BMA world tour : Alternative itinerary. Part 6.

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Also known as

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 on the BMA's World Tour. The reel starts with duplicate footage of the party bid farewell to their South African 'friends' (fellow passengers). A newspaper stand proclaims 'Italian Offensive Resumed'. Next stop is Aden. There are lots harbour views. Journey to the Suez canal. An overland party travels to Cairo. They travel past the Mena House Hotel, pyramids and Sphinx at Giza - some of the party are on camels. There are shots in the bazaar in Cairo, however, the exposure is quite poor and the image very grainy. There is a felucca on the Nile. There is a large statue of Ferdinand De Lesseps. Malta is the next port of call (duplicated footage) followed by Gibralta. The travel journal is closed followed by 'The End' and credits.


UK, c.1935.

Physical description

1 videodisc (DVD) (14:33 mins) : silent, black and white ; 12 cm.

Copyright note

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


This DVD is a 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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