Victorian Country Sporting Carnival

Title:
Victorian Country Sporting Carnival
NFSA ID:
40576
Year:
1916
Category:
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Despite the war raging in Europe, communities still congregated to celebrate and enjoy themselves. This actuality footage shows a parade of people on horseback, cars and motor-cycles in streets - plus a stubborn donkey - making their way to the local swimming pool for a day of frivolity. Young men, those that Prime Minister Billy Hughes would have rather seen enlisting or being conscripted into the AIF, compete in a footrace, pillow fights on a greasy pole over water, diving, racing in the the Men's 50 yards Handicap swim and participating in a bobbing cork hunt. The clip also shows unrelated footage of tomato bush tending, dairy cows, a truck carrying milk churns near a Peters Icecream sign, and a road sign saying Trafalgar (Vic).