Empire and Industry

From the earliest days of the British Empire, the wheels of trade and industry were kept in perpetual motion. Raw materials were extracted, cash crops were harvested and exported, and modern factories processed and packaged the myriad products of the colonies. Whether cotton, rubber, tobacco or beer, the Empire was always open for business, and the films chosen here document some of these colonial industries.

 
 
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MONSOON ISLAND (1934) enhanced entry

The tea plantations of Ceylon.

17th century map of Ceylon. Commentary states that the island has been known to traders ...

NIGERIAN COCOA FARMER

NIGERIAN COCOA FARMER (1948)has video enhanced entry

The story of Lawani, a Nigerian cocoa farmer and member of a Co-operative Primary Society, who with his son and ...

 

OIL HARBOUR: ADEN (1955) enhanced entry

Construction of a harbour capable of berthing 32.000 tons tankers to serve the B .P. oil refinery at Little Aden. ...

 

OIL PALM OF NIGERIA (1928) enhanced entry

How oil palm is produced in Nigeria.

The film opens with a map and a shot of a local plantation, as ...

 

ONCE UPON A SUNDAY (1965) enhanced entry

Lime juice production. Made to mark the centenary of the sponsoring firm, L. Rose & Co. Ltd., The sponsor's estates ...

 

RÉCOLTE ET PRÉPARATION DES ANANAS (1910) enhanced entry

Harvesting and canning of pineapples in Singapore.

Chinese locals work in the pineapple fields. A man, shot from below, cuts the ...

 

SCENES SHOWING THE MANUFACTURE OF SOAP FROM COCOA BEANS... (1942) enhanced entry

Reel 1 (AYY 294-1) Africans in shirts and shorts carry sacks of cocoa beans on their heads. The sacks are ...

Smart Collection: 5: Banana cultivation and trade, British Honduras 1930s

Smart Collection: 5: Banana cultivation and trade,... (1930)has video enhanced entry

Clearing forest for banana plantation. Cultivation (including air spraying of crops) and harvesting and transportation of the crop to the ...

SONG OF CEYLON

SONG OF CEYLON (1934)has video enhanced entry

DOCUMENTARY.

r.1 Part 1 - the Buddha. Scenes of dark jungle with glimpses of animals, ruined temples and tropical vegetation (180), ...

 

THÉ: CULTURE, RÉCOLTE, PRÉPARATION INDUSTRIELLE (1909) enhanced entry

INTEREST. The growing, collection and processing of tea in Ceylon.

No main title. Tea bushes planted out by natives under European ...

 

TINS FOR INDIA (1941) enhanced entry

The manufacture of kerosene tins in an Indian factory.

Opening shot of palm trees and bullock cart carrying kerosene tins (62). ...

 

TROPICAL HARVEST (1949) enhanced entry

Lime production on the Gold Coast and the manufacture of lime juice.

The film opens with shots of locals collecting fruit ...