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Melbourne Prepares for the Olympic Games

An account of the preparations made in 1954 and 1955 for the 1956 Olympic Games held in Melbourne.
Year : 1956 | Total Duration : 15 Minutes | Producer : Stanley Hawes
Early preparations, December, 1954. WS Melbourne street with traffic, cars, trams and pedestrians. GS of same and GS pedestrians crossing road. MS Chairman of Olympic Organising Committee Mr W.S. Kent Hughes giving speech from podium. WS St Kilda Town Hall and the Exhibition building with duck pond in foreground.
Access No. 34275 | 1 min 38 secs | 1950s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS cricket game between England and Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground. MS Prime Minister Robert Menzies talking to cricket team members. LS pan across cricket ground stands and GS team leaving grounds. GS Menzies greeting Mr Kent-Hughes and Mr Lewis Luxton before being led on inspection on construction the new concrete grandstand.
Access No. 34280 | 44 secs | 1950s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS of men working on Olympic Games construction site including GS carpenter hammering timber and WS labourers at work on formwork. Legs of athlete (female) running. MS legs of Winsome Cripps running past camera and VS of her in conversation with three male officials. MS Cripps testing out running surface at Clifton Hill and CUs officials taking surface samples.
Access No. 34287 | 55 secs | 1950s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU hand reaching into bag and holding sample material for use in construction of Olympic track surface. VS testing and analysis of materials by soil chemists. GS looking at soil particles with athlete Winsome Cripps. WS constuction site with workers laying foundations for Olympic swimming pool. VS men in white coats, designers Peter McIntyre and Kevin Borland showing model of pool and discussing the design elements.
Access No. 34298 | 1 min 52 secs | 1950s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
GS Bulldozer and CU of earth being moved on Olympic Games construction site. WS of site in construction with Melbourne skyline in distance. VS construction of athlete's training track with man in suit measuring area, pans across soccer field and hockey field in construction with VS inspection by General Bridgeford, Chief Executive Officer, Councillor Selleck, Lord Mayor of Melbourne and Mr Cain then Premier of Victoria surveying Olympic site.
Access No. 34303 | 37 secs | 1950s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Construction work on Olympic site with pan over to area which will become cycling field then across to labourers digging and pushing wheelbarrow at swimming pool site. MS speech by Chairman of the Olympic Organising Committee Mr W.S. Kent-Hughes.
Access No. 34310 | 58 secs | 1950s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
November, 1955 and one year to go. GS then CUs of Technical Director Mr Holt, Deputy Technical Director Mr Len Curnow, the Chief Executive Officer General Bridgeford gathered around desk having review meeting. Cuts to village under construction while officials speak. Foreman Ralph Stout speaking about arena completions with VS men looking at plans and laborers working on various sites.
Access No. 34314 | 3 mins 7 secs | 1950s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
High angle shot over stands to race track and GS Len Curnow joining Olympic sprinter John Bartram with jumping coach Jack Metcalf trackside looking at measuring aparatus. CU to measure. Tilt to Metcalf and Curnow climbing stairs to top of spectators stand to watch Bartram training. GS Bartram past camera. VS workmen at various Olympic sites. GS man driving small grass roller over athletics training ground.
Access No. 34318 | 1 min 55 secs | 1950s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
GS Len Curnow and champion diver Barbara Macauley walking around construction site of the Olympic pools. MS Macauley and Curnow and VS caterpillar scoop digging in pit, and men working with girders. VS work on Olympic Village with VS workers laying concrete, painting interiors, erecting frames
Access No. 135166 | 2 mins 4 secs | 1950s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |