American Fleet at Auckland 1908
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The only surviving film of the visit of the United States "Great White Fleet" to New Zealand in August 1908. It was filmed by James McDonald and shows the official landing and presentation to Rear Admiral Sperry at Auckland on 10 August 1908.
"[A]s McDonald panned his camera across the gathering... he caught on film another camera crew filming the same events... [a] team of the Salvation Army under the Command of Major Joseph Perry. In one sense the McDonald film... captures the passing of the baton, as it was his appointment as official government photographer and cinematographer that saw the New Zealand Government begin the filming and production of films for the Department of Tourist and Health Resorts." (p.91)
Catalogue Reference F10262
Cameraman: James McDonald
Production Co.: Department of Tourist and Health Resorts