• Short Summary

    Modern amenities come slowly to the vast outback, to the tiny communities on the empty miles of the South Australian plain - such as here, in the opal mining centre of Coober Pedy.

  • Description


    WS TWO MEN ON STREET
    0.04


    MS MEN ON VERANDAH
    0.06


    CU KNEES TILT TO FACES
    0.09


    SIGN TILT DOWN TO STORE
    0.16


    MAN LOOKS AT PICK
    0.19


    LS MAN DIGGING
    0.20


    CU PICK
    0.22


    CU MAN'S FACE
    0.23


    CU OPALS
    0.25


    EXT. PAN OVER CAMP
    0.31


    MAN TALKS TO DOOR
    0.35


    INT. PAN TO WOMAN
    0.40


    MS KITCHEN
    0.42


    EXT. SHOWGROUND
    0.45


    MAN ADDRESSES CROWD
    0.47


    CU OLD BEARDED MAN
    0.48


    GROUP
    0.50


    EX.T PAN
    0.54



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Modern amenities come slowly to the vast outback, to the tiny communities on the empty miles of the South Australian plain - such as here, in the opal mining centre of Coober Pedy.

    Here at the one store, a man can still buy all he wants - especially the mining gear, mainly gelignite, blind faith, and a pick.

    Every year, Coober Pedy's population of 500 swells to 1,500 when, with the winter and in the comparative cool, old dossers and young dreamers plod hopefully after that one big strike. The regular townspeople live in houses gouged out of rock like this to escape the heat.

    In the year-long temperatures up to the hundred mark, their wives make do. Little happens to change the routine of sand and diggings and mosquito-troubled sleep - except for today, when the town's first fully-equipped medical centre is being opened.

    The Chief Secretary, Mr. McEwen, says the new centre will serve not only just the town, but all the people within a radious of a hundred miles.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4KYFHZ7CGIOC30MKDWMO1XJCH
    Media URN:
    VLVA4KYFHZ7CGIOC30MKDWMO1XJCH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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