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Made by the Department of Immigration in the mid 1960s to entice immigrants from Great Britain, this film shows an idyllic picture of life in the Western Australian capital of Perth in the mid 1960s.
Series : Life in Australia Series | Year : 1966 | Total Duration : 18.5 Minutes | Producer : Eric Thompson
Director : Henry Lewes |
High angle WS over expressways, Swan River and city of Perth. WS graphic map of the world with zoom in to Australia and Perth. Track of van driving along street POV car in front of bus silhouetted against orange sunrise sky. WS of Daily News Bays delivery van past camera in early morning light. High shot over van through empty city streets. GS van along street dropping bundle of newspapers on city footpath.
Access No. 40954 | 59 secs | 1960s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS newspaper delivery van driving down suburban street past shops in early morning light. GS inside van with driver picking up bundle of newspapers with one hand and tossing them onto footpath from moving van. CU to front page headlines on West Australian newspaper bundled on ground. Zoom in to photograph of ship arriving under headline "Migrants Arrive". Fade to real footage.
Access No. 136970 | 17 secs | 1960s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of ship pulled by tug boat arriving into port. MS in observation tower watching passenger ship through binoculars harbour master coming into port. High shot over ship coming into port. CU man tilting binoculars to plane in sky. GS liner docking in port with rope being taken up by uniformed wharf workers. Tilt up to lifeboats on liner and passenger lining the deck and waving to people on wharf. High shot over crowds waiting on wharf.
Access No. 136971 | 37 secs | 1960s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS outside airport with car park and tails of aircraft on tarmac visible. GS taxi pulling up. High shot over migrants on passenger liner waiting to disembark looking down to people on wharf. CUs of migrants' faces as they file down stairs and MS of woman comforting man seen from behind at rails of ship. WS TAA jet plane arriving at airport and WS outside airport as passengers leave. GS taxi driving approaching man then departing with him.
Access No. 136972 | 1 min 1 sec | 1960s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS postman walking up suburban street towards camera and WS looking down street as taxi approaches and honks horn at postman who waves in reply. MS postman posting letter into letterbox of older style brick house. WS baker in shorts and long socks with basket of bread over his arm coming out of gate and waving to taxi as it passes him.
Access No. 136973 | 25 secs | 1960s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of newspaper van coming around corner of kiosk on beach and dropping papers off then turning around on beach as owner emerges from kiosk to collect papers. CU photograph of truck in orchard on front page. CU into photograph and fade to real scene with man loading crates of oranges into back of truck. CU face of young girl in orchard and CU to her cutting orange off stem.
Access No. 136974 | 43 secs | 1960s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU worker winding grapevine tendrils around wire and MS of his face and upper torso with smallpox injection scars visible on arms. WS of workers working along rows of grapevines and tractor down rows behind them spraying vines. Pan from man walking through wine cellar carrying box to barrels and winetaster seated next to barrels. MS winetaster quaffing glass of red wine then refilling glass.
Access No. 136975 | 51 secs | 1960s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU stack of empty green wine bottles in wheelbarrow and MS worker amidst multiple rows of them then wheeling them away. MS winery workers placing them on filling machines. CU white wine filling up bottle. CU corking machine and zoom out from bottles of claret on drive-through bottleshop shelf to store owner bagging one, ringing it up on till and delivering it to waiting car. Couple in car driving off.
Access No. 136996 | 50 secs | 1960s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Pan from art students sitting on gallery bench drawing statue across art gallery to student seated in chair in front of sculpture with teacher. MS teacher standing at statue pointing out surfaces and pan to other female students sitting on floor and in chair sketching. CU to abstract charcoal form being drawn by woman in chair and CU hands drawing on pad. MS teacher looking over the shoulder of schoolgirl and WS children working at outdoor desks under trees. Pan to younger children skipping around trees in playground.
Access No. 136997 | 1 min 33 secs | 1960s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS of younger children skipping around trees in school playground with older children working at outdoor desks under trees in the background. Track of Mr Whippy icecream van passing by school with children at desks turning around to look. VS man serving icecreams from van and MS of older woman buying one and eating it in profile.
Access No. 136998 | 37 secs | 1960s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS typewriter being covered up and typist leaving desk and walks past other who also cover their typewriters and leave. WS office workers leaving office building. VS people boarding buses. MS crowds waiting to get on bus. Track down city streets POV bus past David Jones and other shops. Aerial shot over city intersection with traffic crossing over dotted marked lines and arrows on road. Aerial over pedestrians crossing road following arrows.
Access No. 136999 | 55 secs | 1960s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle view over major Perth street and over office building. Aerial view of people as they leave the building. WS of woman typing alone in office and WS of office building exterior. MS middle aged man at large desk in office looking contemplative as the fiddles with ruler. GS group of people walking down wharf and climbing aboard ferry. VS man running down wharf as ferry prepares to leave and jumps on.
Access No. 137000 | 59 secs | 1960s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle shot over large outdoor car park and cars on freeway outside Perth. MS typist at typewriter crunching up paper in frustration and replacing with fresh paper. WS office building lobby and MS older man in large office on phone then smoking gazing into space and smiling. CU beers being pulled and good MS pan of pub goers drinking their beers.
Access No. 137001 | 44 secs | 1960s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS man in pub collecting beer and throwing dart at board. CUs men drinking glasses of beer and playing darts. MS older man in large office looking at documents and sitting back in his chair. WS front of office building with lone man walking around revolving doors looking expectant. Typist hurriedly leaves her desk and delivers papers to man in office before meeting up with man waiting outside building.
Access No. 137002 | 1 min 10 secs | 1960s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Young people roller skating to music. Couple roller skating holding hands, shots of other skater's legs. Barefooted feet and legs running past camera and girls in black leotards running in circle around room with hands behind their backs. Ballet class lead by teacher in green leotard. Couples buying tickets at box office of playhouse.
Access No. 137003 | 1 min 55 secs | 1960s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Couple emerging from darkness of night on motorcycle with driver accompanying his girlfriend to the door of her lit up house. WS family enjoying breakfast on balcony overlooking beach. Pan from MS of man drinking tea while reading paper to track of well dressed families walking along beachfront. High angle WS over railway yards and high density buildings. High WS over bus depot with several rows of green and white buses. High shot over empty car park.
Access No. 137004 | 1 min 24 secs | 1960s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS boy wearing life jacket hoisting sails on small sailing boat and VS of boy and his friend getting boat into water and preparing for race with other yachts and junior crews. MS man looking at boats through binoculars and WS tracks of boats racing. GS families on shore watching. Old car derby with VS of rough old cars racing on dirt track. WS group of onlookers.
Access No. 138052 | 1 min 2 secs | 1960s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS couple sitting in ambulance watching old car derby. MS twin boys in matching clothes amongst spectators. MS over basset hound dog on leash being pulled along by woman with GS of beach. VS dog being led past people on sand and onto beach lookout. WS men in swimming costumes jogging along beach. GS junior sailing race with small boats past camera and GS boat capsizing as it attempts to round buoy.
Access No. 138053 | 1 min 2 secs | 1960s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS driver in van seen from inside cab. WS of van along tree lined street and pan across to river and bridge.
Access No. 138054 | 53 secs | 1960s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |