Title Details

Nullarbor Hideout

The adventures of a group of children living at Cook on the Nullarbor Plain.
Year : 1955 | Total Duration : 38 Minutes | Producer : John Martin-Jones
Director : Tim Burstall |
Blacksmith at work, looks out on deserted dusty street of Cook, only 16 families inhabiting town with occupations linked to railway. Men going to work on a truck. Diesel freight train past and over camera. Opening titles. POV along track from train
Access No. 124627 | 2 mins 10 secs | 1950s | Cook, SA, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Dust road stretching into flat horizon of Nullarbor Plain. In classroom, geography teacher talking to students about heat and origin of the name Nullarbor. Children may leave class when temperature reaches 110 F. CU's thermometer on 108F. Lesson continues. Temperature reaches 110F. Mainly non Indigenous children, one Aboriginal boy.
Access No. 124628 | 3 mins | 1950s | Cook, SA, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Car coming towards camera along dirt road. Local men watch as car dives up, driven by teenage boy. Station master and boy, Rex, talk about where he bought car from. Three school boys swimming in water tank, boys start fighting and throw one into water. School teacher arrives with group of children , scolds boys and bans them from swimming.
Access No. 124629 | 3 mins 33 secs | 1950s | Cook, SA, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Station master on telephone at train station. With teenage boy talking about boredom in town. Train pulls into station, man with hat and pipe gets off. Talks to station master about stolen car. Teenage boy, Rex, and girl take orphaned kangaroo out of box in car. Men walk off with Rex. Girl holding kangaroo. Deserted street, two boys riding together on bicycle, talk to girl about Rex's arrest.
Access No. 124630 | 4 mins 24 secs | 1950s | Cook, SA, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Silhouette train moving off. Detective and arrested teenage boy, Rex, in carriage. Three boys throwing stones in water tank. Blacksmith hammering. Boys walking across outback plain. CU blue tongued lizard and wombat. Talking with girl holding kangaroo. Two hunters with guns talk to them. Children walking across plain to rocky cave area. Climb down and leave kangaroo. Take torch of fire into cave and discover underground lake.
Access No. 124631 | 5 mins 34 secs | 1950s | Cook, SA, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Woman cooking on open range in house, talking to son gathering food. Children swimming and canoeing in underground lake they discovered in cave. Buying lamps from shop. In classroom. Children in cave eating food. In class, boys passing note, get caught and given detention. Children in cave singing Happy Birthday. They discover the birthday cake and other supplies are missing, they hide and see a teenage boy in cave.
Access No. 124632 | 5 mins 28 secs | 1950s | Cook, SA, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Blacksmith hammering. Boy and girl rowing raft along underground lake in cave. Playground, two boys on roundabout. Boy and girl climbing underground, girl hurts leg, call for help to others. Discover teenage boy, Rex , hiding in cave after escaping arrest for stolen car.
Access No. 124633 | 6 mins 3 secs | 1950s | Cook, SA, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Two hunters shooting at kangaroos. Boy and girl and teenage boy Rex discover papers in cave belonging to hunters showing they are car thieves. Children hide, one in wooden barrel. Hunters return, teenage boy runs away, hunter falls into water. Other adults arrive and rescue children. Outside cave, one boy talking to school teacher about continuing to play in cave.
Access No. 124634 | 6 mins 52 secs | 1950s | Cook, SA, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |