Title Details

Australia Is Like This

An orientation film for the United States Forces based in Australia during the Second World War.
Year : 1944 | Total Duration : 19 Minutes |
Mail box outside house. Jones on letterbox. Letter addressed to Calvin Jones in USA. CU on letter and woman opening it. Voice over reading letter
Access No. 118491 | 1 min 7 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
American servicemen on train talking, smoking, reading magazines, writing letter. Silhouette of warship at sea. MS warship. CU of deck crowded with soldiers waving, disembarking down gangplank. CU of their faces. Soldier patting ground on leaving ship. Loading onto trucks with guns and kit bags. WWII. World War 2, Commentary.
Access No. 118493 | 1 min 21 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
American servicemen showing passes to soldier on gate. Two servicemen on leave. Tilt up facade of AWA building to tower. City skyline POV through structure of tower, Pan from Sydney Harbour Bridge across city and harbour. WWII. World War 2, Commentary
Access No. 118504 | 1 min 2 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Sydney street scene. Entrance to underground Town Hall railway station. Pedestrians crossing street. Trams passing. George Street theatres showing ÒWhile the Sun Shines starring Pat MacDonaldÓ and ÒThis is the ArmyÓ. Commentary. During WWII, World War 2.
Access No. 118508 | 12 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
2 American servicemen walking along Sydney city footpath. They are being jostled and bumped by crowds on footpath and almost hit by passing car. Commentary. During WWII, World War 2
Access No. 118511 | 29 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
War Memorial Hyde Park Sydney, two American servicemen walking beside pool then approach two women sitting on park bench. Women stand and walk towards two Australian servicemen in slouch hats, greeting with hugs. Australian servicemen greet US servicemen. Humorous sequence about servicemen rejecting woman for a beer together. Commentary
Access No. 118693 | 1 min 5 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU pint mug of beer being pulled from hotel tap. Mugs handed across bar with Australian soldier passing money across counter. CU American serviceman drinking and making gestures of approval. VS busy hotel bar. CUs offering cigarettes to each other and Australian serviceman smoking. CU ashtray and coffee cups. Pull back to servicemen in Red Cross cafe with waitress having several cups of coffee. Waitress talking to US servicemen, shows them photograph of her boyfriend and brother, and gives complicated directions for getting to zoo.
Access No. 118707 | 3 mins 37 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Young woman with two American servicemen walking down path and into entrance gate of Taronga Park Zoo. Kangaroos hopping in enclosure at zoo. Servicemen holding two koalas while woman takes photograph, koala climbing tree, CU koala eating gum leaves. Floral clock at zoo. Little boy with dripping ice cream. Good platypus shots. Servicemen and young woman leaving zoo and running for tram. Commentary
Access No. 118728 | 2 mins 13 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
American serviceman and young woman seated on tram. Female conductor handing out tickets. CU on penny and handful of change, description of different coins, threepence, sixpence, shilling and two shilling. Cars pass threesome sporting gas producing devices because of petrol shortage, one with large plastic bag on roof and a charcoal burner attached to the rear of another . Commentary
Access No. 118747 | 1 min 9 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Looking down on people streaming onto ferry at Circular Quay. Crowd leaning on railing of departing ferry with young woman and American servicemen in foreground. WS Sydney Harbour Bridge and foreshore. Sailing boats POV ferry. Commentary
Access No. 118756 | 38 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Woman and two American servicemen walk down suburban street and into gate of house, and are greeted by woman's parents. Father kisses woman and shakes servicemens' hands. CU on bowl of fruit and pan to dinner at dining table. Mother pours tea from silver teapot and American serviceman trying to pick up peas with a fork. 3D viewer for postcard. Commentary
Access No. 118763 | 2 mins 22 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Yarra River with Melbourne skyline in background. High angle shot over crowds of pedestrians leaving Flinders Street Railway station, Melbourne. Traffic and tram crosses intersection. VS Melbourne Cup. Skiers down slopes and with flares at night. Track of surfers on waves and lifesaving boat riding wave into shore. High shot over beach crowds. Commentary
Access No. 118776 | 1 min 12 secs | 1940s | Yarra River, Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Ws facade of old Parliament House, Canberra. WS large flock of sheep in paddock. CU sheep. Cattle and three drovers on horseback under trees. WS pan of wheat field and man on harvester. Man halfway up tall gum tree using axe to chop it down. Top of tree falls. American servicemen farewell Australian family. CU of fountain pen in hand and serviceman writing letter on train. Moving train past camera. Commentary
Access No. 118788 | 1 min 51 secs | 1940s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |