Title Details

Public Enemies

Deals with the problem of vandalism in Australia
Year : 1948 | Total Duration : 10 Minutes |
Director : Geoffrey Collings |
Postman delivering mail on foot in suburban street. Driver delivering mailbags in PMG truck, men unloading mail from truck, women sorting letters in PMG. VS local and international sorting bags. Women telephone operators, switch board. Telegram operators, telegrams being printed by teleprinter. VS reporting of broken teletype machine and finding fault. Linesmen about to repair broken insulators on telegraph pole. CU unfinished message on teleprinter. Young boy dead in bed. Defaced signs outside post office and Savings Bank, ripped poster, man holding ripped telephone book. Post box with smoke pouring out as PMG van pulls alongside. VS postmen try to put out fire, burnt letters. Family waiting for postman who has no letters for them. Wrecked car towed away, men working at accident scene show vandalised Danger sign. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 40175 | 4 mins 51 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
People running along pier to aid drowning woman, man jumps into water fully clothed to rescue girl after finding life buoy missing. Young children running from school to park playground to find vandalised see saw, swing and slippery dip. Postman & gardener looking at broken plants and smashed seats in park. VS gang of young boys defacing post box and breaking telephone box windows. Vandals run as postman appears with one boy hit by oncoming car. Postman's attempts to call ambulance thwarted by phone wires cut by boys. Boys giving details to policeman and being talked to in police station. Boy sawing cricket bat in half, damaged phone book, burnt letters, smashed car being towed away, vandalised telegraph wires, doctor and family leaving boy. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 40176 | 5 mins 15 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |