Power to Win

Power to Win
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In this dramatised sequence, a mining family hears on the wireless that Singapore has fallen to the Japanese. Husband (Marshall Crosby) and wife (Beryl Bryant) look outside despairingly on an inactive coal mine. Industry stakeholders meet with a representative from the Miners Federation to discuss the need to increase coal production for the war effort. At the pit tops, a mine organiser gives a motivational speech to his workers saying that it is a 'struggle for survival’. Over breakfast, the wife goes to deliver wool and father and daughter (Dorothy Dickson) have a candid talk. The daughter proudly says that she’ll marry a miner and stay where she is because 'big things’ are happening and 'coal is the essence of all power’, a power which will allow them to win the war. Summary by Poppy De Souza.