• Short Summary

    SYNOPSIS: Thousands of men had trekked into the Northern Territory, won immense wealth and returned to their homes.

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    LS country
    2 ft


    sandhills
    4 ft


    river
    7 ft


    palm tree
    10 ft


    sandhills
    13 ft


    bones
    14 1/2 ft


    boongs
    27 ft


    rocky desert
    29 ft


    tilt down tree to james pool 1845
    31 1/2 ft


    cs ditto
    35 ft


    monument to pool
    38 ft


    Sturt 1845 on tree
    41 ft


    tree 8
    43 ft


    man at windlass
    47 ft


    water into dish
    47 ft


    old fossiker
    49 ft


    washing gold
    53 ft


    old mine workings
    57 ft


    old township
    61 ft


    graves
    64 ft


    dust miner
    82 ft


    flecks of gold in dish
    83 ft


    cattle
    94 ft


    old abbo
    95 1/2 ft


    cattle
    97 ft


    Cs Flynn
    101 ft


    Supers pedal wireless
    102 1/2 ft


    Map Australia
    105 ft


    Nurse
    107 ft


    Plane
    109 ft


    Baby & Flynn
    112 ft


    Wartime bombing
    121 ft


    Wrecked aircraft
    126 1/2 ft


    CU engine
    128 ft


    Darwin - Govt. House & banks
    137 ft


    Pan over crowd
    140 ft


    CU Jock Nelson
    142 1/2 ft


    Crowd
    144 ft


    Ls Mayor
    145 1/2 ft


    Crowd
    147 ft


    Copter lands
    153 ft


    Katherine Groge and water survey
    163 ft


    Ls rocky country
    166 ft


    Car down road
    169 ft


    Planes
    172 ft


    Flying doctor
    176 ft


    Ghan arrives
    186 ft


    Alice Springs
    189 ft


    Town
    194 ft


    Flynn memorial church
    197 ft


    Cross
    199 ft


    Boon into church
    201 ft


    Cross
    203 1/2 ft


    Aborigine prays S.O..F.
    207 ft


    Miners from pit
    208 1/2 ft


    Underground mining
    216 ft


    Oil drilling rig
    228 ft



    Initials



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: SYNOPSIS: Thousands of men had trekked into the Northern Territory, won immense wealth and returned to their homes. Others gleaned a pittance, that kept them alive and in hope. But it was the cattleman that kept the Territory alive. Men who took up several thousand square miles of land on which to run their herds. Today, as over the century, cattle remain the chief source of wealth in the Territory.

    The people of the inland lived hard and dangerous lives, until John Flynn came in the 1930's with his vision of a mantle of safety. This Presbyterian missionary helped develop the pedal wireless, which began a network that now covers most of inland Australia. Doctor John Flynn founded hospitals at vital, but isolated centres, and founded the world's first Flying Doctor Service. The mantle of safety became a reality. But Flynn's vision was then shattered by war - and Darwin bore the brunt of Japan's first attacks on the Australian mainland.

    The raids caused widespread destruction not only to military targets, but to the town itself. They also focused the attention of the nation on the Northern Territory. From the wartime ashes, a new and more prosperous Darwin arose. Gone were the old shanties. Modern buildings and shops gave Australia's northern gateway a new pride.

    Then last year came a new dignity. Darwin became a city, and its leading residents gathered to hear Mr. Jock Nelson - the Federal Member - explain their new status and responsibilities. Their first Mayor had already been elected. Darwin has grown beyond recognition, within a generation. It has also outgrown its water supply, and an helicopter is helping to probe a new source.

    The Katherine River, two hundred miles to the south, will supply Darwin's future needs. The river was named by Stuart after Katherine Chambers, the girl he courted, but who rejected him. Stuart never married, and died three years after his epic explorations of the territory.

    The Territory today is the ever-growing monument to Stuart's courage and stamina. Air transport has opened up the centre, and the north at a tremendous speed. Instead of the plodding camel caravans from Adelaide, a diesel train speeds to Alice Springs. But it's still called the 'ghan - in memory of the Afghan camel drivers.

    In the centre, Alice Springs set in the McDonnell Ranges, has developed into a picturesque oasis. Here two thousand people have put their faith in the future of the Territory, and have made their homes. Here too has been built a church. A church dedicated "to the glory of God, and to the memory of John Flynn". The mantle of Safety is once again cast over all the people of the inland, and in Flynn's church they all come to worship.

    Tennant Creek has become a major mining centre - copper and gold worth three million pounds a year - come from rich seams, beneath the baked earth. Gradually in this centenary year, the Territory is seeking new outlets. Today, the explorers are in search of oil penetrating country which might well have daunted Stuart. But they explore with the same spirit. the spirit which has made the Northern Territory.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACDSPMS1ZY1G4R6JYM2LW3GAY3
    Media URN:
    VLVACDSPMS1ZY1G4R6JYM2LW3GAY3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:06:00:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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