Title ID 592Collection ID37
Title[Boat Trip Along the Suez Canal: Port Said to Aden]
DateOctober 1929
CollectionBurne Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsAnimals Boats Canals Ethnic Groups Holidays Leisure Time Activities Ships Street Trading Tourism Transport Travel Clothing Fashion Accessories Dresses Suits Trousers Uniforms
LocalAden Port Said Suez Canal
NationalEgypt Yemen Asia
ProductionDr. Catherine Violet Burne & Dr. Thomas Burne
CameraDr. Catherine Violet Burne; Dr. Thomas Burne
ParticipantsDr. Catherine Violet Burne
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration14 min. 10 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Doctors Catherine Violet and Thomas Burne film part of their return trip to Malaya, where they were both stationed. Husband and wife had spent the preceding months with their children in England, as recorded in [Summer Seaside Holiday And Family Scenes] (March - October 1929).


The film-makers record their trip along the Suez Canal, departing from Port Said. Aboard ship, they film the canal banks and the peddlers and boats which populate the Canal. They also film street scenes during a stop at Aden - camels and cattle act as the beasts of burden, street sellers sell their wares and numerous signs and posters advertise in English.


A still from 'Boat Trip Along the Suez Canal' (1929)A still from 'Boat Trip Along the Suez Canal' (1929)

Contextual information

Fashion Notes: This film depicts Malayan national dress and shows examples of men wearing tunics, sarongs, turbans and fezzes. The ship’s Captain is also seen in uniform.

Fashion keywords: belts, blazers, caps, cloches, clutch bags, dresses, jackets, neckties, pearls, shirts, shorts, socks, trousers, uniforms

For further information see Screen Search Fashion online resource.

Related resources


Screen Search Fashion

This online resource provides a thematic guide for students interested in fashion and dress. The site offers pathways into aspects of fashion and dress as depicted in archive film from the inter-war period in the Screen Archive South East collections.