Title Details

Setting Up an Overseas Post

Explains the preliminary work involved in establishing an Australian diplomatic post abroad and the nature and value of a High Commissioner's or Ambassador's duties.
Year : 1966 | Total Duration : 24 Minutes | Producer : John Martin-Jones
Director : Robert (Bob) Kingsbury |
Opening titles. MWS Australian High Commissioner seated with visiting Malaysian Indian diplomat in lounge area of patio, being served tea by Asian waiter, well manicured garden in B/G, MS waiter serving tea to men, CU diplomat wearing glasses, CU high commissioner nodding, WS two men meeting.
Access No. 138877 | 30 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Tilt up modern statue of angel holding up sun, MWS exterior building of the Department of External Affairs, interior meeting room with men seated around conference table, MS man at wall map pointing out Asian country, MS two men in meeting, CU man wearing glasses giving reasons for the need of an ((unnamed) overseas post, MCU chairman listing needs for posting, map in B/G, CU man asking what size staff is being considered, zoom in on chairman as he gives estimated and saying they needed to send a man to investigate.
Access No. 138878 | 1 min 11 secs | 1960s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MCU two men in airport terminal shaking hands, dissolve to MCU Malaysian official greeting Australian diplomat at airport, MS crowd of Indian Malaysian people, MCU two beautiful Asian Malaysian girls, MS pedestrians in busy street, WS bus turning into street as pedestrians wait to cross road, high angle WS city buildings of Kuala Lumpur, high angle WS busy city street with Malaysian buildings, MWS two Australian women having tea at riverside cafe, MS four Australian businessmen having drinks, Banganun Sultan Abdul Samad (High Court building) across river in B/G, VS meetings between Malaysians and Australians, Australian diplomat having tea with Malaysian ministers.
Access No. 138879 | 1 min 12 secs | 1960s | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS Canadian crested shield, VS high commission meeting, MS hand writing notes, VS Australian diplomat writing at desk and sipping cup of tea, dissolve to same diplomat at desk in Canberra office, secretary wheels in files, VS preparation of report, stamped and initialed, high angle MS secretary taking notes from man across desk, CU handwriting notes at bottom of estimate, CU man speaking on telephone, VS adding machine in operation, CU typing, MS man from treasury department reading report at desk, track around government minister giving notes to secretary across desk, CU typed note requesting establishment of High Commission.
Access No. 138880 | 1 min 41 secs | 1960s | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Female secretary bringing stack of files into meeting of three men, VS official document pages and ministry secretaries going through documents, VS working in archives, men in meeting, VS men discussing appointment of Charges d'Affaires, handshake, dissolve to British Passport Australia opening to show stamped photograph of diplomat, CU smiling Malaysian customs official, Australian diplomat with luggage at customs desk, VS diplomats leaving airport in official car, luggage put in boot, driver, VS car along KL streets, past mosque, fruit market, traffic past railway station, Banganun Sultan Abdul Samad (High Court building) with Victorian clock tower and copper turrets.
Access No. 138881 | 2 mins 18 secs | 1960s | Canberra, ACT, Australia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS young Australian diplomat, acting High Commissioner, in meeting with Malaysian Minister for External Affairs, VS men inspecting office space, looking at view from balcony, overhead shot car park, VS men in discussion, building under construction, men looking at office premises, CU air conditioning vent in ceiling, VS men working out office plans, VS people setting up Australian High Commission offices, stacking bookshelves, opening stationery. Malaysian Airlines passenger plane taxiing, diplomatic greeting party, welcoming crowd of Malaysians, new Australian High Commissioner and wife descending aircraft steps, diplomatic greeting and handshakes, VS official party at airport, ambassador meeting press on tarmac and giving interview.
Access No. 138882 | 3 mins 12 secs | 1960s | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | © NFSA | B&W |
Pan down turret of colonial building to WS guards on lawn, motorcycle escort and official cars arriving, man in traditional dress opening car door for Australian High Commissioner introduction to military aide-de-camp, VS military parade, band, meeting police aide-de-camp, introduction to grand chamberlain by the chief of protocol, both wearing turbans, VS three dignitaries sitting in salon having polite discussion, VS first and third secretaries being escorted into building and joining meeting in salon, naval officer saluting, rear view official party up stairs, VS party bowing to King of Malaysia, smiling grand chamberlain coming down stairs and handing letter of acceptance to ambassador, VS men shaking hands, signing book, photo shoot on steps at front of building.
Access No. 138883 | 4 mins 54 secs | 1960s | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU Australian flag being put on car flag pole, car arriving and door opened for Australian High Commissioner who is greeted and escorted inside for meeting, CU's men having discussion, VS High Commissioner's wife having tea with wife of Malaysian diplomat and meeting their three children, tray of invitations, wife being shown potential residence, exterior large house, VS ambassador and wife and assistant looking around house, view of garden, rural vista, VS house exterior, ambassador discussing plans with architect, VS servants cleaning and furnishing home, wife taking baby from nanny in sitting room, holding baby, MS smiling commissioner on home telephone.
Access No. 138884 | 3 mins 1 sec | 1960s | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU assistant to Australian High Commissioner on telephone, MS at desk, VS high commission offices with official in discussion with young Malaysian man, Malaysian female secretary on telephone, Commissioner dictating letter to secretary, female Australian resident at counter as man writes down passport details, CU telex machine in operation, commissioner at opening of exhibition of Australian art, WS diplomat on floor of factory workshop, MS talking with foreman, CU factory working wearing glasses at machine.
Access No. 138885 | 1 min 1 sec | 1960s | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU chopsticks picking up fried squid from plate, CU Australian diplomat tasting and appreciating food, VS men being served in restaurant, VS Australian with three Malaysians sitting at bar drinking beer, VS Australian High Commissioner playing golf with Malaysian politician, MCU satay sticks being taken off flaming barbecue, MS man sitting on stool fanning BBQ, diplomats taking satay sticks from waiter at cocktail party, WS diplomats and wives sitting in garden furniture at party, VS commissioner and diplomats talking with Malaysians at party, WS garden party at night.
Access No. 138886 | 1 min 13 secs | 1960s | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | © NFSA | B&W |
White official car (Jaguar) arriving at Australian ambassador's residence escorted by police motorcyclist, long elegant dining table on patio, pan of well-dressed diplomats and wives having drinks on patio, MS Australian High Commissioner having drinks with Malaysian dignitaries and wives, VS guests in conversation, exterior WS official residence lit up at night with dinner guests having drinks on patio, lawn in F/G. Fade to black.
Access No. 138887 | 46 secs | 1960s | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | © NFSA | B&W |
MWS modern high-rise building, MWS row of dignitaries and official guests under shade standing up in respect, King of Malaysia getting out of white car and being greeted, MS guests seated, WS king and queen on throne presiding over official ceremony, audience in F/G, MCU king reading at microphone, MS guards in gold turbans with swords over shoulders, pan from king and queen seated on throne surrounded by entourage to Australian High Commissioner reading speech with interpreters, MS High Commissioner giving speech, dissolve to CU smiling High Commissioner, CU Malaysian Indian diplomat, WS two men in meeting in lounge area of patio. Credits and The End title.
Access No. 138888 | 1 min 27 secs | 1960s | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | © NFSA | B&W |