THE DEDICATION CEREMONY OF THE FIRST AMBULANCE AT THE AUCKLAND HOSPITAL

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Scenes of the ceremony at Auckland Hospital, March 1915.

0 ft. Two women, a man and a girl with large bunch of flowers, sitting under trees on bench. On path behind, patient wheeled past on trolley.
4 ft. People walking past camera.
7 ft. New ambulance, Red Cross flags flying from front. Main building - Hospital behind, staff standing on balcony. People looking at ambulance.
18 ft. Official party on flag-draped balcony. Large bearded man, Mr Joseph James Craig (1866-1916), reading speech.
31 ft. Flags bedeck Hospital, staff on balconies, official party, short white bearded man speaking (Mr C J Tunks?).
53 ft. Short dark moustached man speaking. (Dr McGregor Grant acting Medical Superintendant).
62 ft. Another man speaks.
65 ft. Large white bearded man crosses in front of camera.
70 ft. Men (Governor) get out of carriage.
76 ft. Parade of young women (V.A.Ds?) past camera (white dresses & hats).
90 ft. End.

Letter 30 Aug 1968, from Lady Richmond
“On the entrance in the official party in the front row can be seen - left to right
The Reve Budd, Chaplain to the hospital, Captain Thomas, Secretary with his back turned, Mr Joseph James Craig, Merchant and Shipowner of Auckland without hat and with flowing white beard reading an address. He was born 1860 and died in 1916, then (Mr. George Knight, (? or another) member of the Hospital Board, behind him may be Mr JG Rutherford. On Mr JJ Craig’s left, with panama hat is Mr JM Rennie (of biscuit fame). the man in the middle could be Mr Alfred Kidd, Mr George Fowlds or Mr CJ Tunks (I think it is Mr Tunks who was active with my father in raising funds for the ambulance) the hatless figure, clean shaven, dark haired next to him is Dr McGregor Grant who was Acting Medical Superintendent of the Hospital at that time. The man at the extreme right (front row) with felt hat is Mr Alsopp, the Hospital Architect. The lady with the white V and lightdress further back is Mrs Hope Lewis (a nurse is behind her) and to Mrs Hope Lewis left and by the pillar is my mother Mrs JJ Craig wearing black with white collar and hat with white trimming. Her faces is obscured except for her ear and part of her neck!”

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Year 1915

Reference number F8174

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Actuality

Duration 0:01:00

Production company Auckland Animated Gazette

Credits Camera: LIEUTENANT ALEXANDER CRAIG