Title Details

Forward Communications

The activities of the Post Office to cater for communications in an ever growing nation.
Year : 1949 | Total Duration : 10.5 Minutes |
Director : Bern Gandy |
Cleared valley surrounded by wooded mountains. Aerial large city. Country town. Children walking to school in country town with men riding horses on street and footpath. Cattle being led along dirt road, man tending telegraph pole. Forest trees, steam from mill and mill workers with lengths of hardwood timbers. Postman walking down street of country town and walking down pier and loading bag onto small boat. Postman on horseback crossing stream and with sack on back cross-country skiing across alps. Steam train with dark smoke billowing. Men loading bags onto plane and jet plane taking off. Postman delivering mail into letterboxes on suburban street and blowing whistle.
Access No. 85549 | 2 mins 25 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS tilt down Sydney GPO exterior and GS of people entering building. High angle shot over service desk with several clerks helping people send parcels and letters. VS customers standing in queues, standing at tables addressing mail and sticking stamps on. VS tellers behind grills serving people. CUs of them writing postal notes, handing money over the counter, issuing wireless licences, taking parcels and handling telegrams. LS to linemen servicing underground cables, CU man wiring and Tilt to man servicing overhead wiring on street. MS pan along line of telephonists wearing headphones working manual exchanges. CUs of them talking into horns.
Access No. 145225 | 1 min 13 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CUs technicians serving telephone exchanges. CU post bags past camera. VS people mailing letters into designated post boxes. Tilt to parcels falling over edge of sorting machine and CU of letters pouring over chute. CU's letters on sorting machines being lifted by postal workers and CU of mail being hand sorted into boxes by regions. CU telegram on counter and CU telegrapher operating morse keys and machine printers. Tilt up from CU of hands typing to telegram emerging from machine. CU man signing and sending off telegram with men collecting then from tube service as they arrive. VS men operating tube service.
Access No. 145226 | 1 min 29 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Footage from WWII showing soldiers on boats and landing on shore and trekking through jungle. GS telegraph pole and line on ground. soldier on telephone and several men attempting to resurrect fallen pole. GS linesman at work.
Access No. 145227 | 27 secs | 1940s | Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
High angle WS of crowd of pedestrians waiting to cross busy city street with cars and trams passing by. WS pedestrians along city street. WS people on ship waiting to disembark and MS of men with suitcases disembarking. High angle WS over new houses being built. Pan across customers at teller windows in bank. MS older man hanging up telephone in frustration at engaged line. VS crowds at post office counter and CU large pile of applications for telephone exchange services. GS queue standing outside phone box. GS men meeting around table to plan service improvements. CU "Irwin Automatic Telephone Exchange Perth" and CU of plans.
Access No. 145228 | 59 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS of building sites of new post offices. Tilt to man riding steel girder being raised by crane. VS machine digging tunnel and WS men digging trench for pipeline. Tilt of men entering PMG Training School building and VS of trainees inside classroom being shown model with wires. VS scientists looking through microscopes and testing various phases of communications. CUs scientist turning dials on board, telephone dial being tested, numbers ticking over and VS production of cables, switch gear and telephones. WS row of women operating manual telephone exchange.
Access No. 145229 | 1 min 19 secs | 1940s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS builders working on exterior of new telephone exchange and VS men working on installation of equipment and laying of cables. Tilt up to line of women seated at electronic telephone exchange. MS man sitting at office desk making telephone call and being frustrated at being not being able to talk to man. WS men erecting telegraph pole in country. Tilt to builder riding on steel girder and WS men lowering large reel of cables into back of ute. VS technicians installing and testing new telephones and CU man making telephone call. GS automated mail handling equipment transporting parcels. GS automatic sorting machines.
Access No. 145230 | 1 min 9 secs | 1940s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS man delivering mail to large country letterbox and reading note left from resident requesting various shopping items. VS workmen working on self-contained rural postal exchange. GS exchange been transported away on back of truck. CU telegraph lines and tilt down pole. VS bulldozer mole plough used to lay underground cables. WS machinery past mountain views. MS man at desk making telephone call and looking pleased at finally succeeding at getting through.
Access No. 145231 | 1 min 14 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |