SYNOPSIS: This is Suva, capital of the Fiji Islands, set at the cross-roads of the South Pacific.
TGV Suva harbour.
SV People shopping market.
SV PAN.. People shopping market, Pan to bananas being unloaded.
CU Shop sign in English and Indian.
CU Another sign "No loitering, buy and ??? on".
SCU Indians in turbans..
SV Indian policeman is relived by Fijian policeman in street.
LV Burns Philip Building, big modern structure with curved face.
LV Modern shops
LV Fijian policeman directs traffic from under dome in centre of street.
LV New modern building under construction.
LV New shops
SV Fiji Airways building.
LV Phoenix Theatre.
CU Poster outside advertises Indian film
ANGLE V. TV aerial.
CU TV set flickers in shoppicks window.
SV People grouped around window.
LV Central police station.
CU Sign outside
SV Army guard march out to take over from the Fijian Police.
SCU Three police guardsmen
SV Guard changed, three march off, one stays at attention.
SV Relieve guard (soldiers) move off, police present arms in background.
GV Central Medical School
SLV Girl arrives at Medical School, natives greet her.
SV Girl shakes hands with Principal, Dr. Edmonds, then with Indian lecturer (woman).
LV Fijian broadcasting commission station.
GV Sea plane on harbour.
SV Pan.. Fishing boats in harbour.
SCU Native paddles dighy.
GV Suva Bay at sunset, coconut palm tree silhouetted.
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Background: SYNOPSIS: This is Suva, capital of the Fiji Islands, set at the cross-roads of the South Pacific.
In a shopping area of the city, people inspect the goods for sale and make their purchases. Different languages are spoken by Suva's multi-racial population, as these notices show. English is the official language, but Hindi is usually spoken by the Indian merchants commercial life.
Here an Indian policeman is being relieved by his Fijian colleague in Suva's main street.
The face of Suva is changing - large buildings and modern shops now form part of the city scene.
New buildings are springing up, as Suva keeps pace with a changing world. Trans-Pacific air services passing through Fiji link Australia and New Zealand with Honolulu and North America. For entertainment, Suva boast several cinemas, of which the new Phoenix Theatre is the latest. There is also a solitary TV aerial: during freak weather conditions it up transmissions from distant Australia.
A colourful ceremony and an attraction for tourists to this remote British colony in the South Pacific - the monthly Changing of the Guard at Government House, when the Police Force and the Army switch duty. Here it's the Army's turn to take over. It was near Government House that Kingsford-Smith touched down in the "Southern Cross" on his historic trans-Pacific flight in 1928.
This building is the Central Medical School. The School, founded in 1928, is a wellknown Fijian institution, and offers a five-year course to students from many parts of the Pacific.
And an important addition to the amenities of tropical Suva is this new Australian-owned brewery.
A small seaplane is used in Suva's recently introduced local air service.
For seeing the sight of the waterfront a boat is still the most popular form of transport.
The sun goes down silhouetted palm trees linger in the mind's eye, a vivid reminder of distant Suva.