Title Details

River Murray

A brief history of Murray River irrigation and an overview of the work of the River Murray Commission.
Year : 1964 | Total Duration : 15 Minutes | Producer : Eric Thompson
Director : Alan Harkness |
VS of Murray river under opening titles. Tilt up flowering native grasses to WS of dry plains with gnarled dead trees in middle ground. WS tilt down from sky and bare tree to CUs of salt pan. WS pan across blue-tinged mountain ranges around the Snowy Mountains region of south-eastern Australia.
Access No. 139767 | 1 min 22 secs | 1960s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of river with snowy shelf overhanging rock on edge and scattered snow on ground in Snowy Mountains region. GS of cracked and crumbled snow shelf and small bits of snow floating in water. GS looking upstream of river flowing through thick bush and rocks towards camera.
Access No. 139769 | 13 secs | 1960s | Snowy Mountains, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS over mountains in the Snowy Mountains region during summer looking towards mountains on the Main Range with scattered snow patches on them. WS of alpine basin with snow patches lining slopes. GS small inland river and VS of degenerated Murray river with tilt over deep footprints sunk into mud down to CU dry cracked mud.
Access No. 139770 | 24 secs | 1960s | Snowy Mountains, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS and zoom into painting of early settler to the Murray area with horse & cart.
Access No. 139771 | 4 secs | 1960s | Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Archival B&W photograph of the boat "Ruby" docked at the Murray River.
Access No. 139772 | 7 secs | 1960s | Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
High angle GS over paddle steam moored in the Murray River. MS shingleback lizard (stump-tailed lizard) walking away from camera. WS stone pioneer hut and WS flat grass plain with LS to lone tree in distance.
Access No. 139773 | 17 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS flooded fields with fence lines above waters.
Access No. 139774 | 5 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS drought stricken countryside with small pools of water in riverbeds. CU skeleton of sheep on mud with tilt across mud to water now in river.
Access No. 139775 | 23 secs | 1960s | SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU B&W 1880s photographic portrait of the Minister for Water Supply in Victoria, Alfred Deakin and portraits of the American Chaffey brothers, experts in irrigation. GS B&W watercolour painting of the site on the Murray River where Mildura now stands.
Access No. 139776 | 18 secs | 1880s | Mildura, Vic, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
WS of the Murray River at Renmark. GS of pump designed by the Chaffey brothers and CU track of irrigated water flowing down channel and past fruit vines. WS of irrigation channel through orchard.
Access No. 139777 | 27 secs | 1960s | Renmark, SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU of B&W 19th century photograph of men tilling irrigated land. CU B&W photograph of early South Australian Riverland township and photograph of men in hats planting on irrigated land at Mildura and Renmark.
Access No. 139778 | 17 secs | 1960s | SA, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | B&W |
GS river water lapping against shore and CU of cracked dry mud. Track down Murray river as seen from front of boat
Access No. 139779 | 19 secs | 1960s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Re-enactment of heated meeting in office with CUs of fists banging table between heads of states and CU to formal 1914 River Murray Agreement between Prime Minister Joseph Cook, Premier of NSW William Arthur Holman, Premier of Victoria Alexander James Peacock and Premier of SA Archibald Henry Peake. CU of Agreement being signed and sealed.
Access No. 139780 | 34 secs | 1960s | Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
VS River Murray Commission meeting around oval table consisting of a Commissioner from each of the three states and a Chairman from the Commonwealth. Track from view of car travelling towards Hume Dam. Travelling aerial shots over Hume Dam and surrounds. MS of the dam's four valves releasing irrigation water and GS interior view of turbines in the power station.
Access No. 139781 | 49 secs | 1960s | NSW, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS power station transformers and WS of Hume Dam spillway and steel gates with LS to people gathered on viewing platform. MS men on concrete control platform and CU to floodgates. GS children swimming in dam and playing on large inflated tyres in water and GS speedboat past camera towing two waterskiiers. WS of dam floodgates in background as waterskiiers and boat pass by.
Access No. 139782 | 43 secs | 1960s | Vic, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerial shots over Yarrawonga weir showing Murray River passing through pastures. GS man on weir walking across platform of weir. MS water rushing over floodgates. High angle shot from weir over the Murray River and distant bridges. MS man in suit riding horse and cart across bridge over the Mulwala canal. VS Yarrawonga Canal and track to irrigation paddle.
Access No. 139783 | 55 secs | 1960s | Vic, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS cattle in green pastures. VS smaller weirs on Murray River and WS with tourist taking photograph. High angle WS over weir near Echuca and WS of weirs. WS of pelicans swimming on weir and GS of kingfisher on tree branch. WS of paddle steamer coming into dock at weir and CU to bow of boat and WS of passengers on the steamer "Wanera".
Access No. 139784 | 40 secs | 1960s | Vic, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS men manually turning lock controls for Murray River weir and WS of weir closing. MS elderly man in suit, tie smoking pipe watching. WS paddle steamer down river towards camera filmed from shore. Aerials over river junction of the Darling and Murray rivers and over Lake Victoria river basin. Aerial track over pale expanse of Lake Victoria. VS earth enbankments with native vegetation surrounding lake
Access No. 139785 | 39 secs | 1960s | Vic, SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerials over Frenchman's Creek, a twenty mile channel leading into Lake Victoria. Pans across earth embankments built around the channel. Pan across regulating structure and windmill built across Rufus River feeding into the Murray River. Aerials over Menindee Lakes storage on the Darling River. Aerials over sea water entering the river. Aerials over barrages erected between islands where the Murray meets the sea to prevent sea water contamination with various views of the coast.
Access No. 139786 | 1 min 12 secs | 1960s | SA, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerials over Murray River winding through green agricultural lands. High aerials over the city of Adelaide. WS river basin with stone building at edge of river. WS site for the proposed Chowilla Dam and high angle pan across open forest and river.
Access No. 139787 | 44 secs | 1960s | SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle shot of hydroelectrical Snowy Mountains Scheme. CUs of white water pouring from the dam and VS of water. High angle pan across orchards and farms which have benefitted from irrigation from the Murray River. GS man up ladder picking oranges from tree and WS of fruit drying trays spread across ground. Ws sheep and GS calves in green fields. WS of corrugated iron building with 'Bemersyd Birthplace of Champions' painted across gable.
Access No. 139788 | 1 min 4 secs | 1960s | SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS of farmer attending cows at milking stalls. VS of milk processing showing machinery and bottling and packing of milk in crates. CU fruit cans being ejected from machine onto conveyor belt. MS female factory worker labelling wines on production line. MS Australian wines on display on shelves. GS truck carrying tanks of Mildura Sherry past camera.
Access No. 139789 | 32 secs | 1960s | SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS and pan across winery. WS large country town of Mildura showing main street, shopping strip and GS of bicycles parked with cars and WS children riding bicycles home past Mildura High School. WS track past boys bouncing on trampolines and VS children playing in local swimming pool. GS motor boat towing waterskiier on the Murray River Valley with LS to drowned trees.
Access No. 139790 | 49 secs | 1960s | SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tilt up to stick bird's nest in tree, tilt to ibis flying over camera with twig in it's beak and WS of pelicans and black swans on lake. VS bird life on Coorong Lakes including track past Australian White Ibis on tree stump on shore, and VS of breeding grounds of Straw-necked Ibis in marshes. VS of ibis across wetlands. Tilt from turtle on river bank past blue canoe to LS bridge across river.
Access No. 139791 | 37 secs | 1960s | SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle WS over orchard being irrigated by sprinkler system. WS of oranges on trees and zoom into oranges on branch. High angle view over dry landscape and aerials over large riverland towns. GS water spilling from dam with birds gathered on other side of grate and pan across River Murray Commission in meeting. WS Murray River seen from water.
Access No. 139792 | 1 min 6 secs | 1960s | SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |