Title Details

Australia Marches With Britain

This film was produced as a message from the Australian people to the people of Britain during World War II to show what they were doing for the war effort.
Year : 1944 | Total Duration : 15 Minutes | Producer : Ken G Hall
Director : Ken G Hall |
Senator H. S. Foll - Minister for Information speaking to camera introducing film, talks about the wholehearted devotion of the Australian People to the Empire's cause. The war effort shown on the film will fill people with sense of pride and desire to do more. Opening titles. WWII
Access No. 96813 | 1 min 9 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Map of Australia zoom out to VS of defence forces including army and navy marching down city streets to camera. HAS large group of men in civilian dress. walking together to enlist. WWII
Access No. 96815 | 14 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Pan across peaceful rural scene with town in valley. Hay stacks in field. Slow pan wheat field. Team of 7 horses through wheat field pulling harvester, CU harvester at work. VS tractors pulling harvesters, men standing on machinery bagging wheat, bags on truck to silos. WWII
Access No. 96817 | 49 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Large herd of beef cattle down hillside, clouds of dust. VS cattle through river, men on horses. Cattle into yard. HAS large flock of sheep across hillside, VS mass of sheep being herded, CU's Merino sheep including fleece. Dog herding sheep, man in pens, dog walking on sheep's backs. VS sheep entering shed and being sheared with mechanical clippers. Fleece being sorted, trimmed and classed. Shorn sheep skipping away. WWII
Access No. 96830 | 1 min 51 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Country farmhouse, wheat silos in left of frame. Dairy cattle (some jersey cows?) herded in pasture. Cows in shed, milking. CU milk poured from churn into tank, over cooling pipes, butter or cheese being churned in machine, man pushing large cart of butter/cheese in factory past workers on conveyor belt. Boxes of cheese or butter in boxes in warehouse, men pushing trolleys. WWII
Access No. 96963 | 42 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS Many chickens in yard with rows of small hen houses. Wire buckets of eggs carried. Machinery washing eggs in factory. VS women packing crates of eggs (Produce of New South Wales). Woman holds two eggs painted with faces of German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and Italian President Mussolini, she exclaims ÒTwo bad eggsÓ smashes them and says ÒThey won't reach EnglandÓ. WWII
Access No. 96975 | 37 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Looking through trunks of forest. VS wood cutters chopping trunks of trees with axes including one man high up in tree standing on wedge. Several shots of trees falling. Timber being dragged through forest by bullock team. Logs hauled on timber train in forest. WWII
Access No. 96988 | 44 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS wheat pouring from bulk loading pipes. Various crates and sacks loaded on to ships at wharf using slings, bales of wool being lowered into hold of ship, carcass of meat. WWII
Access No. 97001 | 30 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Exterior factory complex with rows of chimneys, chimneys pouring with smoke in industrial landscape. VS Interior steel works with sparks and heat flaring from large vat, men feeding furnace. Steel air raid shelter used in Britain being erected. Giant presses making steel helmets, man gathering row of helmets into pile. CU gas mask surrounded by smoke. VS gas masks being produced in factory. WWII
Access No. 97013 | 57 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Looking through machinery to factory floor beyond. Molten metal being pressed into sheets and assembled. Tanks in factory and across Western Desert. CU smoke from industrial chimneys. WWII
Access No. 97028 | 45 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Interior armaments factory manufacturing ammunition shells. British migrant in factory looks to camera and says ÒThey're as British here as we at home and behind they're behind you to (indistinct). VS munition shells assembled, mass of new shell piled up in stacks. Row of various used shells moves past camera. WWII
Access No. 97046 | 1 min 18 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS women putting bullets into bullet belts in armament factory. CU's bullets. Men at individual machines producing gun barrels, various shots. Vickers guns produced also rifles and large anti aircraft guns. VS across factory floor. Engines for Gypsy Moth aircraft manufactured. Various quick shots of other engines being built. Good shots aircraft factories including Whirawee (phonetic). Young pilot talks to camera. Rows of aircraft standing by. WWII
Access No. 97047 | 2 mins 18 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Ship on slipway about to be launched. VS shipbuilding. VS ships being launched. HAS across city of Sydney to Harbour Bridge. Melbourne city seen across Yarra River. Aerial Adelaide or Brisbane? Short LAS looking up at high rise buildings. HAS down to mass of crowds gathered in street. HAS street scene,pedestrians, buses, trams. WWII
Access No. 97064 | 47 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Various enlistment posters including ÒJoin the AIF, this is seriousÓ, Royal Australian Navy Wanted boys, youths, menÓ. CU sailor from RAN presenting arms, navy marching, POV from ship through waves, various shots over to other ships in fleet, guns. Enlistment posters for RAAF, air force marching, aircraft taking off and various types flying in formation. WWII
Access No. 97081 | 57 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Enlistment posters . CU ÒJoin the AIFÓ. HAS civilian men walking to camera on way to enlist. VS enlistment including men in civilian clothes taking oath on bible, medical examination with chest inspection by doctor and chest Xray. Men marching wearing long oilskin great coats and Akubra hats. Various uniformed ANZAC soldiers marching along roads. WWII
Access No. 97092 | 52 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Ship at wharf. Soldiers boarding up gangplank ÒOrient LineÓ . Soldiers along wharf preparing to depart, VS men smiling to camera, carrying kit bags, up gangplank, looking to camera, some wave, one looks to camera and says ÒChin up England, Australia will be thereÓ. RAAF and RAN soldiers onto ships. VS ship departing, troops waving, women on cliff waving. CU Australian flag waving blending into British Union Jack and then into CU King George VI in uniform saluting. WWII
Access No. 97107 | 1 min 10 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |