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Title:COMMANDER IN CHIEF FAR EAST [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 1594
Summary: Unedited rushes record ceremonial parade (unidentified) in presence of the British Colonial Governor and the Royal Navy’s Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station, on the Padang, Singapore. Nearby views of the Supreme Court, Victoria Clock Tower and St Andrew’s Cathedral.
Description: Governor (Sir Robert Brown Black?) wearing Wolseley Pattern helmet with distinctive white swan feather plume stands on the saluting base as a succession of units parade past: Gurkhas, distinct groups of sailors from different RN ships, Singapore Military Forces, British female contingent in white uniforms (Queen Alexandra’s Royal Navy Nursing Service?) and members of the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF). (Out of sequence) Governor steps out of his car on the Padang, adjusts his helmet and steps into open military land rover to tour the parade area. British women and children throng the spectator area. Governor arrives at the saluting base. Lowering of Union Jack. Flypast overhead. Royal standard flutters on flagpole. British colonial dignitaries shelter from the sun beneath a large dais. Governor takes the salute as the same units parade past (second camera position?).
Production Country: GB
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 475 ft; Running time: 5 mins
Notes: Notes: Tail leader has scrawl ”C-in-C Far East CNI 303/56”; though this number does not tally with documentation held in the MOD Navy Chief of Naval Information folder held in the Film Archive Production Office, the ADM numbering sequence implies a date of ca 1955 (basis for provisional identification of Brown Black as Governor, 30/6/1955 – 9/12/1957).