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The XI Olympiad was held in Berlin from 1 to 16 August 1936. New Zealand sent a team of 7 athletes and an official (Arthur Poritt). For many the games are best remembered for Hitler’s failed attempt to prove his theories of Aryan racial superiority - African-American sprinter and long-jumper, Jesse Owens, who won 4 golds, was the most popular hero of the games! For most New Zealanders, however, the memorable event of the games was Jack Lovelock’s gold medal win in the 1500 metres. Lovelock set a new world record of 3 minutes 47.8 seconds.

1:33:36 Tourists at unidentified ruins; a float plane lands on the water; a large sea liner approaches port.
1:34:37 Crowds at Berlin Olympic stadium; teams of various countries parade for the opening ceremony; many spectators do the Nazi salute; birds are freed and fly over the stadium; the Olympic torch is brought on the final stretch of its journey into the stadium.
1:35:40 Shipping activity at an African port; street scenes in Cairo [?].
1:36:46 Views of the pyramids; tourists ride on camels.
1:37:42 Crowds at dock farewell ship; off loading cargo from barges.
1:38:06 Street scenes and tourist attractions in Ceylon [?]; beggars asking for money; an elephant and trainer at a watering hole.
1:38:54 Men and women sunbathing on board ship including Edna Greenslade with hat on side of face; playing games and relaxing on deck.
1:40:04 At Taieri a group of men and women gathered on a porch; grandfather then mother on horses (second and third mounted) on front lawn of house; sitting women speak to the camera; at a building site men try to throw hoops on to a pole.
1:41:17 Young men (the brothers Greenslade and friends) playing rugby on the grass; two women act out a drama in the garden at the Elm Row house in Dunedin [now a kindergarten].
1:43:28 Last picture frame.

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Year 1936

Reference number F41490

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Amateur

Duration 0:09:52

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