Title Details

Flying Doctor

A day in the life of the Flying Doctor.
Year : 1948 | Total Duration : 14.5 Minutes | Producer : Beatrice Trainor
Director : Lionel Trainor |
Opening titles and introduction. Royal Flying Doctor Service. Aircraft flying overhead. CU loud speaker and pan to Australian National Airways aircraft taxiing, people getting out onto tarmac. WS luggage being unloaded from plane into trailer pulled by car. Good CU man in overcoat and hat lighting cigarette. Ambulance drives onto airfield, Flying Doctor biplane taxiing to halt. Man carried from plane in stretcher.
Access No. 40215 | 1 min 36 secs | 1940s | Broken Hill, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS ambulance drives to entrance of hospital. CU man's face as stretcher is carried past camera. CU patient's details on card and MS doctor looking through file of cards. VS doctors in outback office. WS men herding cattle in open boulder strewn countryside on horseback and wagon approaching with sick occupant. Royal Flying Doctor Service
Access No. 127127 | 1 min 43 secs | 1940s | Broken Hill, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
GS cables and CU to radio in Royal Flying Doctor Service base with emergency medical call coming through. MS doctor at microphone and control panel receiving call and another at wall map pinpointing location. VS doctors at microphone.
Access No. 127128 | 1 min 9 secs | 1940s | Broken Hill, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Dusk falling, WS timber home. MS man lighting gas lamp. VS radio operator peddling as he speaks to Flying Doctor base. Instructions given to treat sick woman. Boiling water poured from kettle, blankets gathered. Case opened labelled Flying Doctor Service Medical Chest, bottle of pills removed (under instruction of doctor on radio) . Silhouette of elderly woman opening door, face illuminated by gas lamp in hand. VS other's anxious faces.
Access No. 127129 | 1 min 13 secs | 1940s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS Flying Doctor Service pilot walking toward plane in field. MSs pilot talking to Doctor. GS man giving thumbs up signal and turning aircraft propellors. VS biplane taxiing and taking off at dawn with shots of ground POV moving plane. VS pilot talking to radio operator on ground. Air to air shot plane. Weather report received regarding dust storm, CU hand with protractor mapping route on chart.
Access No. 127132 | 1 min 32 secs | 1940s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
POV Flying Doctor's biplane to land below. Aerial over sparsely treed landscape. Pilot with earphones and Doctor looking out. Men at radio at Binawarra settlement, VS radio equipment. VS people's faces as contact with Flying Doctor Service experiences problems. Contact is regained, pilot asks to confirm position. Woman's voice can be heard from Crome (?) Downs Station on radio saying she heard plane and helps give location of Binawarra.
Access No. 127133 | 1 min 41 secs | 1940s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS track of silhouetted man running along hill to others with flag. He replaces it with pair of white long john underwear. CU looking up to sky. Another man crouched on ground smoking cigarette looking up to sky. CU white chicken in pen, other chickens scuttle around as the sound of Flying Doctor plane approaches. Quick shot horse's head as it rears. Ground to air shot biplane in air.
Access No. 127134 | 29 secs | 1940s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS man on ground laughing. POV aircraft to ground and aerial homestead. MS pilot and Doctor smile at each other, pilot taps his nose to indicate they have found Binawarra. POV from Flying Doctor's biplane as it circles over Binawarra station. Ground to air as plane flies over building and MS man on ground waving arm to plane. Ground POV aircraft as it lands.
Access No. 127135 | 23 secs | 1940s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Flying Doctors Aircraft lands and taxis as men run to greet it. Stockman, whose wife is ill, shakes pilot's hand. Men following Doctor as he walks to house. WS two small children sitting on ground watch from fence as doctor and men enter house. Doctor is shown through door by elderly woman as stockman waits outside room. MS older man smoking cigarette waiting whilst holding horse by reins.
Access No. 127136 | 40 secs | 1940s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS blacksmith smoking pipe working with hot coals and CU hammering iron on anvil. MS children playing in dirt. GS crouching man holding horse by reins. WS wagon wheels resting against cart. CU girl's face laughing and fade to Doctor leaving room, CU stockman with ill wife laughing with relief. VS boys playing outside with calf. Doctor comes out of house and prepares to leave. GS dog greeting him and CU girl's face laughing.
Access No. 127137 | 1 min 7 secs | 1940s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS outback scenes. POVs from aircraft to land below. Aerials over remote homesteads. VS radio operator peddling wireless. CU finger tapping typewriter keys for Morse code. MS man speaking into microphone. Nurse on radio producing high frequency sound from organ to sound alarm at Flying Doctor base. Woman using chime, and man whistling into microphone to do the same.
Access No. 127139 | 52 secs | 1940s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU radio transmitter. Woman picking up telephone handset seen from behind. CU map of Australia showing seven Flying Doctor bases, the areas they cover and map of Europe transposed on top to illustrate size. POV aircraft landing at Tibooburra. Man in hospital bed with bandaged head being examined by Doctor and nurse.
Access No. 127140 | 35 secs | 1940s | Tibooburra, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
People walking away from aircraft to awaiting utility van (ute). Van drives away across bush. Camels troop pulling wagon to waiting Flying Doctor's aircraft. Good MS camel's head in profile with plane in background in profile. POV plane to outback landscape below. Good CU plane's nose and propeller flying over outback. Doctor giving medicine to patient in stretcher. Silhouette aircraft flying into distance towards sun rays streaming down through clouds.
Access No. 127141 | 1 min 1 sec | 1940s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |