Title Details

Letter for John

A description of the Australian postal service for a primary school audience.
Series : Junior Social Studies Series | Year : 1949 | Total Duration : 10 Minutes | Producer : Stanley Hawes
Director : Malcolm Otton |
WS postman walking up country lane in Bathurst towards camera, blows whistle and pauses looking at letter addressed to John Field. CU to envelope and address. GS young boy, Peter, leaving house and walking down Manly street to post letter to John. GS Peter crossing road and walking along Manly promenade and entering Manly Post Office.
Access No. 42469 | 1 min 43 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS young boy, Peter, buying stamps from the man behind counter in Post Office, CU flicking through book of stamps. MS Peter sticking stamp to letter, leaving Post Office and walking along street to post letter in box. MS postman taking letters out of back of letterbox and holding letter addressed to John Field up to camera.
Access No. 42470 | 54 secs | 1940s | Manly, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Men sorting letters in Manly Post Office and putting them through post marking machine. CU of post marking then CU of letter to John Field with post mark. MS letters being tied in bundles & put in mail bag. CUs hands tying and clamping mail bags. GS mail bags being packed in back of van for transport to Sydney. VS journey with van leaves Manly Post Office, travelling up Spit Hill, across Harbour Bridge.
Access No. 42471 | 1 min 35 secs | 1940s | Manly, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS GPO Sydney with traffic and pedestrians across street. GS post office vans arriving at GPO. Tilt up facade of GPO building. GS mail bags moving along conveyor belt, woman undoing mail bag and tipping contents onto table. MS postal clerk sorting letters into pigeonholes differentiating districts. CUs letters addressed to Grenfell, Orange and John Field's letter for Bathurst.
Access No. 42472 | 1 min 42 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS bundles of letters being distributed to mail bags arranged by district. CUs bags being sealed. WS steam engine at station. GS men loading mail bags onto train and MS guard waving train off from platform and blowing whistle. VS steam train leaving in clouds of billowing steam. MS young boy Peter asleep in bed.
Access No. 42474 | 1 min 18 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS Bathurst railway station and steam train pulling in in front of camera. GS guard unloading mail bags from train onto trolley. Post office worker sorting letters. CU letter to John Field. Postman bundling up letters and placing them into mail bag, putting on cap & leaving post office. WS postman across park and down street to William Street Bathurst.
Access No. 42475 | 1 min 52 secs | 1940s | Bathurst, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS postman approaching man painting his front fence and stops for chat. WS postman handing letter over fence to lady. MS young boy John Field. WS postman walking down road and MS giving letter to John who opens it while walking towards and past camera. WS postman continuing down street away from camera and posting letters and blowing whistle.
Access No. 42476 | 1 min 12 secs | 1940s | Bathurst, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |