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Film maker, Dr John Findlay, was the deputy leader of first New Zealand Antarctic Expedition which built Scott Base. This film may be of that expedition and the prelude to the building of Scott Base.

Naval vessels in the ocean. Small landing boat comes alongside. Mail bag is hoisted onboard. Smoke pours from a [frigate’s] (W282) smoke stack. More mail transfer. Naval vessel at pack ice. Sailing alongside the ice. A USAF HRS Sikorsky Chickasaw helicopter over the ice. Ship sailing through ice. Sikorsky flying alongside and landing on the ship. Pilot climbs down out of the cockpit. View from the from of the icebreaker as it moves through ice (man standing on the front of the ship in observation. View behind the ship - four other ships are visible following behind in convoy. Taking photos of expedition member beside tail of the helicopter. Ice covered island comes into view. Continental land mass comes into view, Ross Island, Mount Erebus. On land. Gull with its chicks. Penguins on rocks. Penguin with chicks. Man walking amongst penguins. Penguins fighting. Man picks up chick. Penguins build nest from pebbles. General footage of the colony. Large icebergs. [Frigate] sailing past Erebus, breaking ice. Man playing with an [emperor penguin]. Man mending netting on a cage / fish trap. Unloading a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter (NZ 600) aircraft from ship. Massey tractors fitted tracks on the ice. Dragging the aircraft across ice. Loading up a sled. Inuit sled dogs relaxing, Erebus in background. Dogs pulling sled. Seal lying on the snow. Branding a seal. Erebus smoking.
Back sailing in open water, gull flying alongside. Sealion lying on rocks. Four expedition team members observing the sea lions on a sub-Antarctic island [possibly Campbell Island]. Albatross with chick. Island interior. Man handling chick. Coastline. Two men with Albatross. Albatross in flight. Chick.
Ship’s officers and expedition members on deck, shaking hands.

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Year 1956

Reference number F94207

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Amateur

Duration 0:31:33

Viewing locations Digital file available to view at medialibrary, Wellington

Credits Photography: John Findlay

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