BMA world tour : Alternative itinerary. Part 1.

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BMA world tour : Alternative itinerary. Part 1. Public Domain Mark. Source: Wellcome Collection.

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British Medical Association Round the World Tour and Annual Meeting at Melbourne. 1935


This amateur film, which has been edited semi-professionally with additional intertitles and maps to orientate the viewer, consists of footage shot in the first part of the BMA's World Tour. The opening sequences are of a woman's hand in close-up turning the pages of a journal. Embarkation is via the boat train to Southampton (bystanders wave the departing train on) and then leaving for New York via the Cunard Line liner, MV Georgic. Games such as quoits are played on deck. The Statue of Liberty is seen as the ship arrives; there are views of Manhattan and the harbour from the ship. The group travel to Chicago (missing out the hospital tour in New York City and Washington). They stop at a Mexican village. Hereafter the film duplicates the material shown on Part 1a 'Across America' with footage of the Rio Grande, Grand Canyon, Los Angeles and Hollywood. The party then travel to Santa Monica; exteriors of the Bath House are followed by wide shots of the beach with people bathing and a small marina with a number of boats, then Beverley Hills. At 13 minutes duration there is a short sequence describing route 2 via Liverpool with people departing from the port accompanied by tugs. There are views of Toronto and, spectacular shots of Niagara.


UK, c.1935.

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1 encoded moving image (16:30 min.) : silent, black and white.



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Copyright previously held by British Medical Association and assigned to Wellcome in 2005


This is a digitised copy of a film series retained by the BMA. The BMA funded the transfer and duplication of this material which has been loaned to the Wellcome Library.
This series of films (there are 6 in the collection) relate to the British Medical Association's Round the World Tour and Annual Meeting in Melbourne, 1935. This series is an alternative itinerary to that held in the Wellcome Library. The films appear to have been available to purchase as a customisable souvenir of the journey on a reel-by-reel basis. The key difference of route was that the outgoing journey left from Liverpool, England, and then travelled across Canada via Quebec, Toronto and Niagara.

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