The World's First Lady Mayor

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New Zealand's second oldest surviving film was identified by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision in 2016 and shows Elizabeth Yates, a trailblazing politician, who was elected Mayor of Onehunga on 29 November 1893.

"It is a clever piece of camerawork and Mrs Yates is clearly enjoying the moment. The quality of the filming is in strong contrast to Whitehouse's film of the departure of the Second Contingent taken with the same equipment.." (p.36)

"This film is... the oldest complete film and the oldest New Zealand film to recreate an historic moment in New Zealand local politics." (p.37)

Catalogue Reference F90103

Year 1900


Camera: Enos Sylvanus Pegler; Production Co: Zealandia Living Picture Company

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