Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

Titles tagged with ‘manufacturing’

17 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

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Australian Cement in the Making documentary – c1926

Everything you wanted to know about cement making — in the 1920s — but were afraid to ask.

The Australian Steel Works sponsored film – c1920

This Made in Australia Council documentary, made circa 1920, tours a steel works factory in Newcastle to promote the Australian steel industry.

Australia Prepared documentary – c1916

A recruiting film highlighting Australian wartime contributions, including shipbuilding and the manufacture of weapons and uniforms.

Australia’s First Double-decker Bus and Rail Motor home movie – c1936

The bus-rail hybrid was designed to service minor rail lines in Sydney that did not have enough passengers to justify the larger rail motor.

B

Boots and Shoes sponsored film – c1924

This film shows the inner workings of a boot and shoe factory, following the manufacturing process from cutting shoe patterns to the finished product.

Building a Motor Body sponsored film – c1925

The South Australian Government commissioned this promotional film to attract workers to the Woodville car plant; at the time, the second largest in the British Empire.

Building a Railway Engine sponsored film – c1925

The state government commissioned this short film showing work at the South Australian Railways engine construction and repair plant outside Adelaide.

D

A Day at an Engineering Works sponsored film – c1926

This Made in Australia Council documentary details work at the largest engineering works in South Australia at the time.

E

The Evolution of a Chocolate sponsored film – 1925

The chocolate factory which features in this film employed over 2,000 people and – according to the intertitles – was one of 'the best producers of chocolates’.

F

Factory to Farm: Making Agricultural Implements in Australia sponsored film – c1925

This film provides a visual record of the inner workings of an agricultural implements factory as well as the role of sheet metal workers and fitters and turners.

G

General Motors Holden – Range of Products advertisement – c1958

This advertisement positions the GMH brand within the Australian landscape, broadening out from Holden cars.

M

A Mountain Goes to Sea documentary – 1943

Made during the Second World War, A Mountain Goes to Sea was intended as a morale booster for workers building the machinery of war.

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Piano Making documentary – c1924

This early film offers insights into the workmanship involved in piano manufacture and boasts the slogan, ‘Wherever you trade, buy Australian Made’.

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Sheep to Shop: Hosiery and Knitted Goods sponsored film – 1924

At one point in this promotional documentary, a machine miraculously 'absorbs yarn at one end and discharges socks at the other’!

A Shining Example sponsored film – c1920

Unlike other films produced by the Made in Australia Council, A Shining Example juxtaposes a tour of an Australian factory with a fictional narrative.

Soldiers Without Uniform documentary – 1942

This propaganda film made by Charles Chauvel aims to boost worker morale by recognising their contributions to the war effort.

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A Visit to Ernest Hillier’s Factory sponsored film – c1926

This documentary details the delicate work and attention to detail required when producing handmade chocolates and sweets for Australian consumers.