, baggage cart wheeled to plane, passengers alighting. Eden-Clark refuelling aeroplane, children watch. GS of man weighing luggage, GS people waiting to board. Children and Eden-Clark leaving in car. MS aircraft propeller. CU school bell being rung, children running towards camera. Eden-Clark drops children at school, waves goodbye. WS Beachlands School.
Access No. 44151 | 3 mins 14 secs | 1960s | Geraldton, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS Geraldton Civic Centre. Charles Eden-Clark arriving at office. MS switchboard telephonist, track of man through offices. Eden-Clark entering Council Chamber as Mayor, gallery rise. Mayor addressing floor with architectural model of hospital. VS construction work on new hospital. VS crane driver, builders, formwork. WS Geraldton Building Co. VS machinery, man fitting vice, draftsman with plans. Corrugated iron formed in machine and curling over camera. Mothers with strollers greeting and walking along suburban footpath to child health care centre, VS with women, babies, children. Mother and baby in nurse's office, weighing, CU baby asleep. Boy outside principal's office, children in classroom drawing, boys in bare feet. High school students travelling across various parts of school buildings between classes. VS science class, students with colourful lab flasks. Female student in lab apron mixing blue potion in test tube. VS male students working on car parts.
Access No. 136914 | 4 mins 19 secs | 1960s | Geraldton, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS men on cray fishing boat winching in cray crates, emptying crayfish into box, relaunching crate and buoys. CUs of fishermen sorting crayfish in box. CU crayfish in processing factory, VS workers sorting, cleaning, cutting, packaging. WS grain silos, trucks entering factory. Man calf-deep in grain as it pours from container. Grain down chute to grain cascading out. WS vast wheat field, LS to four harvesters. VS harvesters through wheat. Sheep herded through gates of Saleyards, raising dust. Driver reversing livestock truck, VS sheep down ramp and into pens, sheep dog barking. Good pan from parked car, over sheep in multiple pens to men surveying them. Farmers smoking, auction, tilt to auctioneer gesturing. Truck carrying bales of wool to cargo ship Centaur at wharf. VS bales being lifted, GS crane driver, wharfie directing. High shot cargo onto ship. Geraldton main street, traffic, car lined street, shops, pedestrians. Car reverse parking.
Access No. 136952 | 4 mins 8 secs | 1960s | Geraldton, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Geraldton main street, shops, traffic policeman, pedestrians. MS legs of people on crossing. CU finger pulling trigger and VS men clay pigeon shooting. CUs medals and bullets. Cricketer shining ball on shorts, VS local game, MS line of cricketers applauding batsman. LS children entering ballet class, girls of mixed ages. MS girl lacing black ballet shoes, male dancer partnering older girl. Troupe preparing for amateur musical in Geraldton town hall. Hair and make-up shots. Players assembling on stage, stage hand on lights, pulling curtain. Waitresses carrying plates of seafood through busy restaurant, people dancing at club, man ordering drinks at bar, CU waitress pulling beers. Man playing bumper pool, couple toasting with beers, drinking and smoking. VS St Francis Xavier Cathedral, congregation emerging. MS girl in boater hat sitting on grass reading. Salvation Army band playing, MS young female officer.
Access No. 136956 | 3 mins 55 secs | 1960s | Geraldton, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Painting group on beach, CU to painter applying paint to board with palette knife, brushes, paints and jars. VS children fishing off end of jetty. Two boys wrestling off jetty into sea. CU dog. Showjumping over hurdles on sandy course, toddler watching. WS catamarans and boats being rigged on shore, into water and racing. Tilt to spectator with binoculars, CU feet of man on trapeze, racing. VS harnesses, tilt up sails, hosing down boats. WS small sailing boat to shore at twilight, industrial buildings in background. Tilt to shooters packing guns away. WS bare sandy race field and WS industrial buildings built on the port of Geraldton.
Access No. 136960 | 3 mins 53 secs | 1960s | Geraldton, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |