Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

A Nation is Built (1938)

This sprawling and patriotic documentary uses actuality footage, historical re-enactments, fictionalised scenes and propaganda to chronicle Australia’s development and progress as a nation.

Length: 46 minutes

Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1 (Academy)

Production company:


National Film and Sound Archive

NFSA title number: 7586

Education Resources:

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