• Short Summary

    Funeral of John Curtin, the late Prime Minister of Australia.

  • Description

    Canberra, Australia.

    Title reads "A Great Australian Passes".

    A short praise to late John Curtin appears on screen. Long shot of a house. John Curtin leaving the house and walks out on the street. As he walks along road voiceover talks about his greatness as a Prime Minister. John Curtin entering government building in Canberra. Various shots of the assembly as the Prime Minister John Curtin declares war to Japan.

    Various shots underlining the greatness of the late Premier. Curtin shaking hands with General Douglas MacArthur. Curtin with family in garden. Curtin talking on his return to Australia after his voyage to Europe and America - natural sound. He says that after seeing many countries he can say that none were better then Australia.

    Various shots of Curtin with Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and shaking hands with Eleanor Roosevelt, widow of the late American President. Newspaper headlines announcing death of John Curtin. Several shots of the Parliament building in Canberra where the body of the late Premier lies in state. Representatives of various states come to pay their respect. Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Admiral Bruce Fraser, Widow and son of the late Premier.

    Coffin being taken out and carried along street with brass band leading. Coffin is placed on plane. Several shots of the plane in flight and as it lands. Widow and son of the late premier leaving plane. Relatives greet them. Fly past of formation of planes. Coffin travels on gun carriage with military escort passing through villages to cemetery of Karrakatta where he will be buried. Various shots of the great long funeral procession moving through street of a small town. Large crowd marching in procession. Several shots of the crowd at cemetery. Coffin is laid down and the people leave the cemetery. Close up shot of portrait of John Curtin.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:55:32:00 / 02:02:33:00
    UN 1437 A

Comments (2)

  1. Unknown user says

    Curtin died on 5th July 1945. enabling you to condense the clip's current date range of 1940-49.

    "Cara-Cara" in the final paragraph should read Karrakatta.

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  2. Unknown user says

    Thanks! Very helpful.

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