Title Details

Men Wanted

Follows the experiences of Pat Oliver, an ex-sailor of the Royal Navy who came to Australia to build a new life after the Second World War.
Year : 1947 | Total Duration : 10 Minutes | Producer : Stanley Hawes
Director : Catherine Duncan |
Post war scenes. WS battleship moored near wharf, VS warplanes being put away with several men pushing them across platform. Interior shots of naval officers below deck filling out forms to remain in Australia upon discharge from the British Armed Services. Film follows one such young man (Pat).
Access No. 40170 | 1 min 4 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS top of chimney stacks belching smoke. High angle WS groups of workers walking towards factories. VS people working in various industries such as steelworks, metal industry, car manufacturing and food industry. Tilt to factory whistle blowing and workers knocking off. MS group of men gathered around water fountain washing hands and VS showering and in locker rooms.
Access No. 40814 | 1 min 19 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
GS union meeting being held in factory canteen. MS shop steward standing to speak and welcoming migrant, Pat, as a new member to union. MS barmaid in Iron Duke Hotel and VS men drinking beer around bar. VS housing commission homes being built. VS bricklaying, mixing concrete, and builders labouring.
Access No. 40815 | 1 min 1 sec | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Track of family of parents, child, baby and grandmother entering new home. VS family opening cupboards, looking in rooms and opening windows. Migrant factory worker, Pat, boarding with family seated with family around dinner table then leaving to go to races taking money from father to lay a bet.
Access No. 40816 | 1 min 32 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
High shot above people walking across grounds. VS racecourse with horses, jockeys, punters, bookies and onlookers. Side on view of starting gate and horses racing. VS race and MS woman next to Pat jumping up and down trying to see over heads crowd. CU Pat tearing up ticket.
Access No. 40817 | 56 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS ferry arriving at wharf. MS young woman sitting on outside bench seat of ferry and taking knitting out of bag. Young man, Pat, notices woman. CU woman's legs. VS Pat initiating conversation with woman and MS man looking on. CU track on water and couple leaving ferry on arrival at Circular Quay.
Access No. 40818 | 55 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS couple, fully clothed, walking along deserted beach (possibly Long Reef). WS seagulls on rock platform and LS couple skimming stones towards gulls which take flight. VS couple climbing rocks at beach (woman in high heels). CU woman shaking head to camera and smiling. Couple walking out to rock ledge and looking out to sea.
Access No. 40819 | 46 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Tilt up to sign reconstruction training. MS migrant Pat sitting at table with man applying for vocational training. CUs discussing options. Various MS's tradesmen demonstrating crafts and addressing camera including pastrycook, taylor, watchmaker and bricklayer. WS men entering ornate brick entrance of technical college (Ultimo TAFE).
Access No. 40820 | 38 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
High angle shot of carpentry students at work in technical college, MS man chiselling timber, WS signwriters, MS man painting metalwork, MS young man pouring liquid into glass beaker, MS teacher at blackboard and pan to adult male students at desks listening. WS adult students including migrant Pat walking towards building.
Access No. 40821 | 51 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |