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Centennial City Short Film (Full Length) – 1949 Travel

Centennial City

Short Film (Full Length) – 1949 Travel

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This NFU film features the 1948 celebrations which marked the centenary of Dunedin's founding. The Edinburgh of the South's Scots heritage figures prominently, with Jock Carlson taking over the more Caledonian parts of the narration from Selwyn Toogood. A tour of the city is followed by extensive footage of the carnival week's centrepiece: an elaborate "cavalcade of progress", as floats trace Dunedin's development over 100 years, before the ambitious light and fireworks finale. In the period the film was made, all of the NFU's colour footage was processed overseas.

Dunedin is a symbol, a reflection of the restlessness and desire for change which always lies in the heart of man.
– Narration