Title Details

North of the Centre

Indicates the way of life and points of interest for tourists to be found in northern Australia.
Year : 1960 | Total Duration : 19 Minutes | Producer : Frank Bagnall
Director : Neil Howe |
Australian flag flying against blue sky fading to CU map of the world with tilt down marked air travel links through Europe to Australia with CU to Northern Territory followed by opening titles.
Access No. 108239 | 1 min 2 secs | 1960s | NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Travelling aerial over Darwin and Darwin Harbour. Good footage taken POV back of car travelling along Darwin road with shiny red Holden ute towards camera then other cars. WS Government building with GS to Australian flag flying from roof.
Access No. 140385 | 42 secs | 1960s | Darwin, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Good WS Northern Territory outback landscapes showing rock formations, desert, wildflowers and red sand dunes. WS gorge and CU over red tinged water. WS lake. CU map of the Northern Territory with tilt down from Darwin to Central Australia. Good high angle shot of distant car travelling along Stuart Highway.
Access No. 140386 | 48 secs | 1960s | NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of dirt main road through township of Katherine. WS over wilderness landscape near Tennant Creek and WS of small Tennant Creek township. WS unsealed main road of the town. CU map of Northern Territory following Sturt Highway from Tennant Creek down to Alice Springs.
Access No. 140387 | 32 secs | 1960s | Tennant Creek, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Good WS of landscape around Alice Springs across ochre coloured ground to distant mountain range. High angle WS over town of Alice Springs and VS of cars along main street. VS Aboriginal residents in fashionable western dress crossing road and walking along street. GS man looking to camera in he cycles past wearing hat with pointed crown. GS women in shopping arcade.
Access No. 140388 | 32 secs | 1960s | Alice Springs; NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS church build in honour of missionary John Flynn with CU to sign. WS modern house and WS more conventional weatherboard house. GS men playing lawn bowls. WS men playing golf, teeing off on sandy course. MS woman in cockpit of glider and WS man assisting take-off of glider past backdrop of hills and bluffs. Air to air zoom to glider then WS glider coming in for landing.
Access No. 140389 | 1 min 8 secs | 1960s | Alice Springs, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Good WS across flat grey sea to dark horizon with grey storm clouds building. WS main street of Alice Springs with heavy clouds over traffic and pedestrians. VS of grey cloud over buildings and out to sea. WS water buffaloes being herded across green field by man on horseback. Good MS rain drops falling on road and GS people running across roads in monsoonal wet weather.
Access No. 140390 | 59 secs | 1960s | Alice Springs, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU to feet walking through flooded gutter and GS flooding from inland road into bush. CU spray from car tyre travelling through flooded road and WS truck along road towards and past camera. Aerial track over miles of flooded outback and over landscape with meandering watercourses spread below.
Access No. 140391 | 37 secs | 1960s | NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU tyres of truck over flooded ground and WS of 4WD negotiating pond-like flooding with water almost covering tyres. VS pair of men measuring water flow of flooded creek. Tilt to two men on ladders working on power lines. WS man pulling fencing wire from reels on back of truck in outback landscape.
Access No. 140392 | 53 secs | 1960s | NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS man at bore drilling with machinery. MS trio of shirtless men stacking bales of hay. MS bearded man drilling mountainside and MS man in akubra drinking from water bag. WS men on horseback mustering large herd of cattle in dry, red, dusty outback landscape. GS of cattle milling and man chasing rogue bull on horseback. GS and MS of man securing fencing wire to post in dry flat landscape.
Access No. 140393 | 51 secs | 1960s | NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS vast desert landscape with low scattered scrub. WS landscape with mountains ringing flat plain.
Access No. 140394 | 10 secs | 1960s | NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS painted Aboriginal men dancing in traditional dress with MS dancing holding implements to camera.
Access No. 140395 | 13 secs | 1960s | NT, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Good WS Uluru (Ayers Rock) from lesser known angle. Very good CUs and footage taken from various angles. VS cave and rock paintings from Uluru.
Access No. 140396 | 29 secs | 1960s | NT, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
WS of main street of Darwin with shopping traffic and pedestrians. MS family crossing road. VS of Aboriginal and non-indigenous locals mixing on street and watching football game. GS Aboriginal football players shaking hands with other players on field. MS group of women of mixed race cheering from sidelines. Chinese community performing dragon dance with VS men playing large drums and performers in dragon suit. MS Chinese mother and baby and WS Chinese women in western fashion watching from under parasols.
Access No. 140397 | 55 secs | 1960s | Darwin, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS Darwin outdoor cafe and GS woman playing with electric toy car at table. WS two modern houses and GS long house with sprinkler on grass in foreground. WS visitors walking under palm trees in Botanic Gardens and CU of sign showing hours. WS of families strolling around gardens and MS woman kneeling to pick and smell flower.
Access No. 140413 | 34 secs | 1960s | Darwin, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS soccer game and GS play. GS cricket game being played in mulga. WS family having picnic with MS to chops on open barbecue. GS several people swimming in bush pool and floating on surface in tyre inner tubes. MS children. VS women sunbathing on beach and GS being joined by couple with their poodle. Note fashionable swimsuits and hats.
Access No. 140414 | 56 secs | 1960s | Darwin, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS pair of men water-skiing on single skis pulled behind speedboat with VS of them performing tricks, CU water spray from engine and smiling faces. VS tables of people at outdoor beer garden at Fannie Bay Hotel drinking and smoking. MS over poodle drinking from dog bowl nearby. VS lagoons and swamps and VS crocodiles. WS pair of men walking swamp with rifles intercut with CUs of crocodile's opening mouth showing sharp teeth. VS men firing at crocodile.
Access No. 140415 | 1 min 40 secs | 1960s | Darwin, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU Propeller of red plane starting up and spinning and WS of small plane taxiing past hangars. WS of valley and WS truck along dirt road through outback bush. CU grevillea in flower and GS water lilies on pond. WS birds on casuarina trees and GS small birds (possibly finches) landing on water trough. WS track of kangaroo bounding across red earth and past small trees.
Access No. 140416 | 1 min 10 secs | 1960s | Darwin, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle MS over small joey and over bilby (rabbit bandicoot). WS goanna walking along red dirt road and CUs of thorny devil (mountain devil). WS red desert landscape. GS Aboriginal men and children sitting on the tray of flat top truck driving away from camera and GS driving in convoy with red truck to the Darwin Show. VS of Show including children riding on airborne horse ride, dog trials and horse show. CU face of South East Asian man and non-indigenous woman.
Access No. 140417 | 1 min 29 secs | 1960s | Darwin, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of dirt bike racing at Darwin Show with man holding out chequered flag at finish line and CU to face of bearded Aboriginal man watching. GS midget car race around dirt track with one car coming off track at end. GS Aboriginal men on tray of flat top truck waving to camera and GS men carrying guitar and suitcase past camera with tent in background. GS VW Kombi pulling up to park and family getting out.
Access No. 140418 | 39 secs | 1960s | Darwin, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS budgerigar in cage hanging from inside car from roof. CUs car license number plates from Victoria, Qld, NSW and NT. WS horses in corral and MS trio of horses to camera. VS people gathering for outback horse race at Brunette Downs with MS of two well dressed women reading programme. Note hats and dresses. MS bookie, VS punters and low angle shot of jockey being helped onto horse
Access No. 140419 | 1 min 6 secs | 1960s | NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Start of outback horse race at Brunette Downs with MS starter and VS punters watching through binoculars, horses racing and faces of crowd. WS over rodeo and GS over men riding bucking horses. GS men riding bulls. VS Aboriginal riders and MS spectators faces. VS men collapsing tent, CU foot spreading embers and water over camp fire and people leaving on flat top trucks. LS to truck across flat outback landscape.
Access No. 140420 | 2 mins 3 secs | 1960s | NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS green hill in late afternoon light and WS sun setting over hill. WS yellow sunset sky and WS palm trees silhouetted in sun setting over ocean.
Access No. 140421 | 35 secs | 1960s | NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |