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Appointment with Alice

A description of the tourist attractions of Central Australia.
Series : Australia Presents | Episode : 1 | Year : 1962 | Total Duration : 15 Minutes | Producer : R J Edwards
Director : John Kingsford Smith |
Afghan cameleer, Sado. Couple with dog, reach the stone cairn at the top of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Landscape with tree and waterfall. People standing along the edge of Finke River waterhole. Pilot arriving in small plane near the foot of Uluru (Ayers Rock). A large crater in side of Uluru is known as "the brain".
Ruins in old gold mining town of Arltunga. Ruins in old gold mining town of Arltunga. Ruins in old gold mining town of Artunga. Stanley Chasm. Two Aboriginal men, carrying spears, drinking from the waterhole at Ross River.
View of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Visitors walking on a bush track through old growth forests.
Graphic map of Australia with Alice Springs area marked. WS red sand dunes and WS dry red rubbly earth. Various central Australian landscapes including tree in low mallee country, rippled red sand dunes and cliff line. WS across vast landscape with scattered scrub. WS pass to MacDonnell Ranges between Brinkleys and Paisleys Bluffs, WS of ranges and high angle WS of dry river bed of the Todd. WS two Aboriginal men carrying spears walking down and drinking from the waterhole at Ross River.
Access No. 145238 | 1 min 21 secs | 1960s | Alice Springs, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle WS over town of Alice Springs with mountain ranges in distance. B&W photograph of Alice Springs taken in 1926 from Nanny Goat Hill. High angle WS of town seen from surrounding countryside. VS people walking around shopping centre and arcades. GS of people entering club down path lined with rose and people drinking at tables in beer garden. WS people swimming in hotel swimming pool. CU woman swimming over boomerang pattern on bottom of pool. GS pair of women in shorts walking along street. VS people on the street including overseas tourists and Aboriginal residents. GS Aboriginal woman and child in white party frock walking along street holding hands.
Access No. 145239 | 1 min 24 secs | 1960s | Alice Springs, NT, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
GS man on street wearing sandwich board advertising Alice Springs Races. VS of people on streets. GS bride and groom leaving church together after wedding. WS Flynn Memorial Church. WS woman approaching Flynn's grave site with memorial boulder and GS of her laying wreath (boulder has since been returned to the Devils Marbles and replaced with another). WS cattle mustering and cattle being herded into corrals. Tilt to Aboriginal stockmen and women sitting on fences. CU's of their faces. GS Aboriginal woman on horseback with whip amongst cattle. WS road train on winding outback road.
Access No. 145240 | 1 min 23 secs | 1960s | Alice Springs, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS track of TAA twin propeller plane landing at airport and GS of people walking down aircraft stairs to tarmac. Tourist bus arriving and GS train towards camera. WS car entering Alice Springs. WS tourist facilities at base of striking orange cliffs of Glen Helen Gorge. GS couple in silhouette dining in chalet overlooking the gorge. WS people strolling along edges of Finke River waterhole. WS and tilt on rocky outcrop. WS of couple trekking through rocky outback landscape to view of Mount Sonder in Western MacDonnell Ranges. MS Aboriginal artist Claude Panka painting plein air with WS view of Mount Hermannsburg. VS of Panka sitting on dirt painting view. CU of finished painting. VS of grave of Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira in Alice Springs.
Access No. 145241 | 1 min 45 secs | 1960s | NT, Australioutbacka | © NFSA | Colour |
Track along Ormiston Gorge. WS with couple walking past red cliffs of Gorge and high shot over them walking along sandy banks of Finke River waterhole. Zoom in from WS of couple next to waterhole to VS of them squatting down to drink from it. WS person fishing in waterhole. CU to speckled trout being caught on line. WS Ormiston Gorge. High angle WS of couple walking in Stanley Chasm. Tilt from couple up tall narrow chasm opening. High angle view of people walking in narrow gorge. Various WS of ruins in old gold mining town of Artunga and VS of disused rusted machinery. Tilt to old gravestone and ECU inscription. WS of old Alice Springs cemetery and ECUs of headstones of Afghanis.
Access No. 145242 | 2 mins 4 secs | 1960s | NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS old Afghani man in turban sitting by fire. High angle WS of the dry water course of the Ross River. CU man's hand turning over Aboriginal shield on ground. VS of people around Ross River Gorge (now N'Dhala Gorge) looking at natural features, tilt to MS woman taking photograph and CUs pre-Cambrian fossils (petroglyphs) in rocks. VS around Valley of the Eagles and tilt to wedge-tailed eagles flying over gorge. VS tourists around Ross River Motel. VS tourists at outback homestead mounting horses. Tilt to Aboriginal adults and children camel riding past camera. WS Central Australian Tours vehicles pulling up to camels and GS camel train trekking towards Kings Canyon.
Access No. 145243 | 2 mins 24 secs | 1960s | Alice Springs, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tilt to two men climbing the rocky western wall of Kings Canyon and High angle WS of them looking at and photographing view. Tilt down to cliffs and vegetation of the Canyon and of man diving off rock edge into dark pool. GS of him as he swims to other side. Various WS red canyon walls. VS Palm Valley. VS cycads and Livingstonia Marie palms. Good WS across desert to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) in distance in hazy purple light. Closer WS of the dome shaped rocks. Aerial track over Uluru (Ayers Rock). WS track of tourists arriving in small plane near the foot of Uluru. Ws of Uluru seen rising from behind vegetation.
Access No. 145244 | 2 mins 13 secs | 1960s | Alice Springs, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU "brain" crater marking in Uluru (Ayers Rock) and high angle WS of the huge "Womens Cave" dwarfing visitors. Tilt to roof of cave with eroded sandstone forming hanging rocks. VS "Roo Tail" rocky outcrop on Uluru with VS of tourist climbing between it and the rock. LS then GS couple and dog climbing up the western slope of Uluru. WS climbers reaching stone cairn at top of Uluru. CU woman taking photograph of the view. WS with Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) across plain. MS of woman leaving signature in small visitor's book keep in stone cairn. WS Uluru in late afternoon light.
Access No. 145245 | 2 mins 24 secs | 1960s | Alice Springs, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |