Australia's soldier tradesmen

Accession Number F00205
Collection type Film
Measurement 10 min 42 sec
Object type To be confirmed
Physical description 35mm/colour (Eastman)/sound
Maker Brown, Arthur
Eden, Keith
Thompson, Geoffrey
Wagstaff, Vernon
Place made Australia: Victoria
Date made 1961
Access Open
Conflict Period 1960-1969
Army organisation period 1961-
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

This is a recruiting/public relations film. Sub-title: In one of Australia's finest trade schools, young lads are trained to become skilled craftsmen. Film features Balcombe Army Apprentice Training School, located on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. Lads are shown being instructed in the following: normal secondary educational classes, technical drawing, then a sequence on the following: carpentry, plumbing, bricklaying, chemistry and physics laboratory techniques, electrical theory and practice, tele-communications and electronics, blacksmithing and general metal work, fitting and turning, automotive engineering, automotive electrical engineering and school of music. Apprentices are also featured in various recreational pursuits: football - rugby, Australian rules; hockey, motor cycle scramble, go-kart racing, beach life-saving, skin-diving, sailing, social dancing. Lads are shown in their own canteen, recreation room and library-reading room. Final sequences show apprentices participating in normal infantry-type training and infantry manoeuvres. End title completes the film.

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