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This film shows Charles Kingsford Smith landing his aeroplane “Southern Cross” at Wigram Aerodrome during his 1933 visit to New Zealand.

The crew on this 1933 crossing were Captain Patrick G. Taylor (navigator), John Stanage (radio operator), and two passengers. As the tour of New Zealand commenced two men from Cambridge, New Zealand, Ted Harvie and Daniel Edward Creed, joined Kingsford Smith.

The footage of Christchurch and Canterbury Boys High School indicates the film was perhaps shot between 4 and 7 March 1933. (Wings Over Cambridge; www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/Kingsford%20Smith.htm; retrieved 7/08/2018)

WS Man walking through paddock to meet plane touching down out-field.
WS Man walking alongside plane as it coasts towards hangar.
LS Plane moving outside hangars. The number ZK-ABO is written on the side of plane.
LOW WS 3 airborne planes overhead, one in particular catches the eye of cameraman.
LS People watching plane land and cruise toward them. Police, army and airforce personnel mingle with crowd. VH-USU SOUTHERN CROSS is the name of plane.
Southern Cross having turned, now passes closely by crowd, followed by smaller plane bearing star.
LS 'Southern Cross.'
AV WS View of Christchurch suburban housing.
AV MS Christchurch Boys High School main block, outbuildings and grounds.
AV Canterbury countryside and agricultural land.
MS 'Southern Cross'.
ELS landing and taking off.
Planes taking off and landing.
LS 'Southern Cross.'
WS Men outside building viewing plane.
WS Southern Cross taking off and airborne.
MS Kingsford Smith? pilot in cockpit.
MS Kingsford Smith signing autographs.
LOW CU Plane's propellor and an airborne plane.
LOW WS 5 airborne planes,
Single airborne plane.
LOW WS Parachutist falling.
Another falling from plane.

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Year 1933

Reference number F5556

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Actuality

Duration 0:10:51

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