A typical Australian scene, with a dairy farmer preparing for another day. A placid setting?
GV Of farm.
SV Gordon Phillips walks towards horse.
CU Horses hoofs being backed into cart.
SV Phillips lifting up shaft.
CU Of farmer Phillips.
CU Harnassing horse.
SV Horse ready for moving off.
BV Of farmer Phillips moving off with cattle food.
LV Farmer Phillips unloading hay for cattle.
SV Farmer distributes food to cattle.
GV Farmer distributes food.
CU Cattle eating.
GV Of farmhouse, Phillips with wife and child.
SV Farmer Phillips with wife and family.
SV Wife handing out food to farmer and children.
CU Farmer's wife, Mrs. Phillips.
SV Family getting up, and move off.
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Background: A typical Australian scene, with a dairy farmer preparing for another day. A placid setting .. as a man, close to the land, goes about the work he loves. For this farmer, however daily tasks bear a special significance ... He is blind ...
Gordon Phillip's horse, "Julie", seems to sense her master's reliance on the sense of touch. But Mr. Phillips has triumphed over blindness with unusual facility, He's cleared much of his farm at Heath Hill, in Victoria's Gippsland, and judging by his determined philosophy, he should have more personal triumphs ahead of him.
Mr. Phillips was educated at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blink in Melbourne. Later, he began a wood and ice round in the bayside suburb of Parkdale. And seven years ago, he acquired 320 acres at Heath Hill. Since then, he has cleared nearly half of it, and provided a home for his family. A job like this presents few difficulties for Mr. Phillips, who knows the contours of this land as though he were sighted. As he finds his way unerringly across paddocks and about the farm buildings, none but the forewarned would suspect that he's blind.
One of the current tasks on the farm is the rebuilding of what will eventually be the homestead. Here, Mr. Phillips works at what will become the bathroom extension. Again, the sense of touch is vital ... rarely do his sensitive hands err ...
His cheerful nature has won him many friends both on and off the land. He believes other blind people interested in farming, could also achieve his aim-a farm of his own, a home built by his own hands,and a family fully dependent upon him. Mr. Phillips, success is, in large measure, due to their pride in his achievement. He has two little girls, Rita, aged nineteen months, and Elizabeth, who's four. Mrs. Phillips is proud of her husband's independence ... A fact which is a source of strength for this blind Victorian farmer.