VISIT OF SIR THOMAS MACKENZIE KCMG HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR NEW ZEALAND TO THE NEW ZEALAND DIVISION, SEPTEMBER 9TH AND 10TH 1917 [Main Title]
- Title: VISIT OF SIR THOMAS MACKENZIE KCMG HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR NEW ZEALAND TO THE NEW ZEALAND DIVISION, SEPTEMBER 9TH AND 10TH 1917 [Main Title]
- Film Number: IWM 157
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- Summary: Sir Thomas MacKenzie's visit to the New Zealand Division in its training area near Lumbres west of St-Omer, France, September 1917.
- Description: 2nd Battalion Otago Regiment, led by its band, marching easy along a road with high wooded banks. There is an open air church parade for the battalion, attended by MacKenzie, Lieutenant-General Sir Alexander Godley, Commander II ANZAC Corps, Major-General Sir Andrew Russell and Captain Malcolm Ross the official NZEF Press Correspondent. The service is led by a chaplain in khaki and vestments, whose makeshift altar is covered with a Union Jack. MacKenzie talks to Otago soldiers after the parade. Visiting the 2nd NZ Field Ambulance, he talks, with his back to the camera, to a line of slightly wounded New Zealanders sitting on a bench, one with a head bandage. He inspects 3rd Battalion Auckland Regiment accompanied by the divisional commander, Major-General Sir Andrew Russell and Brigadier-General H Hart, commanding 4 NZ Infantry Brigade. Russell, on horseback, addresses 3rd Battalion Otago Regiment, followed by a further address by MacKenzie, on foot, while Ross takes notes. MacKenzie departs by car - the last vehicle to leave is the official photographer's van with the divisional sign, a silver fern, below the side window.
- Access Conditions: IWM Attribution: © IWM (IWM 157)
- Featured Period: 1914-1918
- Production Date: 1917
- Production Country: New Zealand
- Production Details: Sanders, Henry A (Production individual)
- Personalities, Units and Organisations: MacKenzie, Thomas (person) Godley, Alexander John (person) Russell, Andrew Hamilton (person) Ross, Malcolm (person) New Zealand Military Forces, New Zealand Div & Auckland Regt (regiment/service) New Zealand Military Forces, New Zealand Div & Otago Regt (regiment/service)
- Keywords: religion, Christianity - military, New Zealand (object name) delegations, New Zealand national - political (object name) journalism and record, New Zealand - press (object name) 01/3(4-15).7 (event) Lumbres, Pas-de-Calais, France (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: 567 ft; Running time: 10 mins
- Notes: Title: this is taken from the shotsheet. Production: New Zealand official film released in New Zealand (censor date) 15 April 1918. The New Zealand Government first appointed an official photographer-cinematographer in 1907, and had commissioned official films of important events since 1901. In the First World War, the NZ public expected to see their soldiers on film. In 1916 the authorities negotiated for the British official cameramen to film New Zealand military activities. Although intitially agreed to (see IWM 196), this proved too difficult and New Zealand then made its own arrangements. Sir Thomas MacKenzie was the patron of government film-making in New Zealand before 1914, when he was Minister of Tourist and Health Resorts. As High Commissioner, he negotiated an agreement with Pathé Frères in 1912 to use New Zealand official film in PATHE GAZETTE. It was this connection that led to the appointment of Henry A Sanders (the original PATHE GAZETTE cameraman in Great Britain) as the NZEF official photographer on the Western Front from April 1917 until early 1919, and of Thomas A Scales as "cinema expert" in the United Kingdom from April 1917 until late 1918. Both were recommended by Pathé Frères to act as official New Zealand cameramen, and both returned to work for Pathé after the war. Sanders was appointed as an honorary lieutenant and promoted to captain in October 1917; Scales was made a sergeant and paid an additional £5 per week out of regimental funds to make up the difference between his NZEF pay and allowances and the income he had previously enjoyed with Pathé. Pathé Frères retained the negatives and world distribution rights except for New Zealand: three copies of each film were provided to the NZ Governement for screening in New Zealand. Films taken by Scales were widely shown in New Zealand, and individual films and extracts from them were included in the PATHE GAZETTE; however, WOCC regulations resulted in many of Sanders's films not being shown in New Zealand until after the Armistice of 1918. Summary: Russell noted in his diary "The whole visit has been successful, fine weather - just enough speechifying but not too much". Authority: additional detail from Christopher Pugsley, 12/1993.
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