Title Details

This is the Life

Describes the daily life of single working women in Australia in the 1940s.
Series : Australia and Your Future | Year : 1947 | Total Duration : 7 Minutes | Producer : Stanley Hawes
Director : Catherine Duncan |
WS two men guiding a two horse drawn plough and man casting seed from basket. WSs various industrial townships. CU on chimney stacks smoking. VS of industrial buildings. Clock tower in Geelong with figurines ringing bell.
Access No. 41012 | 1 min 4 secs | 1940s | Geelong, Vic, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU alarm clock next to photo of man on bedside table. VS of people waking up, arising in the morning. Rubbing eyes, putting on slippers. VS people arriving at work, dusting off desks, woman setting off on bicycle and mother waving goodbye. WS groups of nurses in uniform emerging from building , WS nurses home.
Access No. 62633 | 23 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS women catching buses and trams and riding bicycles to work. Good shot of group of women riding bicycles in skirts and high heels and arriving for work at the woollen mills. Track of woman riding bicycle towards camera uphill on dirt road. Women using bundy clock and one woman running late for work rushes to bundy clock.
Access No. 62645 | 46 secs | 1940s | Geelong, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Removing cover from old typewriter. VS of women at work including office with rows of woman at typewriters, MS of woman typing and MS of female telephonists with headphones and mouth piece, CU working telephone switchboard, nurse attending patient, hairdresser and assistant, store girl and women at mill.
Access No. 62658 | 26 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS of happy women's faces, smiling at work. VS of activities at woollen mills working with skeins and bobbins. CU women talking to each other across room. High angle shots of weavers and looms. VS automation and VS women working weaving looms on factory floor. CU tying thread to loom.
Access No. 62663 | 1 min 9 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS sick employee being taken to sick room, watched by others. VS factory nurse taking employees temperature in sick room and giving first aid. VS hospital and shots of patients being attended to. Good MS of sister or nurse with white nurses veil. Nurses with child patient in hospital bed
Access No. 62676 | 30 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Women on bicycles arriving in town to do Saturday morning shopping. Main street Geelong. Pedestrians past camera. VS at vegetable stall with shopping baskets. Greengrocer in dustcoat helping customers. CU pans of price tags on vegetables. VS main street activity, shoppers, pedestrians, cars, bicycles.
Access No. 62691 | 38 secs | 1940s | Geelong, VIC, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS group of young men and women carrying tennis rackets down pathway towards tennis club. VS tennis game. VS woman teeing off at golf. Three people on bush walk and climbing over fence and past horse riders along edge of river in countryside.
Access No. 62702 | 53 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU on man's hand knocking on door. MS of woman applying makeup in front of a mirror. Two women dressing up for Saturday night. Couple leaving home with overcoats on. People at box office outside Regent theatre. People queuing to enter a dance hall. Good shots of couples twirling and VS variety of dances. Men wear suits and some women wear long formal evening dresses.
Access No. 62713 | 1 min 6 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS tilt up to clock tower at night with clock reading 12 o'clock. MS couple kissing goodnight at door. Woman kisses Mother goodnight. CU of kicking shoes off. Good CU of shoes. Three sisters going to bed, one tucking a sleeping younger sister in and turning off light.
Access No. 62728 | 37 secs | 1940s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |