This clip of actuality footage was shot in 1899. It shows Queensland politicians boarding the paddle steamer Lucinda, moored at a wharf on the Brisbane River. The parliamentarians walk the gangway onto the boat, which moves away from the wharf. A waterside worker tidies the ropes.
Summary by Elizabeth Taggert - Speers
The politicians are travelling to attend a ministerial banquet, possibly in connection with the Queensland Federation League, on 14 October 1899. The wharf is on the Brisbane River, not far from the building of the Queensland Department of Agriculture, which commissioned filmmakers Charles Wills and Henry William Mobsby to record life in Queensland. Highgate Hill is visible in the background across the Brisbane River.
This actuality footage was shot in 1899 by Frederick Charles Wills, the official photographer of the Queensland Department of Agriculture. It shows Queensland politicians boarding the paddle steamer Lucinda, moored at a wharf on the Brisbane River. The parliamentarians board the boat and motor away from the wharf, showing the lifeboat and leaving the wharfie to tidy the ropes.
This footage is thought to be a record of an outing of politicians in connection with the Queensland Federation League on 14 October 1899. The wharf is on Brisbane River, behind the then Department of Agriculture building in William Street.
Wills, and his assistant Henry William Mobsby, were commissioned by the Queensland Department of Agriculture in October 1898 to capture aspects of Queensland agricultural and daily life using a Lumière Cinematographe camera. For further information, see 'Australia’s First Films’ by Chris Long and Pat Laughren, Cinema Papers, 1993, No. 96, p 37.
Notes by Elizabeth Taggert - Speers