Title Details

Australia Builds

Tells of post World War II reconstruction in Australia and the building up of industry for export. Looks at improvements made in the fields of agriculture, transportation, energy resourcing, industry and international political relations.
Year : 1954 | Producer : R. Maslyn Williams
Director : Geoffrey Collings |
Aerial Melbourne city buildings, people outside Flinders Street Railway Station. Traffic on Sydney Harbour Bridge. Ttug boat on harbour. Immigrants post WWII gathered at railings on ship as it docks with welcoming families waiting on wharf. Migrant men walking down gang plank of ship carrying suitcases. Hugging and reunions of families, two men embracing.
Access No. 57723 | 59 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Group of male and female immigrants seated at desks in English language class. Male teacher drawing on map of Australia on blackboard. Fades to low angle shot of wheat field and harvester, VS of flock of sheep being herded by stockman on horse and dog watching sheep cross dry river bed. CU farmer in Akubra hat looking to skyward. Low angle shot of DC6 (or Super Constellation) plane flying overhead.
Access No. 57732 | 41 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Stockman on horse with rope, VS cattle. Tilt to twin-propeller DC6 aircraft flying overhead. Aerial over smoking chimney stacks of industrial plant by river bank. Aerial track over workers on ship deck under construction. Ship being launched off slips. Locomotive construction, MS steam train past camera, aerial track of steam train though flat rural countryside with steam trailing.
Access No. 57740 | 49 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Aerial tracks over farm land showing contours of ploughing, CU of small motorised plough followed by group of farmers (wearing braces). WS glistening snowfield with melting ice feeding into running stream. CU icicles from snow overhanging stream over rocks. VS melting snow and fast flowing stream. Tilt down cascading waterfall over rocks and VS white water river.
Access No. 57749 | 37 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Good montage of Snowy Mountains Scheme. VS of Snowy Mountains Hydroelectricity project under construction. VS workers. Construction of tunnels, workers building dams, wearing black raincoats and hard hats, welding. Water gushing from pumping station, GS transformers of hydro electric stations, water down spillway of dam, irrigation channels. CUs apples on tree being picked, grapes on vine.
Access No. 57753 | 50 secs | 1950s | Snowy Mountains, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Aerial tracks over farmland with patchwork of paddocks, over industrial site with smoke stack belching smoke. Travelling aerials over open cut mine and over old Parliament House, Canberra. Prime Minister Robert Menzies and Treasurer Sir Arthur Fadden with head of World Bank walk up steps of Parliament House. Aerial over wilderness surrounding body of water and dam.
Access No. 57768 | 32 secs | 1950s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Australian Ambassador to USA, Percy Spender and President of World Bank, Eugene Black sitting at desk in World Bank and signing documents for loans to Australia for post war development. CU of document being signed.
Access No. 57774 | 16 secs | 1950s | © NFSA | B&W |
MS man at large winch coiling heavy wire. Tilt to tractor being lowered onto ground from crane. Rows of tractors and other farm machinery being driven at an open air trade show or sale. Good shots of various farm equipment being demonstrated. VS earth moving equipment in open cut mine. VS Bulldozers, CU on scoop, CUs tractor treads.
Access No. 57775 | 1 min 24 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Miners travelling into mine shaft POV miner. WS miners with lamps shining in darkness. VS of mining processes and equipment used in underground coal mining. Miners with mechanised machinery. WS high tension power lines of electricity plant. WS train past factory building, interior shot of electrical power generator in plant. MS transformers of power plant. Good WS of steelworks (BHP?) belching smoke and inside of foundry with sparks, molten metal, steam blasting and VS production processes of steel manufacture.
Access No. 57779 | 1 min 30 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Line of semi trailers carrying car parts. VS production of road transport vehicles with VS automotive production lines and automated processes. Electric locomotive production and train slowly travelling towards and past camera in workshop yard. Aerial over farm land with patchwork of paddocks, WS paddock of sheep and drover. CU shearing sheep with electric clippers and MS bales of wool on train wagons.
Access No. 57791 | 41 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU front of locomotive train with driver leaning out window and slow track past camera with Commonwealth Railways on side. CUs wheat field and harvester past camera. WS open tucks of goods train with township in background. Good aerial over industrial area with smoke belching. Low angle shot of goods train transporting cars past camera and shot of railway lines POV of speeding train.
Access No. 57794 | 31 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
High angle shot over pedestrians crossing busy city intersection. Low angle track of bales of wool lifted onto by crane to ship for export. MS worker waving on crane. MS Qantas twin propeller plane at airport and passengers boarding from tarmac. MS flight attendants assisting people boarding. Good cutaways to people waving and taking photographs as plane taxiis past. WS and tilt to plane taking off. Aerial over Sydney Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay and city. United Nations symbol.
Access No. 57804 | 12 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |