Title ID 6988Collection ID959
Title[Watertou] [Hong Kong and Australia]
CollectionGillings Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionHoliday
ThemeTravel Family Life
KeywordsHolidays Family Animals Entertainment Food Children Play Tourism Travel Railways Outings
LocalHong Kong Queensland
NationalChina Asia Australia
ProductionNeville Gillings and Michael Gillings
CameraNeville Gillings and Michael Gillings
FormatColour Silent
Duration21 min. 31 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


The Gillings family on holiday to Queensland, Australia in 1985, stopping briefly in Hong Kong.


Hong Kong river scenes, where boats and barges are moored and move across the water, taken from another boat, open the film. Footage shot from a moving vehicle and the streets of Downtown Hong Kong are also included. Scenes filmed on holiday in Queensland Australia follow. Children play on a trampoline in the garden after a family barbeque. Family and friends sunbathe on Bagara beach, and sail in the water. They visit the Mystery Craters, a local geological curiosity, and a zoo, housing kangaroos, wallabies, peacocks and crocodiles. Coral is visible on the seabed below during a boat trip across the Great Barrier Reef to Lady Musgrave Island on a glass bottomed boat. The Lady Musgrave, the catamaran taken on the trip, is seen, moored in the water. Fields of sugar cane are burnt to remove foliage and expel poisonous snakes and spiders before harvesting the next day. A sign for Boolboonda Tunnel is shown, before the family walk along the passageway through the rock. They participate in a little prospecting and sunbathing at the creek. A visit to the Big Pineapple, a local attraction near Brisbane, close the film. A yellow train passes through the plantation. Footage taken from the train as it passes through is included. Pigs, ponies and peacocks are all housed at the farm. The Big Pineapple stands at the top of the plantation, welcoming visitors through its door.