Title Details

Road to the Clouds

Under the supervision of Australian patrol officers, the people of the New Guinea highlands build a road to link their districts to the coast.
Year : 1958 | Total Duration : 9 Minutes | Producer : Frank Bagnall
Director : John Morris |
Mountains of the highlands of New Guinea, indigenous people building road. Lae River gorge, people crossing rope bridge. Many people gathered. Australian patrol officer assisting. Some people in traditional dress, painted faces. Man hammering stone using another stone.
Access No. 126271 | 2 mins 24 secs | 1950s | Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | Colour |
Land Rover driving through Markam valley (phonetic ) near coast, into settlement. Indigenous people gather around, children climb to the top. Land Rover continues about winding dirt road to Umi (phonetic) River. Cases unloaded from vehicle and it is hauled through by indigenous people, swept over by current and hauled upright using rope, hauled to shore.
Access No. 126272 | 2 mins 39 secs | 1950s | Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | Colour |
Land Rover through burning field of grass and up to mountains/highlands. VS Highland settlements including bridges. People working on the land. Children run to bathe naked in river, non indigenous man follows. CU's soaping themselves and drying with towels. Australian Infant Welfare Nurse inspecting indigenous babies with indigenous nurse, inoculations.
Access No. 126273 | 2 mins 1 sec | 1950s | Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | Colour |
Line of indigenous people talking to Australian patrol officer taking census. Tribal people dancing, wearing traditional dress and holding weapons, masks. Laying stones over fire. Bringing food for feast. Quiet village with river running next to it. Roof on Land Rover seen driving through long grass. Vehicles towed by tractor. Road built across highlands.
Access No. 126274 | 2 mins 5 secs | 1950s | Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | Colour |