Story of a City


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This is the story of a city built on coal.

Australia's Newcastle, like its British counterpart, developed into a large city because it was a coal port, and it still retains its essential mining atmosphere. The great steel industry "which feeds on its black gold" is shown in full blast.

But Story of a City reaches beyond coal, steel and the activities of a great port and into the lives of the city's inhabitants. It explores not only the mines and the mills but moves into the dwellings and working places and out into the stunning natural surroundings where the people spend their leisure time.

© 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Director: Shan Benson

Year: 1945

Running Time: 19 Minutes

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links:  Australian History, Cultural Studies, English 'Australian Identity: Social Life and Customs', HSIE/SOSE 'Exploring Australian National Identity'.


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SKU 000004510
Brand Film Australia

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