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Tomorrow's Australians

After World War Two, Australia was desperate to boost its population with migrants from Europe.
Series : Australian Diary | Episode : 30 | Year : 1949 | Total Duration : 10.5 Minutes |
Director : Jack S Allan |
WW II European refugees including women wheeling prams and the elderly walk in a large group along a tree-lined country street. Refugees inspect war-torn houses. Large crowd of people facing camera. WS exterior of St Paul's Cathedral and Australia House in London. Interior of Australia House where prospective migrants are instructed about Australia. VS large map and magazines and pamphlets. Pan across map of the world. Passenger ship at sea. Group of migrants making the voyage to Australia are shown a map of Australia. VS of them sitting onships deck. CU of a group of British migrant school children travelling on the boat. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 25266 | 2 mins 28 secs | 1940s | Europe, London, England, UK | © NFSA | B&W |
View of Fairbridge Farm, NSW. Residents at Fairbridge. British migrant children being trained in farm skills. VS milking cows and gathering bundles of hay. WS adult migrant camp in rural location. Teacher writing on blackboard and giving English class to a group of adults. Dining room of camp. Migrants at table eating. Migrants inspecting common notice board with sign ÒNew Settlers NewsÓ. Man and woman reading together. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 25287 | 59 secs | 1940s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Arthur Calwell (Minister for Immigration) greets migrants dressed in traditional costume. VS Calwell at exhibition in Bathurst and VS Estonian migrants displaying handicrafts brought from their homeland. Traditional dancing and classical ballet is performed to an audience in auditorium. Female dancer with male partner speaks in English to camera about their happiness of being in Australia. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 25303 | 1 min 1 sec | 1940s | Bathurst, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Commonwealth Employment Officers at desk interviewing man and woman. VS of migrants at work operating machinery, as nurses aid and stacking timber. A Ukrainian priest in robes carries out a wedding ceremony. WS of building site. Australian workers sit around questioning the influx of migrant workers. Secretary of the Department of Immigration, Mr Hayes sits at desk and talks of shortage of manpower in Australia and migrant housing. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 25315 | 2 mins 6 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Group of migrant men wave to camera from deck of the Orient. Men disembark ship making their way down gang plank. POV driver as car travels along streets of the Sydney CBD. VS people sitting in Hyde Park. Hign angle view of the War Memorial and city. Horses grazing on farm land, wheat field with four harvesters and fruit pickers at work. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 25332 | 1 min 5 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Group of migrants walk towards camera. Arthur Calwell (Minister for Immigration) seated at desk in front of broadcast microphones (Radio Australia, ABC, AWA) addressing the nation about the arrival of migrants to Australia. Two elderly women knitting sit listening to radio in their lounge room. Family with young children in their home listening to radio. Interior of car with POV driver. Seated audience with migrants waiting to take their oath of allegiance. Man stands before judge and takes the oath. (No sound only narrator speaking oath). CU of various adult migrants. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 25347 | 2 mins 41 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |