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  1. Part one of six from this full length documentary.

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Synopsis

Now called the Commonwealth Games, the 1950 British Empire Games was held in Auckland, at Eden Park, Auckland Town Hall, Newmarket Olympic Pool and Western Springs, with rowing at Lake Karapiro. This remarkable footage starts with the arrival of the teams, on silver-hulled flying boats, DC-3s and cruise ships and features the opening at Eden Park along with athletics, boxing, swimming, rowing, fencing, the men's marathon and more. Future-Olympic champ Yvette Williams wins the ‘broad jump’ (clip four). NZ finished third on the medal table, out of 11 nations.

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Comments (6)

 Ross Smith

Ross Smith

I still have programmes from the Games. Dad took me as a young boy to both Eden Park and the Newmarket Swimming Pool. As well, Dad, who worked for the then N Z Railway Road Services( who transported athletes and officials) obtained a team pin from an English athlete a treasured memento.

 Dave Parrington

Dave Parrington

This is fantastic. I could see my late mother Lillian Parrington nee Preece (although not mentioned in the film) at the start of the 440 freestyle which she swam. Thank you.

 Kim Baker

Kim Baker | website

@ Joan and Tahi - to obtain more footage, contact Archives NZ to see if they hold the footage you are interested in. Contact here: http://audiovisual.archives.govt.nz/accessandcopyright/privateuse.php

 Joan (Harrison) Breetzke

Joan (Harrison) Breetzke

I so enjoyed seeing myself winning the womans 400m freestyle - it's the first time I have seen it! I didn't realise it was such a good win! A friend from NZ told me about the film - thanks so much! Do you have footage of the medal presentation of the 400m womans freestyle? My grandchildren would love to see it!!
Joan Harrison Breetzke

 cammrar

cammrar

I'm so proud to be a Kiwi!!

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Blue skies and open air call us to sport. And we like sport. 
Slow motion shows the last five hurdles again – watch Lavery [South Africa] in the far lane, who lost a button off his running shorts and finished the race under a severe handicap. 
Four miles to go and in lead place, Holden, England has discarded his soggy shoes.