1964, 20 Minutes
Made by the Department of Immigration to entice immigrants from Great Britain, this film shows an idyllic picture of life in the Queensland regional town of Cairns in the mid 1960s.
The Life in Australia series profiles 12 Australian cities and towns, showing everyday life for workers and families. Part travelogue, it promotes an idyllic picture of white, middle class life in Australia, touring points of interest around the towns, but the emphasis is on providing a visual record of “typical” daily life, from work and education to home and recreation.
Each film is elegantly shot, showing modern Australia at its very best, with most episodes free of narration.
An Australian National Film Board Production. Produced for the Department of Immigration by the Australian Commonwealth Film Unit. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
Producer: Eric Thompson
Running Time: 20 Minutes
Classification: Exempt from classification
Curriculum Links: Australian History: 'Post-War Australia'; Australian Social History; Cultural Studies; English: 'Australian Identity: Social Life and Customs'; Film as Propaganda; HSIE/SOSE 'Exploring Australian National Identity'; White Australia Policy.