George Coutts Footage
Available from Manitoba Provincial Archives as 'V1'
[Prints of the film are also held at the National Archives of
Date of production: 1931-1933
3 film reels (1:17:37): acetate, b & w, silent, 16fps, 16mm
Biographical Sketch: George Coutts worked as a civil
Churchill, Manitoba from 1927-1937, on the construction of the
port and elevator.
In 1937, Coutts moved to Bishopton, Scotland, to work
at the Royal
Ordinance Factory. In 1941, he was appointed to the Admiralty
England to work in the Persian Gulf in Iraq.
Custodial History: The films were purchased from Mrs.
Winnifred E. Coutts
of Kingston, Ontario in 1968.
Scope and Content: The films provide an anecdotal diary,
frequent use of titles, of Coutts' trip to Churchill as well as
his work and life
in and around the Churchill area. The film begins with the journey
Hudson Bay Railway from The Pas to Churchill in 1931 and goes
on to show
the construction of the port's grain elevator, power house, warehouse
dock; the dredging of channels; an RCMP patrol with Inuit guides,
and departure of various ships, including the SS Nascopie, a Hudson's
Company Arctic supply ship; the arrival and departure of Canadian
and RCAF planes; Inuit people in whale boats; and the 1933 visit
and Anne Lindbergh en route to Japan.
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