Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105living in sub–Antarctic latitudes, American films must have been a rich source of new creative ideas. Hollywood was becoming the 20th century’s most exciting realm of commerce—one of only a few growth industries during the years following the 1929 crash of the New York stock market. Los Angeles studios were paying more money to impressive youngsters than could be earned on the lower ranks of most other vocational ladders. Then (as now). Hollywood films were conceived as propaganda tools to promote American glamour, philosophical values and products. Snelling became magnetised by the new world of the screen—and he began to plan a film career in America. In 1937, at the age of 21, Snelling’s American ambitions were noted in local and national newspapers. At this time, according to the New Zealand Free Lance, 4000 ‘of our bright young people’ were leaving New Zealand each year for jobs overseas. Although quoted in the magazine’s 7 July issue as saying he had work lined up in New York, Snelling actually left Auckland on 5 October 1937—as a passenger on the RMS Aorangi, heading via Fiji and Hawaii for Vancouver on the west coast of Canada. On the voyage to Vancouver, Snelling wrote back to his parents (who supplied the letter to a reporter for one of the Wanganui newspapers), that he spent a day in Suva, where he drank kava that tasted ‘like dishwater’, had lunch in a Chinese restaurant and saw a Fijian funeral. He also watched mail being dropped from the ship in a tin can to three inhabitants of Canton Island. And his recollections of Honolulu included gun–wearing customs officers, traffic ‘going in the wrong direction’, Waikiki Beach and ‘wonderful’ hotels. These first exposures to contrasts of modern Western culture and traditional tribal customs in two capitals of Polynesian culture later were reflected in his style of living and key designs for houses and interiors in Sydney. By early November, he had arrived in Vancouver—which he described to his parents as ‘a very live centre, with every second shop being a café’. This was his launch pad for a campaign to triumph in the capital of show business. DOUGLAS SNELLING DOUGLAS SNELLING 18 19 1916–1937 1916–1937