Title Details

No Strangers Here

A fictionalised account of a family of Ònew AustraliansÓ arriving in their new home town.
Year : 1950 | Total Duration : 48 Minutes | Producer : Doc K Sternberg
Director : Doc K Sternberg |
Australian Flag fluttering in wind. Clocktower in country town, man walking along and entering newspaper office. Man at typewriter, typing out titles then credits. Wheels and undercarriage of steam train and carriages. Rural countryside, commuters on train, sleeping, reading, around carriages. Migrant family looking out window at countryside. Mother passing around pot of food. Orchards. Steam train. Smiling mother and young son looking out train window then whole migrant family at window.
Access No. 22749 | 4 mins 26 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Steam train through rural countryside. Migrant family gathering luggage in carriage. POV train past houses, petrol station, industries of town. Mother with scarf on head cries into handkerchief, zoom to being comforted by husband. CU daughter's smiling face and MS mother & son looking out window. Train past suburban brick houses, past passing train and into station. People alight followed by migrants carrying several suitcases. Good GS busy platform with commuters and guard setting down large parcels. Train departing station leaving family standing with suitcases at feet and countryside spreading beyond tracks. Family carry bags to end of station, girls on horses ride off past country station buildings as truck drives down street. Driver comes to collect family, shaking hands with migrant father who introduces family to him.
Access No. 22768 | 3 mins 11 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS town of Littleton showing landscape and streetscapes. Man leaving house and walking through gate down street, raising hat and chatting to woman pruning hedge. Small girl in large bonnet. Girl speaks with man who scribbles in notebook then good MS of girl waving farewell. Man walking past Council Chambers, school (zoom to architectural details), fire station and churches. VS horse and buggy, trucks, bicycles and cars. CU to feet walking over fence shadows on ground. Man smoking pipe observing migrant family window shopping. Interior of Post Office, man chatting to clerk who hands him a letter. Zoom to contents of opened letter. Man past store signs, crossing road with CU to his shadow and enters publishing building (typical 1950s). MS smoking pipe and reading letter POV outside glass louvered window and GS of him pacing past louvres.
Access No. 22791 | 6 mins 34 secs | 1950s | Littleton, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS migrant father closely admiring bicycle in shop window with MS shopkeeper watching him, smiling as he tips his hat in greeting to her, then looking disappointed when he leaves. Family laughing and discussing fruit shop display. Father and son looking in sports store window and discussing cricket bats with GS father acting out cricket game. CU to son looking at cricket bats and older sister pulling him away. Man in horse-drawn open buggy travelling over bridge and through countryside to house. Mother cooking in her kitchen then welcoming man into room giving him chair and continues cooking. Man samples piece of cake then records recipe from woman into notebook. CUs of both of them as they struggle to make themselves understood. CU of woman's hands mixing cake in bowl and GS of her rushing to oven and using apron to take cake out.
Access No. 22819 | 5 mins 45 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Man handing recipe to printer in newspaper office & later receiving freshly printed newspaper. VS women reading recipe in newspaper. VS women buying ingredients, stirring mixture (flour in hair), removing cake from oven, inserting skewer, burnt smoking cake from oven. Newspaper printer in editor's office listening to him reading letters. ECU hands typing. Man in buggy stopping to watch children play cricket. Young migrant boy alone in field until another boy persuades him to join in. Good shot of brief altercation between three boys, boy being shown how to hold bat, running off as children laugh. MS newspaper editor at desk typing. Young migrant woman training as hospital nurse with good shots of wheeling trolley, being shown graph measurements, reading thermometer, pouring medicines, serving meals and chatting .
Access No. 22861 | 7 mins 37 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Young male patient in hospital bed combing hair, fellow patient laughing at his embarrassment as nurse addresses him. MS doctor chatting and laughing with nurse in hospital corridor then greeting young migrant nurse. CU to jealous face of first nurse. GS nurse giving reluctant patient medicine with fellow nurse and doctor outside. Pair of nurses resting in lounge area in evening. Tilt to silhouetted roof and steeple of church with bell ringing. Church interior during service with minister delivering sermon and leading hymn. VS congregation standing and singing, nurse assisting elderly woman to stand, track towards windows and attention focusing to nurse who sings strongly in foreign language. CUs faces in congregation turning to nurse. Tilt to organist at end of sequence.
Access No. 22908 | 5 mins 52 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Migrant father outside bicycle shop examining bikes, ringing bell inside shop, negotiating with owner (cigarette in mouth) over bike and payment. Communication difficulties evident. Migrant pays owner deposit, bows, then rides wobbling down road. CU face of smiling saleswoman. Men down country road on bicycles and men on foot entering factory grounds. CU bricks coming out of machines and workers stacking them in pile. Migrant worker in knotted handkerchief cap labouring in brick pit singing as he wheels bricks to workers near kiln. Brief altercation between migrant and Australian labourer. CUs migrant and labourer talking. Men walking across brickyard past corrugated iron buildings. CU poster for annual picnic. VS workers in room during meeting, proposing motions, voting with show of hands. Back patting, laughing. Migrant worker in overalls and handkerchief cap being voted into committee and making short speech.
Access No. 22942 | 6 mins 19 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Picnic scenes with Australians and migrants in traditional costumes playing piano accordion, dancing and children playing games. Young girl and mother offering migrant woman cake watched by older man smoking pipe. Migrant man proudly showing off his committee badge and GS with family. Long sequence of traditional dancing to accordion accompaniment. Young migrant woman watching and imitating traditional dancers joined by young man. Romantic sequence where they dance together until woman runs off to tree in field pursued by man where they stop to talk. CU to young woman's serious face. WS over country landscapes.
Access No. 22986 | 5 mins 38 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Country town at sunset with silhouetted church steeple and newspaper editor entering darkened office. Editor at typewriter smoking pipe. City street at night with street and car lights, neon signs and tram lights. CUs newspaper headlines regarding migrants and letters from various organisations. CU fountain pen signing Oath of Allegiance and Certificate of Citizenship. CU to article in support of immigration being typed out by newspaper editor. CU to negative letter to editor and response by editor. Man walking down country street at night.
Access No. 23012 | 5 mins 5 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |