Title Details

Wagga Wagga

Made by the Department of Immigration in the mid 1960s to entice immigrants from Great Britain, this film shows an idyllic picture of life in the New South Wales town of Wagga Wagga in the mid 1960s.
Series : Life in Australia Series | Year : 1966 | Total Duration : 22.5 Minutes | Producer : Eric Thompson
Director : Rhonda Small |
Graphic location map to Wagga Wagga, NSW. Aerials over Wagga Wagga and surrounds. High shot over main street, traffic past shopping strip, WS pedestrians crossing road, women looking in travel bureau window. Man in shorts with camera slung over his shoulders reading pamphlets from tourist bureau. Zoom to pamphlet on Wagga Wagga. VS around Wagga showing houses, Civic Centre, gardens, parks, golf course, club, hospital, churches, high school, technical college, television station, agricultural colleges, newspaper offices, radio station tower, gas works, factories and industrial buildings. WS smoking chimney stack over industrial landscape. WS Australian Shopping Centre, busy pedestrian crossing, families and locals past shops. Resident Neville Williams looking in store window and as foreman in clothing factory past rows of machinists on factory floor to cutters and placing jacket on mannequin. Williams using electric blade to cut pattern. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 136877 | 3 mins 38 secs | 1960s | Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Neville Williams with his lawn mower and boat in his suburban backyard with his children at play. VS girls playing ball and boys in playing cowboys and Indians. CUs snooker balls into pockets and GS of Williams at pool table in club. Williams talking about boxing with friends over beer and shaping up. Williams coaching young boxer at punching bag in gym. VS training at bags and in ring. CU bell being rung at end of round. Zoom out from record playing on turntable to Williams with fellow amateur theatre actors sitting around stage looking at scripts and smoking. Zoom out from nurse assisting medical staff making a cast for arm of boy lying in Wagga Wagga Base Hospital bed. VS activity in hospital corridors. Nurse filling out patient card. VS of nurse after work at bowling alley writing on card and playing game, getting strike then walking with friend into shop to buy milkshakes. CU milkshake on mixer. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 136882 | 4 mins 30 secs | 1960s | Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Speedboat away from camera, couple sailing small timber craft seen from water. Track from boat of waterskier on one ski doing barefoot stunt. Paraskier behind speedboat taking flight, barefoot skier taking tumble and WS couple in sailing boat landing on shore at sunset. High shot dinner and dance floor, woman in evening dress and long white gloves joining table. VS band, dancing, legs of people dancing, CU cymbal. Zoom out man on ladder painting window sills, two small boys playing at the bottom of ladder, pan to radio. VS man in his newspaper offices attending telex machine, answering telephone and GS office activity. CU to man jotting down stories to cover, man outside Civic Theatre then entering to watch a ballet performance on stage. VS jazz performance and MS director watching from the wings. Man writing review, shadows on wall. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 136885 | 4 mins 25 secs | 1960s | Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Newspaper reporter covering story on nursing home. VS with elderly residents. NB garden sprinkler. Cattle dog rounding up sheep in salesyard, reporter writing near pen and young man doing same. Sheep on ramps and herded between pens at saleyards. VS of sheep auction with farmers bidding, auctioneer, sheep. Reporter talking to leading farmer Bob Brunskill. Brunskill driving away through middle of rural paddocks. WS cattle be herded across river, drover on horseback. Cattle into pens, calf being branded with hot iron. CU moisture metre being spiked into ground, MS farmer Bob Brunskill and neighbour looking at grain in container. Pan from harvester chute emptying grain into container to operator, VS of harvester past camera. Good WS harvester through wheat crop towards camera. CU poker machine symbols spinning, man pulling the mechanical arm, CU coins falling into tray, man collecting them and ordering beer from nearby bar. CU bartender pulling beer. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 136888 | 4 mins 17 secs | 1960s | Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU man pouring water for two men preparing for television interview. Television cameras zooming in to farmer Bob Brunskill and interviewer. VS director, floor manager cueing. Brunskill and interviewer from television program Countryside being recorded, Brunskill interview seen on television screen in family home. GS evening domestic scenes. Mother ironing, putting clothes away, tucking sleeping child in bed, overseeing daughter's homework and CU father watching television. VS town planner presenting scheme for future development of Wagga Wagga, Mayor and aldermen watching from benches beneath flags and honour roll. MS town planner looking at drawings of plans. Small girl watching television with town planner father. GS girl at school painting at easel, classroom with teacher walking between groups of tables. Girl painting crows under the title of Wagga Wagga. VS children painting at their desks. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 136890 | 3 mins 7 secs | 1960s | Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS high school student at her desk, VS of her sitting around campfire with her church youth group toasting marshmallows at night. CUs meat on barbecue, youths eating, washing plate in Murrumbidgee River. VS mother in house leaving folded linen on top of refrigerator, taking cans out of kitchen cupboards and VS supermarket shopping with small child. Passing through checkout, good shots cash register. WS mother with small son leave and walk along footpath towards The Friendly Store. WS downtown Wagga Wagga with pedestrian crossing on main street. High angle shot of main street and travelling aerials over the city and rural outskirts. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 136894 | 2 mins 33 secs | 1960s | Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |