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    Australians playing rugby.

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    Trophy ceremony / rugby match.

    Awards & sports: two unrelated bits of film here. 1st shot of table with trophies on it; Union Jack hanging from front; a guy in uniform (poss. RAF) sitting behind table; a man in suit standing. Then, shot of these two with ladies and other men; shaking hands; inside a tent. Outside tent; a bunch of people chatting. Back to table with trophies; older man about to lead a cheer for the young flyer. Honours; ceremonies. (Quick shot that has nothing to do with either; of troop inspection.) Shot of Australian Rugby team posing in uniforms with kangaroos on shirts; pan to right to show rest of team. GV rugby match. Other team walking past barracks as other soldiers watch. Pan on group picture of opposing team. (another bit of the inspection) CU of young woman with two Australian soldiers. Short shot of a couple of rugby players.

    The game itself is regarded as being the first overseas exhibition match of Australian Rules football. The game was played at the Queens Club in Kensington, London, on October 28, 1916. The opposing teams were made up of Australian soldiers from the 3rd Division (under Sir John Monash's leadership) and what were called the Training Units, which had been preparing for the Western Front at training facilities near Salisbury, in Wiltshire. Many of the footballers who took part in this game had played football at a senior level in Australia. A crowd of 3000 people attended and money raised on the day went to the Red Cross.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:35:21:00 / 01:37:06:00
    ON 031 A

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  1. Unknown user says


    Wonderful footage... But this is not rugby!

    This game was held on oct.28 1916 at Queen's Club by two ANZAC teams playing Aussie Rules ("footy"). Crowd of 3000 included the then Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) and King Manuel II of Portugal.

    It is known as the "Pioneer Exhibition Game".

    National Library of Australia has kept a detailed programme of the game, incl. name of players.

    Australian War Memorial also has photographies of the teams.

    All details and links to sources

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  2. Unknown user says

    Couldn't be an RAF uniform as this game was played in 1916. Royal Air Corp would be my guess.....

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