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The golden fleece

Identifier: Film Collection no. 11

Scope and Contents

When the Australian government made this promotional film, Australia's sheep industry was supplying 25% of the world's wool. The activities on a large sheep ranch are presented in detail: merino sheep, herded in from the grazing land, are moved in single file into large dipping vats containing a chemical solution to kill parasites, and oral medication is administered with a squirt gun. At shearing time, the sheep are taken to a shed, where shearers using electric clippers shear 120 to 150 sheep per day. The fleece is then graded (each grade is determined by fiber diameter and flexibility), packed into bales, and shipped to the city to be sold at auction. Lively scenes of a wool auction are also included.


  • between 1920 and 1939

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1 Film Reel (10 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (10 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format: 16 mm. print.


Government of the Commonwealth of Australia, producer.

The golden fleece, between 1920 and 1939
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

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