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Antarctic Vigil

A visit to the Antarctic outposts at Macquarie, Kerguelen and Heard Islands, showing the life and work of the men stationed there.
Year : 1952 | Total Duration : 10 Minutes |
MS Australian flag blowing in breeze. Opening titles. MCU huge dark blue swell of wild seas, POV bow of boat rough waves, railings to rising swell. MS iceberg, boat rigging in F/G, boat to iceberg forming archway, edge of broken off iceberg with sharp lines, ice cliff with cave. MCU map of Australia and Southern Ocean, pointer moving from Australia Kerguelen, Heard Island, across to Macquarie Island, down to Balleny Island, then Antarctica at bottom of screen. Fade to black. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 132997 | 2 mins 3 secs | 1950s | Southern Ocean, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Balleny Islands, Antarctica, snow-covered and forbidding. Halting pans from ship to snow-covered islands. MS Macquarie Island shrouded in mist, shaky camerawork, pan of green hills with penguins in F/G. MS King Penguins standing in groups, pan from two brown fluffy penguin chicks to out of focus mass of penguins, group of penguins waddling across stony beach. WS wave washing into bay , small settlement beneath large hill in B/G, MCU mass of kelp floating on water, group of penguins (possibly Adelie) entering water from beach. WS three men trying to shift boat stuck on rocks with waves washing over it. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 132998 | 1 min 55 secs | 1950s | Antarctica | © NFSA | Colour |
High WS bay of Kerguelen Island, view of islands in bay with surrounding hills. Pan of abandoned whale oil station. Pan of island bay and islets, WS green grass at foot of rocky cliff, MS group of female elephant seals lazing in sun on grass, WS young man walking by elephant seals who behave crossly at his presence, MCU seal snarling, angry seal backing into water, young man in khaki green standing by shore. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 132999 | 49 secs | 1950s | Antarctica | © NFSA | Colour |
WS black cliff face of Heard Island, pan left to snowy peak, to snowy peak with green grass F/G. VS man on rocky shore, WS men moving amphibious vehicle, penguins and grass tufts in F/G, MS men unloading crate from amphibious duck. Men carrying radio mast across snow, VS erecting mast for scientific studies assisted by small tractor, good shot pan down mast against snow-covered volcano named Big Ben. Sea bird flying past cliff face. WS pair of Gentoo penguins on rocks, group of Gentoo penguins standing on grassy knoll, one hurries past in F/G, WS female picking up kelp and delivering to nest with young, VS Gentoo penguins picking at seaweed and building nests on ground, some comical shots. MS group of Macaroni penguins with orange crests, VS mother in group feeding young. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 133000 | 2 mins 27 secs | 1950s | Antarctica | © NFSA | Colour |
WS six King penguins on snowy slope. Man in black on skis with line attached, struggling and nearly falling pulling sled guided by another man, buildings in B/G, two men on skis making way up slope backwards. MS group of King penguins. WS man hauling laden sled up snowy slope, line attached to waistband, WS group of King penguins on slope, WS men hauling loaded sled with desolate snowy peak in B/G, MS penguins waddling military- like up slope, rear view penguins as if in black coats, waddling away from camera. WS large black rock protruding from icy ground with storm looming in B/G, pan WS base camp buildings in snow storm, VS blizzard blowing through and around camp. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 133001 | 1 min 12 secs | 1950s | Antarctica | © NFSA | Colour |
WS early morning silhouette mountain peaks and ocean. Day shot tractor hauling drums, man running with weather balloon. Pair of penguins on snow, good WS man running across snowfield and releasing weather balloon, LS balloon in sky, group of King penguins huddled together, rear view penguins waddling away. WS man entering round hut in base camp, pan of extended building covered in snow, pan of base camp buildings, drums covered in snow after storm, men walking in B/G, pan across flat landscape with snow moguls to snow-covered mountain, pan unusual cloud formations mushrooming upwards, pan WS rocks to snow-covered peaks against blue sky, cloud resting on snowy mount, LS three men (scientists) pulling sled up slope in snow. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 133003 | 1 min 38 secs | 1950s | Antarctica | © NFSA | Colour |