"The subject of 'Nation Builders'—the history of Australia—is without doubt the most ambitious ever undertaken by any amateur filmer. The fact that the project was successful is in itself a tribute to Sherlock's skill. Granted that in connection with the 150th anniversary of his nation's founding there were pageants re-enacting historic events and an opportunity for an alter filmster to photograph them: but how many times have not other amateurs scored dismal failures trying the same thing? Filming such a pageant, it is all too easy to capture only the impression of history actually happening. The twentieth century background which must so often have been just beyond the camera-lines was never permitted to intrude upon his eighteenth and nineteenth century action." American Cinematographer, Feb. 1939, 61.
Discussed in the following: "Sherlock's 'Nation Builders' Winner," American Cinematographer, Jan. 1939, 16; "Sherlock Wins Two In a Row," American Cinematographer, Jan. 1939, 29-30; "Keen Competition Marks 1938 Contest," American Cinematographer, Feb. 1939, 61; "Setting 1938 Contest Winners to Music," American Cinematographer, March 1939, 108-109; and "Documentaries for the Amateur," American Cinematographer, Sept. 1939, 414-415.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Oct. 14, 1938, 3) reported on a private screening of Nation Builders held for members of the Australian Amateur Cine Society.
American Cinematographer (Dec. 1940, 554) reported that, in 1940, Sherlock added a sequence to the film showing Australia's involvement in World War II.
American Cinematographer (April 1942, 169) reported that Nation Builders was one of several amateur films screened as part of "Shelter Shows" in England. These were screenings held in England's World War II-era underground air-raid shelters.
This film is held by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. A copy is also available in the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers Collection held by East Anglian Film Archive.
National Film and Sound Archive of Australia;
Institute of Amateur Cinematographers Collection, East Anglian Film Archive