Title Details

Straight Lines, Pegs and Satellites

Gives an over view of the varied work undertake by surveyors, particularly the staff of the Australian Survey Office.
Year : 1980 | Total Duration : 21 Minutes | Producer : Don Murray
Director : Stanley Dalby |
Legs of surveyors walking through long grass, CU uncovering peg.
Access No. 150264 | 30 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Illustrations and animations depicting the first settlers of Australia. Illustrations of Egyptian symbols and Greek theorists.
Access No. 150265 | 42 secs | 1980s | Australia | © Restricted Access - Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Aerial pan over rural Australian countryside with animated trigonomic lines overlaid. Crest of Australian Institution of Surveyors. VS three surveyors using different instruments and methods for measuring and surveying. VS surveying of rail lines for new railway from Darwin to Alice Springs.
Access No. 150266 | 2 mins 8 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle pan over picturesque lake to Bendoora Dam. VS dam and surveyor taking measurements to assess stability. VS surveyors using instruments and view from target-like viewfinder of instruments. WS and aerial views of Black Mountain tower, Canberra. VS surveyor taking measurements and climbing up tower. Pan of Melbourne CBD and zoom to tunnel under construction. VS surveyor taking measurements between control stations inside tunnel. MS surveyor explaining instrument and procedures. CU constant laser beam. Surveyors with whitened faces and special suits looking at map in open boat, entering mangroves by inflatable. Surveyors taking measurements in mangroves in waist-deep water.
Access No. 150267 | 5 mins 4 secs | 1980s | Canberra, ACT; Melbourne, Vic; Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU woman inputting data 1980s computer, zoom into contour map. Bare-chested surveyors climbing into inflatable boat on Great Barrier Reef. Surveyors in scuba gear erecting platform underwater, CU staking peg onto sea floor. Platform above sea level with navigational satellite. CU surveyor using equipment and speaking to camera about satellite casts. LS surveyors climbing down platform into inflatable boat in pale salmon sunset, with sun reflected on water. Surveyors taking measurements while travelling in boat. VS computerised drawing instrument producing plan from raw data.
Access No. 150268 | 3 mins 24 secs | 1980s | Great Barrier Reef, Qld, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Pan across beach and coast to surveyor campsite with tent. High WS over geological survey ship at sea, man on hand radio below deck communicating with surveyor on radio in back of land rover. Surveyors driving through bush in land rover, carrying equipment past lighthouse to headland and setting up transponder station. Zoom out to headland. VS communications between ship and surveyors on coast calculating ship's position. High angle pan across Sydney Harbour and suburbs to North Head. VS around North Head disused gun emplacements and old army barracks. Air to air shots of survey plane over Sydney coastal region. CU to panel on base of plane revealing camera and VS inside plane. CUs grid on viewfinder over harbour points to be measured, camera being used. Film transparencies, office with contour drawings being produced, man holding up plans.
Access No. 150269 | 3 mins 58 secs | 1980s | Yamba; Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS various historical buildings around Adelaide, tilt down clock tower to Adelaide Post Office. VS surveyor using photogrammetry across the road from post office. CUs plotting machine making architectural drawing. Sign to Kakadu National Park, high shot over surveyors taking equipment from truck. VS government surveyors through outback landscape and using instruments to measure and record Aboriginal rock paintings in cave. Woman using plotting machine to draw fish after Aboriginal rock images. LS surveyors walking across grass filed, GS surveyor setting up instrument on tripod.
Access No. 150270 | 3 mins 56 secs | 1980s | Adelaide, SA; NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |