Title Details

Introduction to Australia

Intended to present a broad view of life in Australia for Asian audiences.
Year : 1966 | Total Duration : 24 Minutes | Producer : Malcolm Otton
Director : Douglas White |
Tracking shots around civic area of Canberra city past Ethos statue in Civic Square with MLC and National Bank buildings in background and high angle shot of Ethos with fountain in foreground. GS city buildings and tilt to WS of cars parked in front of buildings with tower. WS domed Academy of Science building and WS of Old Parliament House with row of cars outside. CU to Australian coat of arms.
Access No. 40909 | 1 min 9 secs | 1960s | Canberra, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Zoom out from Canberra represented on graphic relief map to WS of Australia. WS of patch of sunlight on ocean. WS across green landscape with LS to snow-capped mountains. High angle pan across WS landscape of planes and distant mountains. Spectacular WS of the Three Sisters, Katoomba with Blue mountains valley behind. High angle pan across rocky red Central Australian river gorge and aerial track across rounded red ridges of mountain ranges.
Access No. 40910 | 55 secs | 1960s | Katoomba, NSW; NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerial shots over Uluru and surrounding red countryside. WS with LS to aircraft flying past Uluru. WS 4WD vehicle driving away from camera at base of Uluru. WS tilt up steep red walls of Uluru to patch of bright blue sky visible above saddle.
Access No. 40911 | 32 secs | 1960s | Uluru, NT, Australia | © Restricted Access | Colour |
WS graphic relief map of Australia showing the capitol cities of each state and territory. High angle shot over Storey Bridge, Brisbane, with pan across river to city. High shot over ferries coming into Circular Quay, Sydney. Note buildings no longer there. Tilt from children playing on beach and yacht to LS Perth skyline.
Access No. 40912 | 30 secs | 1960s | Brisbane, Qld; Sydney, NSW; Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Zoom out from high angle shot of pedestrians crossing busy city street and GS of same. Note woman in head scarf. WS busy city street with cars and buses towards camera. High angle view over pedestrians crossing street at lights. WS of busy traffic on Sydney's William Street. Zoom in to sign for Chinese restaurant on city street and CUs to various other neon signs for Asian and multicultural restaurants. High shot over Asian group eating meal with chopsticks around round table. VS of diners eating Asian food from bowls.
Access No. 40913 | 1 min 20 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Track of dogman travelling down to construction site foundations. MS shirtless worker with tattoo on back and hat on head. MS newspaper seller doing business on street in front of stand. CU policeman directing traffic and zoom out from face of woman to her supervising kindergarten children on slippery dip. MS migrant construction worker. MS dentist examining patient with dental nurse on other side and GS postman delivering mail on push bike blowing whistle. Low angle shot of man with apprentice drafting at table. VS young woman trying out motor scooter with salesman, GS women at supermarket checkout with trolleys. MS three stylish women window shopping, teenage girl in shop looking at dress with sales assistant and high angle shot of couple with daughter looking at furniture in store.
Access No. 40914 | 56 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS voting at polling booths with shots of people at tables with registers and casting votes into pad-locked boxes. MS speaker in Sydney's Domain with pan of audience. GS church band in Domain singing and playing piano accordions and upright piano. WS tilt down church to people entering for service, MS men wearing hats entering synagogue and MS Greek Orthodox service with boys kissing upheld bible. CU shoes being left at door for Islamic service with GS of worshippers bowing in prayer. Tilt up exterior towers of mosque.
Access No. 145037 | 1 min 8 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS graphic relief map of Australia showing farming regions. High angle shot of harvesting wheat seen from front of harvester and from behind farmer. WS chutes from harvesters emptying grain into truck. VS bagging grain. WS men in pineapple plantation hand picking crop and loading it onto tray of truck. VS workers sugar cane harvesting by hand and VS mechanically. VS digging and bagging potatoes. VS fruit pickers picking oranges in orchard and loading them in to truck. VS grape picking by hand into tins.
Access No. 145038 | 1 min 38 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS typical country towns with broad main streets lined with shops. GS people gathered outside newsagency on street corner. Tilt from sign for CSRO Division of Plant Industry Phytotron and Plant Physiology Laboratories to building. VS agricultural scientists working in a series of greenhouses in experimental nursery. CU female student examining seedlings and VS seedlings undergoing climatic tests. VS crop duster light aircraft taking off and flying over countryside including aerial views and shadows on hills.
Access No. 145039 | 1 min 26 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS drought stricken land with derelict fencing and cracked earth. Tilt from barren landscape to clouds in sky. WS pan across countryside near Jindabyne to Snowy Mountains Scheme dam. VS irrigation canals, flood gates. VS Snowy River. VS man at irrigation canal and WS pan across irrigation sprays over orchard. Graphic relief map of Australia showing great interior plains oaf Australia. Farmer driving 4WD jeep with dog then WS dog rounding up sheep. Tracks over merinos being herded in pens. CU shearer parting merino's fleece to camera and CUs of sheep being shorn. VS sheep shearing in shed. High angle shot over fleece sorting on table.
Access No. 145040 | 2 mins 8 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS cattle mustering with stockmen on horseback cracking whips. High angle WS over Aboriginal stockmen droving cattle on horseback in red dust. WS track of diesel road train across desert. CU truck driver in cabin and VS of his rig. Aerial views of road train raising dust as it travel along red dirt road. Aerial tracks over Indian Pacific train across desert. Aerial pan across green outback landscape to mine. VS front loader shovelling bauxite and VS minerals being loaded from tractor onto conveyor belt with WS ship in port.
Access No. 145041 | 1 min 35 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS coal miners down lift. VS elderly miner drilling underground. MS miner with light on helmet. CU molten metal coming out of furnace and sparks flying in steel production. VS steel production with MS of steel worker in protective glasses directing machinery. WS launch of the ship Empress of Tasmania from shipyard with crowds on wharf cheering. CU red and white locomotive towards camera and GS car on hoist in automotive factory. VS refrigerator parts manufacture and men and women working in general manufacture.
Access No. 145042 | 1 min 16 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU tilt down flask in science experiment to CU researcher looking through microscope. GS science activity. Pan from teacher across children working at tables in school library. VS children and teachers travelling around government school between classes. WS couple walking towards university buildings. Zoom out from female Indian student studying in library and VS foreign students around university grounds. VS school group looking at modern sculpture in art gallery visit. CU portrait of Margaret Olley by Russell Drysdale and CU Drysdale landscape. Pan across wall to Brett Whitely painting "Woman in the Bath", 1964.
Access No. 145043 | 1 min 33 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS Sydney Opera House under construction seen from different angles. MS Sir Robert Helpmann watching his ballet "Elektra" from backstage. VS of the Australian Ballet performing the dance featuring Arthur Boyd backdrops. Track of Australian Rules football game. VS people on T-bar lift past camera in Snowy Mountains and WS skiers down slope. GS horse racing in progress and MS crowd watching. WS and GS cricket game being played on major oval.
Access No. 145044 | 2 mins 29 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS crowds on Bondi beach under umbrellas and GS swimmers in sea. High angle WS of surfboard riders catching swells out to sea and track of board riders on small wave. MS lifesaver in surfboat paddling out with crew over surf. WS of surfboard coming into shore on wave. VS boats and ships pulling into wharves around Sydney Harbour showing sections of masts, flags and rigging. MS funnel past city buildings (since demolished). Pans past embassy buildings and flags including Syria, USA and the Philippines with car entering grounds of Philippines Embassy. Tilt to sign and symbol of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.
Access No. 145045 | 1 min 4 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW; Canberra, ACT; Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS High Commission of India. GS men travelling in small outboard motor boat with Australian flag on bow with zoom in to flag. VS Australians with Chinese working on the Mekong River Plan. High angle shot over men working on drill head, pipe laying etc. MS United Nations delegates including Australian representative to the UN and African delegates. VS inside hall. Good POV elevator up building construction site over cruise ship docked at Circular Quay West passenger terminal with Sydney Harbour Bridge in background. GS construction workers looking up to dogman riding on cylinder up crane. Tilt to metal beams of construction site to underside of crane.
Access No. 145046 | 1 min 16 secs | 1960s | China; Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tilted pan across crane and scaffolding on building construction site and GS of man welding beams. WS tilt up multi-storey building to skyscraper under construction in background. Tilt up Europa 1 rocket ship on launch pad. WS of rocket ship lift-off at night with track of it as it ascends into space with fiery trail.
Access No. 145047 | 1 min 5 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |