The Golden West: Trans-Australian Railway

The Golden West: Trans-Australian Railway
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program may contain images and/or audio of deceased persons
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This film was made in 1940 by William George Alma, a member of the Victorian Amateur Cine Society who was predominantly a magician and collector of material about magic.
In this clip, a stationary train sits on the tracks while workers carry out maintenance. Intertitles and a map show the route across the Nullarbor, followed by shots of sparsely occupied landscape. From on board the train, Alma films houses, red dirt and an endless flat horizon as the train travels from Kalgoorlie towards Port Pirie. One of the many Indigenous communities living along the line is shown as the train stops at Ooldea Station. Some of them sell souvenirs to the travellers passing through. Summary by Poppy De Souza.