Geraldton: Life in Australia
From 7 inhabitants in 1850 to 7,000 a century later, Geraldton was 'on the move' in the 1960s!
'Beyond lies a vast area that is only now being tamed, two thirds of Western Australia.'
This film emphasises the importance of air travel in the area, given its remoteness. It even follows a fuelling agent and stock keeper at Geraldton airport, instead of the standard factory or office workers featured in the other Life in Australia episodes.
Part of the Life In Australia series, made for the Department of Immigration, to entice immigrants from Europe. There’s no denying that these films were a marketing tool; Australia (and its cities and rural centres) was the product, and as such, it was presented as an idyllic destination where everyone led prosperous, happy lives. The scripts for each film are almost identical, covering employment and industry, education, sport, health care, shopping, religion, night-life, and art. Australia had everything anyone could wish for!