Title Details

Valley of the Yarra

A description of the River Yarra from its source to its mouth.
Year : 1956 | Total Duration : 10 Minutes | Producer : Maslyn Williams
WS pan across mountain wilderness. Top view over mountain stream and VS of the river which is the source of the Yarra. VS sunlight on water and CU of water rippling. Tilt to willows on river banks. VS of dam building on upper Yarra with extensive earthworks and heavy machinery. WS with earthmoving machinery on denuded hillside and workers drilling in foreground. GS caterpillar tractors preparing soil. High angle shots over scene. Pan across older Maroondah Dam at Healesville and VS of landscaping. Good WS of mountain landscape and rainbow over mountains.
Access No. 55163 | 3 mins 2 secs | 1950s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle WS over dam on Watts River. CU on pipe shooting water. High angle WS over waterway through bushland. WS small aqueduct in parkland and high angle WS rover leading to farmland with farmers walking past in foreground. Pan across orchards in spring with trees in blossom in foreground. CU blossoms. WS sprinklers rotating as they spray market gardens. WS sheep in pastures with mountains in background. WS cattle past camera with pastures in background. VS willow trees along banks of river. WS grove of wattle trees near rivers edge and GS wattle trees lining river. CU to bough of yellow wattle blooms. LS suburbs with wattle tree in pasture in foreground.
Access No. 141915 | 1 min 49 secs | 1950s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS swollen river flowing around wattle trees. WS man standing on riverbank fishing with steam train passing in background. WS town. WS Lilydale limestone quarry. GS small town main with flags handing from overhead wires. WS Yarra River looking towards town. Pan past trees to gravestone marking resting place to Barak, last chief of the Yarra Yarra Aboriginal tribe. CU to inscription on stone. WS landscape painter in countryside. MS of her painting small canvas on easel. GS two artists working in studio with bush scene outside window. GS writer sitting on verandah typing. GS women riding horses along bush track. WS car driving alongside river.
Access No. 141916 | 2 mins 4 secs | 1950s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS sports field on far side of Yarra River. GS children playing on shore of river. GS small boat motoring down river. Bridge over Yarra River seen from water. Track past houses and gardens situated along river's edge. Aerial track over Yarra Bend Golf Course with LS to Melbourne city. WS river with LS to Richmond industrial buildings upstream. VS factories on river. High angle shot over small cascade. WS launch travelling down River Yarra with city skyline in distance. Good WS of two people launching sculling boat into river with Princes Bridge, city buildings docks in background. CU bridge reflected in water and tilt to bridge.
Access No. 141917 | 1 min 41 secs | 1950s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle WS over railway near River Yarra. Pan to traffic over bridge crossing both. WS railway junction. MS woman painting river and city scene with city buildings in background. VS houseboats moored in Yarra River with city in background. MS woman hanging washing on line on houseboat. Tilt from good shot of boy sitting fishing on wharf to cargo boat leaving harbour. WS stacks of timber on wharf. MS bow of large ship tied to wharf and track past ships behind it. Good GS of tug boat pulling large ship and VS of working harbour on river.
Access No. 141918 | 1 min 32 secs | 1950s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |