We Live In This Valley (1962)

We Live in the Valley (1962) (52 mins) is a documentary film on the Hunter Valley by film maker Douglass Baglin commissioned for the Hunter Valley Co-operative Dairy Company Limited (a.k.a. “The Oak”).

Release Date: 1962
Produced as: Documentary
Media: Film

Summary:  Traces the Hunter River from its genesis high in the Barrington Tops through the Hunter Valley till it empties into the sea at Newcastle.


Barrington Tops; Water Sking on Glenbawn Dam including Fishing, Birdlife, and Oak Milk Bar; Scone;  Murrurundi; Burning Mountain at Wingen; Horse Studs; Agricultural Scientific Work; Aberdeen; Beltrees Homestead; Beef Cattle; Sheep and Wool; Merino Sheep in Merriwa Cassilis; Aerial Agriculture Fertilising; Muswellbrook; Lucerne; Oak Tankers; Dairy Production; Hunter Valley Co-operative Dairy Company’s Branxton factory; Power Generation; Denman, Widden Valley, Baramul Stud; Wheat in the Goulburn Valley; Singleton, Baroona Homestead; Aerial view of Paterson River; Maitland; Lucerne on Bolwarra Flats; Agricultural Shows; Polo; Rodeos; Cessnock and Coalfields; Vineyards and Wine; Snow and Ski-ing; Timber Getters; Paterson River and Willows; Dairying on the Paterson Gresford District; Dungog on Williams River; Chichester Dam; Poultry Farms; Raymond Terrace, Baths, Courtaulds Factory, Masonite factory, orchards; Prawners; Sixty Milers; Hexham; Main factory of Hunter Valley Co-operative Dairy Company; Milk Production; Butter; Big game fishing, Bob Dyer at Port Stephens; Oyster Beds; Broken Hill Proprietary Company Steelworks, the ‘BHP’; Wangi Power Station; Sulphide Corporation Plant; ELMA, Nobbys Signal Station; Newcastle City; Mattara Festival; Newcastle Town Hall; War Memorial Cultural Centre; William Dobell at work; King Edward Park; Transport Systems, TV and Radio; Newcastle Beach, Surf Carnivals; Lake Macquarie; Yachting; Horse Racing; Sporting; “Protect the Soil, Conserve the Water”; Children future inheritors.

Country of Origin: Australia
Production company: Douglass Baglin Photography
Commentary: James Dibble
Sound: “KINELAB”
Sponsor: Hunter Valley Co-Op Dairy Co. Ltd

Thanks to Yvonne Austin, niece of the late Douglass Baglin for granting permission on behalf of the family for this film to be made available to the wider global community.

Thanks also to Mr Peter Smith and Greg & Sylvia Ray who located and transferred the original 16mm film reels to the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections Archives for perpetual custody.

For further background see:




Gionni Di Gravio
University Archivist

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