Title Details

Builders, The

Australia's role in the Colombo Plan
Year : 1959 | Total Duration : 29 Minutes | Producer : James Fitzpatrick
Director : James Fitzpatrick |
Men working on very high scaffolding with no protective or safety measures constructing a high rise building. Builders drilling, brick laying, driving bulldozers. etc. Street scenes in various Asian cities including Singapore and Bombay (now Mumbai), good open market shots with chickens and cows wandering through market, children playing and people attending stalls, busy and chaotic. Sharing living space with animals , tents and scenes of poverty. Pan over shanty town.
Access No. 40730 | 2 mins 15 secs | 1950s | Singapore, Bombay, Mumbai, India | © NFSA | B&W |
Washing in water holes and beating clothing against rocks. Chaotic Karachi, goat herders amongst traffic, donkeys, trucks, camels and caravans all share the roads. Camel train carrying crop, aerial over sampans on water way. Men's faces. Water carriers walking amongst rice field. Colombo Plan meeting with representatives of 22 countries. Indus river with boats, sampans, flood waters and river bank collapsing.
Access No. 40740 | 3 mins 11 secs | 1950s | Karachi, Pakistan | © NFSA | B&W |
Tribesmen from Kyber pass working under direction of Australian and Canadian technicians digging trenches, driving tractors, sign for Colombo Plan hydro-electric project. Dam across the Kabul River, camel train, workers in fields carrying crops, two men in outrigger canoes. Statues and artefacts from Ceylon's history (now Sri Lanka). Earth moving equipment and dam building.
Access No. 40741 | 2 mins 16 secs | 1950s | Ceylon | © NFSA | B&W |
Rice fields in Ganges Delta, old methods of irrigation including a water pump driven by walking compared to modern pump irrigation, ploughing with ox, woman carrying baskets of grain and emptying onto a huge pile. Family group eating, wooden pole houses built along river, children swimming, women washing babies, women gathering water in pots and carrying on their head, man casting net to fish
Access No. 40742 | 2 mins 43 secs | 1950s | Ganges Delta | © NFSA | B&W |
Exterior hospital, Australian nurses training Malaysian nurses in Kuala Lumpar hospital. Exterior Ceylon Chest Clinic constructed and equipped by the Australian Government under the Colombo Plan. Man having chest X-ray. Doctor giving small girl an injection and children in rural village having injections from nurses. Children on walking frames. Men digging trenches. Men in wheelchairs tossing balls around.
Access No. 40744 | 2 mins | 1950s | Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia | © NFSA | B&W |
Line of children walking in pairs to school, CU on various children's faces, in the classroom, science laboratory classroom, mathematics teacher at blackboard, English language class in a Saigon girls school. Man teaching language to group of Buddhist monks. Teacher overseeing woodwork class. Traditional methods of craft. Workshop with power lathes and laboratory of glass jars. Students at microscope. Exterior of an Asian university and interiors of library
Access No. 40745 | 3 mins 3 secs | 1950s | Asia | © NFSA | B&W |
Asian students attending Australian universities under the Colombo Plan. Interiors of laboratories and row of students in face masks in medical class and watching operation in operating theatre.
Access No. 40747 | 40 secs | 1950s | Asia | © NFSA | B&W |
Mining in Siam (Thailand), earth moving equipment. Tin mining in Malaysia, making huge cement pipes in Pakistan, digging the pipe line from Indus to Karachi. Timber industry in Burma producing teak. Felling trees with axe and elephants hauling logs. Elephant pushing log uphill with trunk and then rolling it downhill. Tractors used for hauling logs and logs lashed together for floating down river to Mandalay and Rangoon. Huge floating rafts down river. (1959)
Access No. 40748 | 3 mins 37 secs | 1950s | Thailand, Malaysia, Burma | © NFSA | B&W |
Aerial of busy Singapore harbour, goods loaded onto ship at wharf. Trains in India and ornate railway in Malaya, Road building in Himalayan foothills replaces the caravan routes. Earth moving equipment used in road building. Buses, bicycles, cars and traffic in Djakarta. Traffic controllers at airport, plane takes off. Telecommunications training with radio, Nepal holds its first democratic election, people voting. Pan of Himilayas. Barefoot Sherpas with baskets of grasses up mountains.
Access No. 40750 | 4 mins 57 secs | 1950s | Singapore, Malaysia, India, Nepal, Jakarta, Indonesia | © NFSA | B&W |
Buddhist temple, Muslim people in worship kneeling on floor, prayer wheels, monks in monastery in prayer. Traditional dancing women and children, older men playing chess - style game, boy paddling canoe down river, women gathering lotus flowers in canoe, old man or woman smoking enormous cigarette or cigar while fishing
Access No. 40752 | 2 mins 10 secs | 1950s | Asia | © NFSA | B&W |