The camera captures a group on a horse and carriage; a woman dressed as Queen Victoria; and various groups of children in costumes. Two girls are dressed as Britannia and other children appear as Indians, Red Cross volunteers and Australian troops, Chinese women, and band members in ‘black face’. A small group of uniformed men with rifles march past the camera from left to right, followed by a band which marches past from right to left. A final group rides on a cannon pulled by a traction engine.
Most of the images in this footage are static shots with the people looking directly into the camera. Aside from a brief pan across one group, the camera barely moves. Movement is captured in the final three shots by the subjects walking across the frame, entering and exiting the field of vision.
Britannia is a female personification of Great Britain and symbolises the might of the British Empire. She can be recognised by her distinctive helmet, trident and Union Jack shield.
It is interesting to note that some of the children are in ‘black face’ as part of the Chinese and Indian costumes seen in this clip.