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Land of the Kangaroo

Kangaroos bounding across fields and over fences. Group of kangaroos looking towards camera. Outback scrub landscape. Bustard walking across scene. Flock of hundreds of Budgerigars circling in sky. Pair of Budgerigars perched on twig. Jabiru stalking in shallow pond with other waterbirds on shore. Aboriginal rock paintings.
Access No. 141849 | 2 mins 39 secs | 1930s | NT, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
GS Aboriginal men in ceremonial paint kneeling on ground applying ochres to their skin. GS of line of Aboriginal men performing snake dance and WS men performing emu dance.
Access No. 141890 | 56 secs | 1930s | Australia | © Restricted Access - Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
Steep chasm wall. Aerial city buildings. Aerial docks and shipyards in Sydney Harbour. City buildings and skylines. Trams through busy city streets. Queen Victoria Building Sydney Town Hall. Entrance to Flinders Street Railway Station, Melbourne with busy street scene of traffic and pedestrians. Pedestrians including soldiers. Building construction, labourers and bricklayers on construction sites.
Access No. 141891 | 2 mins 18 secs | 1930s | Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
High angle WS of Bondi Beach. VS crowds on beach with beach umbrellas and shade structures amongst sunbathers. WS track row of surfers riding wave into shore with one surfer holding onto rope tied to front of board. High angle zoom out from Fort Denison to WS of Sydney Harbour. Pan towards Farm Cove and Circular Quay and zoom into Government House. Pan across stores and buildings lining East Circular Quay to wharves and high shot of city. Zoom into AWA building. Good travelling shot from mast of tower over the city of Sydney. High angle zoom to Harbour Bridge. Pan across clock towers and high-rise city buildings and zooms into different styles of architecture.
Access No. 141892 | 3 mins 29 secs | 1930s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
GS gathering of officials and CU tablet commemorating the foundation of the state of South Australia. GS statue of Adelaide planner Colonel Light. High angle WS over city of Adelaide. High angle WS of Government House. WS State War Memorial. WS Torrens River in Central Adelaide with GS black swans swimming. WS and MS memorial to explorer Sir Ross Smith. WS Anglican Cathedral of St Peter. GS pond in the botanical Gardens. GS groups of kangaroos and wallabies. GS young wallaby baby looking out from mother's pouch. VS possum (probably Common Brushtail) walking around boughs of tree and good shot hanging upside-down eating leaves then hanging and eating suspended from tail.
Access No. 141893 | 3 mins 38 secs | 1930s | Adelaide, SA, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
GS glider possum (probably Sugar Glider) climbing around small tree. VS animals in captivity. GS adult and young wombats. GS Tasmanian Devil (wrongly referred to as Bandicoot in commentary). GS Spotted Quoll (Native Cat) and VS platypus. GS echidnas in dirt hole and one gradually burying itself in ground until completely covered in dirt. Track following koala climbing tree. CU koala face and GS mother climbing tree with baby on back. VS koalas in trees and GS young koala walking on all fours along ground. VS koalas eating. Good shot of small baby koalas playing on ground.
Access No. 141894 | 4 mins 3 secs | 1930s | Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
CUs processional caterpillars marching in long line on ground and in circle formation. CUs person pulling giant earthworm from ground. VS duck watching men digging worm out from ground. GS lyrebird in bush and VS of male displaying fanned tail while singing. (All these segments also on Aussioddities). CU tropical fish swimming in tank and GS hand reaching into tank. CU unusual spotted crab in tanks and VS corals, seahorses and fish.
Access No. 141895 | 4 mins 16 secs | 1930s | Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
WS landscape with river and distant mountains. CU mountain stream flowing over rock. GS man standing in stream trout fishing. High angle WS over men standing at gates in river and stripping eggs from spawning fish. VS men massaging eggs from fish into buckets which are then processed for sending to hatcheries. ECUs washed eggs being packed. VS man processing eggs in hatchery. GS hatchery tanks and ECU trout eggs developing eyes. ECU trout hatchlings. GS worker walking along outdoor ponds feeding young fish. CU small trout in tank.
Access No. 141896 | 2 mins 56 secs | 1930s | Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
MS pan of merino sheep packed into pen. GS line of men in shearing shed shearing sheep with electric clippers. High angle WS over rolling river plains with LS to cattle herd. GS cattle. WS wheat and CU waving in breeze. VS three auto header harvesting machines over wheat. CU harvester raising and threshing crop. GS men unloading bags of wheat from harvester and CU grain in open bags and in farmer's hands. WS bags of wheat being transported from farm in horse-drawn wagons. VS huge stack of wheat bags at railways station with deliveries arriving via several horse-drawn wagons. GS mechanical loader stacking bags. High angle WS of trains shunting wheat to cargo ships at port and VS cranes hoisting cargo into ship's hold.
Access No. 141897 | 3 mins 41 secs | 1930s | Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
WS cargo ship in port. VS wheat being poured into ship's hold directly from silos. High angle shots of sailing clipper at sea and aerial track over steam ship transporting wheat. VS fruit picker unloading peaches from bag strapped to his body into container. GS boxes of peaches being transported on truck and by horses. VS men processing peaches on equipment in open orchard and stacking boxes onto back of truck. WS pineapple plantation with men walking ploughing rows with horses. MS pineapple fruit growth from baby plant to maturity. GS row of pineapple with fruit. VS gloved pineapple pickers in action.
Access No. 141902 | 3 mins 13 secs | 1930s | Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
VS Washington Naval oranges on trees. WS fruit pickers in orange orchard and CU to picker wearing gloves. MS picker emptying oranges into box from bag strapped to chest. GS tree bough laden with apples. WS pan across sugar cane plantation and man ploughing in sugar cane field with horses. GS dairy cattle walking across paddock. High angle pan across rural countryside. CU gentle waterfall over rocks. Pan across mass of clouds with tilt down to cliffs, forest and the Three Sisters, Katoomba, Blue Mountains. WS sea reflecting sunset light.
Access No. 141903 | 2 mins 34 secs | 1930s | Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |