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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 Victorian capital of Melbourne in the mid 1960s.
Series : Life in Australia Series | Year : 1966 | Total Duration : 19 Minutes | Producer : Eric Thompson
Director : Douglas White |
VS Australian Rules football game. MS woman cheering and high angle pan of crowded stadium stands. High angle pan over Melbourne CBD. Zoom into graphic map of Australia to Melbourne. WS Yarra River with high-rise building reflected in water and similar WS with church spire and skyline reflections. VS milkman delivering milk to terrace houses from horse drawn cart packed with milk crates. CU pair of horse's heads as they are rode in park. Track following man pushing wheelbarrow through park, GS joggers towards camera, GS horse riders next to Yarra and joggers past camera. WS looking down deserted main city street in early morning light. Various city street scenes as workers start arriving in the city.
Access No. 41060 | 2 mins 34 secs | 1960s | Melbourne, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS two men arriving to work at factory. MS faces of crowd of men arriving to work and GS men walking towards factory past multilingual employment sign. Pan to chimney stacks. VS around wharf activities with city skyline in background. GS giant transporter, men unloading bales from truck, carpenter carrying toolbox to building site. Woman receiving mail from postman on bicycle as she stands at gate farewelling son who leaves in EK Holden. Track along suburban Melbourne houses past postman on bike. MS track of young man in car picking up young woman in head scarf. MS of her waving to him from street. MS of her adjusting hairdo in car's rear-vision mirror. Tilt track past high-rise apartment buildings. VS couple in car driving along streets and VS children at school crossing. CU crossing guard in helmet.
Access No. 41062 | 2 mins 41 secs | 1960s | Melbourne, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS EK Holden pulling up on city street and VS young woman getting out to join two women friends waiting on footpath. GS car pulling away into traffic. VS courier unloading parcels from van. VS traffic jam with CUs smoking truck drivers. GS woman behind rows of necklaces and jewellery at counter, MS young woman in locker room making uniform adjustments in mirror and man in overalls putting on glasses. Track along factory floor past rows of workers standing at car assembly machines. MS inspector with young man and VS of him working. VS crowds of pedestrians crossing busy city intersection. GS group of older schoolgirls in uniform on city street. GS man in white overalls at street drinking fountain (bubbler) and riding off on bicycle.
Access No. 41063 | 2 mins 19 secs | 1960s | Melbourne, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Zoom out from abstract pattern of ECU metal pipes carried by workman walking down city street. Track of two businessmen in suits walking down street and entering Commonwealth Bank of Australia building. VS two men on busy Melbourne street carrying store dummies. MS women smiling as they pass them. Tilt up to TAA helicopter then shots POV passenger as helicopter lands on helipad on River Yarra. WS businessmen emerging from helicopter and walking past guard into city. GS helicopter leaving with clear view of pilot. MS three men looking at fleece at wool auction. VS of auction with vigorous bidding from men seated in tiers. GS women on store escalator, past roasting chickens to food counter. VS buying roast chicken.
Access No. 41066 | 2 mins | 1960s | Melbourne, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS woman in department store asking directions from a female information officer seated at desk near escalators. MS woman at delicatessen counter with sausages suspended above counter. VS cash register and women working at food counter slicing meat and cutting cheese. GS woman buying goods from man at fruit and vegetable barrow. VS woman buying bunch of flowers, customers looking at fabrics at market stall. MS two men haggling with stall owner and VS people leaving markets with their purchases. GS streets and tram stop. GS vegetable sellers with bags of onions and MS men riding in back of truck. VS busy city streets with traffic, trams and shoppers crossing streets. MS people boarding tram and CU conductor issuing tickets.
Access No. 41075 | 2 mins 5 secs | 1960s | Melbourne, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS man carrying two chickens poking out of bag from markets. CU man eating chicken with zoom out to him dining and sipping wine with companion at restaurant looking over city buildings. CU two men drinking glasses of beer. GS twin boys in striped shirts eating icecreams and tilt to two workmen eating lunch side by side astride metal beam. WS young women picnicking on grass beside fountain with the grand Windsor Hotel (formerly Grand Hotel) in background. VS people looking at travel exhibit with CUs to posters & placards of various foreign locations. Tilt from children next to pond to Melbourne Exhibition Buildings with reflections in pond. Tilt down Southern Cross Hotel to Clement Meadmore sculpture and fountain, facade of CRA (Conzinc Rio-Tinto Australia) building, curved facade of BHP House. MS tilts to opulent building facade, stepped facade of Royal Mail House, sculpture on the wall of HC Sleigh Building and sculpture on building alcove.
Access No. 142003 | 1 min 31 secs | 1960s | Melbourne, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS man having massage with CUs of his face and of masseuse at work. MS young man in overalls on telephone. MS young woman on other end of phone. GS man returning to factory floor. WS EK Holden driving through car park full of Holdens towards and past camera. WS workers leaving gates. Traffic jam of cars leaving factories. CU woman in profile with beehive hairdo posting letters into the Country slot of large red mail boxes. CU man posting letters into brass mail box. Cleaner polishing the brass. MS secretary covering her typewriter and covering cockatoo in cage. GS storekeeper pulling blind down over door. WS River Yarra at sunset with fire boats spraying water and Princes Bridge and city buildings in background. LS rowers on river in silhouette.
Access No. 142004 | 1 min 33 secs | 1960s | Melbourne, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS man in helmet pressing down on lever in electrical board room. GS street lights coming on. WS city street at night lit by signs and car lights. CUs to ornate lights and WS neon signs on city street and tram past camera. tilted track past high-rise office building with windows uniformly lit up at night. Track past curved facade of BHP House up-lit. Track from alter boy lighting candles to priest talking to young couple across table. GS alter boy opening bible. GS office cleaner coming out of lift with vacuum cleaner. WS cleaner using floor polisher. GS young man choosing magazine from street stall. VS young couple window shopping outside department store at night looking at furniture displayed in windows. WS crowd coming out on street from theatre with sign 'Busybody'.
Access No. 142005 | 2 mins 19 secs | 1960s | Melbourne, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS woman pulling dow0 n shutter on ticket window. CU railway clock with hands at 12:00. Tilt down to train leaving platform. Tilt from reel-to-reel tape playing to people dancing at club. GS young couple leaving dance floor and sitting down to coffee at table. VS people dancing with CUs to woman shaking bottom, woman with daisy in her black bob. CUs couple gazing into each other's eyes. GS couple leaving club with bounder holding door for them. GS night traffic and VS couple walking along city road.
Access No. 142006 | 1 min 44 secs | 1960s | Melbourne, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |