GRAND SCHOOL CARNIVAL

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Festivities at Pukekura Park, formerly the New Plymouth recreation ground. Children in fancy dress, decorated horse drawn carriages and cars, soldiers, veterans and cadets parade.
0ft Pan of the bush clad slopes of the park. The wind is blowing quite strongly. Dense ponga and a shot of a white painted bridge.
66ft Two boys on Shetland ponies followed by a girl in a white dress pushing a bicycle. Large tent in background. A child dressed in a [black dog or rabbit] suit holding a sign follows the girl.
75ft Two women in white dresses and hats surrounded by men in dark suits and hats.
78ft Two well dressed officials turn and face the camera.
81 ft High angle shot of the park and the crowd. People are seated in rows on the terrace
125 ft Colours of the Taranaki Rifles are paraded followed by Territorial soldiers in three ranks, followed by older men with white beards wearing dark suits and bowler hats. These men are the veterans of the New Zealand Wars and would have fought in the in Taranaki in the 1860s. Some would be wearing a single medal, the New Zealand Medal. They are followed by young boys (cadets) wearing glengarrys and carrying flags on long handles. Maori men wearing piupiu over their clothes are next, then the brass band and the person in the dog suit again holding sign which reads "Melbourne ......" Children and women follow, a banner has the word "News" visible.
171 ft Boys on Shetland ponies, some are led by men (fathers?). Women follow in white dresses and heavily decorated, flower laden carriages. The crowd on the terraced bank are visible. One sign has the letters "CITY FRUIT FLOWER"? One carriage has "Cook & Listers, Exhibit(?) Saddlery" on top of it. This carriage is followed by automobiles decorated and draped in foliage. Next is a person in a gorilla suit riding a white horse, then a float called "HMS Boot Arcade". Children dressed in sailor suits ride in it. A horse and cart with naval officers(?) follow.
237ft A row of boys (cadets) lying on the grass, little girls in white dresses are behind them.
250ft High angle shot of children form "living flags" on the field around a maypole. They form the Union Jack(?). The boys then lie on the ground and form the words "THE END" while the girls still dance around the maypole.

See also F55926, F2655, F4106, F1465, F9312 and F7411.

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Year 1912

Reference number F4154

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Actuality

Duration 0:03:43

Production company Garnet Saunders, Egmont Film Company

Credits Producer: [Garnet H Saunders ]
Camera: [Brandon Haughton ]