Australia Today: 'Silent terror of the deep'

Title:
Australia Today: 'Silent terror of the deep'
NFSA ID:
242066
Year:
1939
Courtesy:
Enterprise Film Co.
Category:
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Shark attacks on populated beaches are statistically not that common in Australia, but they attract sensational media coverage of the type seen in this newsreel.

On the sparkling beaches of Australia, where people relax and enjoy the summer, life guards patrol the beaches and remain alert to the dangers of sharks lurking in the shallow beach water.

Surf lifesavers have been patrolling Australia’s beaches since 1907. This clip shows the equipment used in the 1930s. The wooden rescue boat of this newsreel has been replaced by lightweight rescue equipment, power boats and even helicopters. The concrete tower and public address system seen in this clip is also of note, as both the tower and the method of address has also changed over the years.