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Christmas Pageant footage, 1938
Title : Christmas Pageant footage, 1938 Christmas Pageant footage, 1938
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Creator : Moody, Percival Tom Stephen
Date of creation : 1938
Format : Film
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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The sixth Adelaide Christmas pageant was held on Saturday 12 November 1938.

John Martin's sixth Christmas pageant brought nursery rhyme, fairy story and radio characters to life for the tens of thousands of men, women and children who thronged the floats, clever tumblers, men on stilts, clumsy clowns, pirates carrying three caskets of doubloons and pieces of eight, and an Eastern potentate in a carriage on an elephant's back, passed by in smooth procession, flower bedecked horses drawing the floats along (The Advertiser, 14 November 1938, p. 20).

This footage is from one of more than 200 segments of film held at the State Library taken by Percival Moody. Born at Kent Town in 1890, Moody was a philanthropist, company director and keen motor hobbyist, founding the Harley-Davidson Motor Cycle Club and the Outboard Club of South Australia.
Moody filmed historic South Australian events, occasions and attractions between 1929-1950, and raised funds for charity through public film screenings.

Related names :

John Martin & Co.

Coverage year : 1938
Period : 1927-1939
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

'60th John Martin's State Bank Christmas pageant 1933-1993', Sunday Mail, 31 October 1993, 24 p. supp.

Adelaide's once-a-year day , Adelaide: Commercial Printing House, 1978.

'Street pageant delights crowd', Advertiser, 20 November 1933, p. 16.

A touch of magic [videorecording] : [the story behind the Christmas Pageant], West Lakes?, S. Aust. : Cine News Productions, 1993.

Internet links :

Credit Union Christmas pageant

John Martin's first pageant: 1933 [State Library of South Australia]



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