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Summary: I. Newsreel item on a medical students' rag in London, probably before the First World War.
II. Newsreel item on a "Chinese bakers' strike" in New Zealand, probably before the First World War.
Description: Students from Charing Cross Hospital are taken by an open-topped bus to Richmond Rugby Football Club grounds, where, most of them in fancy dress, they hold a mock rugby match, 'fighting' for a small flag.
The bakers walk in procession through the streets of Auckland, led by a band and carrying with them a large symbolic loaf (see notes).
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Richmond Rugby Football Club (regiment/service)
Charing Cross Hospital (regiment/service)
Keywords: recreation, British civilian - casual (object name)
society, British - charity (object name)
transport, British civilian - bus (object name)
economics, New Zealand general - industrial relations (object name)
GB, England & Richmond, Surrey <Richmond RFC> (geography)
Auckland, North Island, New Zealand (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Silent
Soundtrack language: None
Title language: None
Subtitle language: English
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 130 ft; Running time: 2 mins
Notes: Title: the reel starts with a Gaumont Graphic newsreel title, but continues immediately with the Pathé material. The Gaumont title has presumably been attached by mistake
Summary - item II: the New Zealand Film Archive (email from Jane Paul, 18 October 2000, quoting Trade Union history expert David Verner) doubts both whether the bakers seen are Chinese and whether the event shown is actually a strike; in their opinion, the event is an early Labour Day Parade through the streets of Auckland, the date is probably not later than 1910, and the reason for the attribution of such a fanciful title remains a mystery.
Production: see IWM 1061-01 for production details
Technical: this fragment is currently held on the same reel as IWM 1061-08b-f, the can is marked as IWM 1061-08