Title Details


Made by the Department of Immigration in the mid 1960s to entice immigrants from Great Britain, this film shows an idyllic picture of life in the Queensland capital of Brisbane in the mid 1960s.
Series : Life in Australia Series | Year : 1964 | Total Duration : 20.5 Minutes | Producer : Eric Thompson
Director : Robert Parker |
WS of beach, MS man welding, MS meat on barbeque grill, GS stone sculpture and WS pedestrians in street. WS graphic map of the world then zoom into Australia and Brisbane. Travelling aerial over Brisbane and travelling aerial over Storey Bridge and along Brisbane River and over city. LS then zoom in to clock tower with clock striking three o'clock. MS track along women working switchboard.
Access No. 40695 | 1 min 23 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS men working in stock exchange and high angle MS over stockbroker on telephone. Tilt down man rewriting numbers on board to woman seated at desk writing. High angle track through trade floor to groups of telephone hung around poles above circular tables. CU to man dialling on telephone. MS track along banks of computers and along electronic receivers(?).
Access No. 136964 | 1 min 4 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High shot over small crane carrying wool bales driving around container wharves. MS tilt to bales being placed down and VS men stacking them into place. Aerial shot over container ship docked at wharves. CU circular saw blade cutting length of timber and VS men looking at and measuring piece of timber. CU man shaking his head and MS man adjusting machine. Track along rows of men using belt sanders to plane timber cabinets in factory.
Access No. 136965 | 44 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS timber mill and high angle WS over machining factory. Generator transformer being tested with man manipulating dial on machine causing explosion between two metal balls. Tilt down pineapples in chute being sorted onto conveyor machine by gloved worker and MS pineapple slices on trays with high shot over stacks of trays. VS factory workers processing pineapples and MS tins rolling out of machine.
Access No. 136966 | 38 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS factory worker stacking metal parts after removing them from kiln. GS bricks from brickworks and WS truck carrying full load of bricks on tray out of brickworks. MS bricklayer laying bricks and trowelling cement. VS carpenters on building site passing timbers and WS timber house frame on site. Tilt from man hammering rivet to MS of his face. VS machinery in action including grinding machines, welding and sparks, and tilt to man wearing black goggles.
Access No. 138055 | 50 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tilt from man dialling telephone to his face with receiver. WS average Brisbane timber house and interior shots of dining room, telephone on hall stand, television. VS of shopping in fruit & vegetable market, people in supermarket and MS track following woman down supermarket aisle. WS tilt down crane to concrete pipes being hoisted into back of truck and GS of construction site with workers in hard hats.
Access No. 138056 | 1 min | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of two men in hard hats studying plans on construction site. MS man in hard hat driving crane. Aerial track over oil refinery. MS children writing at desks in classroom. GS women in supermarket emptying trolleys at checkout. MS to goods in trolley and CU to checkout attendant pressing number keys on cash register. CU blonde woman looking through microscope and WS to rows of tables with several others doing the same (probably university students).
Access No. 138057 | 51 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerial view over Parliamentary buildings (?). GS woman and husband getting out of car with shopping. WS children riding bicycles home from school past line of children queuing to board bus. MS boys with back satchels getting onto bus. GS car pulling into driveway and GS of boy entering his room with sports pennant hanging on wall above bed and taking his satchel off and sitting on bed to take off shoes. GS young blonde women boarding bus.
Access No. 138058 | 1 min 22 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS high school and GS mother at kitchen table cutting up pineapple and son helping himself to jar of biscuits then pouring himself a glass of milk from the fridge. WS men leaving work for the day from construction site. Track past row of timber houses POV tram and MS to man smoking pipe in tram looking out window. WS tram down street and MS man smoking pipe on tram reading newspaper.
Access No. 138059 | 43 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS sunset over river with LS to city silhouetted. VS father in loungeroom switching on television then inspecting young son's hands before sending him off to wash them. GS mother in kitchen with older blonde daughter placing food on plates. GS boy at sink washing hands. GS daughter passing plate of food to father at dining table and WS of family seated around table saying grace before eating.
Access No. 138060 | 39 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU woman placing pile of dirty dishes cups and saucers into washing up sink and VS of her washing up and her son drying. GS young blonde grown daughter in her room trying on white mini dress. GS father sitting in lounge chair lighting pipe. WS tilt down from lights against night sky to tennis players on court. VS of young blonde woman in her mini dress playing doubles. Two tilts up city buildings and WS of busy Brisbane city street. WS track down city street POV tram with pedestrians crossing and traffic ahead.
Access No. 138061 | 1 min 7 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS busy Saturday morning shopping crowds on streets and high angle shot over shoppers in department store floor. MS blonde young woman with her younger brother beside her looking at jewellery on counter with sales assistant. CU to sign encouraging the purchase of fashion jewellery for Mother's Day. MS man sitting in car smoking pipe looking at his watch with CU to expired sign on parking meter.
Access No. 138062 | 19 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS city street with tilt up Town Hall and clock tower to clock striking quarter past eleven. GS people boarding tram and others pouring onto city street. VS football game with team in black & white V team in red & white in scrum. WS pan across crowds in stands watching. MS to couple of older women spectators, one wearing flat black hat. WS of try being scored and GS of spectators in stand leaping for joy. CU spectator with radio pressed against his ear
Access No. 138063 | 37 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Racecourse, horses racing on track. Punters at side of track looking at tickets and high angle shot over crowds under umbrellas. VS horses and jockeys before race and GS jockey mounting saddle. WS regatta with spectators on banks of river chanting. GS rowers. GS boys jumping over vaulting horse from QPCYWA South Brisbane. Pan to boys on parallel bars and on trampoline. MS boy bouncing on trampoline.
Access No. 138064 | 39 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS men lawn bowling and GS women under parasol watching from seats. WS lawn bowling over two greens. WS couple strolling along beach carrying fishing rod and getting into small wooden boat. WS two wooden boats at sea. CU to fish on bottom of boat. CUs of men in boat fishing and using net to catch fish. GS woman taking freshly baked cake out of oven and placing on cooling rack with another cake.
Access No. 138065 | 51 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS young woman lying across bed with books studying while she dries her hair with a bag-like cap connected by hose to hair dryer. MS to woman's head. WS timber house. WS ships and buildings silhouetted under Storey Bridge at dusk. WS lights from signs and vehicles in city street at night. CU to meat being grilled on hotplate and MS man pouring beer from can into woman's glass. VS people filling plates with food from barbeque.
Access No. 138066 | 32 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS young woman and her date entering restaurant and being shown to table. Zoom to the couple being seated. VS of band including CUs of electric guitar being played, high shot over drummer. WS of band playing at poolside party at night. GS people at box office for Lawrence of Arabia and GS people entering theatre. VS of neon signs for Regent Theatre, Odeon, Winter Garden, 4KQ radio and The Lotus Room.
Access No. 138067 | 52 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS sign for The Pelican Tavern and MS neon signs for the YMCA, billiards, Moulin Rouge. VS signs for nightclubs Milano, Venice, TC's. WS neon sign for the Royal Ballet with poster advertising appearances by Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev. WS of music patrons climbing stairs POV upper floor and MS of people buying programs from seller with CU to program cover reading 'Queensland Symphony Orchestra'.
Access No. 138068 | 26 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of music patrons in theatre foyer with architectural model of buildings in foreground. WS couple arriving at theatre by car and tilt up to columns and domed roof of portico. High angle shot over people dancing then zoom to Rick Forbach Sextet performing on stage. GS couples dancing. WS of Brisbane city seen from across river and waterside WS with Storey Bridge in background.
Access No. 138069 | 44 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of railway yards and WS looking down quiet city street. Tilt down from church ceiling down past cross on wall to priests in prayer. MS congregation sitting at pews with heads bowed in prayer. GS bell ringing in church tower and tilt up stonework on church exterior. GS congregation leaving church seen through wrought iron gate outside. WS modest timber church with parishioners at doorway and WS modern concrete church.
Access No. 138070 | 42 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS architectural details of concrete church and CUs of stained glass windows and exterior wall reliefs. WS Salvation Army band playing outside city pub and VS men playing brass instruments. MS onlookers including elderly man and twin babies in stroller. CU to young Salvation Army officer playing trumpet with sheet music attached. WS city building.
Access No. 138071 | 25 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS mother and older daughter preparing food in kitchen and MS to young boy sitting at table doing homework. WS man smoking pipe mowing front yard. GS young man arriving in open top sports car waving greeting to man mowing who waves back. MS gathering picnic things and GS blonde daughter driving off with young man as she puts black scarf on her head.
Access No. 138072 | 43 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS young couple driving along street in open top sports car. WS group of people in art gallery with CU to colourful modern painting on wall (Arthur Boyd?). GS couple walking away from painting featuring man's face and CU tilt down grey coloured paint to figure clinging to tree trunk in another painting. CU painting featuring stylised faces and WS Henry Moore outdoor sculpture.
Access No. 138073 | 27 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS people gathered in garden setting and CU to lilies and lily pads in pond. VS around Botanic Gardens and WS of black swans around fountain in pond. VS of family bushwalking through forest to waterfall at bottom then tilt up waterfall to forest canopy and sky. WS mountain ranges and high angle WS over sea and coast. Slow WS pan across busy beach and people in surf.
Access No. 138074 | 52 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU hands unwrapping sandwich on beach towel and tilt to young woman preparing picnic. VS young couple having beach picnic and MS young man pouring water from thermos. WS and CU to sign for Brisbane Repertory Theatre. VS performers in action on stage. WS pan past spectators to drag racing track with VS spectators watching race. WS family walking through park and pan to couple on park bench next to water.
Access No. 138075 | 57 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS Storey Bridge at dusk. WS Brisbane seen across water. WS of row of suburban houses with track of modified VW Beetle with paper deliverer throwing newspaper from car. CU to the rolled up Brisbane Courier newspaper on the lawn. GS milkman removing crate of milk from back of van and replacing empty crate on bottom step of house. CU bacon and eggs being cooked in pan.
Access No. 138076 | 30 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS people walking down path with large stone building in background and WS busy city street full of delivery trucks outside markets. VS stall owner handling crates of produce. WS steam train pulling in to station. CU to sign Roma Street and GS people alighting from train to platform. WS over busy city street full of pedestrians and commuters as well as traffic. WS traffic policeman in helmet directing traffic off Storey Bridge. GS people alighting from tram and CU to commuters feet.
Access No. 138077 | 1 min 11 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, QLD, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |