PERSONAL RECORD. BARRATT, LESLIE. FRIENDS OF THE DEAF 1958, ZOO AND EASTER SHOW APRIL 1958, CAPPING DAY

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(B&W) Views of building under construction. Architect’s drawing of building. [Ceremony for the laying of foundation stone, The Deaf Social and Welfare Centre’]. People sitting on chairs around perimeter of building foundation slab, men addressing group. Foundation stone: ‘This stone for The Deaf Social and Welfare Centre was laid by D. M. Rae Esq. M.P. 19-4-1958’. Two men talking [including D.M. Rae]. [Friends of the Deaf].

Auckland War Memorial Museum with new wing being built. View from Museum steps across Auckland. Views of statues of swan and man in ballerina type pose. Cars driving down Mt Eden. Wide shot of octagonal timber building. Close up of sign ‘This “Camera Obscura”, the only one in New Zealand, is owned and operated by the Mt. Eden Borough Council’; People reading sign, people at trig station above. Memorial to ‘Sir Ernest Davis’ on Direction Table. Scenic views over Auckland. Plane in sky. People walking into Camera Obscura building. Close up of distances to cities around world.

(COL) [Scenes at Auckland Zoo] Various animals in enclosures at zoo including polar bears, lion cubs, monkeys. Floral sign in lawn: ‘Welcome Zoological Park’. Children riding on elephant. Children riding on zoo train. Sign showing feeding times. Chimp’s tea party . Illuminated advertising signs; ‘Time for a Capstan’ and [ice-cream sundae].

Scenes at Easter Show, 1958. Entrance to ‘NZ Easter Show’ covered in show advertising. Flags flying above outer wall of show grounds. Elevated views of people walking around show. Dog in enclosure. Various views of crowds. ‘Manufacturers Pavilion’. Volkswagen beetle balanced on top of revolving globe. Man performing gymnastics on tall pole. Man on fire dives from high into pool. Close up of people eating.

(B&W) Capping Day parade [Auckland], various views of people in fancy dress and floats including mock warship, man holding placard ‘Comrade Krushchev No More Sputniks We Want Shoes’. Giant head. Truck with signs ‘Seduced Imports’ - ‘Imports take trip to mania’. ‘Radiation Babies’ float. ‘MAY FLY (or may not)’ spaceship with astronaut - ‘Made in USSA’. ‘Jailhouse Rock’ truck followed by row of shackled convicts. Truck with people on the back and signs: ‘What to do with surplus primary produce’, ‘This engenious d vice is the drain child of the Ardmoron Sinistry of Jerks’. “Death of graduation” float. Woman held aloft on chair with sign: ‘Abdominal No-Woman’. Elegantly dressed man and woman; sign ‘The President of the Federation of Labour’. Front cover of ‘Capping Book ‘58’. View from street of partially completed Deaf Welfare Centre, Men laying concrete; one signs broadly to camera.

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Year 1958

Reference number F46317

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Amateur

Duration 0:12:15

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