Title Details

Industrial City, The Story of Newcastle

A description of the city of Newcastle
Year : 1959 | Total Duration : 10 Minutes | Producer : Jack S. Allan
Director : Richard Mason |
High angle WS looking across the city of Newcastle to chimney stacks of steelworks on horizon belching smoke. WS Newcastle Harbour looking towards city buildings. WS BHP steelworks seen across water. GDS golden sparks flying in steelworks and man shovelling coal into fire. CU worker in profile sweating. MS of him from behind watching production. Tilt to steam whistle on building roof and WS of night shift workers leaving industrial site. High angle WS of clock striking 8 o'clock on main street in the morning. WS Royal Newcastle Hospital. GS of young woman hanging washing on hills hoist line in backyard with baby sitting in playpen and toddler on grass.
Access No. 146104 | 1 min 40 secs | 1950s | Newcastle, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS wharf activity with crane loading cargo onto ship and VS of crane drivers and various goods being hauled. VS wharfies attaching crane hooks to objects and helping with the loading and unloading of various cargoes. GS launching of the ship Princess of Tasmania and high shot of it leaving slips as onlookers watch and wave. Zoom in to underside of ship as it slides into water. WS teacher at front of class giving lesson to students about Newcastle. CU of teacher pointing to geographic map of the area. High angle WS of tree-lined Hunter River and high angle pan across patchwork of cultivated fields of Hunter Valley. WS industrial buildings and pit-top shaft with smoke pouring into air in distance.
Access No. 146105 | 1 min 15 secs | 1950s | Newcastle, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Various darkened shots of mining activities in the coal seam with CU of mechanical loader breaking through and automated production line. CU light bulbs on production line in lamp-making factory. Women in rayon factory packing brightly coloured spools. Machinery loaded with spools and GS threads on machine. WS wool classers looking at bales of fleece spread on tables. Valuers taking notes. Auction with buyers seated at rows of desks. CU of auctioneer pounding gavel on tabletop.
Access No. 146106 | 1 min 3 secs | 1950s | Newcastle, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS boy ringing school bell and WS of children running in playground. MS young girls eating their lunches on benches. VS miners gathered around table in crib eating together and playing cards. CU of miner in helmet smiling as he plays cards. GS two businessmen dining in restaurant. GS young man with two women eating sandwiches on beach promenade looking towards surf. WS entrance to War Memorial Cultural Centre. MS Librarian in charge of Cultural Centre being interviewed. VS people browsing shelves in library and sitting on chairs reading. Zoom out from MS to WS of music director of Conservatorium addressing camera about the building. String orchestra behind him rehearsing.
Access No. 146107 | 1 min 24 secs | 1950s | Newcastle, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS director of War Memorial Cultural Centre art gallery standing in front of painting talking to camera. GS visitors looking at art around gallery. High angle shot over small boy looking up to tall sculptures by Lyndon Dadswell. Circular tilt up sculptures and around foyer of gallery to wording above entrance. WS City Hall and GS busy city street with pedestrians crossing road. WS fashion parade in dress store with models parading in front of seated guests. Model in bikini and MS to two middle-aged women looking disapprovingly at each other. MS woman taking flapping clothes off clothesline.
Access No. 146108 | 58 secs | 1950s | Newcastle, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tilt down church spire to LS bride and groom emerging from church. GS of bride being showered in confetti. Tilt from CU of wake from motor boat to WS of two water-skiers behind boat. GS sailing boat and WS beach fisherman. WS boats moored in quiet bay seen through trees and GS water-skiers past camera in late afternoon light. WS bay with LS to steelworks. WS Newcastle Club interior with patrons drinking at tables with people playing darts behind them. MS woman drinking beer and MS men playing dominoes. WS elderly gentlemen in reading room of Newcastle Club.
Access No. 146109 | 1 min 20 secs | 1950s | Newcastle, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS crowd on dance floor and tilt up to MS of singer at microphone. CUs of swirling skirts and dancer on floor. CU brushes on snare drum. MS seated couple with woman smoking cigarette in holder. Shots inside BHP steelworks with coke in furnaces and CU worker with flames reflected on his face. CU glowing embers.
Access No. 146110 | 1 min 4 secs | 1950s | Newcastle, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |