• Short Summary

    Harold Macmillan visits gold mine and meets Swazi warriors on his tour of Africa.

  • Description

    Item title reads - P.M.'s big welcome.

    West Rietfontein and Swaziland, South Africa.

    Various exterior shots of the West Rietfontein gold mine. M/S as the camera pans across the massed crowd of Africans who have come to see the Prime Minister. M/S as British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan walks towards the shaft, he is in miner's clothes. M/S as he raises his helmet for the benefit of the photographers and then turns and enters the cage below. M/S of the cage going down. M/S of smelters taking molten gold from furnace. M/S as Prime Minister comes forward and bends down to help lift a crucible containing molten gold, camera pans to the crucible as the gold is about to be poured into moulds. Various shots as he helps to pour it. M/S as Prime Minister points with interest. M/S stack of gold bars being one month's production and valued at approximately £1,000,000.

    Various shots as the camera pans across massed crowd of Africans gathered at Swaziland to greet the Premier. C/U of The Paramount Chief of the Swazis, Sobhuza II, wearing his top hat. M/S line of Swazi warriors, C/U of one warrior. The Prime Minister talks to some of the men. M/S as he holds aloft the spear and shield that have been presented to him.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:25:24:00 / 01:26:56:00

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