Title Details

Postcard From Perth

A tour of Perth, capital of Western Australia.
Year : 1954 | Total Duration : 11 Minutes | Producer : Eric Thompson
Director : Shan Benson |
Opening credits revealed on the backs of postcards. WS back view of man opening wrought iron gates to Perth street scene. GS busy Perth street with traffic and pedestrians past a Commonwealth Savings Bank of Australia building. VS of pedestrians along wide city footpaths past various buildings. Green electric bus around corner past Hotel Adelphi and other cars on street. High angle shot over city street lined with historic buildings.
Access No. 138482 | 1 min 14 secs | 1950s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS Transcontinental Railway steam train pulling into Perth Station. WS Qantas plane taxiing around tarmac. WS various cargo ships lined up along port. WS construction of oil port at Kwinana with well in flat blue ocean and VS caterpillar scoop tractor digging out soil and emptying it into back of truck. WS power station and CU to smoke billowing out of chimney stack. GS steam train pulling trucks past camera.
Access No. 138483 | 51 secs | 1950s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS small open truck carrying karri and jarrah planks around sawmill. VS karri forest and WS two men chopping either side of tree. GS felled trunk being dragged out of forest by machinery and VS men sawing through large tree trunk then running off as it falls in forest.
Access No. 138484 | 49 secs | 1950s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle WS over southern town of York or Northam and WS of lake with swans in foreground and factory in background. Pan across rolling green pastures. GS man walking through field of crops bending down to pick plant. WS rolling green hills with farm in middle distance and pan across cattle grazing in pastures. GS pigs around trough in pen and WS of sheep in pastures. WS of sheep grazing with fruit tree in blossom in foreground.
Access No. 138485 | 1 min 9 secs | 1950s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of border collie running ahead of farmer ploughing through orchard of blossoming trees pulled by Clydesdale shire horses. MS to shirtless farmer in shorts. WS orchards with symmetrical rows of bushes receding towards distant bush. WS weir. WS dam's floodgates with people nearby viewing the water cascade down them. CU to water flowing down walls of floodgate.
Access No. 138486 | 31 secs | 1950s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU flock of black swans on water and tilt to Western Australian flag with WS to State Parliament House. GS of tower and turret of the building with it's occupant, the State Governor Sir Charles Gardener walking along a path through the gardens accompanied by his wife. GS of the pair stopping to look at flowers. WS Perth Town Hall and surrounding shops. GS green electric bus through street with other traffic.
Access No. 138487 | 36 secs | 1950s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS and MS of female high school students in sports uniforms and bare feet leaving school gates and WS students on benches in playground raising hands in the air to answer questions from teacher at front of group. CU sign and insignia for the University of Western Australia. WS of university buildings and students walking around lake and grounds of university.
Access No. 138488 | 33 secs | 1950s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS of Perth's churches and church building details such as stained glass windows and relief sculptures. Aerial shot over congregation leaving church with city and Swan River in background. WS from park overlooking city beyond Swan River and WS of traffic on city street. GS bus past camera with baby's stroller hanging off back. WS city street corner with pedestrians outside W.A Apothecaries Co, Ltd. Chemists & Opticians waiting to cross road.
Access No. 138489 | 36 secs | 1950s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS bus conductor taking baby pram the back of the bus and setting it on the footpath for the mother. GS mother placing baby in pram, Tilt down four level building on city street to pedestrians on footpath and tilt to castellation detail on building. WS people walking through narrow land and CU to clock with mechanised duelling horse riders in window above clock in tower.
Access No. 138490 | 32 secs | 1950s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS pedestrians along city street and CU to motorbike for sale at curb. High angle shot over Perth city looking towards bay. GS house in suburban street with river behind and CU tilt to street sign with the Boulevarde pointing one way and Linden Gardens the other, both in Floreat Park. WS pair of women walking up path towards brick house and WS woman walking on shared path through autumnal gardens.
Access No. 138491 | 36 secs | 1950s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS parents and spectators sitting and standing on sidelines watching girls playing hockey match on oval. VS spectators watching various sports at ovals including women's hockey match and football. GS horse race past camera with crowds watching from stands in background and WS crowds entering race grounds. WS car towards camera along long street lined with very tall straight trees.
Access No. 138492 | 54 secs | 1950s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS car driving into bush reserve and VS of Western Australian wildflowers. CUs of Swan River Myrtle (Hypocalymns robustum), Dillwynia, Conostylis, Coral Vine (Kennedia coccinea), Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos), Donkey Orchid (Diuris longifolia), Sowerbaea and Hibbertia. WS people sitting in outdoor cafe and CU to red flower of coral tree in Kings Park. VS people walking through Kings Park and others enjoying banks of Swan River. WS ferry along Swan River and High shot over city of Perth.
Access No. 138493 | 1 min 36 secs | 1950s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |