The Resource Cockatoo Creek Expedition, [Reel One - Reel Six]

Cockatoo Creek Expedition, [Reel One - Reel Six]

Label
Cockatoo Creek Expedition, [Reel One - Reel Six]
Title
Cockatoo Creek Expedition
Title number
[Reel One - Reel Six]
Contributor
Subject
Summary
  • [REEL ONE] An expedition to Cockatoo Creek was conducted from 6/8/31 - 27/8/31 and the personnel were; J.B. Cleland, T.D. Campbell, H.J. Wilkinson, J.H. Gray, C.S. Hicks, T. Harvey Johnston, H.K. Fry, R.H. Pulleine, N.B. Tindale, E.O. Stocker, A. Rau. The expedition members leave Adelaide by train, scenes of farewell at the station and life on the train. Landscape from the train including a carrier pigeon roost, camels and passing through Coward Springs where the train stops and the expedition members are shown taking a break from the trip. Gibber plains and other general views of landscape and flora. Arriving in Alice Springs the expedition vehicles are loaded with stores and equipment and head off to the north-west. Expedition passes a mule train and the camera records more desert scenery. The expedition transfers from truck to camels to continue their journey and arrives at Cockatoo Creek where a camp is established. The camp cook is shown preparing pancakes and bread. Aboriginal man is shown with two witchetty grubs under his headband. He removes the grubs and eats them. A group of Aborigines sit by fires and the men are shown eating (note; hair styles and nasal decorations). [Conditions apply] LF0141 LV03030_1
  • [REEL TWO] An expedition to Cockatoo Creek was conducted from 6/8/31 - 27/8/31 and the personnel were; J.B. Cleland, T.D. Campbell, H.J. Wilkinson, J.H. Gray, C.S. Hicks, T. Harvey Johnston, H.K. Fry, R.H. Pulleine, N.B. Tindale, E.O. Stocker, A. Rau. Various shots of Aboriginal man, women and children including several babies sleeping in coolamons. Expedition members mix with the Aborigines; shots include distribution of lollies to the children and a still inserted in the film of E.O. Stocker and an Aboriginal man looking through a camera. Expedition member is shown serving porridge to the children. Children playing with spears made from shafts of Mitchell grass and a ball made from possum fur string. Men dancing with singing accompaniment. Short sequence of men's ritual including dancing and singing. A man is shown removing thorns from his foot; another is shown sleeping. Men demonstrate making animal tracks in the sand. Two men are shown spinning human hair on a spindle bobbin which is used to manufacture a pubic tassel. [ Restricted - gender specific] LF0142 LV03030_2
  • [REEL THREE] An expedition to Cockatoo Creek was conducted from 6/8/31 - 27/8/31 and the personnel were; J.B. Cleland, T.D. Campbell, H.J. Wilkinson, J.H. Gray, C.S. Hicks, T. Harvey Johnston, H.K. Fry, R.H. Pulleine, N.B. Tindale, E.O. Stocker, A. Rau. Men make fire by the saw method using a spear thrower and a shield. The long hard grain of the spear thrower is rubbed against the shield's soft cross grain. The smouldering wood dust is placed in some dry grass which ignites. A boomerang is manufactured from a piece of Acacia aneura using an adze, or tula. A demonstration of boomerang throwing is also given, including throwing at a bird in flight. Using a steel hatchet an Aboriginal man hews a shield from a section of a bean tree. The roughly shaped shield is refined by a senior man using an adze or tula. Also shown is the hollowing of the finger grips on the inside of the shield. A dish is also fashioned from a piece of bean tree. A brief sequence showing spear making including straightening with heat and use of the feet; also spear throwing demonstration. A pair of feather boots are displayed. A man stalks a wallaby and spears it. The wallaby is carried back to camp where the animal is butchered including the removal of the viscera. [Restricted - gender specific] LF0143 LV03030_3
  • [REEL FOUR] An expedition to Cockatoo Creek was conducted from 6/8/31 - 27/8/31 and the personnel were; J.B. Cleland, T.D. Campbell, H.J. Wilkinson, J.H. Gray, C.S. Hicks, T. Harvey Johnston, H.K. Fry, R.H. Pulleine, N.B. Tindale, E.O. Stocker, A. Rau. Butchering of the wallaby is continued from reel three. The intestines are removed and rubbed in the dirt. A hole is dug and a fire lit above. The fur is singed on the fire. After cleaning the tail is removed and the carcass placed in the hole together with the intestines and covered with hot ash. The cooked flesh is divided with the aid of a stone scraper fixed to the end of a spear thrower. Some meat is eaten by the hunters and the remainder is carried back to the camp. At the camp a child uses a bommerang to dig for onion grass bulbs which he eats. The remainding eight minutes of the reel contains the preparations for and performance of men's secret rituals; including Kangaroo, Yala (yam) and Wakkeia (white plum). [Restricted - gender specific] LF0144 LV03030_4
  • [REEL FIVE] An expedition to Cockatoo Creek was conducted from 6/8/31 - 27/8/31 and the personnel were; J.B. Cleland, T.D. Campbell, H.J. Wilkinson, J.H. Gray, C.S. Hicks, T. Harvey Johnston, H.K. Fry, R.H. Pulleine, N.B. Tindale, E.O. Stocker, A. Rau. The initial 1.5 minutes of this reel show the performance of a secret men's ceremony of the Tjilpa, or native cat. Note, a short piece of the song text is provided in the intertitles. [RESTRICTED - ceremonial, gender specific] LF0145 LV03030_5
  • [REEL SIX] An expedition to Cockatoo Creek was conducted from 6/8/31 - 27/8/31 and the personnel were; J.B. Cleland, T.D. Campbell, H.J. Wilkinson, J.H. Gray, C.S. Hicks, T. Harvey Johnston, H.K. Fry, R.H. Pulleine, N.B. Tindale, E.O. Stocker, A. Rau. Reel shows scenes around the expedition camp; and scenes at the Kangaroo Ceremony. [RESTRICTED - ceremonial] LF0146 LV03030_6
Cataloging source
AIAS
Date of event
1931
Date time place
Filmed in
Information about documentation
  • Jones, P. (1987) 'South Australian anthropological history:the Board for Anthropological Research and its early expeditions', Records of the South Australian Museum, 20:71-92. see also Appendices D & E.
  • Not auditioned
Place of event
Cockatoo Creek, [?],
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Stocker, E. O
  • University of Adelaide
Series statement
Cockatoo Creek Expedition
Label
Cockatoo Creek Expedition, [Reel One - Reel Six]
Link
http://aiatsis.gov.au/collections/using-collection/ordering-collection-items
Instantiates
Production
Note
  • Not digitised ; no access copies
  • Copy held at LV03030_1, LV03030_2, LV03030_3, LV03030_4, LV03030_5, LV03030_6
Carrier category
film reel
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
F0002010
Dimensions
16 mm
Extent
6 film reels (approximately 11 mins., approximately 400 feet)
Immediate source of acquisition
South Australian Museum
Media category
projected
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
No form
Other physical details
silent, black and white;
Stock number
SAM_008 (FC00675_1-6)
Terms governing use
  • Copyright restrictions may apply
  • Clearance for copying and usage through Anthropology section, South Australian Museum
Label
Cockatoo Creek Expedition, [Reel One - Reel Six]
Link
http://aiatsis.gov.au/collections/using-collection/ordering-collection-items
Production
Note
  • Not digitised ; no access copies
  • Copy held at LV03030_1, LV03030_2, LV03030_3, LV03030_4, LV03030_5, LV03030_6
Carrier category
film reel
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
F0002010
Dimensions
16 mm
Extent
6 film reels (approximately 11 mins., approximately 400 feet)
Immediate source of acquisition
South Australian Museum
Media category
projected
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
No form
Other physical details
silent, black and white;
Stock number
SAM_008 (FC00675_1-6)
Terms governing use
  • Copyright restrictions may apply
  • Clearance for copying and usage through Anthropology section, South Australian Museum

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