Title Details

Invisible Link, The

The development and operation of Australian radio broadcasting in the early 1950s and the part played by the Postmaster-General's Department in providing technical services.
Year : 1951 | Total Duration : 11 Minutes | Producer : Stanley Hawes
Director : Geoffrey Collings, Bern Gandy |
Cloudy sky to street corner with small grocery store, suburban houses and rooftops with voice over of radio broadcast and ÒAdvanced Australia FairÓ. MS man hand mowing lawn. Tilt up to man who stops mowing and abandons mower to go to window of house to listen to horse race call on radio.
Access No. 117327 | 1 min 4 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS baby in playpen and MS man at window with expression changing from excited to crestfallen. Man bumps his head on window pane and CU baby laughing. Man rubs head and returns to hand mower in yard. GS people walking along street past Burwood Post Office including woman carrying baby in sling. MS older woman at Post Office counter passing paperwork over to man behind counter. CU man filling our Broadcast Listener's Licence.
Access No. 117328 | 51 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS facade of Postmaster Generals' Department National Broadcasting Station and tilt up tall metal broadcasting tower. WS view over valley with power pole in foreground. MS man with back to camera operating radio with amplifying horn on top. GS power station wires and short wave transmitters. Tilt up to telephone wires.
Access No. 117334 | 29 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Two shots of AWA tower. Low angle shot of conductor conducting orchestra with shot looking down to musicians playing in orchestra pit. MS young woman at Bernina sewing machine reaching over to turn on radio and migrant mother coming over to adjust tuning. MS man changing channels on radio and sitting down in lounge chair, lighting cigarette.
Access No. 117342 | 39 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS man in clerical clothes sits in arm chair, adjusts radio to book reading program and sits back and lights pipe. CU girl closely listening to radio drama whilst eating a sandwich. GS behind the scenes men sitting around round table with scripts doing radio drama and being recorded. MS of actors reading from scripts and making sound effects. CU girl's face reacting to plot and MS recordist drinking tea while turning knobs.
Access No. 117347 | 48 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Zoom in to lettering on sign PMG Dept Engineering Branch Transmission SectionÓ. MS Australian Broadcasting Control Board meeting with men pouring over map. WS rural homestead with windmill and tanks. LS children riding horses. Farmhouse interior with two stockmen and dog joining women and sitting down to listen to radio. Tilt up and down communication pole.
Access No. 117358 | 45 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU sign for PMG Dept Radio Monitoring Station. Pan to man at radio consol adjusting dials then turning and speaking into microphone and communicating to ship on rough seas. MS men in headsets and hand-held speakers communicating. CUs man recording information after examining spirit level.
Access No. 117362 | 39 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Examples of radio broadcasting. GS light traffic in Surry Hills street and ambulance crossing street with siren on towards and past camera. Tilt up to plane flying overhead. MS Mascot airport traffic controller relaying weather information into microphone. Stolen black car overtaking traffic on road as voice over on police radio alters police to progress. MS police on radio phone in pursuit.
Access No. 117368 | 31 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
GS woman preparing to sit at piano seen from recording studio window. MS technicians at control panel and banks of wires in radio recording studio. CU man's face looking up and CU to clock on wall. VS men working at master control panels of radio recording studio. CU telegram style paper with message regarding broadcast ÒKindergarten of the AirÓ. CU pencil signing ÒOKÓ and initialing paper.
Access No. 117372 | 36 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS man seated at radio control panel reaching over and placing needle onto record playing introduction to ÒKindergarten of the AirÓ. GS mother with two small children leaving animals and walking towards gate. Small children leaving boat by lake and running off screen. VS small children running to houses as introduction music plays.
Access No. 117379 | 35 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS inside radio broadcast studio as Kindergarten of the Air begins broadcast. MS man at control panel getting thumbs up signal from other man. Ruth Fenner at desk seen through glass of recording studio. Hand in foreground signals ÒgoÓ and MS Fenner seated in studio speaking into microphone. VS small children sitting on verandah listening to radio broadcast and responding to instructions.
Access No. 117385 | 23 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Group of young children sitting around radio in garden listening to Kindergarten of the Air broadcast. Tilt up from woman's hands playing piano to woman seated at microphone in radio recording studio singing ÒMichael FinniganÓ. MS children seated around radio in garden singing along. Group of infants aged children sitting around small table in classroom also singing. Zoom to small girl muddling words.
Access No. 117390 | 38 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS of woman singing in broadcasting studio and technician in master control room of radio recording studio checking dials and rubbing his chin with his hand. Pan across to maze of wires. Tilt down to man winding wire in tunnel with maze of wiring pipes. Tracks following underground cabling. Tilt up telegraph pole and tracks along overhead wires and power poles.
Access No. 117395 | 49 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Technician working in transmitting station ensuring transmission quality. Tilt up tall metal radio transmission tower. VS small girl in kitchen seated at radio saying goodbye at end of Kindergarten of the Air program. CU mother joining child and explains how transmission works. GS men working in master control room of radio transmission station shifting cables on panels.
Access No. 117399 | 1 min | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS two women leaving radio recording studio. Tilt down to man signing off on transmission report for ÒKindergarten of the AirÓ.
Access No. 117403 | 24 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |