Title Details

Lighthouse Keeper, The

Looks at the lifestyle of a family living in the lighthouse on Maatsuyker Island.
Year : 1949 | Total Duration : 11 Minutes | Producer : R Maslyn Williams
Director : Lionel Trainor |
Lighthouse, light flashes, sailor looks through navigational instrument, Captain enters & studies charts, steam ship at sea, waves on rocks. Lighthouse, men drag trolley of provisions up to lighthouse, rocks in ocean, sea pounding rocks, cliff, lighthouse. Man exits lighthouse, children run up hill to him and they walk up to house. Island and lighthouse. Lighthouse keeper climbs ladder to check light and turning cogs, polishing beacons, prisms, maintenance work. Woman living in lighthouse in kitchen, making bread dough, biscuits, bowls of food, cloth covered pan & cooking utensils, mother serves porridge to father and child at kitchen table. Woman irons at kitchen table, mother helps boy with lessons, mother walks to kettle on stove, woman with coat & scarf walks through wind torn bushes, through gate to flower garden where she picks some daffodils.
Access No. 42480 | 4 mins 43 secs | 1940s | Maatouyker Island, South of Tasmania | © NFSA | B&W |
Man walks over hill throwing sticks, lighthouse on hill, girl runs & jumps down hill to sea, sheep run along path on hill, man carrying sheep on shoulders down hill, stormy sky, wind blowing, lighthouse keeper in raincoat and hat, with hurricane lamp. Pedal telephone sending weather report to Bruny Island. Climbing spiral stairs in lighthouse to light lamp. Bedroom table & lamp, lighthouse keeper enters, removes knitting from drawer and begins to knit, light shining through moving glass, pulley wheel & chain, light moves over window panes. Lighthouse keeper on watch, lighthouse & sea barley visible at night, lighthouse with rising sun in background, steam whistle blowing or ships funnel, man facing sea waves, cliffs with sea below. Ship at sea, shanty living, 44 gallon drums, jeep, small boat pulls up, to jetty, woman chatting, woman on trolley pulley system taken down cliff face, unloading supplies, lighthouse. Changeover of lighthouse staff.
Access No. 42487 | 5 mins 37 secs | 1940s | Maatouyker Island, South of Tasmania | © NFSA | B&W |