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This is the third of three surviving segments of a film showing of the mobilisation, training and civic farewell to the Main Body of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) raised in the Otago and Southland regions at the outset of World War One in August and September 1914. It was shot by Henry C. Gore, a prolific Dunedin based topical film maker.

The first segment (F1147) showed a civic reception and camp scenes, the second (F54107) showed a brief glimpse of the men of the NZEF from the Otago and Southland provinces marching through Dunedin on 21 September 1914 and this third segment shows scenes from a sports day at Tahuna Park in September 1914.

Two soldiers pillow fight on a greasy pole with a soldier audience in the background and civilians in the grandstand. Another pillow fight with two contestants framing the shot of a civilian photographer, smiling as he is photographing the pairs. A soldiers’ tug-of-war watched by a soldier audience with one of the jumps at Tahuna Park in the background.

From notes by Chris Pugsley.

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Year 1914

Reference number F54107

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Actuality

Duration 0:00:23

Production company Plaza Pictures

Credits Camera: Henry C Gore

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