Amy Johnson's Arrival in Brisbane (1930)
In this silent newsreel footage, British aviator Amy Johnson arrives in Brisbane on the final leg of her solo flight between England and Australia in 1930.
A title card announces Amy's arrival on the 24th of May after her ‘wonderful flight from England’. As crowds wait for her arrival, and crowds are shown arriving in cars, there is a shot of her plane landing. The crowd quickly gathers around her plane as a petite Amy Johnson – hair cropped under her ears, and wearing a fashionable tie – then walks amongst the crowd, smiling and later waving.
A second title card ‘sighted in the air’ shows Johnston’s plane – a de Havilland Moth – in the sky before cutting to Johnson sitting in the cockpit of the landed plane. A pan of the airfield showing the large crowds precedes the final shot of Johnson and a group of uniformed men posing for the camera.
This newsreel was produced by Queensland based production company Kinetone Productions, which was run by cinematographer Al Burne and later his son George. Kinetone also filmed Johnson’s landing in Toowoomba (and was specially photographed for the Strand Theatre) and the landing of Charles Kingsford Smith in Brisbane the same year.