Milne Collection

Milne Collection – Film 3

B&W. 33:01min. Travancore, (Kerala), India. c. 1930s. Unidentified filmmaker. Scenes of tea plantations and tea production technology: inspecting tea seeds; tea nurseries; tea plantations across mountainous area; road sign: ‘Rajamallay Estate 10006.29 acres; Pettimundi Estate 632.13 acres’ Indian women plucking young tea leafs, boxed tea transported by ‘bullock cart, lorry or gravitation shoot line’ tea factories; withering racks for tea leafs; tea manufacturing stages of ‘rolling-sifting-fermenting-firing and sorting into grades ‘ factory tea maker and assistants; transport of tea by railway and steamship to London. Lumbering and working elephants in teak forests, South India. Elephants being washed in a river. Mahout. (film with captions)

Milne Collection – Film 2

B&W. 16:13min. Travancore, (Kerala), India. 1935. Unidentified filmmaker. Maharaja of Travancore, H.H. Balarama Varma II welcomed by Mr. & Mrs. J.S.B. Wallace at the Nullantanni all-electric tea factory. Address of welcome by Mr Wallace, the general manager of the Kanan Devan Hills Produce Company. Garden party in honour of the royal guests. Tennis match. Horse racing at the High Range Club and awards ceremonies for the Leckie Cup, Pinches Cup and H.H ‘s Cup. The opening of the Neriamangalam Bridge over the Periyar river attended by the Maharaja of Travancore and many High Range residents (spring 1935). Mr. Truscott, the chief engineer, reads his address of welcome. Scenes of Mr. C. Hodgson, Mr. and Mrs. Truscott, Mr. Newman Saunders and of a group of British tea planters. The Maharaja of Travancore officially opens the bridge. (film with captions).

Milne Collection – Film 1

B&W. 13:29min. Travancore, (Kerala), India. c. 1930s. Unidentified filmmaker. Tea plantations. Tea boxes transported by cable railway (wire shoots) across a mountainous area (probably the High Ranges bordering Munnar town). Aerial views of the tea plantations filmed form the cable railway. Outdoor and indoor scenes of the tea factory and workers. Large number of Indian workers repairing and pulling a set of heavy cables.