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100 Years of Q Plates


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    A modern piano track plays throughout, with images and shots cutting to the beat.

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    A logo appears including a slick rectangular Q symbol from a Q Plate: A CENTURY OF Q PLATES

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    NOTE: This video is completely shot in black and white. //

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    A parallax slideshow set to an old film effect shows several old photos of Queensland cars from 1920-1960 all displaying Q Plates…

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    The first ever Q Plates were issued 100 years ago in 1921.

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    Photo of an old car with Q Plates sitting in a field.

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    Back then, only those who could afford a car had them.

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    Photo of another old car with Q Plates parked outside a mechanic’s displaying beautiful signwriting.

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    From graziers to doctors, manufacturers and business owners…

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    Photo of a different old car with Q Plates parked on a quiet street outside an old Queenslander.

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    They started with Q1 and went up from there, right the way up to six numbers.

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    Photo of another old car and two men in typical 1920s suits and hats walking past it on a rural road.

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    The last of the original Q Plates were manufactured in 1955…

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    Photo of an old van on a street with a milkman carrying a crate of milk bottles towards an old Queenslander.

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    … and Queensland went to the familiar three number, three letter format.

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    Photo of old cars, utes, and bicycles lining a street with quaint cafes and shops.

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    Cut to a close up of crafted metal lettering spelling ‘Holden’ on a dark background.

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    Cut to another close up panning shot of a hood ornament shaped like a kangaroo.

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    Cut to another close up of an engraved original Holden logo in the shape of a lion on the centre of the narrow steering wheel.

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    Cut to a wider shot of the front of a black 1950s FX Holden inside a shed, as light washes over the grill. The kangaroo hood ornament is in view.


    This is one of the first-built FX Holdens in Australia...

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    Pan around striking black and white Q Plates displaying Q497254 as the focus drops. A three quarter view makes it clear the characters protrude from the plate, giving them a 3D effect.

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    …with original Q Plates.

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    Cut to a beautifully-lit close up of the owner, TERRY’s eyes as he looks down through his old photographs.

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    I'm the fourth owner.

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    Close up of TERRY’s hands as he rifles through photographs of his FX Holden in the yard, an embossed Certificate of Authenticity, and more Holden photos.

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    I was lucky to get them from my uncle.

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    Cut to a wide shot from behind of TERRY leaning against the black FX Holden. Cows litter the country paddock he’s standing in.

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    I’d say, it’s my little piece of Queensland history.

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    Medium shot of TERRY, a bearded man in his 50s, sitting in his shed wearing a dark vest and button up. He addresses the camera as he talks.

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    A super appears next to TERRY in white: TERRY MCCULKIN, OWNER, Q497254

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    Now, you’re lucky to spot Q Plates on the road.

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    Cut to see a brand new BMW convertible with Q Plates round a corner. Two women in their 20s smile as they pass.

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    I reckon they’re worth a pretty penny these days.

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    Cut to a top-down shot of hands opening an embossed Q Plates box on marble. Hands lift up the Certificate of Authenticity into the lower frame, and a plate displaying Q2689 is revealed.

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    The music drops to a lone beat to emphasise the end of the film.

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    A Century of Q Plates logo animates onto black.

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