The camera pans across a large crowd gathered in the Malvern tram depot as a man standing on a spiral staircase addresses the audience. There are trams in a shed in the background. The camera films the first Prahran-Malvern tram pulling out into Glenferrie Road. The camera adjusts its angle to follow the tram as it turns and passes on its way down the street. Crowds gather on either side of the tram tracks. A second and third tram follow the first.
In the main street a tram passes by. A crowd gathers around to watch the camera. A stationary tram is shown from the front, the tram then moves past the camera, and stops to drop off its first passengers – the mayor and his wife.
Most of the camera shots are stationary (aside from the odd pan) and are especially set up to capture the passing trams on their journey out of the depot and into the streets of Melbourne. Static shots were common in the early days of the moving image as cameras were heavy and less portable than they are today. This clip is put together in a simple sequence to mirror the tram’s journey.
As was also common in the early days of the cinema, curious onlookers would often stand still in front of a moving-image camera, staring into the camera as if they were posing for a photograph.