Title Details

Arriving in Australia

Describes the arrival procedure for immigrants to Australia.
Year : 1963 | Total Duration : 19 Minutes | Producer : John Martin Jones
WS of ocean liner ÒFairstarÓ on high sea. Ship's doctor checks over male migrant passenger as his wife and baby look on. Baby is checked by doctor. CU of immigration registration form. 2 men at table fill out the form. Group of passengers on outer deck point towards shore. WS of Fremantle harbour. On board the ship, immigration officers seated at tables checks and stamps passports and forms of migrants. 2 Customs Officers seated at table. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 123636 | 2 mins 52 secs | 1960s | Fremantle, WA, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
View from deck of ship to dock. Sign on terminal ÒWelcome to Western AustraliaÓ Two migrant couples on day visit to Perth walk through park past open air cafe and take in the view across the city . Migrant passengers on board ship wave to the wharf as the ship prepares to leave. POV stern of ship out to ocean. Ship's crewman steers the ship. Children in playroom pretend to steer the ship. Migrant couple sit at table with ship's officer and go through an immigration form. English classes on board the ship. Bank employees exchange foreign currency for Australian dollars. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 123639 | 2 mins 31 secs | 1960s | © NFSA | B&W |
Two male migrants at bow of ship. Their POV of water against bow of ship. Group of migrants line up to collect baggage labels. WS of Port Phillip Bay, VIC with 2 tug boats in foreground. WS of ship on water with tug boats alongside. CU of tugboats from POV ship. Ship prepares to dock at Station Pier, Port Melbourne. Immigration officers walk up gang plank on to ship as passengers look on from decks. Immigration officers check passport of young women against passenger list. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 123640 | 1 min 10 secs | 1960s | Port Phillip Bay, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
The Good Neighbour Council of Victoria members hand out information booklets to the migrants before disembarking. A group of migrants stand with a priest on deck of the ship. Two male migrants wearing number identification light up cigarettes as they wait to disembark. Men line up to collect baggage declaration forms from officials. Rows of suitcases ready for collection. Passengers search for their luggage. Baggage inspector checks contents of suitcase. Migrants board train for Bonegilla Migrant Centre. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 123641 | 2 mins 3 secs | 1960s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Train departs from wharf terminal. Passengers wave from carriages. Migrant family travelling in train compartment. View from train of countryside. WS of train travelling through country. View from plane of Bonegilla Migrant Centre. WS of Hume Reservoir. Train carrying migrant passengers arrives at Bonegilla. Passengers disembark and queue up to board buses. View of entrance to Bonegilla. Sign reads Bonegilla Reception Centre. Bonegilla residents are given keys to their rooms and identification cards. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 123692 | 2 mins 20 secs | 1960s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Bonegilla residents are shown to their hut. Mother puts her baby in cot. Mother feeds toddler at table. Residents line up for food in the dining room. Food is placed on plates by kitchen staff. Dining room of Bonegilla. Residents seated at tables eat their meals. Group of residents are seated in rows are welcomed by the Bonegilla Director. A young interpreter stands by his side. Representatives of the Adult Migrant Education Service and clergy attend welcome. CU of cover of the Commonwealth Social Services booklet. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 123693 | 1 min 50 secs | 1960s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Migrant man registers for Social Security. Mother with her young children registers for Child Endowment. Hut with sign - Commonwealth Employment Service. Man is interviewed by Employment Officer. Sign - Xray & Medical Examination Centre. Men line up for chest x-ray. Man stands in front of chest x-ray machine helped by operator. CU of chest x-ray. WS of Hume Weir. Group of migrants swimming in lake and standing on the shore. Group of school children cross the road at a crossing. Group of migrant children line-up with teacher outside classroom. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 123694 | 2 mins 10 secs | 1960s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Teacher at blackboard instructs students seated at desks. Sign - Bonegilla Hospital. Two nurses on verandah with baby. Boy on bike rides towards the Creative Leisure Centre. Two boys play chess. Children painting craft works. Two girls draw on blackboard. CU of record covers - Elvis GI Blues and Mozart, the Four Flute Quartets. Child sitting by record player listening. Boys painting on paper their impressions of the ship - Fairsea. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 123695 | 1 min 22 secs | 1960s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Sign on door - YWCA Club Rooms. Migrants seated at tables reading books, magazines and smoking. Man throws darts at dart board. Migrants walk away from church. Multi- lingual signs - Catholic Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church. Crucifix on top of chapel. Migrants shake the hand of priest as they leave church. Adult migrant English class. Female teacher at blackboard points to the lyrics of Silent Night. Female teacher reads to adult students. Migrants in van are farewelled by Bonegilla Director. They drive away. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 123696 | 1 min 55 secs | 1960s | Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |