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The Years Back - 3, The Thirties (Episode Three) Television – 1973 Documentary War

The Years Back - 3, The Thirties (Episode Three)

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Bernard Kearns presents a survey of NZ life in the 30s in this episode of the National Film Unit series The Years Back (“people and events that shaped the New Zealand of today”). The documentary includes a wealth of footage taken from NFU stock: the aftermath of the 1931 Napier earthquake, the Depression (as Kearns bluntly states, “there was a lot of misery in the 30s”), and runner Jack Lovelock’s gold medal triumph at the Berlin Olympics. There’s also editorial flair as King George VI’s lavish coronation ceremony is juxtaposed with the A&P show back home.

Petrol was 19c a gallon, so people clubbed together to share the cost.
– From the documentary