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Gardens--Formal and botanical With digital objects
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Family movies from 1928 - early roll - Ruby, Chris, Kay - wedding, Valleen etc.

Item is a film consisting of several amateur films that have been spliced together. Footage documents the life of the George and Ruby (nee Wood) Thompson family from approximately 1928-1961. The film includes footage of significant family events such as the couple’s courtship, engagement and 1930 wedding, bringing home their baby daughter Valleen, and Christmas celebrations and holiday meals. Film also includes footage of numerous family scenes and subjects such as playing at the beach, picnicking, swimming, the family’s houses and pets, daughters Valleen and Hellene, and George and Ruby tending to and riding horses.

Film also includes footage of Vancouver attractions, including the Thompsons skiing and playing in the snow at Grouse Mountain circa 1928, and visiting the Stanley Park ornamental gardens and zoo in the 1930s.

The order of the stock date years of the films is as follows: 1929, 1926, 1928, 1939, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1945, 1959, 1955, 1946, 1961, 1948 and 1947.

Victoria - flowers, Camera Craft sign

Item is an amateur film from Douglas Scott's time living in Victoria, British Columbia, the first half of which primarily captures many shots of young apple trees in bloom, and flowers in a garden (possibly Beacon Hill Park). The second half of the film captures Scott's neon Camera Craft sign blinking at night.

Royal visit to Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Item is a film shot by Douglas Scott of the royal visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to Victoria, British Columbia, in May of 1939. The film features the following intertitles and content: "It is late Spring and Dame Nature has contrived a Royal Background for a Royal Visit," with shots of vividly-colored flowers of many varieties; "After nightfall on May Twenty-ninth, two very Gracious People arrive on the Western Terminus of their Canadian Tour : In their honor the city is illuminated," with shots of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings adorned with lights in the darkness of night, and a fountain glowing with various colors; "Government House, where their Majesties stayed in Victoria" and "The interior of the Royal Suite;" "The next day at City Hall" and "...and at the Parliament Buildings," with shots of the parade and events of the day; "Royal Colors are presented to the Royal Canadian Navy that afternoon" and "The March Past," which captures military ceremonies involving the royals.

Garden tour, ships, ship figureheads, airplanes, family tea

Item is an amateur film which captures a group of people walking among flowers; multiple shots of the windjammer Fantome R.Y.S.; waves rolling against the shore; Margaret by the water; the three-masted ship, Star of Finland; ship figureheads; an airplane hangar; and the family at tea outside.


Item is an amateur film which opens with a "Photographed by Douglas Stewart Scott : Supplied by Scott Camera Craft Limited 1015 Douglas St. Victoria BC" intertitle. The film is composed of shots of spring around Victoria. Shots include flowers and gardens; lakes, meadows and trees at Beacon Hill Park; animals, including ducks, bears, and pheasant at the Beacon Hill Park zoo; a rural area with cows, puppies, and sheep; and a ship. The Empress Hotel, British Columbia Parliament Buildings, Inner Harbour and CPR steamships are visible in some of the shots.


Item is an amateur film which captures flowers, gardens, parks, fallen leaves, boats, and a sunset over the water.

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