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    An aeroplane is presented to Australia.

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    Aeroplane presented to Australia at an outdoor rally. Opens with shot of well-dressed people coming down steps with white railing; balcony above - looks like seating at some sports place. One woman carries Australian flag.

    Shot of front of aeroplane - propeller - with some people posing; an official with suit; bowler hat and chain stands in front of plane; and a lady and other men stand at side.

    The aeroplane has a little bag tied on to the front; the lady hits the bag with a hammer breaking the champagne bottle and christening the plane. MS large crowd cheering; waving hats; etc. Another shot of the officials; panning to left.

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:39:15:00 / 01:39:51:00
    ON 051 J

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  1. dmarritt says

    Presentation of Imperial Air Fleet aeroplane "City of Hull" to Australia. 25/05/1918 Hull Grammar School playing fields on Anlaby Rd, Hull. The aeroplane was funded by Hull Chamber of Commerce members. Mrs Loveridge, wife of the Chamber President, can be seen breaking the bottle. On the right of frame is Lord Mayor Hubert Johnson. Far left is the Lady Mayoress, Lord Desborough and Lt Col Oswald Watt of the Australian Flying Corps. Panning shot to left shows Mr C J Fairfax Scott, Secretary of the Imperial Air Fleet Committee, his wife, Lt W J Walford officer in charge of the aircraft, Lord Desborough, President of the Imperial Air Fleet Committee, Brig Gen J H W Becke RAF, Lt Col W O Watt AFC. The aeroplane is Sopwith Camel serial D3388 built in Lincoln and served with 210 Sqn RAF

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