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Opening of Queensland Parliament (1899)


This actuality footage shows Lord Lamington, Governor of Queensland, arriving by horse-drawn carriage to open Queensland Parliament on 18 May 1899. A guard of honour, consisting of Queensland’s Permanent Artillery under Lieutenant Black, stands by as the dignitaries disembark from the coach.

Curator’s notes

This footage was filmed by the official photographer of the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Frederick Charles Wills, and his assistant Henry William Mobsby. The following day, Wills presented his first film showing at the Queensland Amateur Photographic Society. According to Chris Long and Pat Laughren ('Australia’s First Films’, Cinema Papers, 1993, No. 96, p 37), this screening probably included Queen Street and Victoria Bridge and Roma Street Station footage, also taken in 1899.