Title Details

Challenge of Water, The

An account of Australia's water resources.
Year : 1961 | Total Duration : 25.5 Minutes | Producer : John Martin-Jones
Director : Joe Scully |
Diesel train slowly pulling into country station. CUs mother and father having emotional farewell with son in shirt and tie on platform in front of Telford Station sign who then boards train. MS station master raising flag and GS train pulling out of station as son waves to parents. Zoom out POV train as parents are left behind waving.
Access No. 44051 | 1 min 1 sec | 1960s | Telford, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Man and woman leave in Landrover and drive along dirt track through countryside to homestead. VS of couple entering yard and man sitting on step looking into distance as his wife stands behind him at door weeping into handkerchief. VS around dry looking yard at old farm equipment and old run down shed.
Access No. 44053 | 1 min 11 secs | 1960s | Telford, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park, Sydney. VS shoppers and city workers walking along path through park towards shops. High angle shots of city traffic, pedestrians crossing busy city streets aided by mounted policeman on horse, traffic on William Street and city expressway.
Access No. 44054 | 42 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Idyllic country scene with stockman herding dairy cattle. High shot over water catchment in Great Dividing Range. WS dam with sheep grazing at edge and WS of rural scene with LS sheep grazing on hilly pastures. High angle pan from flat plains to mountians of Great Dividing Range. CU man whistling through fingers and VS dog rounding up sheep into yards. MS sheep crowded in pens.
Access No. 44055 | 56 secs | 1960s | © NFSA | B&W |
CU wheat threshing in blades of harvesting machine. Man standing under umbrella attached to harvester as he works the field. WS and GS wheat harvesting. MS and WS man fixing windmill. VS starving sheep at empty water trough, bones next to water trough, uprooted dead tree in eroded landscape. VS drought stricken area, CU dingo fence and dust blowing over barren landscape.
Access No. 44057 | 1 min 10 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Graphic maps of Australia showing weather patterns. CU water spray and zoom out to water being pumped from street cleaner truck in city. Train towards camera through automatic wash station. MS man washing car with hose. GS young schoolboys running to row of bubblers. MS steel worker drinking from bubbler and VS steelworks with clouds of steam and water jets used in production.
Access No. 44058 | 2 mins 1 sec | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS dams and dam building. Maps and graphics showing relative size of the Murray River compared to world rivers. VS dams and aerial over Mildura township, crops and irrigation areas. Water in wide irrigation canal on Murrumbidgee River, deathbridge wheel, CUs irrigation canals, infields, map, water channels, small irrigation channels.
Access No. 44059 | 2 mins 45 secs | 1960s | NSW, Mildura, VIC Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS fruit orchard and man working spray irrigation. Man working hand picking grapes, VS people apricot picking and apricots being processed with VS conveyor belt, sorting and canning. MS woman working in canning factory. Woman washing up at kitchen sink then recycling used water in bucket from under sink to empty onto trees in otherwise barren landscape.
Access No. 44061 | 1 min 15 secs | 1960s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS artesian bore and VS men working at bore drill. VS bore water pumping into dam and canal. GS beef cattle grazing in long grass and cattle gathered around irrigation canal. Tilt down to Alice Springs market garden, with CU to garden worker picking large cauliflower. WS reservoir and pumping house then VS pipelines supplying townships across Australia with water.
Access No. 44063 | 1 min 18 secs | 1960s | Alice Springs, NT, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS Whyalla shipyard. Malnourished sheep being led through outback countryside to water by stockmen. MS sheep in line drinking from trough. VS stockmen leading horses to water. MS Aboriginal and white stockmen cool off with water from trough. Tilt to birds flying across sky.
Access No. 44065 | 1 min 12 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Wind in trees and CU ruffling leaves and VS pedestrians and traffic in downpours of rain. MS radio announcer sending out weather alerts and CUs of people listening attentively to radios. VS men piling sandbags in front of shop windows and building levy banks in preparations for flooding. VS flood waters, double decker bus in flooded street, people in main street of flooded town, men carrying pet dogs to safety and evacuating women and children in large army trucks.
Access No. 44066 | 1 min 12 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU tilt to lizard stranded on bridge staunchion in flood. Tilt to plane flying overhead and VS inside men inside plane throwing out food supplies to flooded area. Aerial tracks POV plane of flooded farmhouses with only roofs visible. Pan of flooded park, MS geese preening in flood waters and children rowing boat in street.
Access No. 44068 | 42 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU scale models used to examine flood control and VS various tests by CSIRO for flood control and water management. Experimental stations and other research projects. VS dam building on farm and WS cattle drinking from diminishing dam. CU hose spraying chemicals into dam to prevent evaporation. Track from sea water to man on pier as part of CSIRO testing of desalination of sea water then footage tanker into desalination plant. VS testing processes and machinery and scientist recording measures
Access No. 44069 | 2 mins 51 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Rain making experiments in CSIRO cloud chamber and CU formation of ice crystals. Men preparing aircraft for field research fixing tanks etc. GS pilot and passenger in plane starting propellers. MS plane departing and WS track taking off from rural airstrip. Air to air of plane flying over mountains and through clouds,with attached burners lit. Plane through clouds POV cockpit. CU rain on windscreen and air to air shots of plane veering away.
Access No. 44071 | 1 min 49 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Aerials over Snowy Mountains and closer aerials over Mt Kosciuszko. WS men on cross-country skiis testing snow for Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Authority. CUs of gathering samples and recording activites. Tilt down snow to chasm with still water then GS running water from snow melt with icicles in foreground. WS then pan to dam, pipes and equipment in interiors of power station.
Access No. 44072 | 1 min 57 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS worker in hardhat detonating blast in tunnel with men behind him blocking ears then walking en masse through tunnel after blast. VS men working underground coal shovels, loading cars and POVs and high shots over train carrying rocks through tunnel then emerging outside.
Access No. 44073 | 43 secs | 1960s | Snowy Mountains, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS man working in bulldozer working and VS dam construction, drilling and working with high pressure hose on mountainside. WS cranes working in irrigation areas. High angle track across dam, GS dam, WS dingo fence in remote outback, river system, snow fields, snowy running stream, MS waterfall and CU waterpipe.
Access No. 44074 | 1 min 32 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS people alighting from passenger liner and WS men leaving factory for the day. Men standing around sheep in yards, CUs sheep drinking, man forking feed for sheep from back of truck watched by young boy. WS of scene in barren landscape with LS to truck.
Access No. 44075 | 1 min 3 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |