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Central and East Asia, 1931 - 1938

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 20/3/19

Scope and Contents

0 - 12sec. A view of a ship in full sail, as seen from another vessel.
12sec - 22sec. Number of men dragging a small (fishing?) boat (an outrigger canoe) into the sea.
22sec - 47sec. Youth climbing a tall palm tree, and coming back down.
47sec - 49sec. Some people paddling along the shoreline.
49sec - 55sec. Man wearing an ornate headdress, long necklace and tapping a drum-like instrument (?) whilst turning in circles.
55sec - 59sec. River scene, with boats.
59sec - 1 min 07sec. A street scene, with steps leading up to an ornate arch (gateway) and pagoda (in Rangoon?)
1min 07sec - 1min 16sec. Street scene, with bullock cart going by.
1min 16sec - 1min 24sec. River scene, with boats.
1min 24sec - 1min 27sec. Street scene, with a man walking by carrying a yoke. Large billboard, with 'India' written on it, the rest is obscured by two carts parked by the side of the road. (It is an advertisement for 'India Tyres').
1min 27sec - 1min 32sec. Views of a parked plane and radio aerials.
1min 32sec - 2min 17sec. River scenes with large steamboats/steamships and fishing boats, taken from a moving boat. Large factories along the riverbanks (of the Irrawaddy River?). Two large paddle-steamers; one transporting railway wagons.
2min 17sec - 2min 20sec. Busy crowd scene (somewhere in Burma). Many people are carrying parasols for sun protection.
2min 20sec - 2min 23sec. Two Europeans disembarking from a small boat on the shoreline.
2min 23sec - 2min 25sec. Groups of men.
2min 25sec - 2min 52sec. Two women and a young child, all with parasols, walking through a landscaped garden. The child then performs a dance for the camera (a traditional Burmese dance).
2min 52sec - 3min 04sec. A market scene, most of the market traders are seated with their wares laid out before them.
3min 04sec - 3min 14sec. View of beached boats.
3min 14sec - 3min 19sec. Young child shaking out a towel on the beach.
3min 19sec - 3min 22sec. View of moored and beached boats, with lots of people around them, and nets drying.
3min 22sec - 3min 27sec. Busy street scene with a temple and pagoda, and tram-line in the foreground.
3min 27sec - 3min 31sec. A flower market.
3min 31sec - 3min 46sec. A busy street scene. Showing the steps of a large building, in front of which is a road sign stating 'Corporation of Rangoon. ROAD CLOSED For Repairs'. A man walking by with a yoke carrying large metal containers. Three children stand observing the cameraman.
3min 46sec - 3min 50sec. A view of a thatched building.
3min 50sec - 4min 15sec. A busy street scene around the southern entrance to the Shwedagon Pagoda - very ornate temple buildings; a man with a yoke carrying large metal containers.
4min 15sec - 4min 25sec. A busy street scene, with many people.
4min 25sec - 4min 31sec. River scene. A man is stood in his small boat.
4min 31sec - 4min 39sec. Logging scene. Four men are using the river to transport a large number of cut logs. They are stood on the floating logs and are using poles to navigate their way down the river.
4min 39sec - 5min 09sec. A river scene, with many boats.
5min 09sec - 5min 23sec. Seven youths and men playing a ball game in the street, with onlookers. They are kicking the ball (about the size of a cricket ball) to each other without allowing it to touch the ground.
5min 23sec - 5min 35sec. General landscape views. Two women pass by carrying loads on their heads.
5min 35sec - 5min 43sec. Long line of Buddhist monks being handed out food by a woman.
5min 43sec - 5min 47sec. A view of a man washing his feet under running water beside an open-air tea-house.
5min 47sec - 6min 12sec. A panorama of the area, panning from inland to the coast, and taken from a high angle.
6min 12sec - 6min 32sec. A view of Kallang airport, Singapore, including the control tower and runways, taken from a high aspect.
6min 32sec - 6min 40sec. People within one of the airport buildings.
6min 40sec - 6min 46sec. People on the roof of a building, presumably one of the airport buildings.
6min 46sec - 7min 02sec. A view of the airport buildings and runways, and a seaplane being towed towards a hanger. A view of the racecourse.
7min 02sec - 7min 07sec. A view (from the river) of two- and three-storey buildings running alongside the river.
7min 07sec - 7min 12sec. View of small boats moored together.
7min 12sec - 7min 20sec. A busy street scene. A traffic controller directing the traffic.
7min 32sec - 7min 42sec. View of a landscaped garden, with a man and woman walking towards a large house.
7min 42sec - 7min 48sec. Small boats moored together.
7min 48sec - 7min 52sec. Gathering of people for an occasion, one in uniform.
7min 52sec - 8min. Showing a woman setting up open parasols on the ground, presumably to sell.
8min 02sec - 8min 05sec. View of buildings from the river.
8min 05sec - 8min 20sec. Seaplane named 'Calypso', operated by Imperial Airways London (Short Empire class), landing in the water.
8min 20sec - 8min 29sec. An aerial view of the land and harbour.
8min 29sec - 8min 33sec. Ship in full sail.
8min 33sec - 8min 38sec. Showing a white horse with its handler and an European.
8min 38sec - 8min 53sec. Seaplane in the sky. A further scene shows it landing in the water, and another shows it taking off.
8min 53sec - 9min 13sec. A view of a seaplane landing in the water, then a speedboat coming from it with passengers towards the camera (and land). Views of Karachi docks in the distance (with steamships and numerous cranes).
9min 13sec - 9min 26sec. Two men and one woman observing (the sea plane landing?) The woman has a black dog.
9min 36sec - 9min 51sec. Horse racing.
9min 51sec - 9min 56sec. Outside scenes at Karachi airport - a crowd of people assembling, and parked planes.


  • Creation: 1931 - 1938


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1 item(s) (1 cinefilm)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Generally fair condition, some dark/faded scenes.

Existence and Location of Copies

Original at RCMS 20/3/9.



Finding aid date

2003-08-26 10:50:23+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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