British Guiana – The Country And Its Industries Reel 1 (1924)

British Guiana – The Country And Its Industries Reel 1 (1924)

Reel 1.

Intertitle gives viewer a brief introduction to the history of British Guiana. Georgetown on the Demerara River – the capital. View from on board a boat. The Government Ferry. La Penitence Wharf. People stand on the docks. Views of the Georgetown streets from the front of a tram. Another tram passes in the opposite direction. Men laying tram tracks move out of the way as the tram approaches.

We see Georgetown police station. Also seen are lorries crammed with people, tree lined avenues, grand colonial buildings etc. Armistice Day parade. British Guiana Militia and Police form a Guard of Honour. Golf is popular in Georgetown. Well-to-do white men and their wives arrive at a golf course by car. We see some of the men teeing off. They have a black caddie. Cricket and tennis are also played in Georgetown. Queen’s College is the big school and football is the popular game. Views of the Botanical Gardens from a moving vehicle. A group of young people pose for the cameras. One of the women smokes and another sits under a parasol. They walk along a path and a car drives past.

The British Militia band plays by the sea wall. Children walk along the sea wall. The band plays in a bandstand. The fire brigade – the men run out of a building and climb aboard a fire engine. Two engines drive off down the street. Fire fighting techniques are demonstrated. The firemen are black, there is a white supervisor. Two fire floats – the “Vesta” and “Alert” keep watch on the quay side.

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