Title Details

National Capital

A look at Canberra, its people, scenery and points of interest.
Year : 1945 | Total Duration : 20 Minutes | Producer : Maslyn Williams
CU graphic map of Australia with hand drawing line with crayon tracing journey to NSW then marking points of other cities along coast of Australia and marking in colonies which led to the Commonwealth of Australia. CU train towards camera and over bridge. CU sign pointing to Canberra. LS train travelling through plains and GS train past country station. WS woman holding child opening gate to man riding horsedrawn cart. GS train towards and past camera then aerial over train through countryside to plains.
Access No. 123255 | 4 mins 3 secs | 1940s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Travelling aerials over city of Canberra and outlying suburbs. Aerial over Parliament House. Pans looking towards surrounding mountains. High angle WS of government buildings. GS street sweeper and people gathered around Civic shopping area. VS bus arriving at bus stop and people walking from bus and along streets. GS schoolchildren riding bicycles past Civic on their way to school with large numbers on roads. VS children arriving at Canberra high school past cloaked principal standing outside entrance. VS children in playground and girls playing basketball. GS football game with MS younger boys cheering on sidelines. GS physical education with young men somersaulting, rows of girls jumping and men and girls stretching.
Access No. 141445 | 3 mins 38 secs | 1940s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS inside classroom with rows of children sitting at rows of desks working. WS teacher at front of classrooms with Asian characters written on blackboard. GS older children sitting at typewriters at desks. VS public servants at work in large offices typing and looking through registers and CU to man smoking pipe at desk reading book "People's Homes". CU to shorthand on secretary's notepad as she takes dictation. CU hands typing at typewriter. CU's roneo machine at work and VS mailman picking up mailbags. CU sign for Post Office Canberra. CUs mailbags.
Access No. 141446 | 2 mins 6 secs | 1940s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU to wall clock pointing to 12:30pm. GS schoolboy jumping onto bike. CU government directory board and groups of women leaving building. Several young women leaving on bicycles and WS people pouring out of building. Bus pulling up to crowded bus stop and MS climbing onto bus past conductor. GS bus through treelined suburbs and WS of bus with mountains in background. GS large group of women getting off bus at community hostels. GS two male workers arriving at suburban homes. WS children entering tudor style house. Young man arriving by bicycle to mother waiting at suburban cottage.
Access No. 141447 | 2 mins 2 secs | 1940s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS Governor-General's residence at Yarralumla. VS Governor-General, the Duke of Gloucester at his residence with the Duchess and his baby in pram and small son in the garden. GS of small son pulling toy cart as he walks with his parents. WS as the Duke, Duchess and son walk towards drover with flock of sheep. VS of the family talking to stockmen. GS war veterans entering club inside gathered around table with finger food and beers. VS Soldiers & Citizens Clubs (pre RSL clubs?) sitting at table drinking and smoking, some in uniform.
Access No. 141448 | 1 min 36 secs | 1940s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS men gathered around notice board looking at ANZAC programme. CU Order of Ceremonial. WS Australian War Memorial and VS of memorial service held around pond. VS of crowds gathered for ceremony by the pond and in the arches of the War Memorial. MS bugle player, officers standing at attention and caskets. WS of Parliament House seen from behind War Memorial. VS of Parliament House exterior. GS Prime Minister Ben Chifley past gardener. VS members of the House of Representatives entering Parliament.
Access No. 141449 | 2 mins 14 secs | 1940s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Interiors of Parliament in session with shots of House of Representatives on the right and the Opposition party seated on the left. GS speaker and shots over various members. John Curtin speaking, Robert Menzies in Opposition seated, leader of the Country Party Arthur Haddon, and elderly Billy (William Morris) Hughes. WS man walking up slope with his children to admire the view over Parliament House in the distance. Tilt to their solemn faces.
Access No. 141450 | 1 min 51 secs | 1940s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |