This film is held by the Imperial War Museum (ID: MGH 3770).


The film opens with a map of India, and continues with scenes from Miss Newman's travels beginning with brief shots in Aden. Shots of, and scenes on board the P&O liner SS Rajputana, including the Maharajah of Patiala shooting clay pigeons (?), the swimming pool, group shot of passengers with the Captain (?), flying fish and a view of the Indian coastline approaching Bombay. Scenes in Bombay railway station. A montage of shots taken at various railway stations. Scenes in and around Madras including Government House, its gardens and the Government House Bodyguard. Posed shot of the Governor's son (?) Alistair Erskine in the Government House gardens. The Banqueting Hall. Street scenes. Scenes on the beach, including fishermen with their nets. Sunset over the ocean. Temples in Madras City. Communal washing and bathing. The Governor of Madras, Lord Erskine, playing cricket. Scenes at railway stations en route for Calcutta. Scenes in and around Calcutta, including Government House, Sir John Anderson, Governor of Bengal, Jain Temples, "a Lancer Regiment" at Barrackpore (the Governor of Bengal's country Residence), a Banyan tree, the tomb of Lady Canning and polo practice. Scenes in and around Darjeeling, the "Himalayan Railway", the market showing various stalls and street vendors, building works for the "new" Government House, brief shot of Rosie Newman sitting in a rickshaw, a sunset, Mount Everest and Kinchin Junga (?), Mongolian peasants, the Teesta Valley (?), scenes on a tea plantation, view of the Teesta and Rangit rivers, bridge over the Teesta River which was named after Sir John Anderson, a kite, wild monkeys, bats, wild pigs and scenes on a duck shoot. (End of Reel One.)

Scenes in and around Benares (Varanasi), view from the interior of a train, the Benares Hindu University, brief street scenes, statue of Ganesh the Elephant God, scenes in the Golden Temple, scenes in the Durga Temple (Monkey Temple), the Maharajah of Benares' Guest House (?), a launch on the Ganges, scenes on the banks of the Ganges, the Maharajah of Benares' palace, corpses carried down the Burning Ghat (steps to the river) for immersion in the Ganges and then laid out on the burning pyres and then the ashes and clothes from the corpses thrown into the Ganges, women bathing at the waters' edge clothed in their saris, further scenes shot of the Ghats on the banks of the Ganges and a sunset over the Ganges. Scenes in and around Peshawar, the "Frontier Mail" train, the Peshawar Cantonment, the "Brass Bazaar" market, outside the Central Prison Peshawar, Afridi men, exterior shot of Government House, Government House gardens with gardeners watering the plants using skin water sacks, Captain Birdwood and his family in the gardens, the Islamic College, Michini pontoon bridge over the Kabul river approaching Kohat Pass, the Mohmand Hills, the "Frontier Fort" (?), scenes at the Afridi rifle factory in Kohat Pass, the Kohat Military Cantonment, brief shot of Rosie Newman carrying a parasol walking past a row of tents, the Khyber Pass, Hindu Kush, "new" road Chora Kandao, the Khyber Railway, Afridi women carrying grain (?) on their heads, Landi Kotal Fort, Jirga (Council of Elders) holding a meeting, Michini Kandao Fort, the Afghanistan border and various scenes at the Peshawar Railway Station including the exterior of the "Heat Stroke Room". A sunset followed by the caption "Let us now praise famous men, Men of little showing - For their work continueth, Greater than their Knowing!" The film ends with a shot of a Union Jack.

Amateur colour footage, shot and edited by Rosie Newman, of her travels in India, 1935.


A shot/caption sheet for this film and further information on Miss Newman and her films is held in the Production Office. However the shot/caption sheet does not correpond exactly with the copy of this film held by the Museum.

Some of the railway station shots also appear in MGH 3769 "Glimpses of India"

Lord Erskine, Governor of Madras 1934-40. Sir John Anderson, Governor of Bengal 1932-37.

Shot on 16mm Kodacolor




Technical Data

Running Time:
83 minutes
Film Gauge (Format):
1984 ft

Production Credits

Newman, Rosie
Newman, Rosie