Title Details

Girl in a Million

The story of Australia's millionth migrant, Barbara Wood from Yorkshire, England.
Year : 1955 | Total Duration : 10 Minutes |
Director : Derek Stewart |
High angle pan of Yorkshire valley across green patchwork fields stretching to horizon. WS North Yorkshire village of Great Ayton and VS of brownstone houses, streets and a red bus past camera. GS schoolgirls reading inscription on plate of monument to Captain James Cook. CU white lettering on black plaque of memorial. WS seaside town of Redcar with waves rolling into sea wall.
Access No. 136511 | 1 min 15 secs | 1950s | North Yorkshire, UK | © NFSA | Colour |
GS and pull back to line of boats and trailers lined up on slate path near seashore in North Yorkshire town of Redcar. GS of town with red buses past camera and VS of street scenes, church tower and line of houses. WS woman hanging out washing on clothes line at back of house joined by her daughter identified as Barbara Wood. CU face.
Access No. 136513 | 41 secs | 1950s | North Yorkshire, UK | © NFSA | Colour |
GS Barbara Wood leaving two storey red brick house and walking along footpath past row of similar houses away from camera. GS Wood catching train to Middlesborough GS of red train leaving station and zoom out to black engine trailing steam. WS Wood walking along main street and entering solicitor's office.
Access No. 136514 | 44 secs | 1950s | North Yorkshire, UK | © NFSA | Colour |
MS young woman Barbara Wood greeting her boyfriend Dennis Porritt with a kiss and zoom out to the pair walking down railway steps to platform together. Dennis and Barbara walking hand in hand along sandy cliff top and WS throwing ball to each other in surf. VS of the couple playing tennis. WS people coming out of church. High angle shot of Dennis getting into Electricity van and being driven away.
Access No. 136515 | 52 secs | 1950s | North Yorkshire, UK | © NFSA | Colour |
WS children playing on grassed play area in front of buildings. VS older schoolgirls playing hockey. Couple Barbara and Dennis inspecting post war housing still under construction and MS standing in front of poster reading advertisement for emigration to Australia then entering Redcar Labour Exchange building. MS discussing emigration option with Dennis' parents with CUs to brochures and printed material related to Australia and emigration.
Access No. 136516 | 1 min 2 secs | 1950s | North Yorkshire, UK | © NFSA | Colour |
CU photograph of Barbara Wood in the local newspaper as the one millionth migrant to go to Australia. CUs family photographs. VS of Barbara Wood emerging from house in bridal gown watched by neighbours, getting into car and being driven to church. GS Barbara and her uncle arriving at a Methodist chapel and VS of her emerging with her husband Dennis greeting onlookers. VS bank of photographers and crowds watching.
Access No. 136517 | 1 min 35 secs | 1950s | North Yorkshire, UK | © NFSA | Colour |
GS Barbara and her husband Dennis farewelling their family in Redcar and driving to train station. MS of the couple on train platform at Tilbury and WS of the passenger liner Oronsay. GS Australian High Commissioner Thomas White and Lady White greeting and shaking hands with Barbara and Dennis before they board gangway onto liner.
Access No. 136518 | 1 min 4 secs | 1950s | North Yorkshire, UK | © NFSA | Colour |
GS Barbara and her husband Dennis being greeted by photographers on board ship to Australia. MS man talking to small children migrating on ship with the small girl holding doll. MS Barbara and Dennis looking out to sea from deck of ship. WS tug beside docked passenger liner in Port Melbourne. VS of large welcome given to Barbara as the one millionth migrant. MS with Minister for Immigration, Harold Holt.
Access No. 136519 | 41 secs | 1950s | Melbourne, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS transformers and powerhouse stacks at State Electricity Commission at Yallourn. VS of newly arrived immigrant couple Barbara and Dennis being greeted at the Power Station. WS pan across mounds of brown coal and open cut mine. WS dredges on open cut and pan from bucket wheel dredge to coal pouring into coal train. VS of transformers and around the power station with Dennis being shown around introduced to his new fellow workers. Porritts in switchyards walking away from camera.
Access No. 136520 | 1 min 15 secs | 1950s | Yallourn, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle WS of town and brickette factory in Yallourn. WS Newborough and GS of row of houses. GS couple Barbara and Dennis being shown their new State Electricity Commision house watched by other residents. GS Dennis carrying Barbara over threshold of their new home.
Access No. 136521 | 34 secs | 1950s | Yallourn, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |