Title Details

Hold the Land

Stresses the great dangers of soil erosion and the need for soil conservation.
Year : 1949 | Total Duration : 10 Minutes | Producer : Geoffrey Bell
Director : Geoffrey Collings |
Pan across rippled sand dunes,Egyptian artefacts in museum, heads of Pharaohs, pan over display of ancient pottery pieces, CU on stone carving and hieroglyphics, pan over ruins of archaeological site in Greece, (1949)
Access No. 41424 | 57 secs | 1940s | Greece, Europe | © NFSA | B&W |
CUs of timber cutters chopping down trees, loggers felling trees, huge tree falling, CU on sheaths of wheat, harvester through wheat field, (1949)
Access No. 41425 | 35 secs | 1940s | © NFSA | B&W |
High travelling aerial over city buildings showing roof tops, HA shot of pedestrians, people crossing street at Flinders Street Station, container ship under Sydney Harbour Bridge and LS of same ship at sea, (1949)
Access No. 41426 | 17 secs | 1940s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Ruins of Greece, archaeological site with temple columns, rural landscape with distant hill and grasses blowing in wind, CU of grass blowing in wind and storm conditions, lightning flashes, rain dropping onto dry soil, man loading milk cans onto small truck, CU of rain falling on muddy ground, calves running, HA shot of water puddles and water cascading, rivers overflowing, waterfall, soil embankment breaking away, land washed by running flood water, pan across dry gullies, erosion, fences suspended where land has fallen away , pan of silted river bed , soil conservation (1949)
Access No. 41427 | 1 min 14 secs | 1940s | Greece & Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Woman carrying wood from farm house in dust storm, wind, drovers / men on horses in dust storm, large flock of sheep in dust storm, c/u sheep running, flock of sheep, dead sheep, dust storm, dead trees, shifting sand, barb wire fence in sand, wheat in sand, salt bushes, soil erosion, deserted houses, broken farm machinery in sand, big cart wheels, carcasses, cattle in desert, rock and fern, man's hands in soil, dry powdery soil . Description of the ecology of soil on farmland, promotion of soil conservation (1949)
Access No. 41428 | 2 mins 30 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Weather vane, scientist collecting information and data at weather station, meteorological equipment, testing soil fertility, soil in bottles rotated on machine, gravity meter in flask, CU on two agricultural scientists in discussion, CU on marking up map of Australia, group of farmers walking behind plough tilling soil , promotion of soil conservation (1949)
Access No. 41429 | 1 min 11 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Group of farmers getting information on research into soil fertility and prevention of soil erosion, co-operation between farmers and scientists,digging soil, hands digging hole, man removes hat and scratches his head, water running into field, man working as surveyor, man on tractor in field, farmer watching tractor pushing earth, ploughing field, aerial of fields, wheat harvesting, people on street (pedestrians), man selling newspapers, people in park at lunchtime, girl eating sandwiches, man on tractor, CU man's face, tractor in field, Soil Conservation Service(1949)
Access No. 41430 | 2 mins 25 secs | 1940s | © NFSA | B&W |
Mother in apron opening parcel, children helping, sheep, young boy opening tin, little girl eating biscuit, (1949)
Access No. 126493 | 26 secs | 1940s | © NFSA | B&W |