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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 New South Wales capital of Sydney in the mid 1960s.
Series : Life in Australia Series | Year : 1966 | Total Duration : 20.5 Minutes | Producer : Eric Thompson
Director : Joe Scully |
Aerial over Sydney Harbour. Zoom in to Australia and Sydney on map. Aerials over Sydney showing Sydney Harbour Bridge, city, CBD, Gladesville Bridge, suburbs and bushland. Man kissing wife goodbye outside suburban home, leaving in Holden car with adult daughter. Mother closes garage door, kisses teenage son in school uniform goodbye. Son joined by younger schoolboy neighbour in uniform and boater hat. Rush of peak hour commuters boarding train from suburban platform, VS people down stairs. Man in train opening window. GS commuters boarding ferry on two levels. Wake as ferry leaves Manly Wharf. School students boarding green government bus, double-decker bus in background. Car approaching toll gates on Sydney Harbour Bridge, high shots of peak hour traffic approaching Bridge. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 34012 | 2 mins 58 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High shot over trains near Central, commuters entering Wynyard underground train station, paper seller by column, commuters up escalators. people up escalator. Commuters crossing road at Circular Quay, mounted policeman, pedestrians near Martin Place. Men working in telecommunications room, men working on electronic equipment. Female workers in electronics factory, at benches wiring circuit boards, woman soldering. Man testing equipment for traffic light control, traffic lights on street. Traffic past intersection, traffic along George Street past Martin Place. Screens in traffic control room, man at console, men inspecting electronic equipment. Trade apprentice in overalls and working lathe, men in factory working with engine. Young saleswoman at cosmetics counter of department store serving female customers. Female customers with small children in childrens' wear. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 34025 | 2 mins 28 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS students arriving at Newington Boys College, sandstone building with steeple. Exterior of Forest High School, students arriving, students at work in science laboratory, class listening to teacher in white coat, science teacher drawing on blackboard, boys using machinery in woodwork room, teacher instructing. Schoolgirls in art gallery looking at displays, young women approaching Sydney University sandstone buildings, students walking across University of NSW quadrangle. Asian student at desk, students in campus plaza, some on on lawn. Chatswood West Play Centre, woman arriving with children, passing through gate as woman and dog leave. VS kindergarten children and caregivers, children playing outdoors. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 34054 | 1 min 45 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Busy carpark at Warringah Mall shopping centre, David Jones store in view. Women shoppers, one pushing stroller in shopping plaza, women with children pushing shopping trolleys in supermarket fruit and vegetable section. Woman shopping with toddler and baby in trolley, women at check-out. Two young women walking through trees in Hyde Park, past Archibald Fountain to sit on grass lawn to eat sandwiches. Woman taking off shoes. Two women with small boy feeding ducks at pond, VS around the Botanic Gardens. WS Mitchell Library, pedestrians, traffic in front of St Marys Cathedral. Ambulance arriving at hospital outpatients entrance, ambulance officer carrying small boy followed by nurse. Nurse carrying baby exiting lift and approaching triage desk followed by parents, parents giving details to triage nurse, nurse holding swaddled baby. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 34078 | 1 min 46 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tradesmen building house, VS carpenter and bricklayer. Row of suburban timber houses, brick houses, tilt up block of high-rise apartments. WS ferry across inner harbour, POV car along Cahill Expressway towards Macquarie Street exit, welders working on girder on high-rise construction with Circular Quay and CBD below, workers walking along girder (no safety gear). Sydney Opera House sails under construction, ferry past Opera House with cranes and scaffolding visible. VS wharf activity, forklifts, bales of wool being moved, loading cars and crates. Tilt from flag to ship "Northumberland", Greek names on sides of ships, packed meat being loaded onto ship, cargoes onto ship. High angle pan over finger wharves, inner harbour, Pyrmont industrial piers, Glebe and Balmain in distance. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 34099 | 1 min 36 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Male and female workers leaving factory past security guard. Track along George Street, past Queen Victoria Building, traffic and row of green double decker buses. Men entering wood panelled bar entrance, paintings on wall. Businessmen at crowded bar, man buying beers, seated men in suits in lounge bar, waiters in white shirts. Father coaching son at school rugby match, boys running onto field in teams for rugby union match. MS father calling out from sideline, boy being tackled. Junior soccer team running onto field, GS spectators. Rugby league team being clapped onto field, player being tackled. Public swimming pool, children swimming across width of pool watched by instructor. VS cricket match, batsman walking to crease. tennis match on clay courts, men playing lawn bowls, rugby league match, zoom out to stadium. High shot over crowd of spectators. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 34115 | 2 mins 16 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU sprinkler on lawn, couple gardening, wife picking azalea flowers and husband weeding. Kings Cross El Alamein Fountain in Kings Cross, night traffic and neon signs, teenagers hailing taxi, neon theatre signs, people in theatre foyer, woman selling programs, poster for "How the West Was Lost". Well dressed couples entering music hall theatre, scene on stage featuring Noeline Brown singing, VS to people at tables watching. Couples being served wine. Scenes from Operetta, audience watching. MS saxophonist and guitarist in red waistcoats, young people dancing, band on stage, VS drummer, guitarist, girl in cropped top and capris dancing barefoot. VS feet, pointed shoes, bare feet. Group of teenagers walking in street at night. Pan across lights from Sydney Harbour Bridge carriageway on dark horizon to church spire. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 34140 | 3 mins 27 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tilt down church to parishioners gathered outside, women being assisted from car. Hymn singing outdoors in the Domain, two accordion accompanists, people watching. Crowd gathered around listening to man talking at Speakers' Corner, crowds gathered in another groups. MS speaker gesturing. Footpath art exhibition with paintings mounted under awnings, people viewing from behind barrier, people looking at art display. Crowds at Bondi Beach, women in bikinis crossing road. Silhouetted people sitting high above beach, WS crowded (Bondi?) Beach, people in shallows near mossy rocks, couple unpacking esky, beach umbrella and gear from car boot. Family setting up on beach, couples, boys with surfboards, mothers and toddlers. VS children playing in rockpool, riding inflatable mats in surf, man bodysurfing, surfing. High angle WS beach between headlands, northern beaches. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 34160 | 2 mins 8 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
View through trees to yachts racing on Middle Harbour. VS yachts on Middle Harbour, men hanging over side of ketch. High angle WS over Spit Bridge and blue harbour. Row boats on tree-lined river (possibly Lane Cove), family picnic on shore, view through willow to men fishing from dinghy, man in boat casting hand line. Boys fishing with man in shallows of lagoon. CU Flathead fish being caught, silhouette two boys fishing by sparkling water, Sydney Harbour Bridge in orange sunset with silhouetted boats and masts on harbour in foreground. Man reading book in wing-backed chair while watching television. Couple watching television in living room, woman knitting, children playing game at table. CUs faces of couple smiling. Boys at table playing Monopoly, television in corner. Exterior night shot of house, boats on harbour in dusk with LS to silhouetted city buildings. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 34168 | 2 mins 9 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |