Title Details

7 O'clock News

Goes behind the scenes to show some of the communication and postal activities performed by the Postmaster General's Department in the late 1940s.
Year : 1949 | Total Duration : 8.5 Minutes | Producer : L Scott Ehrenberg
MS ABC radio announcer Michael Charlton sitting at desk with screens, radio on turntable and microphone reading the news. WS track to man at console outside broadcast studio with CU to dials on control panel. VS along line of men standing working in front of large switchboard at Post Master General's office working complex equipment to relay broadcasts interstate. MS man working central switching panel with side view of large bundles of wires. WS Postmaster General's Department National Broadcasting Station. CUs telecommunication equipment. WS maintenance worker walking alongside pair of pipelines running through countryside. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 59317 | 1 min 42 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Tilt up tall broadcast mast. VS poles and wires, shortwave transmitters and serviceman working on equipment. WS football match and MS commentator broadcasting game on portable equipment. VS commentator wearing headset and microphone and CU hand working dials on transmitter. MS horseracing commentator calling race over microphone in booth while watching race through binoculars. GS start of race. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 140323 | 47 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Overhead land lines between telegraph poles. CUs broadcast equipment. Two linesmen working at top of telegraph pole. CU technician on telephone with CU to hand controlling radio hookups on panel. WS across busy room with rows of women at control panels and switchboards. Row of women at typewriters in Post Office and MS woman working small control board. Postman delivering mail at gate and blowing whistle. Country mailman in horse and cart delivering mail to elderly man and child at fence. Postal officer delivering telegrams to city building. WS across rows of female telephonists and VS draughtsmen designing new installations at boards. Engineers and technicians working on transmission equipment. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 140341 | 1 min 22 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Postal worker emptying mail from pillar box into bag. Rear view of three telephonists working side by side at switchboard. WS over rows of female phonogram operators at benches. VS cable ship at sea with workers laying new submarine cables with VS of men working with cables on huge reels. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 140342 | 36 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS of men arriving at P.M.G. Training College building. VS in training room of men sitting at desks with instructor at front of class. MS trainees in post office carrying out duties at bench. MS man seated at table learning morse telegraphy and WS men at row of machines operating high speed machine telegraphy. VS young men with instructors in workshop. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 140343 | 1 min 11 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Young men with instructors in post office workshop learning technical subjects such as wiring and CU man being trained at schematic wiring diagram. CU instructor opening wall telephone with student and studying interior wiring. VS female students sitting at bench being trained for telephony by female instructor at board. GS trainee at switchboard and WS telephonists in large room with MS of pair talking into telephone mouthpieces. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 140344 | 1 min 12 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
GS male and female communications students in line at canteen cafeteria. GS of students sitting at cafeteria together. GS students looking at books in library and GS women gathered around table during rest period. WS male trainees playing table tennis. CU of sign for VJW2 PMG Training School with VS of young men being trained as communications engineers with MS of them being trained at various pieces of equipment. WS of MS man at sitting at console with control panel outside broadcast studio with track across to ABC radio announcer Michael Charlton sitting at desk reading the end of the news. GS Charlton sounding three notes on xylophone on his desk at the end of his reading. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 140345 | 1 min 40 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |