PERSONAL RECORD. BLACKIE, NORMAN W. [CORONATION FESTIVITIES DURING QUEEN ELIZABETH’S II VISIT TO TAURANGA 1953/1954]
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This item is part of the Tauranga Libraries Norman Blackie Collection. Norman Blackie (1899-1993) was a keen amateur filmmaker who captured civic events around Tauranga using a modified Keystone Model A7 16mm camera.
This actuality shows coronation festivities in Tauranga during Queen Elizabeth II's New Zealand visit in December 1953 and January 1954. Opening shots include the City of Tauranga sign, the British flag flying, a slate with a picture of Queen Elizabeth titled "Coronation Festivities", and a building at night elaborately decorated with lights celebrating the Queen. Further footage shows activities including: a ballerina show in the hall; bon fire and fireworks; a tree planting by the Garden Society attended by a group of Girl Guides and Scouts who play at the playground afterwards; netball players parade and play games near the water. Scenes at the park show: Scouts, Girl Guides and other children's groups parading around field; a bagpipe band and a large group of soldiers parade as a large crowd watches from side lines; officials and guests preparing for the official ceremony; a group of woman pose by a cottage; at the Domain the ceremony proceeds with military and civilian groups marching past the officials; children running race and at the playground; haka groups performing.
“Activities in Tauranga. Tree planting by garden societies. Guides & scouts. Military & civilian march past in the Domain. Acting Mayor Mr CH Christian. Mr Wilkinson was in London taking part in the actual procession. After lunch children were taken charge of by Mrs Polly & helpers. Just races & fun.”
Reference number F40263
Collection Film and Video Collection
Media type Moving Image
Photgraphy: Norman W Blackie