Title ID 1679Collection ID105
TitleHoliday in Holland
DateJune 1949
CollectionGowlland Family
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieIndependent AmateurNon-fictionHoliday
KeywordsBoats Buildings Canals Cars Castles Cross-Channel Steamers Harbours Holidays Landscape Ships Travel Urban Areas
LocalDover Maastricht Valkenberg Horn Nijmegen Arnhem Marken Island Amsterdam Naarden Leiden The Hague Osend
NationalEngland United Kingdom Netherlands Belgium Europe
ProductionGeoffrey Price Gowlland
CameraGeoffrey Price Gowlland; Amy Gowlland (Peggy)
ParticipantsGeoffrey Price Gowlland (father); Amy Gowlland (known as Peggy); Schatborn family
FormatColour Silent
Duration24 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Mr and Mrs Gowlland record their holiday, touring around The Netherlands in their car, visiting friends and touring the main towns and tourist sights.

Maritime history notes in bold added by Peter Enser Spring 2009


Title "Holiday in Holland" After a map of Holland, an intertitle reads “Dover”. The Gowlland's car is hoisted by crane aboard Belgian Marine steamer for the crossing to Ostend. Film of the ship leaving Dover harbour is followed by scenes at sea. A sign reads: “Maastricht Luik” and is followed by Maastricht city views and film of a procession. The title: “Valkenburg” is followed by street scenes and a view of a railway crossing. The Gowlland's then visit Hoorn where there is a 14th Century castle and “Nijmegen”, visiting a bombed site. They then visit "De Waag", "Waalbrug bridge" and "Ooypolder". They then visit “Arnhem” and film flowers in the streets, a fountain and a railway crossing. At “Zwolle” they film a train, a shop and historical buildings.

An intertitle reads: “Gowlland instruments on sale in shop” and the shop window is filmed. This is followed by canal boats and views from the car. They then visit “Meppel”, “Giethoorn”, “Noordoostpolder (reclaimed 1947)”, “Lemmer”, "Harlingen”, “Afsluitdijk”, “Horn”, “Volendam” and “Marken island”. After a car ride they visit Amsterdam and take a boat trip, filming the canals and the harbour. Some scenes of night life follow. An intertitle reads: “Mr. Schatborn’s house at Naarden”. and they visit a cafe “Americain”. They then visit “Leiden” and “The Hague”. An intertitle reads: “The last day” and is followed by views of windmills. Another intertitle reads: “Goodbye - from flushing ferry” before “Ostend”. The Gowlland's Car is hoisted aboard the Belgian Marine steamer. The final images show a map of Holland and their journey indicated by marks on the map. Title: “The End”.