The Resource Balloons and Spinifex., (evideo)

Balloons and Spinifex., (evideo)

Label
Balloons and Spinifex.
Title
Balloons and Spinifex.
Contributor
Film director
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the 1950s, Giles Weather Station was established in the Australian outback, on the edge of the Gibson Desert, 750 kilometres from Alice Springs, near the border of West and South Australia. The area south of Rawlinson Range had long been home to nomadic Aboriginal people but at that time there were no other settlements for hundreds of miles. It was less than 90 years since the first white man - Ernest Giles - had explored the region and few had followed. Balloons and Spinifex records the construction of the weather station, with 40 men from various countries working six days a week in very basic conditions. It reveals the challenges of building in such an isolated area: one truck convoy took 10 days to travel 500 miles through mud and difficult terrain. A year later, the completed complex includes a mess, laundry, showers, living quarters and offices, where 12 men work for one-year periods: six weathermen, a cook, driver, mechanic, electrician, handyman and <U+00d4>ßĐnative patrol officer<U+00d4>ß<U+00d8>. The documentary shows the finely tuned process of taking weather measurements and making reports, including the most important task of sending up hydrogen-filled weather balloons, and the co-ordination of this information by the Bureau of Meteorology in the days before computerisation, using a mind-boggling array of paper charts. Shot on 35mm film, Balloons and Spinifex captures the stunning colours and stark beauty of the landscape. It also includes footage of Indigenous families living in the desert as they had for so many generations and passing on from elder to children their ancient knowledge of this land
Cataloging source
CaSfKAN
Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Originally produced by National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 1958
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Dunlop, Ian
  • Kanopy
  • Kanopy (Firm)
Runtime
37
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Meteorological stations
  • Meteorological stations
  • Australia
Technique
live action
Label
Balloons and Spinifex., (evideo)
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title from title frames
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 38 minutes)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, .flv file, sound
Publisher number
1131866
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • kan1131866
  • (OCoLC)921805119
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other
Label
Balloons and Spinifex., (evideo)
Link
Publication
Note
Title from title frames
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 38 minutes)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, .flv file, sound
Publisher number
1131866
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • kan1131866
  • (OCoLC)921805119
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

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